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Saint Anthimos of Chios

09.09.2016 in Arts & Culture, History, Museums, Travel

Saint Anthimos of Chios In our home, we have a photograph of Saint Anthimos of Chios. That’s right, a photograph. We also have icons of the blessed Saint. But the photograph to me always made so much more of an impression, it was so much more personal, as if I could reach out and kiss his hand, just as my grandmother, and even my father, had done only decades ago. The saints I learned about growing up where sainted almost two thousand years ago, but Saint Anthimos, was canonized not even 25 years ago…   Born Argyrios Vagianos on the…

Markos Kampanis: A Man of Many Talents

09.09.2016 in Arts & Culture

Markos Kampanis: A Man of Many Talents To say Markos Kampanis is a painter of great talent, is a sheer understatement. Kampanis is an artist with skill in many fields, printmaking, book illustrations, church murals and icons – his portfolio is vast and diverse. His work has been shown throughout Greece and also graces the walls of many holy institutions, including a number of monasteries of Mount Athos.   This autumn season, Politismos is proud to present an exhibit curated by Markos Kampanis. We had an opportunity talk with him before the release to learn a bit more about this…

Becky Yerocostas: Inspiring Young Hellenes

09.09.2016 in Arts & Culture, History

Becky Yerocostas: Inspiring Young Hellenes Socrates said, “Anyone can be a Hellene, by their heart, their mind, their spirit.” For years now, Becky Yerocostas has been creating and inspiring young “Hellenes.” First as a Greek School teacher in her local church community, and now she has expanded her influence, sharing Greek history, culture and tradition with young scholars in Northern California.   Q.Tell us a little bit about yourself. I am the proud mother of four wonderful children, and a teacher who is very passionate about my heritage. First, I was a teacher, and then I became the Director of the…

St. Nektarios: The Saint of the 20th Century

09.09.2016 in Arts & Culture, History, Travel

St. Nektarios: The Saint of the 20th Century Teacher, writer, reverend father…. Saint Nektarios tended and cared for those who heeded his teachings, and even those who did not. Though he lived a life faced with many challenges, the Church today reveres his life and many contributions.   If asked what St. Nektarios means to me, I would answer much more than just the fact that we have the same name…   Born as a premature baby, weighing just a bit over three pounds, I was critically ill, and my parents prayed. They prayed and promised to name me after…

Onassis Foundation Legacy

01.07.2016 in Arts & Culture

Onassis Foundation Legacy   Onassis Cardiac Surgery Centre (OCSC)   The first of the big projects envisioned and brought to completion by the Onassis Foundation Board of Directors was the OCSC; completed in 1992. It is a model, ultra-modern hospital, whose cost at the time amounted to more than $75,000,000 (estimated at €150,000,000 in today’s prices).   The 127-bed capacity hospital is designed in accordance with the modern architectural principles and technical specifications applicable to all large hospitals.    By the end of 2015 the hospital had admitted more than 350,000 patients and about 1,500,000 outpatient consultations and diagnostic tests had been logged….

The Museums of Lefkada

01.07.2016 in Arts & Culture

The Museums of Lefkada    Looking to discover the cultural treasures of Lefkada?  Visitors will find a treasure trove of museums and cultural centers on this beautiful Ionian gem…    Archaeological Museum of Lefkada  Looking to discover the cultural treasures of Lefkada? Then, the first stop in your treasure hunt should be the Archaeological Museum of Lefkada, housed on the first floor of the mansion of the old town hall, together with the Cultural Centre of the municipality. The museum shows the evolution of the island through the ages by way of presenting findings from the Palaeolithic Age (200.000-35.000 BCE) until the…

MARIA GIANNAKAKI: Dreaming in Ink…

01.07.2016 in Arts & Culture

MARIA GIANNAKAKI: Dreaming in Ink…    Silk and rice paper. Watercolors and colored pencils. Asian technique, European influence… With each stroke, artist Maria Giannakaki brings beautiful dreams to life.    Maria Giannakaki began her studies at the Athens School of Fine Arts studying with artists P. Tetsi and G. Kolefa. In 1993, she went to China for post-graduate studies, learning techniques of traditional Chinese painting, ink drawing and calligraphy.  Her work is a unique blend of world influences – using materials and techniques she learned in China, to choosing subject matter that is centered on the human figure, often reminiscent…

Once Upon a Bouzouki… Interview with Euripides Nikolidis

01.07.2016 in Arts & Culture

Once Upon a Bouzouki… Interview with Euripides Nikolidis    A self-taught bouzouki virtuoso and a rightful successor in the line of eminent bouzouki players, Euripides Nikolidis is the man behind Bouzouki Fairytales (his first instrumental album). With a career spanning more than 20 years of collaborations with the greatest of Greece’s singers, Nikolidis has earned the acclaim he is receiving.   Politismos had the chance to speak with the composer about his album, future plans, posthumous legacy and the prospect of Greek music abroad.    At the age of 9 you made a decision to teach yourself how to play the…

Dodona: The Oracle of Sounds at the Acropolis Museum

01.07.2016 in Arts & Culture

Dodona: The Oracle of Sounds at the Acropolis Museum   Northwestern Greece… in the heart of Epirus…. the ancient ruins of Dodona stand here, surrounded by mountains of breathtaking beauty; it is here where the oldest oracle of the ancient world was according to Homer.    The historian Herodotus referred to Dodona as dating back to the second millennium BCE. Legend says that two black pigeons were released from Thebes in Egypt; the first landed in Libya where the oracle of Ammon Zeus was established. The second flew away to Dodona and sat on an oak, the sacred tree of Zeus. The…

Pantelis Prevelakis: Academic, Romanticist

01.06.2016 in Arts & Culture

Pantelis Prevelakis: Academic, Romanticist His philosophical quests focused on human morality and ethical dilemmas making Pantelis Prevelakis one of the significant intellectuals of 20th century Greece.   Pantelis Prevelakis (1909-1986) was a novelist, poet, art historian, and theatrical writer creating a body of rich literature and academic work. Ηis birthplace was the city of Rethymnon on the island of Crete, where he stayed until his coming of age, thereafter moving to Athens. Upon finishing his studies at the School of Law and Philology he continued his studies in Paris as a member of the Art and Archaeology Institute of the…