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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…

Robert McCabe – Greece, pathways

10.04.2017 in Arts & Culture

Robert McCabe “Greece, pathways to an enchanted land” Photographs going well beyond the depiction of a person, an object, or a place, or even a satisfying visual composition. Photographs representing a form of poetry, creating a vivid emotional experience and evoking in our souls much more than the direct visual content of a simple picture. Photographs going far beyond the simply documentary: subjects are elevated through silhouetting, perspective and composition, creating a series of highly memorable, iconic images. The Embassy of Greece in Belgium is hosting an exhibition of renowned American photographer Robert McCabe entitled “Greece, Pathways to an Enchanted Land”,…

Remembering artist Dimitris Mytaras

16.03.2017 in Arts & Culture

Dimitris Mytaras In February 2017 the Culture society of Greece mourned a heavy loss when painter Dimitris Mytaras died at the age of 83. The art world has lost a dignified and humble artist, one of the few who has produced such a prolific body of work. But who was Mytaras and what earned him the respect and veneration of a nation? Dimitris Mytaras was born in 1934 in Chalcis on the island of Euboea. He lost his mother in his early childhood and live his early years with his barber father and stepmother in impoverished wartime conditions. Ηe later described…

Lydia Koniordou, Minister of Culture

16.03.2017 in Arts & Culture

Lydia Koniordou, Greek Minister of Culture, “I was ready for this new chapter in my life” “Greece has major assets in its rich cultural heritage, the breathtaking beauty of the landscape, the ingenuity of its people and their hospitality, the high quality local products. Culture can be the force that can dynamically combine these comparative advantages and bring new confidence, hope and prosperity to the Greek people.” ~ Lydia Koniordou Lydia Koniordou’s name is synonymous with Greek theatre and ancient tragedy. In November 2016, Alexis Tsipras selected her as the new Minister of Culture. Koniordou says that after a long fruitful journey in theatre, she…

The works of George Ioannou

16.03.2017 in Arts & Culture

The life and works of George Ioannou With his distinct personal style George Ioannou depicted landscapes, still life and human figures in concert with the doctrines of Impressionism. In later years, he approached Pop Art culture using comics’ technique, and turned to satirical depiction of social and political reality through creations of surrealistic and symbolic allusions. George Ioannou was born in 1926 in Athens, Greece and was the leading representative and pioneer of the Pop Art movement in Greece. He studied painting in Athens, guided by mentors like Kostas Eliades and Theodore Drosos. He would continue his studies at the Julian…

An interview with Vassilis Tsikaras – Exodos

16.03.2017 in Arts & Culture

Vassilis Tsikaras, “Culture is our way out of the crisis” The film “Exodos 1826” is an independent production from Thessaloniki. It recounts the story of the 120 men from Samarina, and surrounding villages, who rushed to help the Exodοs (exit) from Messolonghi in April 1826. The film, based on the Greek folk song “Children of Samarina” and surviving historical facts (and a little bit of fiction), is the first movie in 46 years to be released about the Greek revolution.   “What pleases me the most is that the people who watched the film tell me, ‘I knew the folk song,…