Sunday, 30 September 2018

Zorba storm update ...

Updated Weather warning (Click here) ...

Emergency route tonight for Ferry Proteus, on Sunday at 19:45 from Skiathos to Volos due to extraordinary weather phenomena.

Keep talking Greece - Skiathos report (Click Here)

Rain - Thunder (Live map) ...

 

Wind (Live map) ...


Update:

 94.6 mm of rain recorded at the weather station in town. The main road has been closed at times, at Acropolis and also at Kolios and Troulos due to flooding, and water escaping from the mountain into the sea.

Power disrupted again in many areas due to the weather.

Photos from Maria Yiannis Troulos (Skiathos TV) ...




Photos from Agia Pareskevi ...

 

Hotel Mandraki - Swimming pool and gardens



Announcement from Nikos Plomaritis (Former Mayor) on the situation

 ΑΝΑΚΟΙΝΩΣΗ

 Κατα το συνεχή χτύπημα των νησιών από την καταιγίδα τα προβλήματα αντιμετωπίζονται κατά τον καλύτερο δυνατό τρόπο . Οι δήμοι , η περιφέρεια και οι ελεγκτικές - αστυνομικές αρχές σε συνεχή επαφή και συνεργασία προασπίζουν πρώτα την ασφάλεια τον πολιτών τους και κρατούν τις προσβάσεις ανοιχτές για κάθε παροχή . Για την είδηση ότι υπάρχει αγνοούμενος στη Σκιάθο , στην ειδική σύσκεψη που πραγματοποίητε στον δήμο , διαψεύστηκε από τις αρχές . Ο Δήμος και η περιφέρεια σε συνεχή επαφή με τις τουριστικές περιοχές ΑΧΛΑΔΙΕΣ -ΑΓΙΑ ΠΑΡΑΣΚΕΥΗ - ΤΡΟΥΛΟ - ΚΟΥΚΟΥΝΑΡΙΕΣ με κρατικά και ιδιωτικά μέσα συμβάλουν - βοηθούν τους ιδιώτες που πλήγηκαν από τα καιρικά φαινόμενα . Τέλος είμαστε , όλες οι αρχές , στη διάθεση του κάθε πολίτη που χρειάζεται βοήθεια .

 Announcement

 During the continuous blow of the islands from the storm, the problems are dealt with in the best possible way. The municipalities, the region and the control-police authorities in constant contact and cooperation defend first the safety of their citizens and keep the accesses open for each benefit.

For the news that there is a missing person in Skiathos, in the special meeting in the municipality, was denied by the authorities.

The municipality and the region in constant contact with the tourist areas of Achladies-Agia Paraskevi-Troulos-Koukounaries With state and private means contribute-help individuals who are shattered from the weather phenomena.

 Finally, we are all authorities at the disposal of every citizen who needs help.

Saturday, 29 September 2018

Medicane ...

Cyclone Zorba is heading into Greece ...

Which means more heavy rain on the way for the weekend, and a risk of thunderstorms, as the system heads into the Aegean ...

6am - Saturday ...
3pm - Saturday ...
23:59pm - Saturday ...
Map of cumulative rainfall by the end of Sunday / map of accumulated precipitation until Sunday evening: https://weather.us/

Batten down the hatches ...

Later Update:

Medicane makes landfall on Kalamata at Midday (NASA)

Skiathos highlighted by an arrow ...


Videolink: Here

Previous Blog: Rough ...


Friday, 28 September 2018

Rough ...

The weather not the hangovers ...

Its gone from the best September ever (quote) to the worst since 1970. No idea who was on the island in 1970 making weather records but these are two island quotes.

Many of you will have read about the poor weather this week, and the 'Medicane' brewing south west of Greece. Thats going to arrive in Southern Greece on Saturday, and then across to Rhodes into SW Turkey on late Sunday.  See: Severe Weather Greece update

It will bring more wet weather to the islands over the weekend, so be prepared ...


You may have read the posts on the forums, where many are battened down on the island wishing they were somewhere else.

Some have even cancelled their trips, for the last week of the season, and tried to sell their flights. There are plenty of bargains to the island, but not many to get off it. I did spot a £132 weekender to Skiathos, this afternoon. Thomas Cook to Skiathos from LGW and return on Tuesday into Southampton ...

Has the weather been that bad?

This is the Express Skiathos executing a 'missed approach' to Patitiri on Alonissos. The captain sensibly saying thanks, but 'no thanks' and doing a swift 180 turn, and returning to Agontas on Wednesday. Why Agontas? Well Skopelos harbour is closed due to the windstorm - probably until Pasca ...


The beach at Xanemos (Renamed Surfers paradise) has had a good wash too. Hope Yannis managed to rescue the beach umbrellas, in time ...

Rough ...
Even rougher ...
Rougher still ....
The big question has been 'We are flying to Skíathos Friday will I need a cardigan for the evenings' and 'apart from eat and drink, what is there to do when its raining'

Answers on a postcard - delivery next June ...

