(Taken from Facebook Oriol Marrero, counselor of the Embassy of Cuba in Greece)
X part: "With Cuba in the heart" in the town of Trílofos, region of Central Macedonia, Greece. February 2, 2019.
Trílofos is a small town and basically an agricultural community located about 500 kilometers north of Athens. It is also north of Larisa, Mount Olympus, Katerini. Geographically Trílofos is quite north of almost everything in Greece, and relatively close to the northern borders of the country. It belongs to the mayor of Veria, and the prefecture of Imathia.
A few months earlier, during the particularly frozen early morning of November 17, 2018, for the better, unforgettable, the proposal and invitation came from one of the good sons of Trílofos to show the inhabitants of his town at some point -of some 8,000 thousand people - the photographic exhibition "With Cuba in the heart", which had already been presented before in seven other places in Greece.
It was late. It was necessary to continue from Trílofos, to be before dawn in Uranópolis to leave for Mount Athos. But the gratitude and a firm commitment remained: to present "With Cuba in the heart" in Trílofos, obviously with the agreement of its authorities, as well as the mayor of Veria, which would happen immediately.
It would be thanks to his Eminence, Archbishop Athenagora, Metropolitan of the Greek Orthodox Church for Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, Colombia and Venezuela, a firm friend of the Cuban people, a connoisseur and admirer of Fidel's work, who also signed in Athens recently the mural NoMoreBlockade to Cuba, which would promote the possibility of this visit to Mount Athos, formulated for a specific reason, and from Marti.
It turns out that José Martí, National Hero of Cuba, spoke at least once about Mount Athos, Ágion Óros, or “sacred mountain”, the easternmost peninsula of the three that extend south from the Chalkidian peninsula, in the region of Central Macedonia. In this region, which has the status of an autonomous territory under Greek sovereignty, there are some twenty Greek, Romanian, Russian, Bulgarian, Serbian or Georgian Orthodox monasteries. Most are Greek monks and laymen, but there are also Russian, Serbian, Bulgarian, Georgian, Romanian, Italian, American, and other monks. In 1988 it was declared by Unesco Cultural Heritage of Humanity.
But Mount Athos is another matter. It is mentioned here only to highlight the permanent follow-up that Martí gave as a journalist to Greek topics –although not only to Greek topics–, but it is the case, because precisely the integral project in which the photographic exhibition “With Cuba in the heart ”has among its objectives to highlight the profound humanistic and universal character of the struggle, the work and the life of Martí, who in March 1892 informed his readers of the newspaper La Opinion Nacional, from Caracas, about a fact that had happened recently, "the discovery in an Athenian monastery of a manuscript with a piece of the poem the Iliad."
He adds that it was a papyrus written in 358 BC. C., which "contains one of the most beautiful pieces of that gigantic poem of which no translation can give an idea." He says that "the majesty of that poetry is in the facts that it sings, and in the simplicity with which it relates them", because "in what it invents, you can see Jupiter", and "in what it narrates, the feat seems greater by the way of telling it ”. Finally he will add that, as “it is supposed”, “this manuscript was made by the hand of an Athenian named Theophrastus, and that Andronicus, the nephew of the last Byzantine emperor, Constantine Palaiologos, took the rich papyrus with him to Mount Atos, where he went end his life in peace ".
Thus, on the night of February 2, 2019, less than three months after the invitation of that frozen but unforgettable morning by Trílofos, the Aristotle Cultural Center of this friendly village of Cuba was small during the opening evening of the exhibition photographic "With Cuba in the heart", apparently the first Cuban sample that is exhibited in this town, according to its inhabitants, as well as the excellent and much enjoyed cultural presentation of the versatile Cuban artist living in Greece Marlen Olano.
The exhibition could be visited for several days by the inhabitants of Trílofos, Veria and other nearby regions, and its opening was attended by the mayor of the city of Veria, Mr. Costas Vorgiazidis, who together with the Ambassador of Cuba in this brother country,. Zelmys Domínguez Cortina, cut the ribbon that opened the exhibition. The friend and active director of the Aristotle Cultural Center, María Karayannis, addressed those present, as well as the Mayor of the city of Veria, the Ambassador of Cuba, the author of the exhibition, the president of the municipality of Trilofos, Mr. Yannis Karayannis, as well as the then Ambassador of the sister Republic of Panama in Greece, Cristina Liakopulos de Papadikis, present at the event, along with her husband and native “trophy”, friend Fotis Papadikis, active promoter of this noble idea, synthesis and expression of friendship, solidarity and love between peoples, as can be seen in the images.
The opening of the photographic exhibition was attended by many people of all ages, with a well-attended representation of children, young people, and the elderly. Also present were numerous representatives of various parties, political forces, trade unions, associations, journalists from various local media, and the general public from Trílofos, Veria and Katerini.
In passing, the Aristotle Cultural Center does not have such a name by chance, since the renowned philosopher Aristotle (384-322 BC), student of Plato (427-347 BC), teacher of Alexander the Great (356-323 BC), would have been born in Estagira, a town located not far from Trílofos.
The Cuban National Hero José Martí (1853-1895), an artist, a creator, a writer with relevant and recognized work, extensive; an outstanding journalist, renowned translator; polyglot; lofty poet, diplomat, revolutionary, anti-imperialist, unifier, soldier of the word and the struggle for his beloved country, who died in combat for independence against an occupying foreign power, would quote Aristotle 20 times, most of them in his Works Complete, but he would also do it in the translations that he did personally of the work of other authors, particularly Mahaffy and Wilkins, at the request of publishing houses, such as Appleton in New York.
In pictures: “With Cuba in the heart” expo in the town of Trílofos, on February 2, 2019.