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Museum Avenue to be renamed Mikis Theodorakis

file photo: greek composer mikis theodorakis conducts the skopje's opera orchestra during a rehearsal in the macedonian capital
Theodorakis often conducted concerts of his music and sometimes sang along in his gruff distinctive voice as he conducted

The Nicosia Municipality announced Wednesday it was renaming Museum Avenue to Mikis Theodorakis Avenue starting November 30.

According to the announcement, the municipal council decided to rename the avenue to Mikis Theodorakis Avenue to honour the Greek composer.

Theodorakis, who died on September 2 at the age of 96, was recognised internationally for his over 1,000 works including the score of Zorba the Greek in 1964.

He was equally well known and respected internationally for his left-wing activism and stance on many socio-political issues over the decades, including his staunch opposition to the Greek military junta, of 1967-74, which imprisoned him and banned his songs, as well as his stance against the invasion of Iraq and the subsequent Iraq war in the early 2000’s.

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