President, ELLINIKI ETAIRIA (Society for the Environment and Cultural Heritage - ELLET)
Lydia Carras studied Sociology at Sorbonne, and postgraduate studies in Classics at the University of London (UCL) 1981-83.
In 1972 she and her husband founded the Society for the Environment and Cultural Heritage (ELLET)
1975. She led the Cyprus Relief Fund, London, in the financial adoption of refugee children in Cyprus.
In 1992 – 1994 as chairman of the Hellenic Cultural Centre (a confederation of Greek cultural organisations) in England, she was responsible for the celebrations of the 2,500th anniversary of the founding of the Republic, in collaboration with the British Parliament, when the Trireme sailed on the Thames.
Since 1980 he has worked alongside distinguished British filmmakers. Since 1985 he has devoted himself to directing and has directed 15 films.
Her films have played in many countries & have received major awards in Europe & America:
The proceeds from the sale in America of the film “SINA, The Theobaptist Mount” were used to preserve the 13th century frescoes of the medieval bank of the monastery.
“Sir Steve Runciman, Bridge to the East,” about Byzantine culture, won an award at the Chicago Film Festival.
“Voice of the Aegean” won a “best nature film” award (2005) from the European Union and the European Heritage Film Festival.
Her film “A Life, an Era – Michael Cacoyannis” was selected for the opening ceremony of the Thessaloniki Film Festival 2009. This film has been screened at many festivals internationally.
Her latest film “Xerolithies: Props in the Aegean”, which was played at the Thessaloniki Festival and MediMed in Barcelona, among others.
She pioneered the 1st great struggle for the salvation of Plaka 1974- 1982.
He edited the publication, contributed text, “Vulnerable Earth”, Pataki Publications (2008).
She was also the director of 2 important cultural events of great importance
– a/ at the Marathon Tomb in 2010 for the 2500 years of the historical battle (with the participation of Lydia Koniordou, Antonis Kafetzopoulos and Konstantinos Markoulakis)
– b/ “Man and Nature: from Homer to Elytis”, at the Herodeion in 2013 for the 50th Anniversary of Europa Nostra (with the participation of Dionysis Savvopoulos, Maria Farantouri, Alkinoos Ioannidis and others).
– Since 2004, artistic director of the Ecological Film Panorama “Windows on the Planet”.
In 2014 she founded with Maya Tsoklis the Network of Organizations and Citizens of the Historical Centre of Athens.
In March 2015 she curated and wrote texts for the exhibition “Marathon: Cultural Landscape / Marathon: Paysage Culturel” held at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris.
Since April 2017, he has been President of Society for the Environment and Cultural Heritage (ELLET).
In 2019 she was awarded with the European Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Award as founder of the “Cultural Paths” Programme.
In December 2009 she was awarded by the Academy of Athens for all her work on the environment and cultural heritage.