Ancient Theatres: Progress of the Works

From the first day of its foundation in 2008, DIAZOMA and the great social alliance it has created (archaeologists, restorers-engineers, conservators, artists, intellectuals, cities, Regions, foundations, businesses and, most importantly, citizens) has contributed daily to the state’s significant work of protecting and promoting ancient theatres. The list below provides detailed information about the progress of the works carried out in Greek ancient theatres during the past ten years, as well as the pending actions necessary for each theatre individually. As you will see, these spectacular results stem from a single magic word: “SYNERGIES”.

In other words, the list below is at heart an “ODE TO SYNERGIES”.

Ancient Theater of Acharnes
  • In 2007 the ancient theatre of Acharnes was revealed by chance at No 21 Salaminos Street, in the city centre.
  • In November 2009 the President of Diazoma visited the Ancient Theatre of Acharnes in the framework of his tour of the ancient theatres of Eastern Attica, where he met with local agencies. (see here)
  • In June 2010 ‘DIAZOMA’ set up the “piggy bank” for the ancient theatre. (see here)
  • EPISKINION NON PROFIT was set up, following the Diazoma model, in September 2010, and it has undertaken the care and support of the “piggy bank” set up by ‘DIAZOMA’.
  • In October 2011 the first expropriation of the property owned by K. Trivellas was carried out. Remuneration came to €472,018.5.
  • In March 2016 the assignment of the master plan with the title ‘Complete spatial planning of cultural routes, focusing on the Ancient Theatre of Acharnes’ was signed between DIAZOMA and Mr Dimitris Oikonomou, professor of Spacial Planning, Urban Planning, and Regional Development of the University of Thessaly, and his partner Mr Ilias Kyparissias.
  • April 2019 saw the completion of the second expropriation of properties, owned by Borsis, Gritsis, and Pouraimis. Remuneration came to €1,023,403.3.
  • December saw reception of the first deliverable of the design and a new contract was signed for the completion of its object, following the departure of Mr Oikonomou, due to conflict of interest with his position as Minister.
  • In December 2019, Nea Odos assigned the drafting of a mass transit plan as a sponsorship, and the it has been completed. The plan concerned the shaping and restoration of the historical centre of the municipality of Acharnes, and it includes the restoration of the space surrounding the area of the ancient theatre, the unification of archaeological sites, the restoration of the main square of Agios Vlasios, the renovation of the central buildings surrounding the square, pedestrianisations, municipal parking, etc.
  • These two designs create a dynamic field for the protection and promotion of the theatre and the broader region. (CURRENTLY)
  • Completion – reception – approval of the above designs and incorporation of the projects and actions in the 2021-2027 NSRF. (MOVING FORWARD)

 

Ancient Theater of Aigeira

At present, the First Phase of the Ancient Theatre’s restoration has been completed. Detailed information on the studies and works pertaining to the theatre’s restoration and promotion is provided below:

  • The restoration of the ancient theatre of Aigeira as a sub-project of the larger project “Restoration and promotion of the archaeological site of Paleokastro Aigon (Ancient Aigeira)” was completed with €450,000.00 of financing under the National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF)- Operational Programme (OP) “Western Greece – Peloponnese – Ionian Islands 2007-2013”.
  • Works on the monument began in August 2011 and were completed in December 2015. Archaeological cleaning of the monument’s entire koilon (seating area) and orchestra (performance space) was carried out, as well as stabilisation works and restoration work on the core of the archaeological site. These included the maintenance of the existing shelter of the small temples to the outside of the theatre’s right parodos (side entrance into the orchestra); backfilling of excavation pits; constructing a new main entrance to the archaeological site; modifying and expanding the fence;  placing outdoor information signs; marking visit routes, etc. Additionally, within the framework of the NSRF, agricultural land (property of Thanella) was expropriated to provide the new main entrance to the archaeological site.
  • The First Phase of the theatre’s restoration has been completed. (CURRENT STATE)
  • Commissioning a study for the Second Phase of the theatre’s restoration which shall include the restoration, maintenance and improvement of the overall functionality of the archaeological site is required. (NEXT STEP)
Ancient Theater of Amvrakia (small)
  • In June 2009 the President of Diazoma, Mr Stavros Benos, visited the Ancient Theatre of Amvrakia in the framework of his tour of the ancient theatres of Preveza and Arta, and held meetings with local bodies.(see here)
  • ‘DIAZOMA’ has opened a “piggy bank” (an electronic bank account) for the ancient theatre of Amvrakia.(see here).
  • The promotion of the theatre was incorporated to the 2007-2013 NSRF, with €2,000,000 of funding. The sub-project of the broader project ‘Promotion – unification of the archaeological sites of ancient Amvrakia in the city of Arta, Municipality of Arta: western necropolis, temple of Apollo, and small theatre’.
  • During the excavation works a ceramic furnace from the Byzantine period was revealed, which was created very close to the koilon of the ancient theatre. The drainage system of the ancient city was also revealed beside the ancient theatre.
  • The goal is to construct a small footbridge over the ancient theatre, which will provide visual contact with the ancient theatre, while also leading to a pleasant archaeological walk throughout the other monuments of ancient Amvrakia, creating an archaeological site that is organically incorporated into the life of the modern city.
  • Through the ‘Cultural route of the ancient theatres of Epirus’ programme, the ‘Works for the promotion and shaping of the archaeological site of the Small theatre of Ancient Amvrakia’ project, with a budget of €749,400, was incorporated into the 2014-2020 NSRF Operational Programme ‘Epirus 2014-2020’.
  • The restoration design of the monument was assigned by the Ephorate of Antiquities of Arta to architect Nikos Hatzidakis.
  • The design was completed and submitted to the Ephorate of Antiquities of Arta. (CURRENTLY)
  • Forwarding of the design for legal approval by the Central Archaeological Council and commencement of the restoration works of the project, through funding from the 2014-2020 NSRF (‘Cultural route of the theatres of ancient Epirus’) is pending (MOVING FORWARD).
Theatre of Amphilochian Argos

The position of the theater of Amphilochikou Argos has been known since 1916, but has not yet been excavated, which is why only some of the stone blocks of the theater are visible.