Lets be honest - Most folks just seem to want a beach, a full english, an evening meal, and a few beers. So take beach out of the equation, turn off the sunshine, and the holidaymakers radar can get a bit limited.

Lets jump on a ferry to Skopelos! - Oh we cant, as the weather is bad and half of them no longer run after the first week of September. If you think Skiathos is bad when it rains, then probably best not to try the other islands, when there is no ferry back until same time tomorrow.

One couple I met, spent a romantic night on a building site, in Skopelos town, a few years back. When the late September ferry sailed, and they thought it was coming back later.

OK lets go walk a dog, visit 'the' monastery (Trust me, there are four - not just one) go shopping, have lunch, and its panic stations when you run out of ideas, and the books left by previous guests have vanished from the book rack ...

One of the answers from an island friend has been 'Bring your credit card and then fly somewhere warm and sunny' ....

Which many islanders do at this time of the year, a quick trip off 'the rock' to do some shopping 'before winter sets in'

So I took his advice, and bought a ticket - for the Oval ...

Factor 30 and a cool beer ...
Its madness trying to play first-class cricket at the end of September, you just cant rely on the weather at all ...

Previous Blog: Windstorm (2) ...

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Windstorm (2) ...

Bonjour, Zdravo. Hallo, Oi, Ahoj, Salut, Hola, Ciao, Cześć ...

Well it is the European day of languages today

Looks like the strong winds will stay for a few days, and its causing a few problems
Click the link (Greek Reporter) ...


Same again for Thursday ...


Hang onto your hats, if you still have one ...

Weather forecast Click Here although if you are arriving on Friday - Look away now ...

A rather quiet Wednesday at the airport today, Only the Volotea from Rome, three Thomas Cooks in/out and this afternoons Sky Express ...

Watch out for the 'medicane' (Mediterranean hurricane) brewing for Crete and the islands in the south of Greece this weekend.

Apparently there is snow on Mount Olympus this morning ...

Previous Blog: Windstorm

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Windstorm ...

Batten down the hatches ...

A dangerous windstorm with storm force winds and major waves, expected in the Aegean region tomorrow 26th and on Thursday 27th September 

The major Arctic blast that has spread over Europe over the past few days reaches Greece and the Aegean region tomorrow. It will produce a potentially very dangerous, intense windstorm over the Aegean sea, with storm force winds and major waves.

Peak winds are expected over southeastern Evia and over the Cyclades islands, as well as the western Sea of Crete, in particular over the southernmost part of of Peloponnese. Peak gusts of 120-150 km/h are expected.

Further details - Source: Severe weather Europe

This morning, The Skiathos town weather station recorded a gust of wind at 90,1 km / H (10 BF) at 7.07am ...

Explains why tthe Olympic Air from Athens OA76 (SX-OBB) could not land, so went back to Athens, they sent another aircraft three hours later (SX-OBH) which arrived and departed safely.

The Condor flight from Munich, which was delayed on the island overnight, has now been diverted to Samos ...

Looks like its going to be wet and windy into October, but never mind, only three months until Christmas Day ...

Previous Blog: Flying Cat 5 ...

Sunday, 23 September 2018

Flying Cat 5 ...

Its the final week ...

The flying cat is being withdrawn for the summer, after the service next Sunday 30th September.

The cat will operate Monday to Thursday to Volos, and will operate Friday to Sunday to Agios Konstantinos, as usual. Before heading off to spend the winter in Piraeus - Instead of serving the Sporades islands ...

Monday to Thursday timetable here ...

Friday to Sunday timetable here ...

Previous Blog: Lalaria Beach. Skiathos is losing too many pebbles ...

Saturday, 22 September 2018

Lalaria Beach. Skiathos is losing too many pebbles ...

The Guardian newspaper reports ...

Tourists on Mamma Mia! island asked: voulez-vous return your pebbles?

Lalaria Beach. Skiathos is losing too many pebbles.


 Photograph: mbbirdy/Getty Images/iStockphoto
Usually at this time of year, Greek beaches are basking in the sunlight of summer’s dying days. But recently the news has been less luminous. First came the terrifying footage, taken by tourists, of a landslide on Zante’s Navagio beach. The collapse of the cliff face only narrowly missed holidaymakers sunbathing on its shores below.

Now comes the news that a bay on Skiathos – the island that served, partially, as a backdrop for the first Mamma Mia! film – is losing its smooth pebbles so fast campaigners have been forced to take drastic action.

This week containers emblazoned with the words “Lalaria Beach return pebbles box” appeared at Skiathos’s airport as locals stepped up the campaign to save the beach from tourists who crave one of its famously smooth marble stones. “We’ve had no other choice,” said Thodoris Tzoumas, who heads Skiathos’s cultural association. “Lalaria may not have suffered a landslide but human intervention is such that its natural beauty is being destroyed at an alarming rate.”

Thanks to pebble pinching whole chunks of its stony shoreline have vanished.

