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Painting with his mouth December 3, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Arts Exhibitions Cyprus.
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Kyriacos Kyriacou, known internationally as Kris Kirk, is an artist like any other. He paints breathtaking landscapes and seascapes, and has been exhibited around the world with his images appearing regularly on greetings cards and calendars; all fairly standard things for an international artist to be doing.

And yet his technique would be rather alien to most of us. Instead of his hands being the God-given tools of his trade, Kyriacou uses his mouth. The accident occurred when he was 15, leaving him paralysed and without the use of his hands.

“Since then, my life has been a rollercoaster, but art has been the one constant.” Kyriacos says.

Kyriacou is a member of the international organisation, ‘Mouth and Foot Painting Artists’ (MFPA), and he’s made it his mission to expand its influence in Cyprus. There are currently about 700 members worldwide, but Kyriacou is the only one on the island.

MFPA is a business, making its money by selling cards and calendars with images painted by mouth or foot artists. It operates like a publisher/agent, with all the full time artists receiving a “very good” wage.

Belonging to such an organisation inevitably leads to labelling and/or generalisation. A painter who uses their mouth to hold the brush is not just a ‘painter’, but a ‘mouth painter’. To this extent the ‘disabled’ label is tied to the work. It is something that Kyriacou feels strongly about, and whilst he accepts that it’s inevitable that such a label exists, not least because the organisation is solely made up of mouth and foot painters, he also sees it as a problem.

Having just returned from a successful exhibition at the Royal Academy in London, Kyriacou is now keen to get his work seen in Cyprus. He has had a couple of successful exhibitions on the island already, one in Ayia Napa and one in Nicosia, and he is hoping to be showing in Limassol in the not too distant future.

Working predominantly with oil paint, Kyriacou divides his time between producing work for the cards and calendars, generally Christmas themed compositions, and painting seascapes and landscapes. But he reveals that his real passion lies in a quite different genre.

The MFPA was set up 50 years ago by the successful German artist Erich Stegmann. As a polio victim, Stegmann grew up without the use of his arms and used his mouth to paint. In 1956, he got together with a small group other disabled artists and set up the organisation, believing that if painters with similar problems to his own formed a co-operative, then it would be possible to live as working artists, enabling them to have a sense of work security that was previously impossible.

With the only criteria for membership being that you must use you’re mouth or foot to paint, Kyriacou sees no reason why more disabled Cypriots shouldn’t get involved; even going so far as to offer to teach anyone who might be interested in painting in this manner.

Information about MFPA can be found on their website, at: www.mfpa.co.uk
For Christmas cards and calendar’s call 22-770112. Anyone interested in joining the organisation in Cyprus should contact Kyriacos Kyriacou on 99-469049.


Child prodigy December 3, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Arts Events Cyprus.
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Cypriot pianist Nicolas Costantinou and his organisation, the Ledra Music Soloists, have an incredible concert coming up, with the super talented young violinist Chloe Hanslip, followed the next day by a workshop on the ‘Aspects of a violinist’s career’.

In February 2001, 13-year-old Hanslip was the youngest artist ever to be signed by Warner Classis for a five album recording contract, winning awards with all her released CDs. Her latest CD was released in September 2006 by Naxos and is an all American album of works by John Adams, John Corigliano and Franz Waxman.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear Chloe’s concert with Nicolas, the programme in Cyprus on December 5, 2006 comprises Beethoven’s Sonata for Piano and Violin No 9 in A major Op 47 “Kreutzer”, Prokofiev’s Sonata for Violin and Piano No 1 Op 80, Mario Castenuovo-Tedesco’s Figaro, Concert paraphrase of ‘Largo al factotum’ from Rossini’s Barber of Seville and the world premiere of Constantinos Stylianou’s Joy.

Her workshop should be a fascinating insight into the demanding but fulfilling path of a concert violinist. It is being held at the British Council with free entrance, on December 6, from 9am-11am with registration required by emailing info@ledramusic.org

World Aids Day December 3, 2006

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Although the World AIDS Day was commemorated on December 1st, citizens should not stop increasing their awareness and taking necessary precaution measures, such as always do act safely. Safe Sex may save your life!

