Each year on Good Friday in the village of Marpissa, a spectacular event takes place, celebrating Easter with the ‘Parastaseis’, a series of dramatic tableaux portraying scenes from the Passion of the Christ and involving around 200 villagers in the production.
Easter already, and the first issue ever to cover a full three-month period. It’s been quite a challenge! Although I’m actually astonished at how much information we were able to get on events taking place as late as June! Of course there are bound to be additional events no-one knows about yet, but we will be using a number of channels to keep you up to date with the latest news and events until the Summer issue, due out at the beginning of July.
Paros is a small island in the heart of the Cyclades, Greece. Antiparos is its closest sister island. It is our mission and passion to share the place we love with the world, yet to preserve everything that makes it so special!
Athena Perantinos, owner of Perantinos Travel in Piso Livadi, in collaboration with Marc Buronfosse, bass player and teacher at the Paris National Conservatory, are organising the first Paros Jazz Academy in Lefkes from 7-13 July 2011.
Who does not want relief from the aches and pains and other forms of illness we have come to associate with modern lifestyles or aging? The cause of these problems (and the solution) can be surprisingly simple.
College Year in Athens has been offering its acclaimed "Modern Greek language and culture" course on Paros every summer since 1985. Every summer students come to Paros to learn Modern Greek, mainly from US colleges, but also Greek-Americans of all ages who have decided to learn their grandparents’ language, US and European professionals, and foreign residents who live on Paros and wish to improve their language skills.
Last month, the Attica Group announced the launch of a new frequent traveller loyalty scheme called 'SeaSmiles', similar in concept to air miles programmes (earning 1 point for every 1€ you spend), especially designed for frequent travellers on the company's Blue Star and Superfast ferries.
What is more warming on a chilly, rainy, winter Saturday evening than a couple of hours of fine Cretan music by three skilled musicians? Paros always seems to be able to attract two or three groups of musicians during the long, damp, verdant winter, and this concert was a high point.
The Saturday Painting Group will be holding an exhibition entitled ‘The Saturday Painting Group - Results of the Unexpected’ at the Dimitracopoulos Building in the Agora of Paroikia from 22 April through 7 May.
In February the fisheries department of the regional authority of the South Aegean called upon the fishermen of the Cyclades and the Dodecanese to decommission their boats, in exchange for financial compensation. A range of different types of fishing boats fall under the scope of this initiative, ranging from small-scale artisanal vessels to more industrial vessels, such as vintzotrates and mechanotrates (different types of trawlers).
Many readers of Paros Life & Naxos Life came to know Yiorgos and Marousso Zoumis from Marathi through the article “At Peace with the Past” published last year about their lives on Paros (March 2010 issue). Those of us who lived in the Kolymbithres area in the nineteen-sixties have known them for over forty years, so it was with great sadness that I learned of Yiorgos’ death on 19 March at the age of 91.
Recent press releases from the Paros Municipality, Theseus Prevention Centre, Dafni Sustainable Network, Naxos Historical Archive, Amorgos Municipality, FolkDance Group of Naoussa (XON), Pantelis Tzanakopoulos- Regional Councillor of the South Aegean Precinct, Regional Authority of the South Aegean, Trade & Business Association of Paros & Antiparos, Hellenic Statistical Authority (EL.STAT) and a common statement issued by 10 Environmental NGOs.
As 300 immigrant workers went on a 44-day hunger strike in downtown Athens to protest against what they claimed was unfair treatment by the Greek state, a group in Naoussa that supports children’s theatre, under the aegis of the XON, or Folkdance Group of Naoussa, decided to stage a play highlighting the plight of immigrants.
I first heard about natural building when I started my permaculture studies in Asia and then, more extensively in Australia. When I saw the little house of Nesson, made by the Greek Cob team, I knew that my dream house is a house like that. If you are curious about natural building and would like to know more, join us at Tao's Center for the "Natural Building Lecture & Workshop."