Friends of Paxos

Events: Paxos Summer 2020

Usually this time of year we re-connect with you with great pleasure to announce our programmes for music, art, walks, lectures and workshops in Paxos for the summer season. Faye Lychnou and Kathryn Baird have been working through the winter to refine the Paxos Festival and Irish Wingsofferings for summer 2020 and Chris Boïcos the art and ceramic exhibitions.

Like all of you we are, in the current dramatic situation, confined to our homes along with all the artists, musicians, writers and other participants in the coming summer’s events. We have, as yet, no guarantee that some or all of our events will be held in a few months’ time, but it was important for us to re-establish contact and have your news.

Since 23 March, Paxos, like the rest of Greece, has been in strict lock-down and clear of any virus contaminations. We hope this positive situation in Paxos endures!

Please see below an abbreviated list of the events planned for summer 2020 in Paxos.
We will of course keep you informed, as the situation evolves, of any changes and we sincerely hope to see you again in happier circumstances on our dear island.

23 June
The 34th Paxos Festival programme begins with the projection of two silent films of the 1930s with a live performance of the original musical scores by the composer Minas Alexiadis.

25 June
Introduction of the new Paxos Festival Composer-in-Residence, Harris Papatrechas, who will be flying in from the U.S.A. with a brand new quartet performing four of his compositions.

1 July
Lammine Chissoco, a virtuoso cora player from Senegal, joins the Greek ney player, Harris Lambrakis. West African melodies will be blended with Oriental and Mediterranean sounds in an improvised musical extravaganza
With the kind support of the Embassy of Sweden in Greece.

3-30 July
The Sea, the Sea!” - Retrospective group exhibition of art and photography by artists inspired by the sea in Paxos: seascapes, boats, fish and other marine themes bringing together a dozen artists of different nationalities who have worked on the island.

7 July
Irish Wings IV
Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon hosts “Muldoon’s Picnic”, an “omnium-gatherum” of literature and music. The “most significant English-language poet born since the Second World War”, according to The Times Literary Supplement, Muldoon will introduce an astonishing array of Irish musicians and actors, including the legendary Horslips (Ireland’s answer to the Rolling Stones) and the virtuoso fiddle player Martin Hayes.

This is, however, a Picnic with a very special Greek dimension: none other than the great Maria Farantouri will sing from ’The Hostage’ suite by Mikis Theodorakis, which was inspired by the Irish writer, Brendan Behan.

She will recount the story of ‘To Gelasto Paidi’ (Behan’s song ’The Laughing Boy’) which, written originally in Ireland, was adapted by Theodorakis with Greek lyrics by Vasilis Rotas and, in the hands of Farantouri, became one of the best-known and most enduringly popular songs in Greece.
With the generous support of Culture Ireland.

The Northern Irish writer and journalist Bruce Clark has been invited to speak about the Asia Minor Disaster of 1922 and his book "Twice A Stranger " which is highly acclaimed, not only in Greece, but in the wider English-speaking world.

12 July
Guitar recital by the virtuoso Greek guitarist [Michalis Kondaxakis>].

15-31 July
Metamorphosis” : An exhibition of the work of renowned Corfu printmaker, Dimitris Miliotis at the Old Customs House in Loggos.
With the cooperation of the Municipal Gallery of Corfu

16 July
Greek and Austrian Songs of the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries with singers Roza Poulimenou and Vassia Alati and Dieter Peier on the piano.
With the kind support of the Embassy of Austria in Greece.

23 July
Contemporary Greek songs by Dimitris Maramis dedicated to "Wine and Eros" performed by the composer on the piano, with vocalists Nikos Ziaziaris and Mela Gerofoti.

26 July
Songs of the Early Renaissance by the National Opera singer, Nikos Ziaziaris, with Aggelos Aggelou on the lute.

29 July
Two of Greece’s best contemporary violinists, Simos Papanas and Kyriakos Gouventas, evoke Smyrna of the 1920s in a heady mix of Opera, Kafe aman songs and the old music of Istanbul.

1-30 August
“Ceramic objects for the Modern Greek House” – Many household objects re-imagined and re-created by the most talented ceramic artists in Greece. This exhibition premiering in Paxos will be travelling to the Greek Ambassador’s residence in Paris and other venues in Greece in the fall.

20 August
The dynamic trio of Kyriakos Gouventas (violin), Vasilis Kasouras (lute) and Vaggelis Pashalidis (zither and voice) in a unique programme which will transport us to all regions of traditional Greek folk music.

27 August
Flamarabenco band will perform an original mix of Arabian and flamenco music with a Mediterranean twist.

6 September
The Thessaloniki chamber music ensemble, “Sirius Piano Trio” : David Bogorad (violin), MirtoTalakoudi (cello) and Martyna Jatkauskaite (piano). Three exceptional musicians, endowed with a European temperament, great expressivity and technical excellence will perform works by Beethoven, Smetana and Rachmaninoff.

20 September
Presentation of the book “The Songs of Kerkyra” (Corfu Press Publications) by author and researcher Stephanos Poulimenos at the KIP Library, in Gaios.

3 October
“Biodiversity and Climate Change in the Ionian Islands” - A conference in cooperation with the Management Organization of the of Acheron- Kalamas – Corfu – Paxos regions, the Ionian Environment Foundation and the Volunteers of Paxos, at the KIP Library, Gaios.

31 October
The adaptation of the short story “Woman Floating” by Alexandros Papadiamantis to a theatre play by director Dimitris Babilis; Cast: Vicky Kyriakopoulou, Ioanna Bogdanou.

Other events planned through the summer:

  • The improvement (making more attractive, clearing, lighting, placing informative signs) of local cisterns, wells and springs in cooperation with the Cultural Organization of the Municipality of Paxos.
  • Guided walks along the Paxos Footpaths Network highlighting “The Footpaths of the Water”, focusing on local springs, Venetian Aqueducts, British cisterns and stone-carved water reservoirs spread out all over our beautiful island.
  • Presentation of a unique publication on the churches of Paxos with Alessandra Pace as artistic coordinator.
    (dates to be announced)

All the Festival events will take place in the Old School in Loggos, both inside and in the beautiful yard with its mosaic decorations.

We warmly thank the Municipality of Paxos for their cooperation.