Manifestations regarding the World Aids Day were organized in the whole of Greece in order for the citizens to be informed.

The spreading of the disease on an international level is rather worrying. According to UNAIDS estimations, there have been 11.000 infections per day in 2005, 95% of which are in developing countries. The 1.500 are children under the age of 15 and from the 10.000 infections in adults, half are women and 40% people between the ages of 15-24.

World Aids Day events at Technopolis (City of Athens Cultural Centre)
Under the slogan “Stop AIDS, keep your promise, let’s be responsible”, the non-government organisation PRAKSIS is staging a series of events promoting World Aids Day (December 1) from November 3 to December 3, 2006 at the City of Athens Technopolis. The Centre of Life, the Hellenic Migrant Forum, the organisation SYNTHESI and the National School of Public Health AIDS & MOBILITY programme are also involved in the initiative.

Its aim is to mobilize citizens and raise public awareness of HIV prevention methods and AIDS treatments. This year’s campaign is focused on forging cooperation between all elements of society by taking responsibility and keeping promises on an individual, national and global level.
Entrance to all events is free. Technopolis, 100 Pireos Street, Gazi, Athens
The programme is as follows:

THURSDAY 30/11/2006 > Seminar “Stop AIDS, keep your promise, let’s be responsible” 16:00-19:00
FRIDAY 1/12/2006 >Athina 9.84 FM (100 Pireos Str, Gazi) Awareness march by organisation volunteers accompanied by an ensemble of drummers from the National Technical University of Athens, music department, directed by Vassilis Vassilatou Meeting point: Kotzia Square 13:00-15:00
Art exhibition “DRAWING AID(S) Featuring: Mandy Albani, Alexis Avlamis, Vassilis Vassilakakis, Vangelis Gokas, Katerina Diakomi, Christina Kalbari, Mari Konti, Pavlos Nikolakopoulos, Nikos Papadimitriou, Nikos Papadopoulos, Lila Polenaki, Rania Ragou, Dimitris Tzamouranis 17:00-23:00
-Party – DJ Nikolas Dalιs (Prego) Concert by Afro-Brazilian drum ensemble QUILOMBO 19:00
SATURDAY 2/12/2006 >  Art exhibition “DRAWING AID(S)” 17:00-23:00
-Concert featuring: Theodoros Liondis,Ypothesi X,Apostolos Rizos,Ypogia Revmata 19:00
SUNDAY 3/12/2006 > Art exhibition “DRAWING AID(S)” 17:00-23:00
-Concert featuring: Locomondo Sugahgalore 19:00

The art exhibition “Drawing AID(S)” was organised as part of World AIDS Day events in a bid to involve the art world in an issue which concerns all of us. Thirteen young Greek artists contribute, in this fashion, to AIDS awareness-raising efforts.
Curator: Christina Kalbari, Launch: Friday, December 1, 20:00
For the past 10 years PRAKSIS has provided free, immediate medical care at its two polyclinics in Athens and Thessaloniki as well as psychological and legal support for the homeless, uninsured, newly-arrived asylum seekers, refugees and migrants, street children, former prisoners and other social groups.

A new pay-to-park system in Athens December 3, 2006

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The center of Athens has been transformed, at least temporarily, by a new pay-to-park system that requires all vehicles in key downtown areas to pay for the right to park through scratch cards or debit cards activated by cell phone. Prior to November 20, parking was free and chaotic in Athens, but now some 5,500 spaces are regulated and patrolled by 120 officers who dole out $30 fines to violators.

The new plan was put in place to reduce congestion and encourage use of mass transit. It is also expected to require Athenians to adopt a new way of thinking about using their vehicles. No longer can they double park and walk away, at least in theory. On the first day of the new regulations, open parking spaces were visible all over the city, a situation unheard of just the day before.

Related Links > http://www.cityofathens.gr/portal/site/AthensPortalEN/

20/11/2006: Municipal parking system goes into effect

17/11/2006: We all have a place in Athens!

Study in Greece informational meeting at UARK December 3, 2006

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Interested in studying in Greece this summer?

