Friends of Paxos

Events: Paxos 2018, Music - Art - Culture

Sunday 1 April 2018
Literary Evening:
Alexandra Mitsialipresents her latest book,
“Barefoot Heroes”, «Ξυπόλητοι Ήρωες», Patakis Publications in Paxos.

Alexanra Mitsiali is a well-known contemporary Greek author from Corfu with Paxos roots. She has written many stories for children and adults notably "Το Αστερόσπιτο" (House of Stars) 2009, "Με λένε Νιλουφέρ" (My name is Niloufer) 2012, "Η κούκλα που ταξίδευε στον κόσμο" (The Doll Who Travelled Through the World) 2013, "Το υπόσχομαι" (I Promise) 2013. Her novel "Θα σε σώσω ό,τι κι αν γίνει" (I Will Save You, No Matter What) was awarded the Greek State Prize for Literature for the Young in 2014. “Barefoot heroes” is her latest book and re-counts story of an orphanage in Salonica during the German occupation in WWII and stories of the Jewish community that perished in 1944.

Alexandra Mitsiali Facebook page

Date: Sunday 1 April 2018
Venue: Gaios Public Library (KYP)
Time: 7:30 pm
Free Entrance

Thursday 24 and Friday 25 May 2018
“Twin Mothers” by Dimitra Trypani
musical performance for choir, orchestra and two narrators.

Didimanes (Twin Mothers) a Paxos Festival music production and the first Paxos “opera” will be presented at the Alternative Stage of the National Opera of Greece in Athens in May 2018.

Didimanes is a musical and theatrical work based on a story by Paxos author Spyros Bogdanos inspired by Paxos tales of the early 20th century. It is the creation of one of the most talented current composers in Greece, Dimitra Trypani, professor of compostion at the Department of Music Studies of Ionian University, Corfu. Dimitra has been involved in productions for the Paxos Muxic festival since 2015.

Didimanes was premiered at the Paxos Festival of 2015 and performed in the Ionian Academy in April 2016 in cooperation with the Phonetic and Music Ensemble of the Music Studies Department of the Ionian University under the guidance of professor Miranda Kaldi. It will be performed with completely new cast of musicians and singers in May 2018 at the Alternative Stage of the Greek National Opera House at the new Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC).

We wish to thank the Costopoulos Foundationfor their trust Festival and for their continuous support for Paxos Festival productions and events.

Dates: Thursday 24 and Friday 25 May 2018
Venue: alternative Stage of the National Opera of Greece in the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, Athens
Time: Will be announced in May on Greek National Opera website
Entrance: Free by reservation

The Greek National Opera House at the new Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) in Faliron, Athens.

Fence by Linus Lohman

Friday 22 June - Sunday 24 June 2018
Inauguration of the Paxos Contemporary Art Project

The [] (PCAP) is a highly original art installation project curated by Paxos lover Marina Filomarino Tomacelli. It will take place on the island of Paxos from 22 June to 9 September 2018. The contemporary art will be installed in public places and it will be completely free.

PCAP brigs together eight young and committed international artists, all of them extremely motivated who will measure themselves against Paxos’ extraordinary, wild nature.

The artists involved are: Axel Void / Jewgeni Roppel / Leonid Keller/ Linus Lohmann / Quintessenz Creation / Rene Wagner / Michael Sebastian Haas/ Yiannis Pappas

The artists will intervene with existing structures in natural and architectural open-air sites across the island. The exhibitions will include works on paper, sculpture, performance, mural, and audio/video installations.

The project sites are located throughout the island. Some will also be visible from the sea. The visitors may access them by car or foot. Public events with the artists will take place during the inauguration weekend in June (22 – 24). A website as well as an information point in central Paxos will provide visitors with a detailed map of the sites of the project. The map will also provide information about the artists and their work. Visitors will be able to navigate the festival as well as heritage-sites, natural reserves, restaurants, beaches, and other places of interest.

