Issue 06, September 2007
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Cancellation of Delios Apollon

The planned major cultural event Delios Apollon, which was due to take place September 1st on the island of Delos and September 3rd at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, has been cancelled on the aftermath of the huge forest fires that destroyed large areas of Greece.


The Board of Directors of the Onassis Foundation has decided on the cancellation of the event as an act of respect toward all those contributing to fire-fighting efforts, and in memory of those who so tragically lost their lives.

In the relevant announcement issued August 25th the Foundation stated that “the loss of human life, the destruction of our natural environment and of property, as well as the threat to our country's History, can only result in feelings of deep sorrow and anger. There is one thing, however, that we cannot do: We cannot give in, we cannot resign ourselves to the tragic series of events. Our reaction must be the immediate mobilization of the entire country. Beyond our feelings of anger and deep sorrow, priority should be given to our actions. Both the government and the citizens of Greece have a responsibility to support, in all ways possible, the efforts aiming at reconstruction and prevention of further destruction”.

Cancellation of Delios Apollon

In addition, the Foundation has announced a financial contribution of € 5,000,000 toward the purchasing of equipment.

The revenues from the Delios Apollon event scheduled to take place at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus will benefit the Hellenic Society of Disabled Children (ELEPAP).

Delios Apollon was planned to feature the Filarmonica della Scala and soloists of the Teatro alla Scala Ballet. The first part of the event would open with Igor Stravinsky's "Apollo Musagète", choreographed by George Balanchine, with Roberto Bolle in the leading role, while the second half would feature Gustav Mahler's Sinfonia n. 1. The Filarmonica della Scala would have been directed by Daniele Gatti.

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