Ancient Theater of Amphiariou
  • “DIAZOMA” has opened a special bank account for the ancient theater of the Amphiariou.
  • The Urban community – a Non-Profit Organization called Monumenta, as well as the local community, are also helping to promote the monument.
  • On Monday, November 12, 2012, a Cultural Developmental Program Contract of € 50,000 was signed between the Ministry of Education & Religious Affairs, the Ministry of Culture & Sports and the Region of Attica for the project “Cleaning and Documentation of the Ancient Theater of Amphiariou”. The aim of the program is to carry out the necessary work for the cleaning and documentation of the ancient theater which is located in the archaeological site of the Amphiariou Oropos in Attica. The Programming Agreement has not been activated therefore a new one needs to be signed.
Theatre of Amphipolis
  • In December 2008, touring the ancient theatres of Northern Greece, the President of DIAZOMA carried out a working visit at the Ancient Theatre of Amphipolis, where he met local bodies and institutions.
  • DIAZOMA has set up a fundraising “piggy-bank” (online bank account) for the ancient theatre of Amphipolis (see here).
  • On 28 March 2013, the Government Gazette (FEK 100/ 28-03-2013) published the Joint Ministerial Decision decreeing the compulsory expropriation of a plot of land in Amphipolis, Serres, for archaeological purposes, specifically to allow the future excavation and unearthing of the ancient theatre of Amphipolis. The state was appointed the expropriation’s beneficiary, and the DIAZOMA non-profit Association covered the cost of 5,685.18 euro.
  • On Monday, 24 November 2014, the Government Gazette (FEK 362 / 24-11-14- Compulsory Expropriations and Urban Planning Matters) published the notification for the deposit of the compensation arising from the compulsory expropriation of land at the archaeological site of Amphipolis, Serres, for archaeological purposes.
  • This publication followed the deposit of 5,685.18 euro (the amount determined by law as compensation for the expropriation) made by the DIAZOMA Association at the Consignment Deposits and Loans Fund (Central Service).
  • On Thursday, 28 December 2017, the Cultural Development Programme Agreement for the “Excavational research at the ancient theatre of Amphipolis” amounting to 30,000 euro was signed, to be financed by the Region of Central Macedonia – Regional Unit of Serres and the Municipality of Amphipolis. The Agreement provided for a geophysical survey and test trenches to investigate the ancient theatre of Amphipolis. The Programme Agreement expired without the works having taken place (CURRENT STATE).
  • A new Cultural Development Programme Agreement for the “Excavational research at the ancient theatre of Amphipolis” needs to be signed between the Ministry of Culture and Sports, the Region of Central Macedonia and the Municipality of Amphipolis (NEXT STEP).

Last update, April 2020

Theatre of Aptera
  • In November 2008 the President of Diazoma visited the Ancient Theatre of Aptera in the framework of his tour of the ancient theatres of Crete, where he met with local bodies. (see here)
  • ‘DIAZOMA’ has opened a “piggy bank” (an electronic bank account) for the ancient theatre of Aptera. (see here)
  • Phase A of theatre restoration works was implemented based on the plan approved by the C.A.C. (ΥΠΠΟ/ΔΑΑΜ/56/40285/22-4-2008) and with €900,450 in funds from the 3rd Community Support Framework – Regional Operational Programme of Crete (CSF – ROP).
  • The continuation of the project was incorporated into the 2007-2013 Crete and Aegean Islands ROP NSRF, with €2,440,000.00 of funding.
  • For the restoration of the ancient theatre of Aptera, its promotion, and mild interventions in reshaping the surrounding area, the following works were implemented: clearing vegetation, removal of lime kiln, stabilisation, test cuts in the koilon, clearing soil from the surrounding area and from within the monument, preservation of movable findings, preservation of architectural elements, carving, placing architectural elements in the monument, surveying & indexing the elements. Completion of the drainage works with the instalment of a modern rainwater pipe and maintenance works on the skene’s walls, maintenance of the koilon foundation, in places where no seats are preserved and covering with sterile soil, photographic and design documentation, aerial photographs, informational signs, creation of a poster, a tablet app, and a bilingual video, organising a colloquium to present the project’s results, placement of a commemorative sign, shaping the surrounding space, creating tour routes, construction of two stop positions.
  • The expropriation of the property by T.A.P.A. (Archaeological Receipts and Expropriations Fund) was declared in 2011 (GG Issue 273 on Compulsory Expropriations and Urban Planning/ 21-10-2011), with a budget of €508,620.00
  • On 12 December 2015 the ancient theatre of Aptera was delivered to the public. The archaeological site can be visited and the theatre is a pole of attraction for many visitors. (CURRENTLY)
  • The goal for the future is to provide further care for the archaeological site, focusing on the Ancient Theatre. (MOVING FORWARD)

 

Ancient Theater of Askris
  • On Wednesday, October 31, 2012 a Programming Agreement was signed between the Municipality of Aliartos and the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki for the realization of the program: “Geophysical Survey in the Theater of Ancient Askris”.
  • The total budget of the project, which amounted to 8,650.00 Euros, was covered by the Municipality’s expenditure budget.
  • The purpose of the works was the detection and mapping of the buried architectural remains of the ancient theater.
  • This project was carried out in direct collaboration with the Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities.
  • On Thursday, June 30, 2016, a Programmatic Cultural Development Agreement of € 50,000 was signed between the Ministry of Culture and Sports and the Region of Central Greece on the subject matter of “EXCAVATION RESEARCH, TOPOGRAPHIC AND ARCHITECTURAL IMPRESSION AND EXHIBITION OF THE ANCIENT THEATER IN THE MOUSON VALLEY”.
Ancient Theater of Avdera

Ancient Theater of Abdera

  • Topographic works on the monument have been completed, with a € 5,000 funding allocated by the Municipality of Abdera to the Ministry of Culture & Tourism through a Programmatic Agreement.
  • The geophysical research sponsored by the University of Thessaloniki has been completed.
  • The first phase of the test tranches sections has been completed, with a € 30,000 funding allocated by the Prefecture of Xanthi to the Ministry of Culture & Tourism through a Programmatic Agreement.
  • For the completion of the second phase of the test tranches sections, the Regional Authority of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace provides 50,000 to the Ministry of Culture & Tourism through a Programmatic Agreement.
  • 02-04-2012: The signing of the Agreement has been completed.
  • Object of the second Programmatic Agreement was the continuation of the excavation. This Agreement was amended.
Ancient Theatre of Delos
  • ‘DIAZOMA’ has developed a scientific partnership with the French (Archaeological) School at Athens, which was validated with the signing of the Contract Granting Rights providing for the mutual exchange of scientific materials that are being produced and which shall be produced on the ancient theatre of Delos.
  • ‘DIAZOMA’ has opened an electronic bank account (a “piggy bank”) for the ancient theatre of Delos. (see here)
  • The opening of the “piggy bank” was announced at a special event held by ‘DIAZOMA’ at Megaro Hypatia on June 2011. (see here)
  • In June 2011, ‘DIAZOMA’ assigned the restoration plan for the ancient Theatre of Delos to researcher and civil engineer Mr Konstantinos Zambas. The cost of the assignment was covered by the theatre’s “piggy bank” and the generous sponsorship of OPAP SA. The plan included: 1) general planning of the interventions in the broader area of the theatre, 2) the final plan for the restoration of the theatre koilon, and 3) the final plan for the restoration of the 2 sections of the retaining walls that are crumbling.
  • The plan for the restoration of the ancient theatre of Delos started being drafted on Monday 11 July 2011.
  • In February 2012 the plan was completed and delivered to ‘DIAZOMA’.
  • On Tuesday 06 March 2012 it was approved by the Central Archaeological Council of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism (C.A.C.). (CURRENTLY)
  • The incorporation of the implementation of the restoration plan into a European or sponsorship funding programme is required. (MOVING FORWARD)
Theatre of Demetrias
  • In January 2009 the president of Diazoma Mr Stavor Benos held a working visit to the ancient theatre of Demetrias in the framework of his tour of the ancient Theatres of Magnesia – Larissa, during which he met with local agencies (see,here)
  • ‘DIAZOMA’ has opened a “piggy bank” (an electronic bank account) for the ancient theatre of Demetrias. (see here).
  • Works at the ancient theatre have been completed in the framework of the project titled: ‘Restoration and repair of sections of the ancient theatre of Demetrias and overall improvement of the monument and its surrounding space’, with €750,000.00 of funding from the NSRF – Operational Programme ‘Thessaly – Central Greece – Epirus 2007 – 2013’.
  • The project provided for the restoration of two semicolumns with the entablature of the Hellenistic proscenium stoa between them, the restoration and coverage of the pipe for the collection and removal of rainwater around the orchestra, the addition of stones to the bases of the seats and works for the systematic cleaning and maintenance of the skene and of the stones of the koilon, as well as of the monument complex located inside the Theatre plot. The restoration plan was drafted by architect – engineer Ms Vasileia Manidaki.
  • The ancient theatre of Demetrias has been fully restored and all foreseen works have been completed. (CURRENTLY)
  • The Ancient theatre of Demetrias is included in the new invitation of the Thessaly 2014-2020 ROP, titled ‘Utilisation of the Cultural Reserve of the Culture – Tourism route in Thessaly’ (July 2018), which concerns the funding of interventions for the protection, restoration, and promotion of the cultural heritage of the Region, aiming at contributing to the tourism growth of the regions incorporated in the Integrated Territorial Investment – Cultural Route of Thessaly. (MOVING FORWARD)