The appearance of the honesty boxes follows the announcement of fines up to €1,000 (£894) for tourists found in possession of Lalaria’s celebrated marble stones. Posters have also been pasted on local cruise boats and a billboard placed on the beach exhorting holidaymakers to “take a picture not a pebble”.

“Lalaria is not a protected site so the fines were announced in extremis,” the island’s harbour master chief, Nikolaos Katsambas, told the Guardian. “Now that all these measures have been taken we hope they will have a deterrent effect.”

Campaigners claim the marbles have been disappearing at an alarming rate. Lalaria, on Skiathos’s northern coast, first became famous in the 1970s when the Greek tourist board, attracted by its crystal clear waters, made the bay the country’s poster beach. It shot to global stardom, however, when Hollywood producers used Skiathos as one of the film locations for the first Mamma Mia. This summer’s release of Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again has lured even greater numbers of tourists, with many visiting the island to get married or renew vows.

A spokeswoman at the local town hall said tourists were not the only culprits. “Residents here have also been taking them to build fancy walls in their gardens and mosaic floors in their homes,” lamented Athina Papageorgiou. “Nature can’t keep up with replenishing the disappearing stock.”

According to the island’s cultural association, the larger marbles have almost entirely been eradicated from the beach. “In the past, winds lashing the rocks during the winter months would make up for the losses. But we’ve lost so many over the last decade that that’s no longer enough,” Tzoumas sighed.

As part of the campaign, coastguard officers have also begun conducting inspections as tourists alight from boats running daily cruises to Lalaria, which is only accessible by sea. “They are down there every day and even boat captains are issuing warnings over loudspeakers,” the campaigner added.

Authorities at Skiathos’s airport have reportedly long complained of the inexplicably large amount of pebbles discovered in travellers’ luggage.

But the appearance of the honesty boxes – following the threat of fines – may be working ...

Photo: Courtesy of the famous 'Stig' ...
“We’ve been pleasantly surprised at the result,” said Tzoumas. “They have only been there a few days and they are beginning to fill up. It’s the last chance for pebble thieves to part with these beautiful stones if they don’t want to be found with them.”

Kalo Taxidi - Καλό ταξίδι - God rejse

To my friends and readers of the blog, Susanne, Sophia & Søren from Denmark. Also to the famous Stig who appears to be sneaking off the island on his own private jet ...

Previous Blog: Weather watch ...

Friday, 21 September 2018

Weather watch ...

Seems a number are very concerned ...

Apparently according to the BBC and the apps. Autumn will arrive 'on the rock' next week. What are we going to do if it rains? Pack a brolly and a pac a mac, always a good idea ...

 © Nick Yerasimos @Swell Bar
Today is the autumn equinox so its a fair assumption, it will not get warmer from now on.

The Greek forecast is only good for three days so at the moment all good for the weekend.

However ...

Much cold weather with temperatures more than 10 °C below normal is expected to spread across east-central Europe and the Balkan peninsula early next week (severe-weather.EU)


Well I usually suggest, 'If you are caught short' then 'a good book, a bar of Greek chocolate and a glass of Greek red wine' Then before you know it, It will be all over.

Its the Mayors fault, he has been interviewed 'its the best tourist September for years, and hotels are operating at 70% occupancy, with mainly British, Italian and Scandanavian tourists' ...

That explains why the best rated restaurant at the moment, closed for the season last night ...

Well its soon to be election time ...

However a study Finds That People Who Enjoy Beer, Wine And Chocolate Live Longer

So drink up people - a new study says you're 20% less likely to die if you drink wine, beer and chocolate.

Stuff the weather forecast, follow my bad weather advice! ...

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Todays cruise ship ...

Was the Salamis Filoxenia ...

Its a Cypriot boat, registered in Limassol ...

Photo: Kiriakoulis Seaways
It sailed this evening for Thessaloniki, with its 336 Australian, British, Cypriot, Russian and Ukranian guests. after spending the day enjoying the delights of Skiathos.

Cash going into the tills around the town whilst everyone else is on the beach sunning themselves.

Wonder if its the last one of the season - Hopefully not ...

Anyone else feeling the autumn lethargy?

As the sun slips southwards on the horizon, the evenings start to draw in. The falling light levels and the noticeable start of coughs and sneezes. The body clock starts saying soon be time to hibernate, or if you are a swallow or swift, its time to fly south to warmer climes ...

Never a better alternative than to nip down to Cafe Del Mar, and let the sun feast on your bones, whilst looking over at tsougria through the bottom of a wine glass ....

Whilst planning your next adventure ...

Previous Blog: All aboard ...

Late News: Started taking the brollies down, and the sunbeds away at Aghia Eleni, as tourist summer winds back ...

Monday, 17 September 2018

All aboard ...

The hopper circa 1976 ...

Olympic Airways operated a pubic obligation service to the island from 1972, when the airport opened. It allowed state subsidised travel to and from Athens. A lifeline for the island during the long winter months.


Looks like the pilot is helping a customer too, this must be a publicity shot ...