A Kickstarter campaign launched to gather funds for The Paxos Contemporary Art Project has been very successful, raising approximately 20,000 € to pay for travel expences and a symbolic compensation for the artists and the purchase and transportation of materials for the artwork. The accommodations was kindly porvided by Paxos residents for free.

Underwater performance lifiting a fishnet full of stones by Yiannis Pappas.

Sunday 24 June 2018
Psychedelic Jazz
Giorgos Kontrafouris featuring BABY TRIO and a Surprise!

George Kontrafouris performs along with the new members of his Baby Trio in a concert with female vocalists and original compositions and remixes, inspired by 1960s psychedelic music by Brian Auger and Julie Driscoll. George Kontrafouris studied classical piano at the National Conservatory in Athens. At the age of 16, he turned his interest to jazz music and he followed up jazz improvisation lessons with Markos Alexiou. He studied also with Jim Beard and Jarmo Savolainen. He holds a Bachelor’s degree and a Master’s degree in Jazz Performance from Sibelius Academy in Finland. He has performed as piano and organ player with many outstanding musicians of the Greek and international music scene.

In 2008, he formed the youthful combo that accompanies him, the Baby Trio, whose members retire from the group when they reach the age of 25. The Baby Trio was created to express «the naivety, the teenage enthusiasm and what generally makes an impression on a young musician when he starts playing in a band with his friends». Baby Trio ultimately, expresses all non-realistic expectations that exist before “normal life” takes on.

George Kontrafouris - Ηammond B-3
Kostis Fanaras – guitar
Hektor Remsak – drums
Dimitra Kokkinopoulou- vocals

Date: Thursday 28 June 2018
Venue: John Gough Hall (Old Schoolhouse) in Loggos
Time: 8:30 pm
Tickets: 15 € / 10 € for Friends of Paxos

Saturday 30 June 2018
Piano recital by Dimitra Kokkinopoulou

Dimitra Kokkinopoulou was born in Athens in 1989 and started her music studies at the age of 5. She received her piano diploma in (under professor Nina Nikolaidou) and her degree in Harmony (with professor Lily Nikolaidou) summa cum laude from the National Conservatory and continued her studies at the Music Department of the Ionian University (Corfu) with Piano Professor Labis Vasiliadis. She participated in the Erasmus Program from 2010 to 2011 under Professor Reinhard Becker at the Staatliche Hochschule für Musik, Trossingen (Germany). She received her Master of Musical Arts (Piano Performance) at the Bowling Green State University, Ohio (USA) next to Professor Dr. Robert Satterlee. In August 2014 she was accepted at University of Nebraska‐Lincoln where she received her PhD in Piano Performance next to Prof. Dr. Ann Chang in 2017. In 2016 she received the “Glenn Korff Distinguished Graduate Artist/Scholar Award” and she won “Solo Concerto Competition” playing with the UNL Orchestra.

She has attended many masterclasses among which are the ones with Steve Glaser (OSU), Thomas Rosenkranz (BGSU), Hideyo Harada (International Artist), Jonathan Biss (Curtis Institute) and Claudio Curro Dossi (Bologna University, Italy).

She has taught in Greece and in USA as assistant professor in BGSU and UNL teaching piano in group classes. She is currently involved in co-operations with different music ensembles and singers covering a vast spectrum of classical music repertoire. Her co-operations in chamber music include Mr. Paul Silverthorne (1st viola player, LSO), Dr. Karl Kraber (Flute, “Chamber Soloists”, Austin, TX), Dr. John Bailey (flute professor in UNL), and Dr. Stephanie Zelnick (Clarinet professor at Kansas University).