 

Ancient Theater of Delphi
  • ‘DIAZOMA’ has developed a scientific partnership with the French (Archaeological) School at Athens, which was validated with the signing of the Contract Granting Rights providing for the mutual exchange of scientific materials that are being produced and which shall be produced on the ancient theatre of Delphi.
  • ‘DIAZOMA’ has opened a “piggy bank” (an electronic bank account) for the ancient theatre of Delphi. (see here). The “piggy bank” was supported through the kind sponsorship of the sisters Theodora and Polytimi Andrianopoulou, Ms Fani Anairousi, the Mediterranean Film Institute, the adoption of the ancient theatre by Varvakeio Experimental High School, and I.M. Panagiotopoulos School, as well as many other donors.
  • In March 2011, ‘DIAZOMA’ assigned the plan for the restoration of the ancient theatre of Delphi to researchers Eleni – Anna Chlepa and Konstantinos Papantonopoulos. The cost of the assignment was covered by the money that had accumulated in the piggy bank (electronic bank account) of the theatre.
  • An event was held in March 2011 at the Archaeological Museum of Delphi, in honour of Theodora and Polytimi Andrianopoulou and for their contribution to the restoration of the theatre of Delphi. (link)
  • In June 2012 the final plan was completed and delivered to ‘DIAZOMA’, and it was immediately approved by the Central Archaeological Council (C.A.C.) The plan included 1) the necessary surveys of the monument, 2) the documentation plan, and 3) the restoration plan for the two retaining walls of the parodoi, the side retaining walls, the northern retaining wall, the individual problematic areas in the koilon, the fixing and restoration of the geometry of the koilon, completion of the missing rows in the surviving kerdkides, as well as the drafting of proposals for the better protection and presentation of the skene structure.
  • In October 2012 ‘DIAZOMA’ assigned the Geotechnical Plan Contract for the ancient theatre of Delphi to Mr Giorgos Dounias and the ‘Edafos S.A.’ Company.
  • The Region of Central Greece (R.U. of Phocis) made available the amount of €1,700,000 through the Planning Contract from the Public Investment Programme, for the implementation of monument restoration works, as they are described in the plans that have been approved by the C.A.C. (link)
  • The sub-project of the Contract includes:
  1. Field work.
  2. Movement, plan, and survey of the dispersed architectural elements from the retaining walls, the koilon, and the skene.
  3. Implementation of specialised individual plans (Work site plan, Geotechnical enlargement and plan, Updating mortar, grout, and artificial stone composition plan, Implementation plan for the restoration of the theatre’s retaining walls, Plan for the adhesion of architectural elements to each other, Plan for the rainwater drainage of the theatre and northern slope).
  4. Acquisition of new stones.
  5. Restoration of retaining walls (parodoi, sides, northern retaining wall)
  6. Restoration of the koilon, pillars of the orchestra, and cleaning of the perimeter pipe.
  7. Drainage works at the theatre and the northern slope of the koilon.
  • Sub-project 2 of the contract includes the assignment of service provision for the supervision of the restoration project of the ancient theatre of Delphi.
  • The work is under way. (CURRENTLY)
  • The previous contract ended and was renewed with a new planning contract, in order to proceed with the implementation of theatre restoration project. (MOVING FORWARD)
  • Monitoring and completing theatre restoration works. (MOVING FORWARD)
Theatre of Dionysos
  • In the framework of the 2nd General Meeting of Diazoma, which was held on Sunday 13 December 2009 at the Amphitheatre of the New Acropolis Museum, the members of the Association had the opportunity of visiting three very important theatres of Athens: the theatre of Dionysus, the Odeon of Pericles, and the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. (link)
  • The ‘DIAZOMA’ Association has opened a special bank account (“piggy bank”) for the ancient theatre of Dionysus. (link)
  • On 27 April 2010 the Athens Prefecture, with the personal contribution of former Prefect and Governor Mr Ioannis Sgouros, made available via Planning Contract to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism €6,000,000 for the ‘Restoration of the ancient theatre of Dionysus’ (link)
  • The object of this contract were the following sub-projects:
    • Completion of the the restoration of the Choragic monument of Thrasyllos.
    • Gradual restoration and promotion of the koilon of the Theatre of Dionysus – Phase A (specifically, the three central kerkides).
    • Completion of the restoration of the eastern retaining side wall.
    • Completion of the restoration of the pedestals and the copy of the statue of Menander on the eastern parodos.
  • A small part of the project in the central kerkida of the monument was completed as a pilot project in 2009.
  • After the abolishment of Credit Management Fund for the Execution of Archaeological Projects and following coordinated efforts by central services of the Ministry of Culture and Sports, the Diazoma Association, and the Scientific Committee of the South Slope of the Acropolis, and in accordance with decision of the Ministry of Development and Competitiveness dated 28/07/2104 (ΣΑΕ014-ΠΔΕ 2014, AΔΑ: ΩΡΗΣΦ-ΒΞΒ), the ‘Restoration of the Ancient Theatre of Dionysus’ project was incorporated into the Public Investment Programme.
  • In 2017 the restoration of the Choragic monument of Thrasyllos was completed by architect-restorer of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Athens, Mr Konstantinos Boletis.
  • Currently, two restoration programmes are under way: the restoration of the central section of the koilon, and the restoration of the eastern side wall at the Theatre of Dionyses.
  • Works inside the koilon include “glueing” together fragments of architectural elements, completion using new stone, and construction of completely new seats and rows. The restoration of the VIII (middle) kerkida of the theatre was completed in 2019. A new from of works has been created on the next kerkida, VII, and on kerkida VI, where the project’s crane bridge has been moved.
  • For the completion of the restoration of the eastern side wall, casting, shaping, and placement of new dolomite stones and supplementations to the ancient stones at the end of the wall (corner area-the point were it meets the northeast retaining wall of the theatre).
  • Dynamic and exemplary progress of monument restoration works. (CURRENTLY)
  • Completion of monument restoration works. (MOVING FORWARD)
Ancient Theater of Dodona
  • On Monday 15 June 2009 the President of the ‘DIAZOMA’ Association Mr Stavros Benos visited the ancient theatre of Dodoni, where he met with all local agencies regarding the promotion of the theatre. ((link))
  • The ‘DIAZOMA’ Association has opened a special bank account (“piggy bank”) for the ancient theatre of Dodoni ((link))
  • The ‘Restoration of the ancient theatre and other monuments of the sanctuary of Dodoni’ was incorporated in the the 3rd CSF, with funding of €2,934,702. During the incorporation of the project priority was given to the completion of the necessary support plans, as well as to the preservation works that included the entirety of the theatre koilon, with the exception of the epitheatre, as well as the architectural elements of the skene The works mainly aimed to reattach all the detached fragments and/or parts of the seats, and to fill up any large cracks. In 2007 there were restoration works on the wall of the arena, emphasising the parts that are incorporated into the skene structure. At the same time, after the completion of the two support plans, and especially the final plan for the restoration of the two eastern kerkides on the edge of the theatre, it was deemed necessary to implement a pilot programme for the restoration of the first eastern kerkida and the corresponding retaining wall, as well as the rows on either side.
  • The ‘Protection, restoration, and promotion of the ancient theatre and the monuments of the sanctuary of Dodoni’ was also incorporated into the NSRF with €3,060,000 of funding. The programme aimed to protect and promote the archaeological site, in order to increase the number of visitors. It included 2 sub-projects: a) the theatre and b) the western Stoa of the Sanctuary and the other monuments of the archaeological site. Sub-project A included fixing and restoration works for part of the koilon, specifically sections of the 8 kerkides in the lower diazoma with the corresponding rows leading up, namely complete restoration of kerkides 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6, and the lower sections of kerkides 7, 8, and9.
  • The ‘Protection, restoration, and promotion of the ancient theatre and the monuments of the sanctuary of Dodoni (Phase A)’ was also incorporated into the 2014-2020 NSRF, through the programme ‘Cultural route of the ancient theatres of Epirus’, with €5,000,000 of funding (Priority Axis ‘Protection of the environment and sustainable growth’ of the Regional Operational Programme of Epirus). The project includes the preservation – restoration of  part of the ancient theatre, aiming to open the first diazoma and parts of the second to the public. The wall masonry of the western stoa of the outside court of the sanctuary will be preserved, in order to avoid further damage to it and possible collapse. Furthermore, there will be improvements to the service infrastructure for the public (expansion of the parking area, biological treatment installation, lightning protection).
  • Dynamic and exemplary progress of monument restoration works. (CURRENTLY)
  • Completion of monument restoration works. (MOVING FORWARD)
Theater of Epidaurus

