Revisiting Colloquy 2013

The Parthenon: An Icon of Global Citizenship

With the theme Parthenon: An Icon of Global Citizenship Colloquy 2013 was organised by this Committee. We welcomed people campaigning for the reunification of the Parthenon Marbles from all over the world.

The linking of diverse people underscored a new chapter in global citizenship with the Parthenon as the symbolic and the actual point of unity.

In his opening address to Colloquy 2013, our Chairman, Emanuel J Comino AM JP, reminded us of the foundational role played by Melina Mercouri former Minister of Culture and Sciences in Greece, in instigating the modern campaign for reunification.

The importance of Melina Mercouri

On July 29, 1982, Melina Mercouri, addressed the World Conference on Cultural Policies, organised by UNESCO, in Mexico. She told the world that the Parthenon Marbles must be returned to Greece. The following year she asked our committee to assist the newly formed British Committee, now known as The British Committee for Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles (BCRPM), in whatever way we could.

Since that time we have maintained a close association with the BCRPM.

Moreover, we acknowledge the important contribution Melina Mercouri has made

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2 Responses to Revisiting Colloquy 2013

  1. marlen Godwin says:

    An excellent Colloquy to follow on from the first held in London in June 2012 (with your support too). BCRPM ( has been privileged to have your Committee’s support for decades and we appreciate all the campaigning you’ve carried out across many continents, not least the support you’ve exended to George Bizos and the South African Committee, as well as Michael Reppas and the ACRPS (USA). Your commitment to this just cause is exemplar.


  2. ritaroberts says:

    I am British,but have lived in Crete for 17 years. I too believe that the Parthanon Marbles should be returned to Greece.

    Liked by 1 person

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