traditions

23 aug

CASA DEL MAR SICILIA

In Italy Door Anneke Verschave

Last summer we visited Marina di Modica, a little place at the lowest side of Italy!  From there we travelled to some amazing cities in the province of Ragusa. We attended a theater play in the theater of Noto and visited the amazing laghetti di Cavagrande!

We are now happy to show you what a great stay we had at Casa Del Mar Sicilia … For any bookings contact the family Spadaro at casadelmarsicilia.com.

19 nov

Karagiozis and the Marionette Maker

In Greece Door Anneke Verschave / 11/19/2014

When visiting the flea market of Thissio in Athens we got impressed impressed by the plays of Yannis Liagkos, a puppeteer who creates and sells handmade marionettes for traditional Greek Shadow Puppet Theatre.
Take a minute to discover a great shadow puppet character of Greek folklore! His name is Karagiozis, and he comes from Turkish shadow plays. Karagiozis is a poor hunchbacked Greek, his right hand is always depicted as being too long, his clothes are ragged and patched, and his feet are always bare. He lives in a poor cottage with his wife Aglaia and their three sons, during the time of the Ottoman empire. Because of his poverty, Karagiozis finds mischievous and crude ways to make money and feed his family. By performing in streets, markets, hospitals, schools, clubs and camps all over Athens, Yannis Liagkos is loved by young and old for his funny small shadow theater plays. He loves to pass on this piece of Greek tradition folklore to the younger generation, the theatre of shadows, the shadows of us all! In Yannis’s shows, children are always active participants, who help him in setting up the narrative with their questions and with their voices.

Starring, Yannis Liagkos. Music by Karagiozis. Produced and directed by Anneke Verschave.

To order Karagiozis figures mail to trellogaidouri@gmail.com or call +30 697 3683639.

karagiozis-figoures.gr

 

19 nov

Karagiozis!

In Greece Door Anneke Verschave / 11/19/2014

When our Director Anneke Verschave visited Athens she run into a very old and legendary character, originating from Turkey! His name is Karagiozis… His age, more then 200 years old! He will tell us a story in a Greek shadow-puppet theatre show!

Watch this video here!

19 apr

Documentary: 4 Days of Optimism

In Greece Door Anneke Verschave

(CC) – English subtitles – subtítulos en Español – Nederlandse ondertiteling!

At the start of Holy Week we are proud to present you our brand new documentary ‘4 Days of Optimism’.

A short written by Anneke Verschave. Shot and edited by Emmanouel Armoutakis. Narration by Sofia Galanaki. Music by Giorgos Xylouris – Oi Kampanes tou Agiou Mina.

 

In Crete, as in the rest of Greece, Easter is a big thing… and so are the preparations for it. Thanks to Ioannis Siatitsas, professor at the University of Heraclion, we had the opportunity to film the people in Loutraki, a village situated under the Vigla pike (κορυφή Βίγλα) of the Koudouni mountain (όρος Κουδούνι), about 20 km from the city.  And with Siatitsas help also the Panagia Ierousalem Monastery opened its doors for us. The monastery’s first records dates from 1654.  It is devoted to the Holy Jerusalem. We took part in the ceremonies on Good Friday, (Paraskevi). On Easter Saturday we visited the Epanosyfis Monastery, one of the biggest monasteries on Crete. Situated about 32 kilometers from the city of Heraclion and 2 km far from Metaxochori village. The monastery is dedicated to ‘Agios Georgios’. On Sunday we took part in a very special game…  Nikolis Avramakis, one of Heraclion’s best actors, showed us how to play it… the winner will be lucky for the rest of the year!

 

We feel like telling you a story, its more than just a story, cause in this we keep the faith.

We want to make you see that story, from our mediterranean sun-kissed heart. We welcome you to our island, the Island of Crete.

When I was young my mother told me, “Come and make the eggs!” It’s something we feel to do… otherwise we just feel sad… The eggs are born to give us life but we want to colour them red, like this we start to cry for all the blood he shed…

As friday comes we need as well to prepare the church… We take the flowers we could find in nature and we prepare her very well.

I don’t know how to explain, but itís like some part of me, like a person just has passed away being part of my family.

That day the sky is always full of rain so we keep sad and cry all day. And mountains turn to black and pain, so we keep sad and cry all day.

No more music there to make us happy, we are just sad and cry all day. The next day is a total different “cry”, a cry to be so white and happy.

 So happy underneath my skin, like my soul just starts to fly… unlocked from its bones.

When the priest gives us the light, its like I keep the God right into my hands.

And because we don’t like people to betray us, we must burn Judas from our lands.

When I see the lamb like that, I donít feel bad… You know we used to steal the lamb from Turkish lords?

And itís not so bad to see the head, cause we know we must eat it just like this!

My grandfather…he told me a story. For nobody to find out the stolen smell… he used to bury and bake it under the ground,

And like that he survived well!

Anyone in this entire world will recognise in its own way, but this is a story we trust in, even until today.

 

With special thanks to Stella Liandraki, Christina Liandraki, Ioannis Siatitsas, Nikolis Avramakis, Popi Mavraki, Giorgos Mavrakis, Ioannis Manioros, Dimitris Manioros, Maria Gargeraki, Ioannis Varsamas, Ioanna Kontaxaki, Maria Kontaxaki, Eva Armpatzaki, and Korina Avramaki.

 

19 apr

‘4 Μέρες Αισιοδοξία’ σημερα στις 20:20 το Kriti TV!

In Greece Door Anneke Verschave / 04/19/2014

Θα θελαμε να σας ενημερωσουμε οτι σημερα το βραδυ στις 20:20 το kriti tv θα προβαλει το βιντεο μας ‘4 Μέρες Αισιοδοξία’ μην το χασετε!!!

Tonight, ‘4 Days of Optimism’ will be broadcasted on CreteTV at 20:20! Don’t miss it!