• The project “Maintenance, restoration and promotion of the monuments in Epidaurous” was incorporated in the NSRF, with funding of 3,000,000,00 Euros.

• Foreseen to take place at the ancient theater of Asklepiou Epidaurou is the restoration of its foreground, as well as the maintenance work of the fragile architectural parts/pieces of the stage.

• In the first phase, according to the approved study, the two theater ramps from the foreground leading to the floor of the stage building will be restored.
• Meanwhile, the restoration of the upper row of seats of the epitheater, which had been disturbed by the silt in the area, continues.

• Work is in progress.

• In particular, the reconstruction of the seats was completed in the upper rows of the epitheater, after the causes of the damage had been removed. As for the area of the hollow of the theater which has been greatly deformed (stand 18 to 21 of the epitheter) the analytical documentation of the damages continues, as part of the restoration study which is under preparation. In the area of the stage building, the architectural members have already begun to work with new materials for the restoration of the platform of the theater, as well as the welding of broken pieces of the monument.

Theatre of ancient Gitana
  • In September 2009, the President of Diazoma Mr Stavros Benos held a working visit to the Ancient Theatre of Gitana, where he met with local agencies. (see here)
  • ‘DIAZOMA’ has opened a “piggy bank” (an electronic bank account) for the ancient theatre of Gitana. (see here)
  • In May 2012 the planning contract was signed between the Ministry of Culture and the Region of Epirus for the documentation and protection of the ancient theatre of Gitana.
  • Funding worth €100,000 was provided by the region of Epirus. The object of the programme was the implementation of the necessary works for the documentation and immediate preliminary protection measures at the ancient theatre, works which would contribute to the collection of the necessary archaeological data, allowing for a future restoration plan of the monument (link).
  • ‘Diazoma’ used the “piggy bank” money to assign on Friday 11 January 2013 the contract for the project ‘Exploration of 3D Laser Scanner potential in monument documentation: Implementation of 3D digital model of the ancient theatre at Gitana’ to Democritus university of Thrace.
  • In February 2013 the amendment to the Planning Contract was signed, along with an increase to the initial budget by €30,000.00, in order to incorporate the required restoration plan assignments into the funding programme. The object includes the following units:
    • Implementation of temporary shoring of the western wall of the fortification above the theatre.
    • Clearing vegetation.
    • Checking and completing the current land and architectural survey.
    • Collection – classification and documentation of dispersed architectural elements.
    • Excavation research.
    • Planning survey.
    • Photographic documentation.
    • Conservation – protection works.
    • Collection of inscription moulds.
    • Work site – technical infrastructure.
    • Geotechnical design.
    • Chemical – mineral analyses.
    • Architectural design.
    • Structural design. (link)
  • The assignment of the following designs was completed by the competent Ephorate of Antiquities:
    • architectural survey and documentation of the skene structure, the orchestra, and the central kerkides of the ancient theatre of Gitana, to Ms Irene Doudoumi, architect – engineer.
    • fixing, restoration, and promotion design for the skene structure, the orchestra, the central kerkides of ancient theatre of Gitana, to Mr Konstantinos Zambas, civil engineer,
    • geophysical – technogeological plan of ancient theatre of Gitana, to the Institute of Geology & Mineral Exploration (IGMEM),
    • structural design of the ancient theatre of Gitana in Thesprotia, to Mr Gerasimos Thomas, civil engineer,
    • reconstruction research plan for the skene structure of the ancient theatre of Gitana, to Mr Efstratios Pavlidis, architect – engineer,
  • In October 2014 the above plans were approved by the C.A.C.
  • In September 2018 ‘DIAZOMA’ assigned the contract for the work ‘Production via the MIND THE GAP programme of a special map for the blind for archaeological sites of: Ginata, b. Kassopi, c. Nikopolis, d. Amvrakias’ to the Company ‘DALKAFOUKI OIKOS LTD’, with funding from the Pavlos & Alexandra Canellopoulos Foundation.
  • The implementation of the work ‘Basic Infrastructure and Works for the Restoration and promotion of the Ancient Theatre of Gitana (Phase A)’ is under way, with €1,200,000,00 of funding from the Epirus 2014-2020 ROP – ‘Cultural route of the theatres of ancient Epirus’ (CURRENTLY)
  • A new design for phase B of the restoration works was submitted to the CAC: the plan for the architectural survey-documentation and restoration of the plinths and seats along the edges of the ancient theatre. In January 2020 the above plan was approved by the C.A.C. (CURRENTLY)
  • The budget increase for the project for the works of phase B is under way. (MOVING FORWARD)
Large Theatre of Gortys (Acropolis)
  • In November 2008 the President of Diazoma Mr Stavros Benos visited the ancient theatre of Gorty in the framework of his tour of the ancient theatres of Crete, and held meetings with local agencies. (see here)
  • ‘DIAZOMA’ has opened a “piggy bank” (an electronic bank account) for the ancient theatre of Gortys. (see here) The pupils of the Municipality of Gortys have “adopted” the ancient theatre and hold an annual Student Festival there. (see. here)
  • In 2009 the Prefecture Local Government of Heraklion made available through a Planning Contract to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism €7000.00 of funding for the implementation of a Geophysical Plan, which has been completed.
  • In July 2010, the Region of Crete made available through a Planning Contract €400,000.00 in funding to reveal the monument. The object of the contract is:
    • clearing the vegetation from the monument,
    • removing fallen structural materials,
    • small exploratory cuts at selected points of the monument,
    • initial survey of the monument’s outline,
    • implementation of protection measures for the revealed outline of the monument,
    • construction of new fencing. (link)
  • The excavation works produced spectacular results.
  • In October 2012 the amendment regarding the time of the most recent Planning Contract was signed.
  • In June 2014, the amendment to the contract was signed, along with an increase to the initial budget by €60,000.00, in order to incorporate the required restoration plan assignments into the funding programme. (link)
  • In February 2015 the Ephorate of Antiquities of Heraklion directly assigned the following plans for the restoration of the Roman Odeion of Gortys:
    • ‘Technical-Geological – Geotechnical Plan for the Large Theatre of Gortys’ to Georgios Kritsotakis, geologist – geotechnician,
    • ‘Structural Plan for the Fixing and Restoration of the Large Theatre of Gortys’ to the enterprise with the trade name Hydroment Consultant Engineers S.A.,
    • ‘Architectural plan for the restoration and promotion of the large theatre of Gortys’ to Nikolaos Hatzidakis, Architect Engineer,
    • ‘Survey with Topographical Methods of the Large Theatre of Gortys’ Plan to the enterprise with the trade name PERMEL S.A.
  • Implementation of the plans has been completed.
  • The plans were forwarded for approval to the Central Archaeological Council.(CURRENTLY)
  • Approval of the plans from the Central Archaeological Council and the incorporation of the monument’s restoration into a funding programme are pending. (MOVING FORWARD)
Theatre of Eretria
  • With the initiative of the Movement Active Citizens of Eretria, “MEDUSA”, the theater was cleared of vegetation.
  •  “DIAZOMA” has come to an understanding with the competent Antiquities Authority and the Swiss Archaeological School.
  • With the money collected from donations -money box (from sponsors and citizens), “DIAZOMA” assigned the study of preservation and restoration of the ancient theater to the scholars Niki Apostolou and Fotini Belliou.
  • The Programming Agreement between the Region of Mainland Greece and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, amounting to € 30.000 was signed concerning the “Topographic and architectural survey of the ancient theater of Eretria and its structural material”.
  • Archaeological cleaning of the ancient theater as well as the collecting of scattered structural materials was carried out and inspected.
  • A Festival of Performances was held in the courtyard of the ancient theater.
  • A programming contract of € 20.000 was signed on September 2, 2013 between the Ministry of Culture and Sports, the Region of Mainland Greece and the Municipality of Eretria for the project “Preliminary work for the restoration study and construction of the theater of Eretria”. The funding was provided by the Municipality of Eretria. Through the Programming Contracts the following studies were assigned directly by the relevant Authorities of Antiquities: A. Architectural surveys, B. Structural Study of the fixation of the ancient theater of Eretria, “Part A: Assessment of Existing Situation”, C. Structural Study of the fixation of the ancient theater of Eretria, “Part B, Restoration Proposals”, D. Conservation study of structural materials of the ancient theater of Eretria. The conservation and maintenance study of the ancient theater of Eretria waspresented by scholars Niki Apostolou and Fotini Belliou to the Board of Directors of “DIAZOMATOS”. On Tuesday 26 January 2016 the studies were approved by the Central Archaeological Council.
  • The Regional Governor of Mainland Greece, Mr. Konstantinos Bakoyiannis approved the credit of 1.050.000 Euros, which will be available for the restoration and maintenance of the structural materials of the ancient theater of Eretria.
Ancient Theater of Zea

