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“The Little Mariner”, Odysseas Elytis

14.12.2017 in Arts & Culture

“The Little Mariner”, Odysseas Elytis     Athens, Greece has been selected as World Book Capital 2018 by UNESCO. In celebration of this designation, we’re sharing some of our favourite authors and books.   The Little Mariner (1970-74) by Nobel Prize winner Odysseas Elytis is one of my favorite, most interesting reads. Some critics debate that somehow this collection did not have the same impact most of his other poems did. It is definitely a more mature work of his and the ways he manipulates poetic language in it can be somewhat perplexing. Elytis alternates between prose and poetry, using…

“The Magic Pillows”, Eugene Trivizas

12.12.2017 in Arts & Culture

“The Magic Pillows”, Eugene Trivizas     Athens, Greece has been selected as World Book Capital 2018 by UNESCO. In celebration of this designation, we’re sharing some of our favourite authors and books.   For the unfortunate citizens of “Ouranopolis”, King Arpatilaos is on the rather nasty side. He only cares about his twelve crowns (one for each month!) and the jewels that decorate them. He is particularly scornful of all holidays and happy occasions and uses his crow feather to write laws that ensure his subordinates work in the city’s jewel-mines undistracted! The King bans the Carnival, birthday parties,…

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) – A true “miracle” at the Faliron Delta

23.11.2017 in Arts & Culture

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) – A true “miracle” at the Faliron Delta     The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC), a true “architectural miracle” at the Faliron Delta – where the Athenian Hippodrome was once located – is a hub of activity for visitors of all ages, interests and backgrounds…   It is simply not possible to roam the Cultural Center’s incredibly rich, multi-fold program, without spotting things that interest you, activities to try or performances to enjoy: From learning to make soaps at home or growing vegetables on your balcony or garden, to philosophy classes and…

Costas Varotsos – Art is a Mirror

15.10.2017 in Arts & Culture

An interview with Costas Varotsos, Sculptor and Professor of Architecture – “Art is a mirror of reality, of the times that we live in.”   Concerned about the future of Europe, Costas Varotsos presented his new work this past summer “Composition-Decomposition” (2017). The 27 flags of the European Union member states lie broken on the floor with two glass spirals emerging from them. “We are at a critical moment. It is as if we were carrying the flag of the European Community and it fell from our hands. The idea of ​​the European Union is breaking down”, Varotsos said, on the…

Marina Triantafyllou – Artist

10.08.2017 in Arts & Culture

Marina Triantafyllou, “By creating, you are partaking in life” Marina Triantafyllou grew up in the beautiful village of Lefkes on the island of Paros, Greece. At a young age, she realized she possessed a talent for art. From this, grew the dream of one day owning her own art studio/gallery where she could share her love and passion of all things artist with everyone. Marina Triantafyllou began her professional career in 1998 by studying renovation and restoration of old, traditional Byzantine iconography as well as murals (Fresco and Secco) at the Christian Brotherhood of Youth Art School in Athens, Greece….

Syros, Island of the Pope

15.07.2017 in Arts & Culture

Syros, Island of the Pope… Where a Catholic and an Orthodox Found True Love While more than 95% of Greece’s population claims Orthodox as their religion, on the island of Syros, almost half of the population is Catholic. From the times of Venetian rule, the Catholic Church has played an impressive role in the island’s history. In medieval times, the Venetians brought Catholicism to the island of Syros. The Church planted strong roots and even during the almost 400 years of Ottoman occupation, the faith found solid ground. In addition to the churches there are also several Catholic Monasteries on…

Paraskevi Polychronis – Keeping tradition alive

15.07.2017 in Arts & Culture

Keeping traditions alive abroad… Meet jewelry designer Paraskevi Polychronis Antonopoulos is an elaborate name for someone born and raised in America. Also known as Vivian to her American friends, Paraskevi is passionate about her Greek roots as well as her design work. Raised in the jewelry business, Paraskevi was taught three key values; pride for her Greek heritage, commitment to education and the importance of hard work. Paraskevi’s father, Polychronis (Paul), always encouraged his daughter to be the best at her trade and art. She grew up listening to his captivating stories that defined the American dream. Polychronis was a shepherd in…

Keeping a Family Legacy Alive…

15.06.2017 in Arts & Culture

The Nikos Sofialakis Center of Neoclassical Sculpture An interview with Vice Admiral Georgios Chraniotis, Founder, President Nikos Sofialakis was born in Erfous, Rethymnon, Crete, Greece in 1914 and passed away in Athens, Greece in 2002. While still a young child in Crete, he was considered an artistic prodigy by his schoolteachers who arranged for him to travel to Athens, at the age of ten, where he would have greater opportunities to nurture his talents. And so began a lifetime of artistic and historic contribution… Vice Admiral Georgios Chraniotis is the Founder, and President, of the Nikos Sofialakis Center of Neoclassical Sculpture. He has…

Nikos Kazantzakis

15.06.2017 in Arts & Culture

Kazantzakis Publications Sharing the words of the great writer globally… It was in only a short while after Nikos Kazantzakis’s death in 1957 that his wife and life companion, Eleni, disillusioned by the treatment of the then-publishers of her husband’s works, decided to take matters into her own hands and establish a publishing house which would publish the entirety of Kazantzakis’s titles, regardless of their popularity, commercial appeal or conformity to the existing societal and ideological strictures. In her vision, this publishing house (El. N. Kazantzakis Publications) would allow each title to be edited and published according to Nikos Kazantzakis’s…

documenta

15.04.2017 in Arts & Culture

documenta14 Τhe “documenta 14” art exhibition, presenting an innovative perspective on contemporary art and hosted throughout the city in various indoor and open-air spaces, is ready to welcome art enthusiasts to Athens. Founded by the artist, teacher and curator Arnold Bode in 1955, the festival was as an attempt to bring Germany up to speed with modern art, while both banishing and repressing the cultural darkness of Nazism. This year’s event, documenta 14 – after three years of preparation – will be held simultaneously in Athens, Greece (8 April – 16 July) and Kassel, Germany (10 June – 17 September).  It is…