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Athens Wins European Capital of Innovation Award and €1 Million Grant

18.12.2018 in Arts & Culture

Athens Wins European Capital of Innovation Award and €1 Million Grant     The European Commission announced Athens as the 2018 European Capital of Innovation (iCapital), along with a €1 million prize. Led by Mayor Georgios Kaminis, the City of Athens implemented an innovation strategy that delivered more results with fewer means, by engaging citizens and the private sector in broad alliances.   The European Commission announced Athens as the 2018 European Capital of Innovation (iCapital), along with a €1 million prize. Cities considered for this prestigious award are judged on how they implement innovative solutions that address societal challenges….

Zoe Tiganouria: “Music is a Universe full of senses”

17.12.2018 in Arts & Culture

Zoe Tiganouria: “Music is a Universe full of senses”     Zoe Tiganouria is a Greek composer, performer, and accordion soloist. Born and raised in Samothrace in a family of traditional musicians, she has worked with many accredited Greek and international artists like Dimitra Galani, George Dalaras, Haris Alexiou, Marinella, Nikos Papazoglou, Eleftheria Arvanitaki, Mario Frangoulis, Al Di-Meola, Ömer Faruk Tekbilek, Goran Bregović, Chico Freeman, Zülfü Livaneli, and many more.   Zoe has produced more than twenty personal singles and albums since 2006 and has composed several soundtracks for documentaries and television series. Zoe’s compositions and renditions are included in…

The Great Famine through 6,000 newspaper clippings An interview with Professor Eleni Nikolaidou

31.10.2018 in Arts & Culture

The Great Famine through 6,000 newspaper clippings An interview with Professor Eleni Nikolaidou     “The Starvation Recipes” book is the result of studying the daily Athenian newspapers—the “Athinaika Nea”, the “Vradini” and the “Kathimerini”—during the Nazi occupation (1941-44). Life in the nation’s capital was particularly nasty, burdened from hunger, retaliation acts, street barricades, and fear. The newspapers took upon the task to offer advice on how to consume less and began publishing “survival recipes” …   When Professor Eleni Nikolaidou began her research on the living conditions of the Athenians during the German occupation, little did she suspect that…

Remembering the Legacy of Panagiotis T. Angelopoulos (1909 – 2001)

04.10.2018 in Arts & Culture

Remembering the Legacy of Panagiotis T. Angelopoulos (1909 – 2001)   Panagiotis Angelopoulos was a Greek industrialist, philanthropist and benefactor of the Greek Orthodox Church. He was born in 1909 in Vlachorrafti village, Gortynia and in 1922 he moved to Athens. Along with his father and siblings, they founded the “Hellenic Wire Company” (1932) and in 1948, “Halyvourgiki” was set up, a company that evolved into the country’s first heavy industry.   Angelopoulos, who was a prominent entrepreneur, went on to take philanthropic action and his name is listed among the greatest Greek benefactors, according to the Academy of Athens….

Cultural Giants from the Peloponnesos – Gatsos, Karyotakis, Gavras and Papakonsantinou

04.10.2018 in Arts & Culture

Cultural Giants from the Peloponnesos – Gatsos, Karyotakis, Gavras and Papakonsantinou     Nikos Gatsos, Kostas Karyotakis, Kostas Gavras, Vassilis Papakonstantinou. Four renowned Greek artists who not only share common Greek regional routes, but whose works have been subtly interconnected. Did you know that Kostas Gavras and Vassilis Papakonstantinou have both collaborated with the composer Mikis Theodorakis? In fact, they all “fought” using their artistic talents and fame as a platform to speak out against the 1967 coup in Greece. Vassilis Papakonstaninou has turned quite a few poems of Kostas Karyotakis into songs. And the poetic words of the great…

Athens, Cradle of Civilization, is World Book Capital 2018

18.09.2018 in Arts & Culture

Athens, Cradle of Civilization, is World Book Capital 2018 UNESCO’s nomination is yet another distinction for the City of Athens! After the cohosting documenta14, and recognition as an emerging cultural destination, in 2017 Athens is once again acknowledged as a city break destination in 2018 with the World Book Capital designation.   Athens has been named World Book Capital for 2018 by UNESCO. This concept and annual event was launched in 2001, and its successful outcome led UNESCO’s General Conference to designate World Book Capital an annual event, inviting the International Publishers Association, the International Federation of Library Associations and…

The Athens Partnership – Innovation Abounds

15.08.2018 in Arts & Culture

The Athens Partnership – Innovation Abounds! Athens is an amazing city and it also has tremendous potential for advancement. It has energetic citizens, advanced educational institutions and an innovative private sector. But the city’s assets do not always come together in meaningful ways. The Athens Partnership was created to bring together the resources and expertise of the public and private sectors to address priority, public needs.   The Athens Partnership is a transparent and accountable nonprofit organization, designed to serve a unique role and benefit Athens residents. Mayor Georgios Kaminis has been the biggest advocate of the Partnership and it…

Hellenic Institute of Cultural Diplomacy

07.08.2018 in Arts & Culture

Hellenic Institute of Cultural Diplomacy     Interview with Nikoletta Plataniti, Director of Arcadia Branch (Cultural Studies- MSc Cultural Units Management- Conservator of Works of Art and Antiquities)   The establishment of the Hellenic Institute of Cultural Diplomacy in Athens on March 25, 2017 was the realization of a noble vision aimed at promoting intercultural and inter-religious dialogue among countries around the world. The recommended scientific bourgeois society is non-profit, aiming primarily at the study, analysis, dissemination and promotion of all aspects of Cultural Diplomacy by any means.   The primary goal of the Hellenic Institute of Cultural Diplomacy is…

Eleftheria Kotzia: Making magic with her guitar…

05.07.2018 in Arts & Culture

Eleftheria Kotzia: Making magic with her guitar…   “Eleftheria Kotzia holds the stage with the sort of presence I have not seen for a while. She has a robust character mixed with a quiet sensitivity .You could say it is something like the voraciousness of Julian Bream combined with a feminine delicacy of control, an alluring combination – all infused with the pizzazz of Greek spirit”. Classical Guitar (Purcell Room – London).   Born in northern Greece, in Alexandroupolis, Eleftheria Kotzia studied guitar at the National Conservatory in Athens, the Conservatoire National Supérieure in Paris, and finally at the Guildhall…

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…