• The Cultural Development Programming Agreement, amounting to € 70,000, was signed on May 15, 2014 between the Ministry of Culture and Sports and the Region of Attica for the project “Drawing up a study on the emergence of the ancient theater of Zea”.

• The purpose of the program for this contract is to prepare the study for the emergence of the ancient theater of Zea. For the protection and the highlighting of the monument, it is necessary to carry out fixation and maintenance works in order to make it accessible as a venue for cultural events. Situated in the same vicinity as the Archaeological Museum of Pireaus and the coastal front of Akti Moutsopoulou will help in the aesthetic and economic upgrading of the area and will be an attraction to visitors. Meanwhile, the Archaeological Service is putting all its efforts into transforming the building block, where the theater is located, into an archaeological park.
• Tuesday, February 24, 2015, the Department of Antiquities of West Attica, Piraeus and the Islands assigned an architectural study of restoration and promotion of the ancient theater of Zea in Piraeus to Antoniou Georgios, Architectural Engineer of NTUA (National Technical University of Athens).

• Tuesday, November 29th, 2016, the Central Archaeological Council approved the architectural study of the restoration and promotion of the ancient theater of Zea.

Ancient Theater of Ierapetra

• Geophysical research has already been completed through a Programming Agreement, which was funded by the former Prefecture of Lassithi.

• The Programming Agreement amounting to 50.000,00 Euros was signed with the Region of Crete, for the excavation research in the area where the ancient theater of Ierapetra is located.

• The monument has been cleansed by volunteers.

• On May 15, 2014, the required modification of the above contract was signed.

• Excavations are in progress.

• The signing of a new Programming Agreement is being promoted in order for the excavations to be continued.

