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Komboloi Museum

01.04.2016 in Arts & Culture

Komboloi Museum    In April 1998, Mr. and Mrs. Evangelinos established the first, and still unique in the world, Komboloi Museum. The komboloi are strings of beads, often referred to as worry beads or prayer beads.     The couple began their journey on the “road of Komboloi” in 1963 with a visit to Alexandria, Egypt. Their research continued over the years, bringing them in contact with Hinduists, Buddhists, Muslims, Catholics and Greeks (from Asia Minor, Syria, Egypt etc.) and gaining insight about these wonderful strings of beads.  Over time they built a unique collection of almost a thousand komboloi, with…

Karonis Distillery Museum

01.04.2016 in Arts & Culture

Karonis Distillery Museum    A family run business, the Karonis Distillery has been operated by five generations – 145 years – of Karonis.  Today, it is under the management of Fotis and Yiannis Karonis.  They produce Ouzo, Tsipouro, and Masticha, all distilled in modern copper stills. They also produce a distinguished cherry liqueur made with cherries from the Arcadia region.    Visitors have the opportunity to see distillery artifacts, including letters, books, machinery, and equipment dating back to 1870.  One special piece that cannot be missed is the first distiller purchased by the Karonis, along with the invoice for this…

Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation: V. Papantoniou Museum

01.04.2016 in Arts & Culture

Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation: V. Papantoniou Museum    The “V. Papantoniou” Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation (PFF) is a privately supported foundation, based in Nafplion. It was founded in 1974 by Ioanna Papantoniou with an aim to research, preserve and present the material culture of the Peloponnese and Greece on the whole. Papantoniou is a stage and costume designer and  Honorary Doctor of the Department of History and Archaeology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. In 2003, Papantoniou also founded the Greek Costume Society with the goal to create a Costume Culture Museum in Greece.    In 1981, PFF won the European Museum of the Year…

Celebrating Easter in Greece: A look at some of the unique customs, traditions and gastronomy

01.04.2016 in Arts & Culture

Celebrating Easter in Greece: A look at some of the unique customs, traditions and gastronomy   Easter, also known as Pascha, is one of the major religious celebrations in Greece. People from all over the country celebrate Holy Week, with the major celebrations occurring on Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday. Greece’s unique history, especially events driven by Christianity and the Ottomans, influenced the formation of these widely-varying customs.   Though many customs are often unique to specific regions of Greece, some traditions are celebrated similarly throughout the country, such as coloring Easter Eggs and eating traditional foods like…

SC!FY: Technology for People

01.03.2016 in Arts & Culture

SC!FY:  Technology for People  Responding to today’s digital age, a Greek non-profit organization has emerged with the intent to make a difference in human accessibility. The company is called SC!FY, and its core idea is that science should be accessible to all people without exceptions. In other words, humanity is the main owner of all its works. Its primary goal is to solve real life issues using cutting edge technology.   What is SC!FY and how it was created?   SciFy, a Greek non-governmental organization (NGO), was created in 2012 in order to solve problems that people face in everyday life, especially…

Alexandra Trampa: Writing the Lives of Saints

01.03.2016 in Arts & Culture

Alexandra Trampa: Writing the Lives of Saints    Alexandra Trampa was born in Arta, a city in the northwest of Greece. At the age of 12, her family relocated to Athens, a bustling and exciting city for a child who always possessed an artistic flair.  While her initial studies were in fashion designing, in time, her gift, agiography (iconography), emerged as a result of an intense inner quest…     Did you begin with the intention of being an artist or an iconographer?  What were you drawn to first?   My quest was both artistic and personal, but then again these two things are…

The Carnival Traditions of Greece

01.03.2016 in Arts & Culture

The Carnival Traditions of Greece    Our world is full of unique identities and cultures, each defined by distinctive languages, religions, customs, and traditions. But around this time of year, people gather in all corners of the world to take part in the excitement of a well known and shared tradition called “Carnival.”     Carnival, known also as Mardi Gras or Apokries, is a festive season full of music, dancing, parades and spirited parties. In the Roman Catholic and Christian Orthodox churches, Mardi Gras and Apokries refer to the period just before the 40 days of Lent prior to the…

Theatre…To Exist, or to Live?

06.02.2016 in Arts & Culture

Theatre…To Exist, or to Live?   Ever wondered where the key difference between existing and living lies? In today’s world, people seem to exist in survival mode, programmed to make a living – we seek that “something” that makes us feel alive. The arts, from visual to performing, are always the perfect choice to take us beyond the feeling of mere existence. Art evokes joy, sorrow, grief, and pride. With art, we can confront and accept the mortality of our journey. Perhaps one of the oldest and most sophisticated forms of art is theatre. Inspired by our dreams, fears, and…

Elli Papakonstantinou, An Artist Playing with Fire…

03.02.2016 in Arts & Culture

Elli Papakonstantinou, An Artist Playing with Fire…   Elli Papakonstantinou has given artists, and activists, a platform from which to express themselves. her work, her art, is created not to provide answers in these politically charged times, but rather, to open expectations to endless possibilities… Internationally acclaimed Elli Papakonstantinou is Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the ODC Ensemble. Born in Athens, she studied at the Greek National School of Arts and the Royal Holloway, University of London. After a number of years working in London, she returned to Greece where she co-founded the ODC Ensemble, and then Vyrsodepseio. This weekend in…

Lysippos Epoesen, A film by Niko Franghias

25.01.2016 in Arts & Culture

“Lysippos Epoesen, The Story and the Art of Alexander the Great’s Legendary Sculptor” An award winning film written, designed and directed by Niko Franghias   HE CHOSE BRONZE AS HIS MEDIUM HIS MASTERPIECES HAVE REACHED US IN MARBLE ALEXANDER THE GREAT’S EXCLUSIVE PORTRAITIST HE CHANGED ART FOREVER BY INTRODUCING INGENIOUS INNOVATIONS HIS STYLE BECAME THE IDEAL MODEL FOR SCULPTURE INSPIRING ARTISTS THROUGHOUT EUROPE NOW, THE SPIRIT OF BRONZE AND THE SPIRIT OF MARBLE GUIDE US ON A JOURNEY THROUGH TIME RESEARCHING THE STORY AND THE WORKS OF THE MYTHICAL SCULPTOR   “Lysippos Epoesen,” inspired by the story and the art of Alexander…