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 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 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.
Ancient Theater of Amvrakia (small)

• For the complete revelation and protection of the monument it is necessary to complete the excavation works and to perform the small-scale fixation interventions which are required.
• For the implementation of the above mentioned works, the designation of the theater was included in the N.S.R.F with funding of 2,000,000.00 €. The smaller scale project belonging to the larger project “Enhancement – unification of the archaeological sites of ancient Amvrakia in the city of Arta, Municipality of Artaion: western necropolis, temple of Apollo and small theater” was implemented.
• Depending on the extent and form of the antiquities that are revealed, a small pedestrian bridge above the ancient theater is intended to be built, which will provide visual contact with the ancient theater and simultaneously lead us to a nice archaeological walk through to the rest of the monuments of ancient Amvrakia. This will create an archaeological site organically integrated into the life of the modern city.
• During the excavation works a ceramic furnace of the Byzantine period was discovered, which was created very close to the seats of the ancient theater. Next to the ancient theater the sewerage network of the ancient city was revealed.
• Through the program “Cultural Routes in the Ancient Theaters of Epirus”, the project “Works for the promotion and formation of the archaeological site of the Small Theater of Ancient Amvrakia”, with a budget of 749,400 Euros, was included in the N.S.R.F. 2014-2020 Business Program “Epirus 2014-2020”.

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.

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

PHASE A: DESCRIPTION OF THE WORK OF THE 3rd C.S.F. (Community Support Framework) – P.B.P (Peripheral Business Programs) (07-2008 to 06-2009)
• Work commenced in July 2008 after the approval by the H.S.A. (Hellenic Society for Archaeology)for research (Ministry of Culture / ΔΑΑΜ / 56/40285 / 22-4-2008) and financing, amounting to 900.450 Euros from the 3rd C.S.F. – P.B.P Crete.
• The work was completed in most of the theater until the end of 2008 on the expropriated field and continued in 2009 in the eastern part of the theater, stage and foreground, which is situated on the adjacent property and which is in the advanced stage of expropriation.
PHASE B: INCORPORATION IN THE N.S.R.F.
• The project was incorporated in the 2nd phase of the N.S.R.F., with the financing of 2,475,000.00 Euros for the completion of the restoration and reconstruction works of the monument.
• The expropriation of the property by the A.R.F. (Archaeological Receipts Fund) was declared (Government Gazette 273 AAP / 21-10-2011), with a budget of 508,620.00€.
The work is in progress. In more detail:
The excavation has revealed most of the theater, focusing now on revealing the west passage way and investigating the elongated terraced building north of the theater in order to understand its function.
Simultaneously, stone and mortar maintenance works are carried out, which include: cleaning of the external surfaces, sealing of cracks and small voids, and the welding of peelings with mortars compatible with hydraulic lime-based antiquities.
The restoration of the theater seats includes the repositioning of collected seats in homologous positions and the construction and placement of new ones made of natural stone.
All the work is accompanied by the necessary documentation with a calendar of restoration and maintenance dates, as well as architect’s memos and architectural drawings.
Maintenance of the masonry of the stage and the revelation of the passage ways with the removal of the fallen stones is being carried out while the restoration of the foreground is being planned. The mild configuration of the area and the organization of the route tours will materialize upon the completion of the revelation of the perimeter of the monument and the passage ways. Advantage will be taken of the ancient road, the relief of the terrain and the vegetation of the area.
On 12 December 2015, the ancient theater of Apteras was given to the public. The project included the restoration of the theater, the registration of the sensitive stone foundations of the seats, the re-setting of the stones on the passage ways to their original positions, the maintenance and restoration of the scenery. In addition, the contour of the theater and two paved streets that served to access the monument were revealed.

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 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 Acharnes
  • A section of the ancient theater was revealed in 2007.
  •  The first expropriation of the property owned by K. Trivella has already been completed.
  • The second expropriation of the property, owned by Borsi, Gritsi and Pouraimi, is in progress.
  • With the money collected by the citizen’s movement Episkinio, a study entitled “Complete spatial organization of cultural routes, focused on the ancient theater of Acharnon” was commissioned by the organization DIAZOMA. The study is in progress.