Since August 2017 she is head of piano accompaniment in the “Internationale Musiktage Brache” seminar in Germany. She has given concerts in Greece, Germany and the USA.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Piano sonata k. 332
Maurice Ravel - Valses nobles et sentimentales
Johannes Brahms - Piano sonata Op. 2

Date: Saturday 30 June 2018
Venue: John Gough Hall (Old Schoolhouse) in Loggos
Time: 8:30 pm
Tickets: 15 € / 10 € for Friends of Paxos

27 June to 27 July 2018
Paxos Photography - A Retrospective

Chris Boïcos Fine Arts has been organizing artists and phtographers residences on Paxos since the summer of 2014. The current retrospective show will bring together all the photogaphers, including the Paxos phtographers Spiros Kolovos and Dimitri Kintzios, who have depicted Paxos, its landscapes, sea and residents since 2014: Jean-Christophe Ballot, Stephen Goddard, Dimitri Kintzios, Spiros Kolovos, Tina Merandon, Kevin Price, Jean-Manuel Simoes, Gabriel Stauffer, Vivian van Blerk.

Exhibition Dates: 27 June to 27 July 2018
Opening: 27 June from 7 to 11pm
Venue: John Gough Hall (Old Schoolhouse) in Loggos
Opening times: Daily, 8 to 11pm
Entrance: Free

Vive la France!
To commemorate the centenary of the death of the great French composer Claude Debussy, Paxos Music Festival is organizing a series of musical evenings, projections, lectures and events during July 2018: Vive la France!

Sunday 8 July 2018
Piano and violin concert by Duo Papadopoulos

A brother and sister duo of mixed Greek and French origins will be performing a program of French compositions from the turn of the 20th century by Debussy, Satie and Fauré.

Marie Claudine Papadopoulos studied at the Strasbourg conservatory in France from which she graduated with the highest distinction (gold medal) at the age of 14 in 2001. She subsequently studied at the Musikhochschule in Karlsruhe and Manheim and at the Conservatoire National Supérieur in Paris. She has since performed in numerous orchestras as soloist, notably in Germany, and has received and been finalist for numerous prizes including 1st prize in the Ton und Erkärung competition of the Deutsche Wirtschadt in Munich. She plays on a N. Amati violin graciously let to her by a private collector.

Dimitri Papadopoulos was born in Princeton, NJ, USA, in 1985. He studied music in France and Germany, where he obtained the highest diplomas - 1st prize at the Conservatoire national supérieur musique et danse of Lyon, Franceclass of Edson Elias, and Master of Professional Performance, Folkwang-Universität Essen, class of Arnulf von Arnim. He has since performed widely solo, in chamber music and soloist with orchestra in numerous venues in Europe and the USA receinving frurther prizes in competitions in France, Italy and Germany. He plays frequntly for the Franch national radio stinton, France Musique and teaches piano at the Conservatory in Geneva, Switzerland.

Claude Debussy - Sonate (Allegro vivo/ Intermède. Fantasque et léger/ Finale. (Très animé)
Maurice Ravel - Sonate (Allegretto/ Blues/ Perpetuum mobile)
Erik Satie - Gymnopédie n. 1
Gabriel Fauré - Sonate in A Major n. 1 op. 13 (Allegro molto/ Andante/ Scherzo: Allegro vivo)

Date: Sunday 8 July 2018
Venue: John Gough Hall (Old Schoolhouse) in Loggos
Time: 8.30 pm
Tickets: 15 € / 10 € for Friends of Paxos

Wednesday 11 July 2018
“Attik in Paris … and other stories”
A music performance by Giorgis Christodoulou based on Attik’s songs

Attik (1885-1944) was a Greek song writer, composer and performer, one of the major song writers of the beginning of the 20th century.
Born in Athens he grew up and had his first music education in Egypt. In 1907 he moved to Paris in order to continue his studies in law, finance and social sciences. He enrolled, however, in the Conservatoire de Paris where he studied with Professors Gabriel Fauré, Camille Saint- Saens and Emile Pessard. In Paris he published more than 300 compositions including works for ballet, opera, operetta, music for piano and many songs. He travelled all over the world as performer and actor until 1930, when he moved permanently to Athens and created the famous “Mandra”, his own performance hall. There he performed some of his greatest “hits” like “Ida matia” (1909), "Zitate na sas po" (1930), "Paparouna" (1936).
Giorgis Christodoulou recently discovered unknown scores of Attik. Since 2016 he travels Greece and the world performing Attik’s songs from his Paris and Athens period narrating the true stories behind each one of his songs.
He is accompanied by Harris Stavrakakis (accordion, piano) and Kostas Klangos (double base).

