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submitted by Society of Kytherian Studies on 25.09.2011

Professor Koula Kassimatis

Author of the book,

Kytherian Migrants in Egypt with a primary emphasis on Alexandria

Author: Koula Kassimatis

When Published: 2011

Publisher: Society of Kytherian Studies
20th publication of the Society of Kytherian Studies

Available: Society of Kytherian, Studies, Athens.
Central distribution
The Association of Kytherian Studies
5 Themistokleous str., 8th Floor, Athens 106 77

Tel: 210 3844915, 3838190
Fax: 210 38844915, 3820293

Contact the Society by email

Description: Paperback. In Greek. 535 pages.

ISBN: 978-960-88554-6-5

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The definitive history of the Kytherian presence in Egypt.

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 24.09.2011

JOHN FARDOULIS

MR. john fardoulis from sydney amateur archaeologist, who has done just wonderful work on the island. john is responsible for the KYTHERIAN RESEARCH GROUP, which is a non profit incorporated association from NSW , australia..his aim is to help discover and share kytherian history, heritage and culture. john has helped arrange the archaeological excavations at paleokastro, martime research on the mentor shipwreck, opening paths to agios kosmas, agios yioyios at paleokastro a number of lectures, plus many more historic discoveries on the island. You must rememember that archaeology is not his full time profession.. he should be congratulated on his passion, drive, and endeavors, and what he is dicovering about the kytherian ancient past...well done john ........ A NOTABLE KYTHERIAN..

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 09.09.2011

LOVE ME ..LOVE MY DOG''

in august every living thing is on holiday , these two enjoy a swim togther at melidoni this summer... think the dog is a better swimmer !!!!!

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submitted by James Victor Prineas on 15.06.2011

Vasilis Kailas receiving his Eptanesian award

The Union of Ionian (Seven) Islands, on 29th May 2011, at 6:00 pm, in the Old Parliament House, Syntagma Square, Athens, conferred awards on 2 persons from each of 6 of the Ionian Islands, and 3 persons from Kythera. Greek Post will follow up this award, by issuing a postage stamp in each awardees honour.

The three from Kythera were, George Miller, Film Producer, Sydney Australia, Professor Nikos Petrochilos, Athens and Hora, Kythera, Greece and Vasilis Kailas, cinema and theatre actor, Athens, Greece.

Vasilis Kailas


Was a child prodigy of Greek cinema and theatre was born of Kytherian parents (from Mitata) in Athens, on June 16, 1953. He began his career is movies at a very young age, appearing in 1957 in the film The Last Lie. He very soon established a distinctive record as a young supporting actor. He also played lead roles in films such as Mary Plyta Loustrakos’, Salesman.

Watch cinema performances of Vasili as a child actor at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAeT-CUbwHg&feature=related

In 1985 he was the protagonist in the film She Graduated. He gained roles in 117 films, mainly Greek language, but also “foreign”. He has established a reputation as the child prodigy of Greek cinema. He may well be the most prolific child actor in world cinematic history? He later went on to a career in the theatre.

In forgoing cinema for the theatre he lost a chance to establish himself economically. He harbours no regrets, however. The golden age of Greek films has long past. But generations of Greek audiences continue to adore Vassilakis Kaili for his tragic and "afflicted" roles.

Many, or more correctly most child actor's around the world have found it difficult to maintain the same level of success in later life.

His personal adult life reflected many of the roles he played as a child in films. He struggled with poverty and hardship, but, by exercising resilience, has managed to overcome these challenges.

Today, he still works behind the cameras and the spotlight, providing a distinctive voice to many children's heroes. (See article, in Greek, below). He produces animated childrens programmes for cinema and televison.

Original version of this brief biography in Greek, as a .pdf:

VASILIS_KAILAS_biography.pdf

The Union of Ionian (Seven) Islands, on 29th May 2011, at 6:00 pm, in the Old Parliament House, Syntagma Square, Athens, conferred awards on 2 persons from each of 6 of the Ionian Islands, and 3 persons from Kythera. Greek Post will follow up this award, by issuing a postage stamp in each awardees honour.

The three from Kythera were, George Miller, Film Producer, Sydney Australia, Professor Nikos Petrochilos, Athens and Hora, Kythera, Greece and Vasilis Kailas, cinema and theatre actor, Athens, Greece.

