MACEDONIAN SOCIETY OF GREAT BRITAIN
The Macedonian Society of Great Britain was founded in 1989. Six years later, in 1995, the Society was granted charitable status on the strength of the main object of its constitution: the advancement of the education of the public in all aspects of Macedonian life and letters: the language, history, culture and art forms.
The Classical and Byzantine periods are of major interest to the Society, as well as sculpture, painting, pottery, lithographs, textiles, coins and jewellery. For this reason, the Society has organized numerous lectures to stimulate an interest in Macedonian culture for as wide an audience as possible. The Society has been fortunate to attract leading authorities in their fields: among others, the late Prof M. Andronicos, Prof N. Hammond, Dr E. Kofos, Prof Sir John Boardman, Dr Peter Fraser and Dr Hector Cating.
The Society has also worked to present the Macedonian picture visibly and effectively. In April 1992, it organized a rally in Trafalgar Square to promote ethnic awareness; and, in order to emphasize the cultural identity of northern Greece, it sent representatives in conjunction with other Greek societies in the U.K., to the EU Prime Ministers Conference, held in Edinburgh in December 1992.
In June 1993, the Society participated in the festivities celebrating 2,500 years of Greek Democracy, on the South Bank in London.
Although the Society promotes our national interests, it is free from party-political and union activities.
The Macedonian Society has, since its inception, been aware of the part to be played in inter-European co-operation and understanding. And so, in 1993 it became founder member of the Panmacedonian Society of Europe and the present President of the Macedonian Society of Great Britain is the Vice-President of this European organization. Equally, in order to work as effectively as possible in Great Britain for an awareness of Greek culture and concepts, the Macedonian Society has become a member of the Hellenic Centre founded two years ago in London.
Finally, to respond to the needs of its own members, especially younger ones living away from their native country and customs, the Society maintains calendar of events and gatherings to celebrate cultural awareness.
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