International Colloquy. The Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles
London Hellenic Centre, 19-20 June 2012
Three campaigning organisations for the Parthenon Marbles, from the UK, USA and Australia, convened in London (19-20 June) to launch the international colloquy on “The Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles”, which was attended by leading representatives from four continents. Among the topics presented included the concept of the “Universal Museum”, issues of litigation, the Acropolis Museum, archaeological perspectives, and special tributes to Eleni Cubitt, founder of the British Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles, and the late journalist, Christopher Hitchens, a friend and supporter of the Committee.
The all-day colloquy was held 19 June at the Hellenic Centre in London. The historic event was timed to coincide with the third year anniversary of the opening of the new Acropolis Museum and the occasion of the 2012 London Olympics one month later.
Co-presented by The British Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles (BCRPM), The American Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Sculptures (ACRPS), and The International Organising Committee — Australia — for the Restitution of the Parthenon Marbles (IOC-A-RPM), the 2012 international colloquy echoed the efforts around the globe to educate and connect people and resources. By forging an open dialogue and coalitions among supporters, the organising committees hope to further increase the level of awareness and support around the world.
Keynote speaker was the world-renowned human rights advocate and author, George Bizos SC, a Member of BCRPM and lawyer to Nelson Mandela, who spoke on issues relating to litigation.
All the Colloquy proceedings were recorded, thanks to the sponsorship of Mr Peter Magiros and Frutex Australia.
Camera: Laurence Middleton Jones, Actionstream Direct Media (London)
Editing: Dennis Tritaris, Orama Communications (Sydney)