Biography to mark the conferring of the Eptanesian award, as a .pdf:

Vasili_Kailas_Brief_biography.pdf

Filmography

Did you get a degree? (1985) [Andreas Dovas]
The Saint of Preveza (1982) [Father]
Vengos the mad bomber (1980)
The great storm of Love (1972)
Burning flesh (1971)
Intoxication of the flesh (1970)
Let the jury consider the (1969)
I want my child back (1969)
In our teacher ... with Love (1969) [Andreas Liapis] I will rock my heart (1968) [(small) Dimitri]
Dream elusive (1968)
Eradicated genera (1968) [(small) Bill Karatzoglou]
Family Corraface (1968) [Nicolis]
Humble and katafronemenos (1968)
In front of the gallows (1968)
Stay close to my beloved (1968)
Dew or noble (1967)
The hour of justice (1967)
What do you born poor (1967)
For the heart of the beautiful Helen (1967)
Sometimes they cry and the strong (1967) [(small) Andreas Geralis]
The Salesman (1967) [Kostas]
Isaiah dancing (1966) [Vassilakis]
You hurt my love (1966)
Winner (1965) [(small) Peter Ntavaris]
The Rebel (1965)
Slighter with my sweet (1965)
Angels without wings (1965)
I live for you (1965)
The Great Oath (1965)
Why have you forsaken (1965)
I am a miserable (1964) [Sunday]
Every port and sorrow (1964)
Persecuted of fate (1964)
Girl Pain (1964)
Storm in a child's heart (1964) [Yiannakis Kontovasilis]
The liar (1963) [Peter]
For a little tenderness (1963)
The brat (1963)
The Great Sin (1963)
Hearts in the Storm (1963)
The Prodigal (1963) [(small) Michalios] Midnight in the villa Nelli (1963)
The madcap (1963) [(small) Thanassis]
Wounded Hearts (1963) [Vassilakis]
A fool with a patent (1963)
Handyman and erimospitis (1963) [Yiannakis]
Two we drink on the cross of pain (1962) [(small)]
The bride run away ... (1962) [Kostakis Bakouris]
Lafina (1962) [Giannios]
The Greek and Love (1962)
Christmas bum (1972)
The loustrakos (1962) [(small) Vasilis Maras]
Makrykostaioi and Kontogiorgis (1960) [(a small weapon)]
Madalena (1960) [Pantelis Haridimos]
The lady our grandparent (1958) [Argyris]
The last lie (1958)

Series Vasilis has played

All the glory all through 1988 ET2
Kostis Palamas 1993 ET1
Folk tales from around the world ERT2 1982

BY http://www.espressonews.gr/,
BY http://homepage.mac.com/,
FROM AND 90lepta.com www.retrodb.gr

The other life of Vasilis Kailas.

Η άλλη ζωή του Βασίλη Καΐλα


From:

http://www.espressonews.gr/default.asp?pid=79&catid=16&artID=849476

Εμεινε στην ιστορία ως το παιδί-θαύμα του ελληνικού κινηματογράφου. Και όσο και αν άλλαξε, παραμένει ακόμη ένα άδολο «παιδί» αφού για την αγάπη του για το θέατρο έχει χάσει μέχρι τώρα πολλά λεφτά. Και όμως, δεν το μετανιώνει. Τον Βασιλάκη Καΐλα τον λατρέψαμε μέσα από τους «πονεμένους» ρόλους του... Τα χρόνια πέρασαν, το κλάμα στέρεψε, οι χρυσές εποχές του καλού κινηματογράφου έσβησαν, όχι όμως και ο γλυκός λουστράκος που τόσο αγαπήσαμε. Τόσο στην ταινία όσο και στην προσωπική του ζωή πάλεψε με τη φτώχεια και τις κακουχίες, αλλά δεν το έβαλε κάτω και τα κατάφερε... Σήμερα, στα 55 του χρόνια πλέον, εξακολουθεί να δουλεύει πίσω από τις κάμερες και τα φώτα της δημοσιότητας χαρίζοντας τη χαρακτηριστική φωνή του σε πολλούς παιδικούς ήρωες. Ο χρόνος του ελάχιστος, αλλά η «Espresso» κατάφερε και συνάντησε τον μικρό αδελφό της Μανταλένας, σε ένα στούντιο στο Μαρούσι, όπου βρίσκεται κλεισμένος τουλάχιστον δώδεκα ώρες την ημέρα προκειμένου να ολοκληρώσει έγκαιρα ένα ακόμη επεισόδιο παιδικής σειράς. Με το χαμόγελο στα χείλη μάς άνοιξε την καρδιά του και μίλησε για τη ζωή του, τους μεγάλους ηθοποιούς που αγάπησε και τον αγάπησαν, αλλά και για όλα εκείνα τα δύσκολα χρόνια που οι άνθρωποι ήταν μια αγαπημένη οικογένεια.