Ancient Theater of Thassos
  • The works at the ancient theater of Thassos, began in July 2012. The project was included in Priority Axis 9. “Sustainable Development and Quality of Life in East Macedonia and Thrace”, OP. MAKEDONIA – THRACE 2007-2013, which was co-funded by the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund), entitled “Restoration and promotion of the Ancient Theater of Thassos”.
  • The cleaning and deforestation of the area was followed by the removal of the wooden seats of the tier in order to investigate the application of the approved study proposal for their replacement with corresponding marble slabs.
  • The supplies of the necessary tools and materials, as well as the personal protective equipment for the employees and the pharmacy were completed. l
  • Finally, the project’s information sign was placed.
  • A cluster of unencumbered gravestones were discovered and investigated following the displacement of the architectural members from the site where at the construction workplace hutches were to be placed. Both of the auxiliary public service buildings, the cleaning and the formation of the specific area led to the discovery and further investigation.
  • The competition for the construction site was completed, but due to the extremely unfavorable weather conditions and the difficult access through a rugged rural road to the ancient theater, it was put in place in March.
  • However, despite the adverse weather and local conditions until the end of March, the infrastructure works of the two auxiliary public service buildings (backstage, sanitary facilities) had been completed as well as the installation of the water, sewage, fire fighting and lighting networks.
  • At the beginning of December, the construction crane was transferred and installed for the necessary restoration of the project. We note that our Ephorate, in consultation with the neighboring P.C.A (Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities), borrowed for the needs of the project the crane that existed there and had been used in the ancient theater of Maroneia. This saved a considerable amount from an economic aspect of the project and thus it can be used to cover other needs.
  • Because it was deemed necessary to change the location of two of the five auxiliary buildings in order to become operational and to effectively service the needs of the Philippi Thasos Festival, the revision of their building permit proceeded. The changes were approved by the HCLA (Hellenic Society for Law and Archaeology) at its meeting on 14.04.2013 and will proceed immediately.
  • The supervising team observed that the wall of the west passage of the theater had a strong inclination; a solution was sought for the problem after the autopsy of the Director of Restoration Mr. D. Svolopoulos.
  • The internal filling of the wall was cleaned, and a geotechnical and static study was commissioned to restore the saved parts of the ancient wall and its restoration with the existing ancient materials.
Ancient Theatre of Dionysos in Ikarion, Attica
  • In May 2010 the first visit of the president of the ‘DIAZOMA’ Association, Mr. Stavros Benos, to the ancient theatre of Dionysos in Ikario, Attica, took place, in the framework of his tour of the ancient theatres and auditoriums of Attica, where he met with all local agencies regarding the promotion of the theatre of Dionysos. (link)
  • In November 2013 the programming contract was signed, for €20,000, between the Ministry of Culture and Sports, the Region of Attica, and the Municipality of Dionysos, regarding the project ‘Works for the Shaping of the archaeological site of Dionysos’. (link) The funding was provided by the Municipality of Dionysos. The contract aims to shape the archaeological site of Ikario of the Municipality of Dionysus in Attica, and more specifically to arrange and classify the dispersed architectural elements, implement exploratory cuts in the space, and produce informational signs. The planning contract was not activated.
  • At the same time, the pupil community of the Arsakeia-Tositsia Schools in Ekali and the schools of the Municipality of Dionysos, with the children’s teachers, as well as Mr Vassilis Lambrinoudakis, professor emeritus of Classical Archaeology at the University of Athens and a resident of Dionysos, are actively contributing to the promotion of the archaeological site of Dionysos in the ancient Attica Demos of Ikario.
  • ‘DIAZOMA’ has opened a “piggy bank” – bank account for the theatre of Dionysus in ancient Ikario, Attica.
  • A new Planning Contract is being promoted. (CURRENTLY)
  • Signing of the new Planning Contract and commencement of works. (MOVING FORWARD)
Ancient Theater of Kabireion of Thebes
  • In February 2010 the first visit of the president of the ‘DIAZOMA’ Association, Mr. Stavros Benos, to the ancient theatre of Cabireion took place, in the framework of his tour of the ancient theatres of Boeotia, where he met with all local agencies regarding the promotion of the theatre of Cabireion. (link)
  • ‘DIAZOMA’ has opened a special bank account (“piggy bank”) for the ancient theatre of Cabireion in Thebes. In August 2012 a special event for the financial support of the “piggy bank” of the ancient theatre was co-organised by the Thivaion Municipality and the ‘Laios’ Cultural Development Association (link)
  • In December 2013 the Programming Contract was signed, and with it the Region of Central Greece undertook funding the programme for the promotion of the ancient theatre with the amount of €50,000. (link) The programme included the following units: 1. Archaeological cleaning, 2. Survey and topography plan of the archaeological site, as well as of the decumbent archaeological material, 3. Complete photographic documentation and aerial photographs. 4. Charting the deterioration. Diagnosis of the deterioration (plan for materials) Review of older interventions. 5. Plan of the ancient water drainage system and, possibly, works to repair it, so that it is operational once more. 6. Demolition of the old shed that had been built during excavation research and construction of a covered area for the archaeological materials found in the space. 7. Signposting and informational signs.
  • During 2014 the Ephorate of Antiquities of Thebes implemented archaeological cleaning and a topographic survey. (CURRENTLY)
  • A new Programming Contract must be signed for further excavation research and the implementation of a monument restoration plan. (MOVING FORWARD)
Theatre of Kalydon
  • In March 2009 the first visit of the president of the ‘DIAZOMA’ Association, Mr. Stavros Benos, to the ancient theatre of Kalydon took place, in the framework of his tour of the ancient theatres of Aetolia-Acarnania, where he met with all local agencies regarding the promotion of the theatre of Kalydon. (link)
  • ‘DIAZOMA’ has opened a special bank account (“piggy bank”) for the ancient theatre of Kalydon. In June 2011 a special event was held in Evinochori by the Municipality of Missolonghi, the ‘ANCIENT KALYDONA’ and ‘AGIOS IOANNIS EVINOCHORIOU’ Associations, the Archaeological Association of West Central Greece, and the Association of Public Work Contractors of Missolonghi – Nafpaktos, to open and support the ancient theatre’s “piggy bank”. (link 1, link 2)
  • From 2011 to 2013 excavation works at the monument were funded by the Archaeological Institute of Denmark, with the amount of €200,000.00.
  • The excavation works have not been completed.
  • In January 2014 ‘DIAZOMA’ assigned the restoration and promotion plan for the ancient theatre of Kalydon to architect – engineer Mr Nikos Hatzidakis, with the money that was collected in the monument’s electronic bank account.
  • The implementation of the study was completed and in September 2015 it was received by the Board of DIAZOMA.
  • In March 2019 the plan was approved by the Central Archaeological Council.
  • The Cultural Route of the Ancient Theatres of Aetolia-Acarnania proposed by ‘DIAZOMA’ which will incorporate the restoration of the ancient theatre of Kalydon, must be implemented with funds from the NSRF. (MOVING FORWARD)

 

Theater of Cassope
  • On Saturday 13 June 2009 the first visit of the president of the ‘DIAZOMA’ Association, Mr. Stavros Benos, to the ancient theatre of Kassopi took place, in the framework of his tour of the ancient theatres of the prefectures of Preveza and Arta, where he met with all local agencies regarding the promotion of the theatre of Kassopi. (link)
  • Subsequently, ‘DIAZOMA’ opened a “piggy bank” (an electronic bank account) for the ancient theatre of Kassopi. (link)
  • Through the work ‘Promotion of the neighbourhood of the theatre of ancient Kassopi’ which had been incorporated in the Operational Programme ‘Thessaly – Central Greece – Epirus 2007-2013’ of the NSRF, with a total budget of €300,000, the following works were implemented: clearing the monument and the surrounding space of wild vegetation, test cuts in the streets of the ancient city leading to the theatre, systematic archaeological cleaning of the western polygon retaining wall of the koilon, the four western kerkides, the orchestra, and the skene structure of the theatre.
  • In 2015 ‘DIAZOMA’ assigned the following plans that were deemed necessary for the restoration and overall promotion of the ancient theatre of Kassopi:
    • architectural plan to architects Ms Ioulia Stamou and Mr Leonidas Leontaris,
    • structural restoration plan to civil engineer Mr Konstantinos Papantonopoulos,
    • geotechnical plan and plan for the reduction in the risk of collapse of the rock behind the ancient theatre of Kassopi to the ‘EDAFOS ENGINEER CONSULTANTS S.A.’ Company.
  • From September to December 2017 ‘DIAZOMA’ and the platform act4greece of the National Bank of Greece implemented a crowdfunding programme for the ancient theatre of Kassopi. This programme raised through the power of so many people the amount of €80,500, which was used to cover the cost of assigning the plans. (video)
  • On Wednesday 19 October 2016 at hotel Dioni Boutique in Preveza the crowdfunding programme for the promotion of the ancient theatre of Kassopi was presented. The event was co-organised by the Regional Unit of Preveza, the National Bank of Greece, and the ‘DIAZOMA’ Association. (link)
  • On Friday 11 November 2016 in the central hall of the Small Athens Stock Exchange the crowdfunding programme for the promotion of the ancient theatre of Kassopi was presented. (link)
  • The preliminary plan for the restoration and overall promotion of the ancient theatre of Kassopi has already been completed.
  • On Tuesday 26 July 2016 the plan was approved by the C.A.C.
  • The final plan for the restoration of the theatre was also delivered by the researchers.
  • In July 2018 the C.A.C. approved:
    • the plan for the restoration and overall promotion of the ancient theatre of Kassopi (architectural, structural restoration),
    • the plan for the preservation and fixing of the structural material of the ancient theatre of Kassopi,
    • the geotechnical plan and plan for the reduction in the danger of the rock behind the ancient theatre of Kassopi and
    • the proposal for the creation of the work site road at the archaeological site of Kassopi, Regional Unit of Preveza, Region of Epirus.
  • Implementation is under way of the work ‘Restoration – Promotion of the ancient theatre of Kassopi (Phase A)’ through the programme ‘Cultural route of the ancient theatres of Epirus’, with €1,000,000 of funding (Priority Axis ‘Protection of the environment and sustainable growth’ of the Regional Operational Programme of Epirus). (CURRENTLY)
  • Monitoring and completing works. (MOVING FORWARD)