Date: Wednesday 11 July 2018
Venue: John Gough Hall (Old Schoolhouse) in Loggos
Time: 8.30 pm
Tickets: 15 € / 10 € for Friends of Paxos

Wednesday 25 July 2018
Debussy and Art
A slide lecture on the connections between Painting and Music
in the era of Debussy by Chris Boïcos

Chris Boïcos is the director of Chris Boïcos Fine Arts in Paris and Paxos and professor of Art History at the Univerisy of Southern California Paris department. He will be presenting Debussy’s connection with the art of his time and his tastes in painting. In the lecture he will also examine how the art of the late 19th century aspired to come closer to music by eliminating Realism and emphasizing color, mood and pattern as a way of approaching the evocative nature and abstract components of musical composition.

Date: Wednesday 25 July 2018
Venue: To be announced
Time: 7:30 pm
Donation: 5€ suggested donation to the Friends of Paxos

Saturday 28 July 2018
Earth Wind and Fire
Ceramic Lights exhibition and Chorus performance

Chris Boïcos Fine Arts presents twelve prominent Greek cermicists who will be exhibiting their latest creations and a new set of ceramic lights in the seaside-garden of villa Dinos in Balos. At sunset as the lights come on a chorus of singers wil perform by the sea an original compostion by Dimitra Trypani. Reception to be followed at the villa afterwards.

Ceramicists: Vasilis Anastasopoulos, Margarita Ekklesiarhou, Theodora Horafa, Ilias Hrisotpoulos, Kostas Karakitsos, Haroula Koropouli, Iosifina Kosma, Giannis Mamoutzis, Gogo Papavasiliou, Ifigeneia Tsirou, Giorgos Vavatsis.

Date: Saturday 28 July 2018
Venue: Villa Dinos in Balos (after Paxos Beach on coastal road south of Gaios)
Time: 8 pm (chorus performance at presicely 8:15 pm)
This event is free

Tuesday 31 July 2018
Mélodies françaises: An Evening of French Music and Poetry
Poems by Verlaine, Malarmé and Baudelaire
put to music by Claude Debussy.
with Nicholas Spanos (vocals) & Nikos Zafranas (piano)

Nicholas Spanos studied singing in Greece, at the University of Maryland School of Music, in Baltimore, MA, U.S.A. and at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna. He is today one of the best-known mezzo-sopranos in Europe and performs in numerous concert halls in Europe, the United States and Australia. He has received many prizes and awards in competitions including “Best Young Artist of the Year” award by the Association of Theater and Music Critics of Greece, First Prize at the “Techni” National Competition for Lyric Singers, as well as awards for his recordings, notably of Händel’s Oreste and Tamerlano and Metastasio’s Olimpiade for NAÏVE Records.

Nikos Zafranas studied piano at the National Conservatory of Athens, at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria Austria and at Brunel University, London, U.K. He was distinguished in many competitions in Greece and abroad.

He has performed as a soloist in many countries in Europe, in Canada and the USA. He is a founding member of Piandaemonium and Transcription Music Ensemble. He is a lecturer at Brunel University, London and professor of Music Education at the Department of Music Studies of the Aristotelion University of Thessaloniki.

Friday 3 August 2018
Irish Wings II
Martin Hayes introduces Irish Melodies on his fiddle.

