The question of heritage in Greek image making has inspired many discussions in the past. Wondering about the influence of Greek culture in my own work, a statement from an artist friend recently stuck into my mind: “We Greeks grow up surrounded by history and ruins of the past, and we carry myth and drama always in our souls”.
The Pontian Society “Akritai” of Philadelphia hosted their first ever Apokriatiko glendi on Saturday evening. Apokriatiko Glendi means farewell to meat… it’s one of the last days for Greek Orthodox Christians to indulge in eating meat before Great Lent starts the sober weeks of fasting.
Upper Darby, PA – The Pontian “Akritai” club house brought in Lent this week with a dance not seen in the Greek-American community of Philadelphia in years. The Glendi, “Apokriatiko” is one of the last days for Greek Orthodox Christians to indulge in eating meat before Great Lent starts the sober weeks of fasting.
Philadelphia, PA – The Hellenic University Club of Philadelphia hosted it’s 74th annual gala dinner dance on Saturday evening. Hosted at the Society Hill Sheraton in Philadelphia, the event was highlighted by awarding of the Achievement Award to George Venizelos.
Philadelphia, PA – George Venizelos, was awarded the Achievement award at the Sheraton Society Hill, this past weekend, by the Hellenic University Club of Philadelphia. Venizelos is assistant director in charge of the New York field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Cherry Hill, NJ – Icarians from around the country came out to share in 75th anniversary of the Pan Icarian Brotherhood “Atheras chapter’s jubilee event. The annual dance was hosted at the Danielle Kousoulis Center at St. Thomas Greek Orthodox church and featured NIkos Facaros from Greece on violin.
Cherry Hill, NJ – Americas oldest Icarian organization “Atheras” united to celebrate their ancestry and love of homeland this past Saturday evening.
In 2009 photographer Myrto Papadopoulos noticed something strange: just as the country’s financial crisis was sending most of the Greek economy into a tailspin, one sector appeared to be booming: the porn industry.
Savegreekwater.org, a citizen initiative launched in 2012 to protect Greek water from privatization, has released the first in a series of TV and radio adverts that will form its “Something’s up with the Water” campaign.
The renowned Greek writer Nikos Kazantzakis strongly urged his compatriots in Greece to reconcile their traditional culture with the realities of “modernity”. To that end, Velvento — the birthplace of George Zorbas and the basis of Kazantzakis’ Zorba the Greek — is a model of sustainability that is worthy of emulation.
Upper Darby, PA – Four teams squared off in the semi-finals of the PGBL on Thursday evening. Fans and looked on as the Greek-American community came together to watch the best Greek basketball players battle to advance to the championship. A half time show by the Pan-Macedonians added to the evenings fun.
Out of all Europeans, Greeks on minimum wage spend the highest proportion of their income on groceries. Relative to monthly salaries the price of basic goods in Greece is about three times that in other European countries.
Upper Darby, PA – The gym was packed last night at St. Demetrios to watch the PGBL final playoffs round. The Macedonian dance troupe played between two exciting games that produced the big matchup for next week. The number one and number two seeds, Wolfpack and Danny’s Boys will meet up in what will undoubtedly be a great game.
Philadelphia, PA – Sofia Kontogeorge Kostos is a Greek-American artist and dedicated advocate for the recognition of Hellenic genocide. Through out her life, Kostos has explored a variety of mediums including sculpting, photography and poetry which she uses to shed light on genocide.
Philadelphia, PA – Announcing the winners of the “LOVE YOUR YIAYIA & PAPPOU” photo contest. The Greek American Heritage Society of Philadelphia has selected 3 winners to be awarded Apple products, including an Apple iPad, iPad Mini, and iPod.
Upper Darby, PA – St. Demetrios was the scene of the GOYA league championships this past weekend. On Sunday afternoon the returning champs Holy Trinity (Egg Harbor – Girls) and Annunciation (Elkins Park – Boys) came in and reclaimed their positions as the best in the league.
The parishioners of St. Sophia were beaming again this month. Their favorite Byzantine artist, Dr. George Kordis has returned from Athens to continue his iconography painting of St. Sophia. Dr. Kordis, Father Thornberg and parishioner Sophia Papadakes spoke about the ongoing iconography and it’s significance to the community.
Upper Darby, PA – They did it again. Holy Trinity of Egg Harbor and Annunciation of Elkins Park repeated their victory marches to the championship and brought it home in consecutive years. In fact, Elkins Park threepeted. Three straight years now they’ve taken home the boys championship.
Due to one French soldier lack of attention, on the 18th August 1917 there was a great fire in Thessaloniki which destroyed two thirds of the city, leaving more than 70,000 homeless, a great number of them in the Turkish and Jewish quarters of the city. The fire burned for 32 hours and destroyed 9,500 houses within an extent of 1 square kilometer.
Upper Darby, PA – There was plenty action and entertainment on Thursday night as the first round of the PGBL playoffs took place. The St. Demetrios dancers, “Pegasus” put on a show between the two big games while fans enjoyed a slice of Spanakopita.
According to the Reporters Without Borders, press freedom in Greece has suffered a precipitous decline over the past five years due to the effects of austerity and government decisions. In five years Greece has tumbled more than 50 places in the organisation’s World Press Freedom Index.
Samarina, Greece, 2007
Samarina is the most famous of all the Aromanian villages of the Pindus and the inhabitants are fiercely proud of their heritage and traditions. Every summer on August 15, on the feast of the Dormition of the Virgin, Samarinans from all over the world assemble on their ancestral village to celebrate. There, on the main square outside the Great Church, they perform the “Great Dance”: thousands of people hold hands and form concentric circles, and they walk slowly and ceremonially counterclockwise, while singing their traditional songs in a rousing unison chorus. Photo courtesy of Eleftherios Kostans.