 

Ancient Theater of Larissa I
  • The project “Maintenance, restoration and promotion of the ancient theater of Larissa” was included in the N.S.R.F with funding of 1,500,000 Euros.
  • Within the framework of the N.S.R.F. for the period of 2007-13, works were carried out aiming at the immediate stabilization and preservation of the surface of the marble and the porous front parts in the main theater, the scenery, as well as the perimeters of the orchestra.
  • Meanwhile, the aesthetic restoration of the architectural pieces was achieved and visually a better monumental assembly was created.
  • In addition, works have been carried out to improve the projection, recognition and the highlighting of the monument.
  • On May 21, 2014, a contract concerning the “Creation of a website for the ancient theater of Larissa” was signed at the offices of “DIAZOMATOS” The contract was signed by the president of “DIAZOMATOS”, Mr. Stavros Benos and Mr. Lynn Patchett.
  • The total funding allotted for the ancient theater of Larissa through the N.S.R.F amounts to 2 million Euros.
  • Through a programming contract between the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Municipality of Larissa and the Region of Thessaly, the completion of the works has been financed for the renovation of the seats in the main theater, as well as some of their placements in their original positions.
  • The restoration assignment of the studies of the ancient theater (main theater, preserved section of the aisle and of the upper theater, the retaining walls, as well as the stage building) was commissioned, with a sponsorship of 100,000 Euros from the PAVLOS & ALEXANDRA KANELLOPOULOS FOUNDATION and $ 50,000 by the JM KAPLAN FUND FOUNDATION.
  • The planning of the study is in progress.
  • The Municipality of Larissa is promoting the urban expropriation of two building blocks adjacent to the ancient theater of the city.
  • A proposal has been made for the ‘pedestrianization’ of Venizelos Street and the restoration of the facades of the apartment buildings in the city center, which are adjacent to the ancient theater. This proposal has been made in order for the project to be included in the program “Visual interventions on the facades of public buildings of the Region”. This project will be funded by the Business Program “Transport Infrastructure, Environment and Sustainable Development” of the MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT AND ENERGY.
Ancient theatre of Lefki
  • On Saturday 15 November 2008 the first visit of the president of the ‘DIAZOMA’ Association, Mr. Stavros Benos, to the ancient theatre of Koufonisi in Lefki took place, in the framework of his tour of the ancient theatres of Crete, where he met with all local agencies regarding the promotion of the theatre of Koufonisi. (link)
  • Subsequently, ‘DIAZOMA’ opened a “piggy bank” (a bank account) for the ancient theatre of Koufonisi in Lefki. (link)
  • In 2009 the former Prefecture Local Government of Lasithi funded a geophysical study of the ancient theatre of Koufoniki in Lefki with a planning Contract.
  • The geophysical survey, which has been completed, was implemented jointly with the theatre of Ierapetra.
  • Architects Yiorgos Kannavakis and Liana Efthymiadou voluntarily drafted the plan for the protection of the monument from the weather conditions and the natural sandblasting from the fierce wind storms. The above plan was approved by the Local Archaeological Council.(ΣΤΙΓΜΑ)
  • We must move forward with implementation of the above plan in combination with the drafting and funding of the overall programme for the promotion and protection of this unique and symbolic theatre. (MOVING FORWARD)
Ancient Theater of Lindos
  • ‘DIAZOMA’ opened a “piggy bank” (a bank account) for the ancient theatre of Lindos. (link)
  • In August 2011 the planning contract was signed between the Region of Southern Aegean and the Ministry of Culture and Sports, with €100,000 of funding, for the promotion of the ancient theatre of Lindos. (link)
  • The €100,000.00 of funding was made available by the Region of the Southern Aegean for excavation and fixing works, as well as for topographical and architectural surveys, which will provide us with valuable material for the future assignment of the plan for the restoration of the theatre.
  • The plan for the topographical and planning survey, recording the problem areas, and for a proposal for the restoration of the theatre, was drafted by architect Angeliki Markou. This plan was assigned directly by the 12th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities with funding from the Programming Contract, and it has been completed.
  • In May 2016 the preliminary plan for the promotion of the ancient theatre of Lindos was approved by the C.A.C. (CURRENTLY)
  • The incorporation of the implementation of the restoration plan into a European or sponsorship funding programme is pending. (MOVING FORWARD)

 

Ancient Theater of Mieza
  • In 2007 the project “Ancient Theater of Mieza: Research – Preservation – Restoration” was included in the program “Cultural Egnatia” of the 3rd Community Support Framework (CSF), with a total budget of € 500,000.
  • New data have also emerged for an earlier phase of the theater, which is placed in the Hellenistic era.
  • The project “Preservation – enhancement of the ancient theater of Mieza – Phase B” has been included in the Operational Program “Macedonia-Praxis” with a € 750,000 funding.

 The aforementioned funding provides for:

1.The completion of the works for the aesthetic restoration of new stones

2.The preservation of ancient stone

3.The restoration of the floors of the orchestra, the stage and level of the auditorium above the seventh row of seats.

  • Upon completion of the works in the theater of Mieza, the only restored theater in the area of Imathia and the northern part of Central Macedonia will become an absolutely accessible to visitors archaeological site.
  •  Works have begun and are ongoing.
Ancient Theater of Messene
  • On Saturday 11 October 2008 the President of the ‘ DIAZOMA’ Association Mr Stavros Benos visited the ancient theatre of Messini in the framework of the first General Meeting of ‘DIAZOMA’. (link)
  • ‘DIAZOMA’ opened a “piggy bank” (a bank account) for the ancient theatre of Messini. (link)
  • The theatre was restored by the Society of Messenian Archaeological Studies under the personal care and supervision of professor Petros Themelis, and with a €1,200,000 donation from the ‘STAVROS NIARCHOS’ foundation. Restoration works were completed in August 2013. On 3 August 2013 a special event was held for the opening of the monument.
  • In April 2015 ‘DIAZOMA’ assigned the drafting of an electrical preliminary study for the electrical lighting of the archaeological site of ancient Messini, with a sponsorship from the Pavlos & Alexandra Canellopoulos Foundation, to MELETITIKI S.E.M.-I LTD / Technical Company for E/M Installations Plans, aiming at incorporating the Project (Application and Construction Plan) to the NSRF. The drafting of the preliminary plan was completed and on 16-12-2016 it was received by the Board of DIAZOMA.
  • In March 2017 the former Deputy Minister of the Economy & Development Mr Alexis Charitsis stated that €1.5 million from the Public Investment Programme had been earmarked for works concerning the lighting of the entire archaeological space, the fencing, the covered area, and the parking lot.
  • In October 2019 the Governor of Peloponnese Mr Panagiotis Nikas announced the connection of the A7 motorway with the Lampaina – Ancient Messini road via the Arfara junction.
  • The approval of the plan for the general lighting of the park by the C.A.C. and its implementation are pending.
  • Recently there has been an effort to create an archaeological park in Ancient Messini, which will meet a more dynamic and modern approach to cultural management, as envisioned by Professor Petros Themelis. The archaeological park of Messini will be a juncture on the Cultural Route of MOREAS. (CURRENTLY)
  • Incorporation of the MOREAS programme, which will include the Archaeological Park of Messini, into the NSRF programme (2014-2020 or 2021-2027). All works that have been announced will be incorporated into this programme. (MOVING FORWARD)