The aircraft Olympic Airways NAMC YS-11A-220 (Isle of Samothraki) [SX-BBI] was a twin-engined turboprop airliner built in Japan and was delivered to Olympic Airways on 28 April 1971.

The photo, in front of where the old terminal building currently stands, and which is being brought back to life again this winter ...

Previous Blog: Katsonis weekend ...

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Katsonis weekend ...

Its the memorial weekend ...

The announcement is in Greek, but its the annual commemoration of the loss of the submarine Katsonis. 75 years ago on the 14th September 1943 ...






The annual wreath laying, and the reading of the sailors names, will take place at the memorial on the old harbour at 11am on Sunday 16th September. Following the church service at Tries Hieraches.

Be there by 10:30am  to witness one of the islands most important events ...

I have written about this event many times, if you wish read more about it here

Later update: Sunday morning (06:20am) - The submarine has arrived in the port, there is a minesweeper - HS Starakis P29. Kavaloudis class Type: La Combattante IIIb ...


The submarine "Katsonis S-123" is visiting Skiathos today for Katsṓneia 2018.


This year there will be no tours of the submarine, like in previous years, as the submarine after laying the laurels, will depart for its scheduled exercise ...

Katsonis S-123 - Photo: Kiriakoulis Seaways

Katsonis S-123 - Photo: Kiriakoulis Seaways


Previous Blog: Warmer still ...

Thursday, 13 September 2018

Warmer still ...

OK so it rained last night ...

Hardly a disaster, a few thunderbolts at 3am. It was the fortnightly thunderstorm ...

Wow shock horor, the noisiest storm ever - Really?

But it looks like its going to get even warmer next week

Even warmer / hotter weather for large parts of Europe likely next week! Looks like a late September heat wave is coming ...

Slush fun ...


Tony Robinson is pitching a series to Channel 5  where Mr Petrov and Mr Boshirov  take us round some of Britain’s greatest monuments. It’s to be called ‘ I Spy With My Little Eye’. I think it could be as big as Time Team ....

Thought for the day

14 Sep 1752: The British Empire adopts the Gregorian calendar, skipping 11 days (the previous day was 2 Sep). New Years Day becomes 1 Jan, previously it was 25 Mar, which stays as the tax year end + 11 days = 5 Apr (6 Apr since 1800).

Late News just in ...

Read of a restaurant closing up for the season, on September 13th - See you next year, They do know the season has four weeks to run. Or are they another, only catering for a certain palate?

How can the island ever have any hope of extending the season, with this kind of support, from a business for the tourists still there, and planning to arrive shortly ...

Previous Blog: Weather forecast ...

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Weather forecast ...

For our seasonal cardigan lovers ...

Very warm weather with temperatures close or even over 30 °C returns to much of the southern half of Europe this week. Late summer sun continues unabated across most of Europe ...


Anyway check first with the BBC just in case (Auntie knows best) ...

Last Wednesdays TC to Manchester was 3 tonnes overweight, so had to refuel at Kavala. Local reports said it was due to over excess at the tavernas, but sources at the airport suggest it was winter woolies ...

August blues are descending rapidly into stormy September squabbles on the forums. It makes for interesting reading.

As the first grip of autumn sends a chill through the bones, the season of falling leaves is upon us. It makes us all try to hang on to the last sunrays of a golden summer past, with just dark nights and winter chill to look forward to.

Just 27 more days to go, enjoy the heat, where its best appreciated, on the beach ...

Question of the day:

Q: Why does it take only 3.5 hours to get there but 6.5 on the way back?
A: Guess their watch has stopped ...

Previous Blog: Καλημέρα ...

Late News: For the blog spammers from the sub continent, Yes we know who you are - Good Evening India its 4 - 1 #EngvInd

Sunday, 9 September 2018

Καλημέρα ...

Good Morning from Swell Bar ...

 © Nick Yerasimos @Swell Bar
Where Nick Yerasimos is probably laying out the cardigans for another warm one ...

Interesting few days reading the forums, learned where to go for the best 'stuffed burger' and the price of beach towels in certain establishments.

Looked up the price of Micro fibre beach towels, apparently they fold away and weigh next to nothing, and are sand resistant.Will be taking that recommendation, a step further in the very near future.

Man v Aeroplane

Not sure what this guy is focusing in on ...

 © http://skiathian.blogspot.co.uk/  
But I think the guy in front, with the girlfriend already has an idea ...

In the latest edition, of 'Man v Aeroplane' we feature a tourist with limited reading ability, taking on a Jet engine in the pursuit of fun ...

© http://skiathian.blogspot.co.uk/  

In the process covering the car park, in around four giant leaps for mankind, as the result was swiftly decided in favour of the turbine. Neil Armstrong must be looking down, with pride ...

Final Result: Small Planet Airbus 1 - #Numpty 0 ...

Todays boat trip tip, saved someone €32, sadly due to the winds no Lalaria and Kastro, so they will now hopefully it enjoy over lunch at Kati Yorgi

Previous Blog: Winding down, or winding up? ...


