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The Meraki People Project A Legacy of Prosperity…

28.06.2018 in Arts & Culture

The Meraki People Project A Legacy of Prosperity… Interview with Christina Gardikioti, Founder and Director MERAKI is the love, skill, perseverance and creativity put in all inspired activities from the smallest task to the biggest accomplishment. The Mission of the Meraki People Project is preserve and share the nature and cultural heritage given to mountain Parnonas and its people with the rest of the world by rebuilding Greece to its greatness locally…   Christina Gardikioti, founder of the Merkai People Project was born in Greece – a 60’s child still a child at heart. She left Greece for university studies…

The Museum of the Olive & Greek Olive Oil “The Blessed Fruit of the Olive Tree”

22.05.2018 in Museums

The Museum of the Olive & Greek Olive Oil “The Blessed Fruit of the Olive Tree”     Beneath the might mountain of Taygetus, on the outskirts of Sparta, home of the legendary Leonidas, lies the The Museum of the Olive and Greek Olive Oil. A project of the Pireaus Bank Group Cultural Foundation, the Museum highlights the “ineffable relation of the olive with the identity of Greece” from antiquity to modernity.   The Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation has created in Greece nine of the finest modern museums in the country, from Mastica in Chios, to Silk in Soufli,…

The ARChive of Contemporary Music Preserving History, One Song at a Time…

10.05.2018 in Arts & Culture

The ARChive of Contemporary Music Preserving History, One Song at a Time…   The ARChive of Contemporary Music (ARC) contains more than three million sound recordings. That’s 90 + million songs. They have preserved copies of each version of every recording, in all known formats, and have electronically catalogued more than 400,000 sound recordings and digitized 200,000 with their partners the Internet Archive – more than any other public, university or private library in America!   Politismos Museum had the opportunity to speak with Bob George, the co-founder and director of the ARChive of Contemporary Music. George is deeply committed…

Laconian Salad

24.04.2018 in Gastronomy

Laconian Salad     “Syglino” is a cured, smoked pork meat from the region of Mani. The meat is first cured, then cooked in an aromatic liquid flavored with orange peel, and afterwards smoked with sage. It is preserved in pork fat. You can use an Italian “coppa” ham or a “porchetta” instead. “Sfela” is a PDO (protected designation of origin) brine cheese produced in Messinia and Laconia that resembles feta but is denser and saltier. The milk used for its production comes exclusively from herds of sheep and goats traditionally raised and adapted to the particular region, whose diet…

Six Decades of Greece through the Lens of Robert McCabe

29.03.2018 in Arts & Culture

Six Decades of Greece through the Lens of Robert McCabe     Robert McCabe was born in Chicago in 1934 and grew up in the New York City area. His father worked for a picture newspaper in New York, and as the result of the gift of a Kodak Baby Brownie McCabe started taking photographs when he was five.   His first photographs of Europe were the result of a trip in 1954 to France, Italy, and Greece while he was an undergraduate at Princeton. His images have been displayed in the US, UK, Belgium and Greece.   Tell us…

Konstantinos Karamanlis

15.02.2018 in History

Konstantinos Karamanlis     On March 8, 1907, in Proti, near the village of Serres, the future four-time Prime Minister Konstantinos Karamanlis was born. This son of a poor schoolteacher would grow up to help restore democracy to Modern Greece.   Konstantinos Karamanlis was the oldest of seven siblings. During his formative years, there was much unrest in Serres, it was sure to have made an impression on him and help shape his hopes for his motherland Greece. During the first Balkan War a Bulgarian army captured Serres in November of 1912, but was then forced to withdraw by Greek…

Akanes Lailia of Serres

01.02.2018 in Gastronomy

Akanes Lailia of Serres     When visiting Serres, you’ll want to create a sweet memory – an unforgettable culinary experience called akanes. This traditional sweet treat which looks like a loukoumi, has a unique and intense flavor due to the goat and sheep’s butter used in its production.   The name akanes is said to derive from the Turkish hakan halva which literally means “The halva of the princes”. It was originally produced in Ottoman royal residences for three centuries during the occupation of Greece. After the population exchange in the 1920s, akanes remained a specialty in the region…

Traditional Tahini Cake

11.01.2018 in Gastronomy

Traditional Tahini Cake   This traditional Tahini Cake is made throughout Greece and Cyprus. It’s most popular during Lenten periods as there are no eggs or butter, but it is simply delicious to enjoy any time of year!   Be sure to look at the label of your tahini. Are you using tahini made from hulled or unhulled sesame seeds? It’s a matter of taste and preference. Unhulled tahini is more nutrient-rich, but slightly bitter in taste. You may choose to add a bit more sweetener or acid to your recipe. Hulled Tahini has had the shelling of the sesame…

World Book Capital 2018 – Athens, Greece

09.01.2018 in Arts & Culture

World Book Capital 2018 – Athens, Greece   In September of 2016, Irina Bokova, the Director-General of UNESCO, named Athens World Book Capital for 2018 on the recommendation of the programme’s Advisory Committee. The city of Athens was chosen for the quality of its activities, supported by the entire book industry. Official events begin in April of 2018 – be sure to join the mailing list and keep apprised of all the wonderful activities scheduled!   The aim of the World Book Capital program is to make books accessible to the city’s entire population, including migrants and refugees. Members of…

Where to read in Athens…

04.01.2018 in Arts & Culture

Where to read in Athens…     Greece, the foundation of western civilization. The arts, science, philosophy, democracy and so much more. And the great city of Athens hosts some of the finest libraries in the world where you can go and read about all these topics and so much more! From the classics to comics, you’ll find it all on these wondrous shelves…   French Institute’s Library (31, Sina St, Kolonaki, tel 210 3398650) More than 40,000 French books and a large collection of CDs and DVDs. Free to students and open to the public for 30 euros per…