 

Ancient Theater of Platiana

Work progress
• On December 13, 2013, the Cultural Development Programming Agreement amounting to 100,000 Euros was signed, between the Ministry of Culture and Sports and, the Region of Western Greece – Regional Unity of Ilia for the project “Excavation research, topographic and architectural survey of the ancient theatre of Platiana”.
• The aim of the project was the complete archaeological documentation of the monument, through the supplementary excavation of selected points in the theatre. These works were preceded by the deforestation and the excavation cleaning of the ancient theatre. Also planned are the topographic mappings of the monument, its new architectural depiction, the recording and organizing of the decumbent building materials, the static study of fixation, as well as geological studies. All the above are the precursors that are required, in order for the restoration study of the ancient theatre to materialize.
• “DIAZOMA” has opened a “money box” – an electronic bank account – for the ancient theatre of Platiana, to which the local communities actively contribute.
• Excavations began on the 1st of May 2014, by the Department of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities (OLYMPIA) for the project “Excavation research, topographic and architectural survey of the ancient theatre of Platiana”. This lasted until December 2014.
• Also, for the needs of the project, the topography study and the architectural depiction of the ancient theatre were carried out by direct assignment. In the framework of the project, the static study and the restoration study of the ancient theatre were also carried out.

Theater of Megalopolis
  • The Municipality of Megalopolis and the Ministry of Culture and Tourism have signed a Programmatic Agreement budgeted at € 500,000; problems for the realization of the agreement have been resolved.
  • The Ministry of Culture and Tourism and the Public Power Corporation SA (PPC) have signed a Cultural Grant Agreement totaling € 2,815,354, according to which PPC undertakes to finance projects and studies of the 39th Ephorate of Antiquities for the protection and enhancement of archaeological monuments in the area of Megalopolis, namely the restoration and enhancement of the ancient theater.
  • Works on the utilization of these funds have begun.
  • The non-governmental organization “ELIX” collaborated with the Municipality of Megalopolis and implemented voluntary programs aimed at the conservation and restoration of the theater of Megalopolis and the archaeological site.
  • The project includes the restoration of two theater tiers (B and C).
Αncient Theatre of Samothrace
  • The archaeological research at the ancient theatre of Samothrace has been completed by the Curator Mr Dimitris Matsas.
  • On Sunday 25 April 2010 the first visit took place of the president of the ‘DIAZOMA’ Association, Mr. Stavros Benos, to the ancient theatre of Samothrace, in the framework of his tour of the ancient theatres and auditoriums of Samothrace, where he met with all local agencies regarding the promotion of the theatre of Samothrace.
  • ‘DIAZOMA’ then opened a “piggy bank” (a bank account) for the ancient theatre of Samothrace. (link)
  • In September 2013 ‘DIAZOMA assigned the work ‘Enlarging the potential of 3D Laser Scanners in monument documentation: drafting 3D models of the ancient theatres in Abdera and Samothrace’, with funding from the Bodossaki Foundation.
  • A topographical survey must be drafted, as well as a plan for the restoration of the earthen koilon, as well as a functional connection of the monument with the broader archaeological site. (CURRENTLY)
  • Incorporation of the programme for the restoration of the theatre and its functional connection to the broader archaeological space to a funding programme. (MOVING FORWARD)

 

Ancient theatre of Sparta

• With a sponsorship of € 111,000.00 by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, “DIAZOMA” commissioned the architect-engineer, Mr. William Orestidis and his team, for a study of the restoration of the monument, which will include the architectural depictions of the monument, the recording of its pathology, archival research and the collection of photographic material and other evidence for the excavations, the recording and investigation of scattered architectural members, and finally proposals for the restoration and promotion of the theatre .
• The signing of a Framework Agreement between the Region of the Peloponnese, the Regional Unity of Lakonia, and the Ministry of Education, Research and Religious Affairs is also in progress, for the amount of 100,000.00 €, for the additional excavation research and the topographical and architectural depiction of the monument.
• On Wednesday, July 10, 2013, during the meeting of the Board of Directors of the DIAZOMA Association, the scholar, architect-engineer, Mr. William Orestidis, presented to the members of the board the study that he prepared for the restoration of the ancient theatre of Sparta.
• The study was received by a special committee of the DIAZOMA Association, and was sent for approval to the relevant departments of the Ministry of Culture and Sports.
• On Tuesday, October 15, 2013, the study of the restoration of the ancient theatre of Sparta was approved by the Central Archaeological Council.
• On Thursday, May 08, 2014, the contract for the assignment of a topographic study for the project “Construction of a dependent topographical diagram of a property owned by Dimosthenis Matala in zone A of the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Sparta, south of the ancient theatre” was signed at the offices of the Diazoma Association. The contract was signed by the president of the DIAZOMA Association, Mr. Stavros Benos and by Mr. Ioannis Yaxoglou, Rural and Surveying Engineer. The assignment of the above topographic study was carried out after the important donation of land made by Mr. Dimosthenis Matalas, former Mayor of Sparta, to the Greek State and the Ministry of Culture. The plot is located within zone A of the archaeological site of the Acropolis of Sparta, south of the ancient theatre.
• The J.M. Kaplan Fundation, operating in New York, donated $ 100,000 (€ 81,070.13) in February 2018 for the enhancement of the theatre in order to reinforce the first phase of the associated restoration works.

Ancient Theater of Thoricus
  • In November 2009 the first visit of the president of the ‘DIAZOMA’ Association, Mr. Stavros Benos, to the ancient theatre of Thorikos took place, in the framework of his tour of the ancient theatres of Eastern Attica, where he met with all local agencies regarding the promotion of the theatre of Thorikos. (link)
  • The project ‘Fixing, Restoration, and Promotion of the Ancient theatre of Thorikos’ was implemented cost-plus and by direct award by the Directorate for the Restoration of Ancient Monuments, with funding from the Fund of Archaeological Proceeds in the amount of €500,000.00 (decision No ΔΙΟΙΚ/Β/6041/Α/07.6.07.2007).
  • Restoration of part of the western and central kerkides of the theatre was completed in the framework of this programme. These works concerned resetting, completing, fixing, and restoring seats, reinforcing their sub-base and completion to a limited extent with new material, following its excavation from a neighbouring quarry. Works to secure the retaining wall of the orchestra were implemented, as it was deformed and its structural material had started loosening.
  • As was announced after the visit of the Minister of Culture Ms Lina Mendoni, a planning contract is being promoted between the Ministry of Culture and Sports, the Region of Attica, and the Municipality of Lavreotiki, for the cultural promotion and development of the monuments of Lavreotiki, and specifically for the promotion and restoration of the ancient theatre of Thorikos and the Ancient Metal Mine Galleries, so that they are visitable throughout the year. (CURRENTLY)
  • Signing of the Planning Contract and recommencement of monument restoration works. (MOVING FORWARD)