Friday, 7 September 2018

Winding down, or winding up? ...

Strange as it may seem ...

It is still summer, my heatwave prediction until the 11th is holding out so far

With still a month to go.until the last flight departs, amid the increasing requests regarding 'bringing cardigans and jackets' and a few 'worried about the weather next week' posts ...

Its another manic airport  Friday with 23 arrivals and 23 departures planned. (Down from a high of 24 - One gone already)  ...

Final nights ...

Last night (5th) September - was the 'last sunset trip' with the Eleni crew, the sales team are off back to Leeds. Sunsets will still remain available, probably best viewed glass in hand from 'Agia Eleni' beach or perhaps better Banana, as the sun slips southwards in the evening sky ...

Fri (7th) September - Last 'house party' of the season at Jaguar.
This probably means there are no young people left, as the ferry timetables, change next week ...

The open air cinema continues, you can see the programme details here on the blog as usual

Some end of season flight bargains over the last few days with flylolo from Southampton, and a £67 return flight today from LGW. Even Kriandos is on a '£43 one way to the rock' from Manchester. He mentioned the magic words 'May have to be Parga' and the price dropped ...

As the season starts to draw to a close, details of last nights, and planned seasonal closures - I will post them here ...

Any sighting of the pink flamingo gang, are they still swaning around 'the rock' ...

Previous Blog: Ferries set to return ...

PS: The last test match of the summer starts today at the Oval. Its been an fantastic summer of entertainment & drama  Hope the last test is exactly the same ...

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Ferries set to return ...

Looks like its all over ...

The PNO union of Greek seamen on Tuesday ended a two-day strike that had left thousands of tourists and tons of produce stranded at ports.

PNO's executive committee was initially discussing the possibility of extending the action, which was already in its second day on Tuesday, when talks with ferryboat owners came to an agreement later in the day.

According to an announcement from PNO, the deadlock was broken after ferry operators offered a pay rise of 2 percent for 2018, to go into effect retroactively from January 1.

All boats are expected to sail as normal this morning ...

Previous Blog: Skiathos Heliport ...

Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Skiathos Heliport ...

It was the only way to travel ...

Well there are no ferries again today so time for a comeback? No ferries/cat/dolphin running on the route again today so far ...

The heliport was built at Platanias, at a time when a helicopter was the only way to access Skiathos from the air. Onassis-owned Olympic Airways had scheduled passenger helicopter flights from Athens to a string of islands that included Skiathos with Sud SA-321F Super-Frelon helicopters. 

SA 321 F "Hermès" F-OCMF - D. Liron
The helicopter would do the service in 20 minutes, while a boat would do the equivalent service in 6 hours. Helicopters would land and take off on a circular concrete helipad. 



The helipad remained in operation until the Skiathos airport was completed in 1972. 


 (Kyprianos Biris on hellasga.com).
It is still easily recognisable, located just behind the main road, by the Hotel Ostria at Platanias, on the southern shore of the island. 

Source: http://www.forgottenairfields.com

Previous Blog: Ferry Free Monday

Monday, 3 September 2018

Ferry free Monday ...

As previously advised, today is a ferry strike day ...

Today no boats have been sailing to and from Volos, Agios Konstantinos, Mantoudi and Thessaloniki.

Even the usual early flying cat did not go to Volos than join the strike there. Its a total ferry strike which for the Sporades is unusual. They usually operate so people can get to hospital appointments, on the mainland even if they get stuck there overnight.

However ...

The PNO (Panhellenic Seamen’s Federation) has announced a further 24 – hour strike on Tuesday September 4th. All Ships and Ferries will again remain docked on that day

Greek seamen have decided to stage a fresh 24-hour strike after their union on Monday rejected an offer for a 2 percent annual pay hike following negotiations with the sector’s employers, Kathimerini understands.

Greece’s seamen federation (PNO) has demanded a 5 percent pay icnrease after an eight-year pay freeze due to the country’s financial crisis.

Ships remained docked at the country’s ports on Monday, affecting about 180,000 people who had booked to travel to or from the islands.

Source: http://www.ekathimerini.com

New 24-hour strike on Tuesday 04-09-2018 

New 24-hour Pan-Hellenic Strike on Boat Schedules Announced by PNO and for Tuesday, September 4, 2018

The ships will be tied to the harbors on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 , after the 24-hour Pan-Hellenic strike announced by PNO.

With the new strike the ships will remain tied to the harbours until Wednesday morning (06:00) September 5, 2018

Source: http://www.odigostoupoliti.eu/

Probably the early flying cat will not sail on tuesday either ...

Sunday, 2 September 2018

Traditional island clothing exhibition ...

On Monday 3 September, in collaboration with the Women's Association, the second series of events will be held in Skiathos. Where the "Women's traditional clothing of Coastal Magnesia" will be presented at the Bourtzi ...


