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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…

Welcome to Paros

10.08.2017 in Travel

Paros Island Paros! An island as magnificent as its marble, tempts you to sample its beautiful beaches, walk the traditional villages and holy places. Listen to the sounds of the sea while you marvel at its picturesque harbors; take a moment to savor its unique culinary treats. Paros is an island that will entice all your senses! “Paros is a natural beauty, with amazing beaches with blue-green waters and has been awarded five blue flags for its beaches”, Markos Kovaios, Paros’ mayor says. It is an island where the smell of the braised bread, of the chickpeas cooked in the…

Touring Syros

15.07.2017 in Travel

Touring Syros, A Cosmopolitan Queen of the Aegean  Syros and its picturesque port, Ermoupolis combine the dynamic character and the cosmopolitan grace of a queen. The capital of the Cycladic complex, lies in the heart of the Aegean Sea. With a history of more than 5000 years, it bears traits from both its ancient roots and Western European influence. From the impressive Town Hall in Miaoulis Square, inspired by Ernest Chiller, and the Apollon Theater – a miniature version of La Scala of Milan – the town of Ermoupolis is almost like an open-air museum. Visitors traveling the narrow streets of picturesque…

Byzantine Museum

15.05.2017 in Museums

Byzantine & Christian Museum of Athens – Α museum for everyone! The Byzantine and Christian Museum in Athens is one of the most significant institutions of Byzantine and post-Byzantine arts and culture in the entire world… With a history of more than 100 years, the Museum’s permanent exhibition has more than 3,000 objects, dating from the 3rd to the 20th centuries with objects coming from the Greek, Asia Minor and Balkan regions. The Museum’s collection is vast and includes portable icons, sculptures, ceramics, ecclesiastical textiles, paintings, as well as frescoes and mosaics. The Museum’s permanent collection is divided into two…

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…

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…

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,…

Michael Kountouris

17.02.2017 in Arts & Culture

MICHAEL KOUNTOURIS: “Satire is a defense” “In my opinion, we shouldn’t talk about a refugee crisis, but about a refugee drama- the drama of all these people who are struggling to flee from war.” Having worked as a political cartoonist since 1985, having participated in many exhibitions all over the world and been awarded with numerous prizes, Michael Kountouris recognizes the power of sketches, especially of those without words, not only in message delivery and education, but also in disease awareness. Michael Kountouris says, “when used according to instructions, a sketch can break a bone, because it practically allows you to say…

CineDoc

18.01.2017 in Arts & Culture

CineDoc – Α Film Festival inspiring change Αward–winning documentaries traveling around Greece. Engaging dialogue between filmmakers and audiences. Art imitating life, with the most relevant issues at hand. This is CineDoc. Since 2009, CineDoc has been organizing screenings of award-winning documentaries across Greece, in collaboration with the Institut français de Grèce, Danaos Cinema, the Thessaloniki Film Festival and the municipality of Volos. Spanning nine months each year, the screenings are accompanied by a wide range of events designed to foster dialogue and inspire change. This year, refugee crisis, drugs, climate change, terrorism, Alzheimer’s disease, and LGBT issues are leading topics broached…

Visit Lesvos…

16.11.2016 in Travel

Lesvos: The island of flora, fossils and fabulous beaches! It’s an island with a long history… Sometimes called Mytilene (the name of its capital city), it has many secrets and wonders to behold. The Petrified Forest, Byzantine villages and homeland of the Ancient Greek Poetess Sappho… this enchanting island is a traveler’s must see! Lying on the northeastern Aegean Sea, it is naturally blessed with an abundance of mountain ranges, forests, springs and architectural wonder. From picturesque wooden bridges to unexplored caves, the adventure traveler will be delighted. And the array of solitary little chapels to stately monasteries offer a…