In a beautiful setting between Ambelas and Santa Maria with a stunning view across the channel to Naxos, the Tao's Centre opened its doors to the public last December. Offering a range of activities designed to reduce stress and give participants the chance to unwind and relax, Tao's calls itself a "life management centre" - a place where one can learn to balance one's physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual needs to create harmony and serenity in daily life.
This autumn the Aegean Center began its twice-yearly week of concerts, readings, and exhibitions with a solo concert, as always under Paros resident musical magician (and Aegean Center singing teacher), Orfeas John Munsey.
Though few tourists visit Paros in December, the cultural scene is as lively as ever - in some ways livelier. The Aegean Center was a major contributor to this holiday spirit, offering a reading, a solo concert, an art exhibition (including four jazz songs), and a choral concert.
The non-profit association "Friends of Paros" was founded on the initiative of Parians and others with a profound connection to the island who aim to address Paros's specific issues of local growth and the local community.
The second in a series of articles on traditional Greek music by Souzana Raphael describes her meetings with violinist Antonis Komis from Sifnos and how the island's tradition continues through young players from Athens.
2005 marks the beginning of Mayor Yiannis Rangoussis' third year in office -- he is now half way through his four year term. At a recent meeting, he outlined a few of the cultural activities planned for the near future (as part of his strategy for Paros to move away from mass tourism to long-term cultural and academic tourism), the status of some major Municipal projects, and answered some specific questions from readers.
European Union Directive 94/80/EC of 19 December 1994 lays down detailed arrangements for the exercise of the right to vote and to stand as a candidate in municipal elections by citizens of the Union residing in a Member State of which they are not nationals.
Iris Papathanasiou talks to Christos Georgoussis about the geological history and the archaeological significance of this most beautiful area of the island, protected by a presidential decree issued in 1988.
For the past 16 years, Tilos, a small Aegean island, has banned hunting and has as a result become a paradise for birds, some of them endangered. However, local hunting clubs are putting pressure on the Greek Government and islanders to lift the ban and are thereby jeopardising efforts to shift the island economy to conservation uses of their natural resources.