The Greeks and visitors on the island, who will attend this event, in the "Bourtzi" of Skiathos, will have the opportunity to see and admire in close authentic costumes of another era. Which have been made with taste, patience, perseverance and will by simple women of our people with meager means, both in their authentic form, as well as photographic material of another era, but also small dolls dressed with traditional costumes.

They will also listen to the female choir of traditional music in songs on traditional costume.
In this event, which will be done with the custody of the president of the women's association of Skiathos Stamatínas Chondronikolḗ, the philologist professor Maria Evangalou - Nkountára, and then representatives of cultural operators of the islands, our chosen countrymen and syntopítisses, will present Local costumes.

Skiathítissa philologist Malamṓ Stamélou will start presentations with the traditional skiathítikē costume.
The Traditional costume of trikeríou will present the president of the cultural association "in trikeríō", Giannis Michalis.

Seven Costumes of Skopelos will present with reason and image the deputy mayor of social care - education - culture and tourism, Athena Ntákē - Arkománē. And finally the president of the municipal council and the cultural club of Alonissos, Panagiotis Tsoukanás will present the costume of his island.

The Co-ordination of the whole event will be made by Stamatínas Chondronikolḗ, President of the club Women's Association, with the support of the member of the "Magnḗtōn Ark", Chorodidáskalou Kostas Nkountára, 

After the presentation, a buffet with traditional treats of Skiathos, Skopelos and Alonissos will be available ...

REMINDER:

24 hour Ferry strike tomorrow, no ferries, flying cats or flying dolphins are expected to sail to/from the islands to/from the mainland ...

Previous Blog: Καλό μήνα σε όλους Σεπτεμβρίου είναι εδώ ...

Saturday, 1 September 2018

Καλό μήνα σε όλους Σεπτεμβρίου είναι εδώ ...

Kalo Minha - Good Month to one and all, September is here ...

... and all those who read the blog, from across the world.

Its the first day of Meteorological Autumn, Its the season of falling leaves, and cooler air. It also means the 'Pink flamingo gang, have arrived for their annual excursion ...

So they, and you too can take in some culture, if you are on the rock, this weekend ...

Hello to 'Sandra and David' This may well be worth a visit ...



The Cultural - Environmental Association of skiathitṓn "the two aléxandroi" organises the third piano festival in skiathos, following the success it noted in previous years and the enthusiastic response of the public.

Events will take place on 1 & 2 September 2018, at the municipality's cultural centre in Bourtzi, with free entrance. They are made in collaboration with piano plus festival and guests alumni team of the ionian university department of music studies, which together with their professor lambi basileiádē organise at the skiathos weekend concert, with a reference point of Viktor Merzhanov and Russian piano school. This group is working closely with the Japanese pianist hideyo harada and is inspired by works of the romantic era.

The Artistic Director K. Lambis Vasileiadis gives the stigma of the two-day celebration of music in skiathos, saying: "this is also the piano festival in skiathos: an art bridge that will attempt to connect heaven with earth".

The Festival program:

Saturday 1 September | 20:30
Piano Recital with lambi basileiádē

A night dedicated to the love element, as Robert Schumann is experiencing as he tries to approach his beloved Clara. A transfer from the famous Norma that beyond the craftsmanship of f. Liszt touches in depth the passion of revenge jealousy that takes over priestess and mother Norma.

Robert Schumann
Op Carnival. 9

1TH SONATA FOR PIANO OP. 11
A little adagio - cheerful lively
Air: without passion, but expressive
Joke and intermezzo: spicy - slow. To the joke, but pompous - time I
Final: Allegro a little majestic

Franz Liszt
Norma, s. 394
Memories from opera Norma

Sunday 2 September | 11:00
Piano Lab with festival artists
The piano lab is a unique opportunity for piano students every level to work on some music project with festival artists. Through the workshop, participants will be able to get to know the music project and the composer in depth, exchange views on interpretative issues and discuss issues about music education and career. Students should have prepared a project that they will play and then work with the pianists in an open course and debate. The workshop will discuss historical issues relating to projects and musical interpretation issues involving not only students but also music teachers who can attend the seminar. Finally, the public will be able to speak with artists about subjects relating to the curriculum in the ionian university department of music studies. Statements of participation at www.pianoplusfestival.gr

Sunday 2 September | 20:30
"in the footsteps of Viktor Karpovich Merzhanov"
Recital of new artists with Anna Albízou, Andreas Xenópoulo, Maria Bénkou and marianna rēganá

With a stamp of romantic that arises both from the choices of repertoire of artists and from the joint study and course near teachers who have versed in the secrets of pianistikḗs art the marianna rēganá, Andreas Xenopoulos, Maria Bénkou and anna albízou are members of a special Team.

It is neither technical nor craftsmanship the common point in these personalities. It is the attempt to express spiritual reason and to be driven by the mysteries of human life.