Martin Hayes’s soulful interpretations of traditional Irish music are recognized the world over for their exquisite musicality and irresistible rhythm. He is a master of the slow, lyrical East County Clare fiddling style, which he learned from his late father, P. Joe Hayes, leader of the Tulla Ceili Band. With guitarist Dennis Cahill, Martin has recorded and toured for over twenty years, performing for President Obama and with such artists as Cassandra Wilson, Bill Frisell, Ricky Skaggs, and the Irish Chamber Orchestra. His many awards include Ireland’s Musician of the Year (TG4), Folk Instrumentalist of the Year (BBC), and Man of the Year by both the Irish Arts Center and the American Irish Historical Society. Martin is artistic director of the annual Masters of Tradition festival in Bantry, Co. Cork and a curator for the Kilkenny Arts Festival. He has collaborated with such extraordinary musicians as Jordi Savall, Brooklyn Rider, Paul Simon, Sting, and Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble on the recent Grammy-winning album "Sing Me Home." Martin is a founding member of Irish-American supergroup The Gloaming, awarded Ireland’s Meteor Choice Prize in 2014. His new Martin Hayes Quartet will tour the US this fall. Their debut album "The Blue Room" is called "nothing short of revelatory" by Glasgow Life.

Date: Friday 3 August
Venue: To be announced
Time: 8 pm
Tickets: 15 € / 10 € for Friends of Paxos

Sunday 5 August 2018
Earth Wind and Fire
Ceramic Exhibition: Lights and Latest Creations by 12 Greek Ceramicists

The ceramic exhibtion inaugurated on 28 July at Villa Dinos will be moving to the Old Schoolhouse in Loggos. Exhibition of twelve prominent Greek ceramicists: Vasilis Anastasopoulos, Margarita Ekklesiarhou, Theodora Horafa, Ilias Hrisotpoulos, [Kostas Karakitsos, Haroula Koropouli, Iosifina Kosma, Giannis Mamoutzis, Gogo Papavasiliou, Ifigeneia Tsirou, Giorgos Vavatsis.

Exhibition Dates: 5 to 31 August 2018
Opening: Sunday 5 August from 7 to 11pm
Venue: John Gough Hall (Old Schoolhouse) in Loggos
Opening times: Daily, 8 to 11pm
Entrance: Free

Saturday 18 August 2018
A Lecture by Paxos Writer and Historian Spyros Bogdanos
on the "Traditional Wedding Customs of Paxos"

As in most rural areas of Greece and especially in insular societies like the one of Paxos many specific customs were developed for social events, celebrations and especially weddings. In addition to traditions generally followed in all seven Ionian Islands a number of particular Paxos customs evolved over time that are now only remembered by the older generations : Kothoria, Kobodema. Others have survived to our day and are still followed - Batounada, Brindezi. The carrying out of these rituals was once considered imperative not only for the wedding ceremony but also for the future success of the marriage. Spyros Bogdanos will relate for us these Paxiot wedding traditions rediscovered thanks to his extensive research based on interviews with older Paxiots and past written accounts.

Date: Saturday 18 August 2018
Venue: Gaios Public Library (KYP)
Time: 7:30 pm
Suggested donation to the Paxos Festival: 5 €

Art, Dance and Music Workshops - Summer 2018
Greek Dancing Classes

In association with The Paxos Cultural Association and dance instructor Ioanna Hronopoulou we will be organizing three 5-session Greek Dancing classes in each of the summer months: June, July and August. Precise dates and venue will be annouced shortly.

Chris Boïcos: / Faye Lychnou:

11 to 19 July 2018
Art Collage Workshop

Paris-based Spanish artist, Jorge Rodriguez de Rivera, - First Prize recipient at the International Collage Salon in Paris, 2015 - will be teaching the techniques of artistic collage: Cutting, Pasting and Composition. An exhibition of the students’ work wil be held on the last day of the workshop.

Dates: July 11,13, 14, 16, 18
Time: 10 am - 12 noon
Venue: Chris Boïcos Fine Arts, Gaios
Fee for 5 sessions: 75 €, 50 € for the Friends of Paxos
Registration: Chris Boïcos:

30 July to 7 August 2018
Ceramic and Raku workshop

Ifigenia Tsirou, Giorgos Vavatsis and more well-known Greek ceramicists exhibiting in Paxos in July-August 2018 will be teaching various ceramic techniques in the Old Schoolhouse in Loggos. An exhibition of the participants’ works will be held on the last day. More details on this workshop will published before the summer.

