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Dennis Tzannatos – Creating joy in pen & ink

18.12.2016 in Arts & Culture

Dennis Tzannatos, Creating Joy in Pencil & Ink Popular caricaturist Dennis Tzannatos was born in Toronto, Canada to Greek parents. At the young of age of only 3, he asked his mother for a pencil and paper… and so began his career! Starting in January 2017, Dennis will be creating the artwork for new children’s stories and histories on Politismos, be sure to check out his work! His artwork is also being used in the new Politismos in the Classroom projects. We are thrilled to spend a bit of time with the artist and learn about his inspirations and aspirations… It really…

The Durrells

17.11.2016 in Arts & Culture

Meet the Durrells! One of the first things I did when my niece was born 3 years ago was to compile a list of my absolute favorite children books; I’m hoping to start crossing several items off in years to come and be blessed with the opportunity to read some of them with her. “The Corfu Trilogy” is right in there, with “My Family & Other Animals” in the top rows, while my personal favorite of the three, “Birds, Beasts & Relatives”, follows right up. The Durrells in Corfu, based on Gerald Durrell’s warm and witty novels, aired in the…

Aegean Film Festival

17.11.2016 in Arts & Culture

The Aegean Docs Film Festival AegeanDocs, founded in 2013, is an international documentary film festival held annually throughout the 11 Aegean islands of Greece. The Festival aims is to introduce and promote documentaries while creating an international forum on emerging media and information technologies. Antonios Achoulias, culture feature writer for Politismos, had the opportunity to speak with festival director Kostas Spiropoulos shortly after the successful event held on Lesvos this past September of 2016. Q.This year’s AegeanDocs Festival saw a single topic chosen: the refugee crisis and marginalized groups. Why this one theme instead of a wider spectrum of topics?…

George Tzimas: A Chromatic Revolutionist

15.10.2016 in Arts & Culture

George Tzimas: A Chromatic Revolutionist “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” -Degas Take a moment to see the art of George Tzimas and you will see a world of color, beauty and sheer joy. George Tzimas was born and raised in Athens. At the young age of 7, he began painting. Following his studies, he went on and received his fine arts ABC Diploma in France. With a spirit of humor and imagination, he began his artistic journey. Q. When did you realize you wanted to be an artist? I have always been an artist, but the turning point for me…

George Tzimas – A Chromatic Revolutionist

14.10.2016 in Arts & Culture

George Tzimas – A Chromatic Revolutionist   Degas said, “Art is not what you see, but what you make others see.” Take a moment to see the art of George Tzimas and you will see a world of color, beauty and sheer joy. George Tzimas was born and raised in Athens. At the young age of 7, he began painting. Following his studies, he went on and received his fine arts ABC Diploma in France. With a spirit of humor and imagination, he began his artistic journey. Q.  When did you realize you wanted to be an artist?   I…

October 28, 1940: The Day Greece Scored Victory for Allied Forces

09.10.2016 in Arts & Culture, History

October 28, 1940: The Day Greece Scored Victory for Allied Forces The following is an excerpt from the: http://politismosmuseum.org/en/exhibitions/current/300-oxi-day curated by the CSUS Department of Hellenic Studies   See the Oxi Day Exhibit here: http://politismosmuseum.org/en/exhibitions/current/300-oxi-day   Seventy five years ago, Ioannes Metaxas was awoken at 3:00 in the morning by the Italian Ambassador, Emanuele Grazzi. Metaxas escorted Grazzi to the sitting room on the right side of the main entrance to Metaxas’ Kifissia residence. Here, Grazzi reluctantly delivered an Italian ultimatum to Metaxas. The ultimatum stated that either Greece allow Italy to occupy certain strategic parts of Greece, or face invasion….

Making Memories in Messinia

09.10.2016 in Arts & Culture, History, Travel

Making Memories in Messinia In every corner of Greece there are destinations of exceptional beauty; picturesque with great landscapes, historic monuments and warm-hearted people who offer visitors a unique experience. Messinia is one of these exquisite places; it will warm your heart, soothe your soul and leave you with incredible memories… Messinia, which lies on the southwestern corner of the Peloponnese, has a history that dates back thousands of years (the boundaries of the prefecture were established in 371 BC after the fall of the Spartan domination). A rare combination of land and sea (it is a coastal region which lies…

Methoni: Centuries of History & Culture!

09.10.2016 in Arts & Culture, History, Travel

Methoni: Centuries of History & Culture! According to Homer, Methoni was one of the seven cities that Agamemnon offered to Achilles along with the return of Briseis and other gifts. All of this appeasement was done to prevent Achilles from leaving the war front in Troy… The municipal unit of Methoni includes the nearby villages of Grizokambos, Finikoùda, Foiniki, Lachanàda, Varàkes, Kainoùrgio Chorio, Kamarià, Evangelismos, and the Oinnoùsses Islands, to name but a few. The Oinousses complex naturally protects the port of Methoni from turbulent seas, making it an important location for the Byzantines, Venetians & Ottomans’ expansive trading businesses….

The Palace of Nestor

09.10.2016 in Arts & Culture, History, Travel

The Palace of Nestor For many readers of the Homeric epic, the world of the Iliad and Odyssey reflects a semi-mythical heroic past. But what happens when archaeology confirms these myths as something more than fairy tale? In such cases, humanity is rewarded with an astonishing discovery. The Palace of Nestor in Pylos is one of the great archaeological discoveries that brought the mythical world of Homer into historical reality. Located in the western Peloponnese, Nestor’s Palace is the best-preserved building from the Mycenaean period in Greece (1600-1100 BCE). During its peak (14th century BCE), the settlement was surrounded by…

The Navarino Bay of Pylos

09.10.2016 in Arts & Culture, History, Travel

The Navarino Bay of Pylos The modern city of Pylos is located several miles from where the ancient city (which dates back to the Bronze age) used to lie. The Bay is a natural wonder and the region chock full of history. It was here that a great battle ensued in 1827 and Greece would finally move towards liberty and independence. The Navarino (Italian name for Pylos) Bay offers a protected environment for the cities on its coasts, which flourished since antiquity. It is considered to be the largest natural port of Greece, as well as one of the safest…