Anna Albízou
J.S. to
Toccata in do minor bwv. 911

Andreas Xenopoulos
F. Chopin
Piano Sonata no. 2 in c recession minor op. 35

Maria Bénkou
N. Medtner
Sonata reminiscenza in la minor op. 38 no. 1

Mariana Rēganá
S. Rachmaninoff
Elegía from the work de fantaisie project, op. 3
Prelude to sol minor op. 23 no. 5
Musical moment op. 16 no. 4

The artists

Lambis vasileiadis
He attended the philosophical school of Aristotle University of thessaloniki and in the department of philosophy, pedagogy and psychology, from where he graduated with specialization in philosophy. He then attended musical studies and received a piano diploma with excellent from the state conservatory of Thessaloniki (1987) and piano Diploma (1990) by the supreme state school of music and theatre Hannover (Germany). He also attended a scholarship by the British Council " Giannis Bakarélēs " with yaltah menuhin, London (1992-93). He has received postgraduate titles from the highest state school of music Trossigen (Germany), Diploma of postgraduate course " Kuenstlerische Ausbildung " (1993 ) and " konzertreife diplom " (1996). Attended the university of Cincinnati, the United States of America, where it received the diploma of postgraduate course " Artist Diploma " (1997).

It has given individual recital in Greece to Germany, South Africa, France, the USA, Poland, Italy, Switzerland, Great Britain, Beirut (Lebanon), Lithuania (Vilnius), Thailand (Bangkok). In addition, he has appeared with orchestras, such as the music academy of trossingen, the Hamburg Youth Symphony, the no orchestra of Hanover, the Prague Philharmonic, the kammerphilarmonie of pragas, the orchestra room orchestra, the Philharmonic Philharmonic, the philharmonic of the, Thailand, the great philharmonic of Poland and has cooperated with recognised conductors, such as gudni emilsson, Darius Mikulski, josif conta, Bastian Heymel, Claude Villaret, Eduard Zilberkant, Luis Szaran etc. has been strongly active in the room of the music room with the Ionian Piano Quartet and He has given room music concerts along with famous artists (C. Erdeyi, lgorokoff, l. Hardy, etc)

It has recorded 18 Discs (CD) with a particularly wide repertoire, namely: with projects and Schumann (excellent criticism from listener, New York The Magazine Magazine, in an article by Bryce Morrison, classifies the interpretation of Brahms, Mr. Basileiádē, in the best 36 of the 20th century-March 2003), with works of bartok, poulenc, scriabin, Szymanowski (four stars from BBC Music Magazine, Britain), with projects projects (excellent criticism from fanfare music Magazine, New York), with Allen sapp projects, in first world execution (star from American Record Guide, one of the best recordings of 2001), with projects projects, projects projects and projects projects. With The Orchestra Room Orchestra (Kammerorchester Tuebingen) recorded the work of f. Liszt for piano and string orchestra malediction while in the same pattern recorded on the piano transfers of Mozart's liszt works. He has recorded live with the Philharmonic Philharmonic of the 2th concerto of tschaikofsky and works of room music with the Ionian Piano Quartet Beethoven and Brahms. He has made tv appearances on Greek TV 1, online, Greek TV 3, Alaska one, wgte, (USA) and have been broadcast works and interviews in Greek radio, wksu classical music, Kent, Ohio, Wgut FM Toledo, wgte Toledo, Ohio, USA, broadcasting ard, Munich, Hesse Radio (Hesischer Rudfunk), live FM 91-Toledo (live broadcast and on TV, interview-concert)

It has received many awards, such as the 2th award of san bartolomeo al mare, Genova, Italy (1997), the 6TH WORLD PIANO COMPETITION CINCINNATI, the 1th University of Chicago Award, Greek club, 1th award of higher music school trossingen, the master players international, Lugano, Switzerland, the 4st prize san bartolomeo al mare, Genova Italy, Diploma Scottish international competition glaskow in Scotland, the northern Greece music award, the "Giannis Bakarélēs" Award, the bachauer contest award, the choir and Piraeus Orchestra award and prize award, Thessaloniki. He has also participated in the final stage of the international piano competition unisa ectthe in South Africa, in the international competitions cagliari, monza, pescara, Porto (Portugal), etc. In 1997 he was a member of the criticism music teachers association. Columbus University, Ohio, USA, 1998 member of the criticism international competition committee (Thessaloniki), 1999 member of the organisational and jury of the international competition for the d awards. Price of mannesmann college of music, New York under "International Keyboard festival", organised by new school university, member of the international piano competition emil gilels of Ukraine (Odessa) and member of the jury of international competitions in Bangkok Thailand.

He has worked at the state university of bowling green, as assistant to professor Jerome Rose (1994-95), at the university of Cincinnati, Ohio as assistant to professor James Tocco, (1995-97), teaching grad students (Master) and doctoral course (DMA in piano performance), as a piano teacher and artistic director of conservatory Eastern Macedonia, as a piano teacher and artistic director of modern conservatory thessaloniki, as a piano teacher at University Macedonia. Today he works as a professor on "piano and pianistikḗ escort", at Ionian University, Corfu.