Join the four-week, six credit-hour study tour of Greece this summer focusing on significant works of art and sites relevant to the history and culture of Greece.

UA students should naturally be interested in Greece, because, as we all know, it is impossible to say “RAZORBACK” without saying “ZORBA.” An informational session will be held to discuss this opportunity as well as scholarships and other funding will be held at 3:30 p.m.  Tuesday, December 5, KIMP 416.

Related Links > http://www.uark.edu

Iran, Greece to establish joint research center December 3, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Archaeology Greece.
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Iran and Greece plan to set up a joint research center, the director of Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization Research Center announced on Saturday.

The project will provide Iranian and Greek scholars and historians a chance to survey the historical, cultural, and scientific relations of the two nations over the course of history and to inform the world of their findings, Taha Hashemi added. He stated that the center will help correct misconceptions about the historical influence of Iran and Greece on each other promoted by Western historians.

During his recent visit to Greece, Hashemi invited a delegation of Greek archaeologists to Iran to cooperate in raising an ancient ship recently discovered in the Persian Gulf. Iranian experts have been unable to carry out the operation on their own due to the lack of equipment necessary to allow divers to work at a depth of 70 meters.

The ship was discovered about two months ago by Daryakav Company workers who were fishing in the Persian Gulf. Archaeologists believe it dates back to the Parthian or Sassanid eras based on the shards brought up in fishing nets and the large amphorae discovered on the ship. Amphorae were used during the Parthian and Sassanid eras.

Greek experts help recover Persian Gulf shipwreck December 3, 2006

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A group of underwater archaeologists from Greece is to travel to Iran to help Iranian archaeologists recover remains of a Partho-Sassanid shipwreck and its cargo, found recently in the Persian Gulf.

Iran’s Archaeology Research Center has invited a team of underwater archaeologists from Greece to come to Iran to help the Iranian archaeologists in raising the newly discovered ancient shipwreck from the Persian Gulf.
According to Hossein Tofighian, head of the underwater archaeology department of Iran’s Archaeology Research Center, the decision to invite Greek archaeologists to Iran was made during the recent visit of Director of the Research Center of Iran’s Cultural Heritage and Tourism Organization, Dr. Taha Hashemi, to Greece.

“During his visit, Dr. Hashemi met with Greek underwater archaeologists and visited their equipments which he believes are sufficient for undertaking the project in the Persian Gulf. Therefore, he proposed that a team of fully equipped Greek underwater archaeologists come to Iran to assist the Archaeology Research Center in taking out the sunken ship and its cargo,” said Tofighian.
The ship was accidentally discovered almost three months ago near the port of Siraf at a depth of 70 meters below the Persian Gulf. Initial studies by Iranian underwater archaeologists on the ship and its massive cargo revealed that it was a merchant ship belonging to either the Parthian (248 BC – 224 AD) or Sassanid (224 – 651 AD) empires.
From the early days of this discovery, recovery of the Partho-Sassanid shipwreck of the Persian Gulf was seen far from being just a simple archaeology expedition. Considering the lack of experience as well as the insufficient equipments in underwater archaeology in Iran, the Iranian archaeologists concluded that the current state of technology in underwater archaeology in Iran can not meet the demands of such massive project. “We do not have the necessary equipments for diving to the depth of 70 meters, neither do we have much experience in such projects,” said Tofighian.
Tofighian believes that the presence of Greek archaeologists in Iran would be a great opportunity for the country’s underwater archaeology since this joint project would allow the Iranian experts in underwater archaeology to closely observe the activities of the Greek experts and learn more about latest techniques and equipments in this field.
Ever since the discovery of this merchant ship in the Persian Gulf, the necessity to purchase advanced diving equipments is felt more than ever in Iran.
“The use of advanced diving equipments requires training which will be provided to the Iranian archaeologists during this joint initiative with Greek experts. On the other hand, we can not depend on foreign archaeologists to do the job for us forever. Therefore, as soon as we learn how to use the new technology, we will proceed to purchase the equipments,” added Tofighian.
He also announced that funding for this project will be provided by Southern Pars Oil Company after the signing of a contract with the Archaeology Research Center.