Dates: July 30, August 1, 3, 5, 7.
Time: 10 am - 12 noonworkshops
Venue: Old Schoolhouse, Loggos.
Fee for 5 sessions: 100 €, 80 € for the Friends of Paxos
Registration: Chris Boïcos:

End of August 2018
Painting and Watercolour Workshop

A painting and watercolor workshop will be held in the later part of August by an artist in residence. Precise dates and details will be published shortly.

Registration: Chris Boïcos:

26 August to 1 September 2018
Mosaic workshop

This the fourth summer workshop organized in Paxos by prominent Belgian mosaicist Jean-Christophe Duperron. Participants (10 years old and above) will create under his direction a large format mural mosaic which will be permanently installed in a public place on the island. Participants will learn the special techniques of cutting and assembling mosaic materials and contribute to the permanent beautification of the island!

Daniela Sambo and Donatella Bruni are the organizers of this workshop and will provide assistance and advice and translate instructions in Italian, English, Greek and French.

Venue: to be announced
7 sessions: 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31August, 1 September.
Time: 11-13 am
Fee: 200 € for the 7 sessions
Registration: Donatella Bruni:

3 to 8 September 2018
Youth Action I: Group Piano Workshop for children aged 5 to 8

Groups of 3-4 children will participate in five one-hour sessions.

Target of this workshop: Learning of music pieces by the “ear”, group performance using piano keys and wooden parts of the piano or other percussion instruments plus extended use of improvisation as an educational and expressive means. Combination of music and art through compositional experiments with graphic scores.

Youth Action II: Young pianists improvising!

A piano workshop for piano students of all ages and levels.

Depending on the number of participants and their level, students will attend five one-hour personal or group sessions.

Target: exchanging of ideas of style improvisation development. Using works by composers of different eras (Satie, Bartok, Bach ...) students will discover ways of experimenting with compositional material in order to create their own performance using specific styles.

There will be one or two concerts (depending on the number of participants) at the end of both workshops to demonstrate the participants’ progress.

Tutor: Athena Fytika with the aid of 1 or 2 piano education students of the Music Studies Department of the Ionian University, Corfu

Athena Fytika is Professor of Piano Education at the Music Studies Departmennt of the Ionian University. She was born and raised in Athens. She studied piano with Stella Makriyanni, Chrysi Partheniadi – Florou and with Pavlos Dimitriadis. She received her piano diploma from the Contemporary Conservatory of Thessaloniki. She also studied piano in the USA with professors Leonard Mastrogiacomo and Carolyn Bridger. She has studied harpsichord with Karyl Louwenaar and has attended piano seminars with Joseph Kalichstein, Raphael Terroni and Martino Tirimo. She has post graduate studies and a PhD from Florida State University. Her dissertation was titled:”Historical Overview of the Philosophy behind Keyboard Fingering Instruction from the 16th Century to the Present”.

She has presented numerous recitals, lectures and announcements on pedagogical issues on piano and contemporary Greek music in conferences in Greece and abroad. She has performed in solo piano recitals or as part of chamber music ensembles in concerts in Greece, Cyprous, Germany and the USA.

She mainly performs works by Greek composers for piano music. She is member of the “Dames Desheritees” Ensemble. In 2013 she recorded the album “Le Clavier d’ Apollon: Greek Composers of French Education with works for solo piano”.

She has taught music in primary and secondary schools as well as in Universities like Florida State University and Panama City Community College. She is currently teaching Piano Pedagogy in the Music Studies Department of the Ionian University. She is particularly interested in systemizing the methodology of piano teaching skills like the prima vista and she is steadily trying to promote Greek piano repertoirs through her performances over the years.

Workshop dates: 3-8 September
Workshop Venue: John Gough Hall (Old Schoolhouse) in Loggos
Workshop participation is free of charge
Registration: Faye Lychnou:

Concert Date: Saturday 8 September
Concert Venue: John Gough Hall (Old Schoolhouse) in Loggos
Ticket price: 10 €, 7 € for Friends of Paxos