The G. & A. Mamidakis Foundation and the LoveGreece.com initiative support the “Contemporary Minoans”.

In Crete for the first time, renowned Greek designers inspired by and globally promoting the Minoan civilization.

The Cultural Organisation Branding Heritage coorganises a cultural 2-day event with the Heraklion Archaeological Museum and the Region of Crete in the frame of the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018, entitled “Contemporary Minoans”, with the aim to showcase the everlasting influence and wide representation of the Minoan civilisation on the global conptemporary design and creation. The events are held on 11-12 May 2018 at Knossos and Heraklion in Crete, under the auspices of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports, the Hellenic Ministry of Tourism and the Greek National Tourism Organisation.

The first event is dedicated to the revival of the Minoan gastronomy and will be hosted at the premises of the Knossos Research Center of the British School at Athens. The event “Cooking like Minoans” includes a meal inspired by the Minoan diet, to be prepared by archaeologist and founder of Minoan Tastes Dr. Jerolyn Morrison and a guided tour by Director of the British School at Athens Professor John Bennet and Knossos Curator Dr. Kostis Christakis.

During the second day, the Heraklion Archaeological Museum welcomes Branding Heritage and renowned Greek creators that honour their ancient Greek heritage, at an open cultural dialogue under the theme “Minoan civilisation inspires contemporary creators”. In the frame of the event, the Region of Crete and the Cultural Organisation Branding Heritage honour the internationally renowned Greek designer Sophia Kokosalaki for her contribution to the promotion of the Greek heritage and, especially her Cretan origin and Minoan influence, as a source of inspiration and creativity in world fashion scene. The honorary distinction will be awarded by the founder of Branding Heritage, journalist Katerina Frentzou and the Regional Governor of Crete, Stavros Arnaoutakis. A Minoan creation, especially made by prominent Greek ceramist Dimitris Z. Stathopoulos, will be offered.

The event at the Heraklion Archaeological Museum is open to the public. Prior online registration is necessary HERE http://www.brandingheritage.org/en/events, where more information and the detailed programme can be found.

The events are held with the kind contribution of sponsors Aegean Airlines, APIVITA, G & Α. Mamidakis Foundation, Creta Farms, Militos Consulting S.A., Minoan Spora, Moptil and the kind support of Μinoan Tastes, lovegreece.com, Zolotas, ZEUS & DIONE, Ancient Greek Sandals, Polina Sapouna Ellis, Philomela, Faye Chatzi, Croquis by Qupa, BeyondCSRNet, Angelina Mannequins, Lyrarakis winery, White Cover Design Studio, supermarket Chalkiadakis, Siganos Catering as well as media sponsors ERT Heraklion, ERT Chania, ERT3, newspaper KATHIMERINI, New York Times – Kathimerini English Edition, GREECE IS, ANA-MPA, The TOC, Athens Insider, DEAL news, InfoWoman, KritiTV, Nea Kriti, neakriti.gr, Radio 98.4 FM.

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