Also required:

  • Pedestrianising Salaminos street
  • Continuation of excavations
Large Theatre of Gortys (Acropolis)
  • The Prefectural Authority of Heraklion, provided funding of € 7,000.00 through a Programming Agreement of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism for the implementation of Geophysical Research, which has already been completed.
  • Through the Programming Agreement, the Periphery of Crete provided funding of 400,000, 00 € for the revelation of the monument.
  • € 200,000.00 (year 2011) and an additional € 200,000.00 (year 2012) have already been absorbed.
  • The excavations have shown spectacular results.
  • The modification of the last Programming Agreement was signed.
  • On 02-06-2014 the modification of the contract as well as an increase in its initial budget by 60.000,00 € was signed in order for it to be included in the program and for the required restoration assignments to be studied.
  • On 29-07-2014, a notice was published for the recruitment of highly qualified scientists and craftsmen through the Programming Agreement. The work was resumed.
  • On Wednesday, February 25, 2015, the following studies were carried out by the Ephorate of Antiquities of Heraklion for the restoration of the Roman theater of Gortyna:
  1. “Techno-geological – Geotechnical Study of the Grand Theater of Gortyna”, to Kritsotakis George, geologist – geo-technician,
  2. “Static Study of Fastening and Reconstruction of the Grand Theater of Gortyna” to the company Hydroment Consulting Engineers SA,
  3. “Architectural study of the restoration and promotion of the grand theater of Gortyna” to Hatzidakis Nikolaos, Architectural Engineer,
  4. The study of “Surveying with Topographic Methods of the Grand Theater of Gortyna” to the company named PERMEL SA
  • The devising of the studies has been completed. They are now expected to be approved of by the Central Archaeological Council.
  • It is necessary to modify the Programming Agreement in order for the additional excavation research of the monument to be included.
Ancient Theater of Delphi
  • Diazoma and the French Archaeological School have developed a scientific collaboration, which was confirmed with the signing of the Concession Rights Agreement. The agreement provides for the mutual exchange of scientific material that is produced and will be produced for the ancient theater of Delphi.
  • After working with the French Archaeological School, Diazoma made use of the scientific work produced so far and commissioned the study for the restoration of the ancient theater of Delphi to researchers Helen-Anne Chlepas and Constantinos Papantonopoulos.
  • The commission cost is covered by the theater’s money box (e-bank account) and the kind donations of Theodora and Polytimi Andriopoulou, as well as by the Varvakeio Experimental High School, which adopted the ancient theater, and other donors.
  • The preliminary study was completed, after having been approved by the Central Archaeological Council (CAC).
  • The final study was completed, after having been approved by the Central Archaeological Council (CAC).
  • Furthermore, Diazoma commissioned the Geotechnical Studies Agreement for the ancient theater of Delphi to Mr. George Dounias and the “Edafos SA” company (April 10, 2012).
  • Preparations are currently underway for the integration of the project in the National Strategic Reference Framework (NSRF).
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.
Theatre of ancient Gitana
  • A programmatic agreement for € 100,000 has been signed between the Ministry of Culture and the Region of Epirus, for the documentation and protection of the ancient theatre of Gitana, in Thesprotia.
  • Works at the ancient theatre of Gitana are underway. The project aims at documenting and collecting the necessary archaeological data by continuing the excavation research. Another aim is to take preparatory protection measures for the ancient theatre that will allow the realization of a monument restoration study in the future.
  • With money deposited in the “money box” bank account for the monument, in January 11, 2013, Diazoma assigned the contract for the project “Exploration of the possibilities of 3D Laser Scanner in the documentation of monuments: Creation of a 3D digital model of the ancient theater in Gitana” to the Democritus University of Thrace.
  • The modification of the Programmatic Agreement and the decision to increase the original budget by € 30,000 have already been signed in order to allow the assignments of the required rehabilitation studies to also join the funding program.
  • The procedure for the assignment of the theatre’s required rehabilitation studies is also in progress.
  • The competent Ephorate of Antiquities has already approved the direct assignment of the following studies:
  1. conducting structural study.
  2. conducting research study for the reconstitution of the stage structure.
  3. conducting study for the fastening, repair and restoration of the stage structure, the orchestra and the central tiers.
  4. Conducting study for the architectural mapping and documentation of the stage structure, the orchestra and the central tiers.
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.

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.
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).
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 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 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.

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 Kabireion of Thebes
  • Diazoma has opened a special bank account (money box) for the ancient theater of Kabireion of Thebes.
  • The Programmatic Agreement was signed in December 13, 2013. With the agreement, the Region of Central Greece undertakes to finance with € 50,000 the program for the enhancement of the ancient theatre.

The program includes the following work units:

  1. Archaeological cleaning of all the disclosed antiquities, excavation research where it is absolutely necessary.
  2. Study for the mapping and surveying of the archaeological site and the decumbent archaeological material.
  3. Full photographic documentation and aerial photography.
  4. Mapping the decay. Diagnosis of the decay (study of materials). Assessment of past interventions.
  5. Study of the ancient drainage system and possible works for its repair so that it can operate again.
  6. Demolition of the old shed that was built during the excavations and construction of shelter for the archaeological material found on site.
  7. Signage – information signs.
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.