Andreas Xenopoulos
Doctor of the music school Glenn Korff of the university of Nebraska-Lincoln of the United States, Greek pianist Andreas Xenopoulos has given concerts in Italy, France, Germany, Thailand, United States and many Greek cities. Through his growing presence in the field of music education delivers annually master classes in Greece and abroad and many students evolve musically under his guidance. Since 2014 he teaches piano and theoretically at the Muscat-Bull Municipal conservatory in Athens.

He has attended dozens of international seminars with recognised pianists, including Hideyo Harada (Japan), Claudio Curo Dossi (Italy), Reinhart Becker (Trossingen Musikhochshule, Germany), Kemal Gekic (University of maiami), Steve Glasser (Ohio State University), Maxim Mogilewsky, Svetlana Smolina, Eri Nakagawa (Mahidol University of Thailand), Eduard Zilberkant (University of Fairbanks, Alaska), Prisca Benoit (Paris conservatory) and many others. It has been recognised by many international competitions in pianistikḗ interpretation such as university of Nebraska-Lincoln Concerto Competition (1TH PRIZE), Chicago Women's University Club Piano Competition (1TH PRIZE), 14th bowling green state university Concerto Competition (3TH PRIZE), and in 2012, participated in the commission of the 1th Russian Heritage Piano Competition organized by the special school of music of Saint Petersburg in Russia.

In 2006 Andreas Xenopoulos began his work with artistic entrepreneurship and organising cultural events. To date he has organised musical events, festivals, seminars and concerts in dozens of regions of Greece, Germany and America by developing a network of movement of artists and students between Greece and abroad. Since 2009 he has been director of production of piano plus festival in Athens (www.pianoplusfestival.gr). in 2013 he was responsible video marketing of the lied center for performing arts of Nebraska (www.liedcenter.org). in 2008 released his first personal record with Title "Archae" with works of Chopin, arranged and liszt by hellenic classical music artists. His second record with transfers of rempétikōn songs and autoskediasmoús for piano and voice, with soprano mariántzela chatzēstamatíou was released in may 2014.

In 2009 he completed his university studies near professor lambi basileiádē (www.lambisvassiliadis.com) from which he was particularly affected, in the department of music studies of the ionian university, continuing with the Erasmus programme in Germany, at the music academy of trossingen near professor reihart Becker. In 2011 he completed master of musical arts at the bowling green state university of the United States with pianist Dr. Robert Satterlee and in 2014 completed his doctoral piano studies with the distinguished pianist Dr. Paul Barnes (www.paulbarnes.net) at University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Glenn Korff school of music and Dr. Ann Chang in artistic entrepreneurship.

Maria Bénkou
Maria Bénkou was born in thessaloniki in 1992 and started piano lessons at age 6 In 2010, he took the piano degree with an excellent from the conservatory musical horizons, while in the same year she began her studies at the ionian university department of music studies. After completing the basic licence in the direction of music interpretation on the piano, he now carries out postgraduate studies with professor lambi basileiádē. He's taken part in concerts in thessaloniki, xanthi, Corfu and Larissa. He also attended seminars with: Hideyo Harada, Claudio Curo Dossi, Ann Chang, Robert. Satterlee, Reinhard Becker, jurgis karnavicious, Svetlana Karpunkina, eri nakagawa, dimitris dēmópoulo k. A., as well as summer seminars in Germany "International Music days in brache".

Anna Albízou
Anna Albízou was born in Larissa in 1996. She started piano lessons at the conservatory nkoulétsou and continued at the municipal conservatory of Larissa with Professor Christos Lenoútso. He has participated in competitions in Greece and abroad, distracting awards and discrimination. In 2010 he was a scholar of the Athens Music Hall under the 'off-Seat' programme. He has attended piano seminars with lambi basileiádē, Christos Papageorgiou, Hideyo Harada, e. Nakagawa, Dimitri Dēmópoulo, stavros laparídē, r. Becker, Dimitris Toufexi, domna eunouchídou, Anna Fedorova, and room music with Apollo grammatikópoulo and dimitris karakantá. He has performed concerts at the Athens Music Hall under the 'off-Seat' programme, in Larissa, volos, Corfu, thessaloniki and the European cultural centre delphi where the with the orchestra of the Athens music hall kameráta junior. In 2018 she completed her piano studies with professor lambi basileiádē in the direction of piano execution of the ionian university department of music studies.

Maria Anna Rēganá
Born in volos in 1992 and grew up in skiathos. He started piano lessons at the age of 8 in skiathos, and at the age of 16 he got the piano degree with excellent, as well as the senior theoretical degree in harmony. In 2010 she began her studies at the ionian university department of music studies, in the direction of music interpretation on the piano, with professor the basileiádē. Today he is watching the postgraduate course at the ionian university while living and working as a piano teacher in skiathos. He attended piano seminars with hideyo harada, Claudio Curo Dossi, eri nakagawa, Ann Chang, Robert Satterlee, jurgis karnavicius, as well as Reinhard Becker at international music days in brache in Germany.

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