Culture Minister Baltas: Dario Fo was an “unconventional spirit” who supported democracy during Greece’s seven-year dictatorship

Culture Minister Aristidis Baltas paid tribute to Italian actor-playwright, comedian, singer, theatre director and songwriter, Dario Fo, who passed away at the age of 90 on Thursday, saying he was an “unconventional spirit” who supported democracy during Greece’s seven-year dictatorship.

“Dario Fo was a great innovator of contemporary theater and at the same time an unconventional spirit, as well as a vivid political and social conscience of our time,” Baltas said in his message.

“Our country owes him, along with other intellectuals, gratitude for his political sensitivity during the seven-year dictatorship. His death constitutes a great loss for the stage, literature, culture and public dialog,” he added.

Fo had received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1997.