«Η ιστορία του Βασιλάκη ξεκίνησε ξαφνικά. Από τη μία στιγμή στην άλλη. Οταν ήμουν τεσσάρων ετών, το 1957, είχα την τύχη να μένω με τους γονείς μου στην ίδια πολυκατοικία με την Ελλη Λαμπέτη και τον Δημήτρη Χορν. Μια μέρα, καθώς έπαιζα στην είσοδο της πολυκατοικίας, άνοιξα την πόρτα για να μπει ένας κύριος. Ηταν ο Κακογιάννης που είχε έρθει από το εξωτερικό για να γυρίσει την ταινία “Το τελευταίο ψέμα”. Με πλησίασε, με ρώτησε πως με λένε και ανέβηκε έπειτα στο διαμέρισμα της Λαμπέτη» θυμάται ο Βασίλης Καΐλας και συνεχίζει: «Εκεί, της είπε ότι συνάντησε στην είσοδο ένα αγοράκι, το οποίο ήθελε να παίξει στην ταινία που ετοίμαζαν. Της είπε ότι ήμουν κάτι ξεχωριστό. Ετσι κατέβηκαν μαζί κάτω, με βρήκαν και πήγαμε στον πατέρα μου για να του μιλήσουν. Τον έπεισαν κι έτσι έπαιξα για πρώτη φορά στο “Τελευταίο ψέμα”».

Οι γονείς του τον συνόδεψαν στα γυρίσματα, τα οποία για εκείνον ήταν απλώς ένα παιχνίδι. «Ημουν μόλις τεσσάρων ετών και δεν καταλάβαινα τι έκανα. Μου έλεγαν θα πεις αυτό, με αυτό τον τρόπο και το έκανα, καθώς έτσι διασκέδαζα» λέει και προσθέτει: «Επειτα ήρθε ένας μικρός ρόλος, ο ρόλος του μικρού Αργύρη στο “Η κυρά μας η μαμή” με τη Γεωργία Βασιλειάδου, που κλήθηκε για να με ξεματιάσει» συνεχίζει χαμογελώντας και βυθίζεται στις αναμνήσεις του. «Ωραία χρόνια, και ανέμελα. Είχα την τιμή να δουλέψω με μεγάλους ηθοποιούς, μεγαθήρια, που δυστυχώς “έφυγαν”. Θυμάμαι τα γυρίσματα της ταινίας “Μανταλένα”, όπου έπαιζα τον αδελφό της Αλίκης Βουγιουκλάκη. Στο νησί τότε δεν υπήρχε ρεύμα, τα γυρίσματα ήταν εξαντλητικά, αλλά είχα δίπλα μου έναν μεγάλο κύριο. Τον ηθοποιό Παντελή Ζερβό που έπαιζε τον παπά. Είχε λατρεία με το ψάρεμα και κάθε πρωί πριν από το γύρισμα ντυνόταν με τα ράσα, έβαζε τα γένια και πηγαίναμε μαζί για ψάρεμα μέχρι να έρθει η ώρα μας. Ντυνόταν για να είναι έτοιμος... Ψαρεύαμε με κλωστή και παραμάνα... Επειτα ήρθε η ταινία που έγινα πολύ γνωστός, ο “Λουστράκος”. Τότε ήμουν επτά ετών και θυμάμαι ακόμη και σήμερα τα απαιτητικά και κουραστικά γυρίσματα».

Η ταινία «Λουστράκος» σφράγισε με την επιτυχία της την επαγγελματική πορεία του Βασίλη Καΐλα. «Εγινα γνωστός και οι άνθρωποι με αναγνώριζαν. Εγώ δεν ήθελα δημοσιότητα. Ημουν μικρό παιδί. Δεν μπορούσα να διαχειριστώ όλα αυτά που γίνονταν. Ηθελα την ησυχία μου. Με έβλεπαν στο δρόμο με τους γονείς μου και έλεγαν “ο κακόμοιρος ο Βασίλης”. Ο κόσμος τότε πείναγε, μιλάμε για φτώχεια και σε κάθε ταινία ταυτιζόταν και με έναν ηθοποιό» λέει και συνεχίζει: «Τότε η κλάψα ήταν ο καθρέφτης της κοινωνίας. Εβλεπαν στην ταινία το φτωχό αγόρι, τον Βασιλάκη Μάρα να δουλεύει λουστράκος για ένα πιάτο φαΐ και τον αγώνα του να σπουδάσει για να γίνει γιατρός κι έπαιρναν παράδειγμα για να κάνουν το ίδιο».

Μάλιστα, όπως μας αποκάλυψε, πριν από μερικά χρόνια όταν πήγε στο σχολείο της κόρης του για να ρωτήσει τον καθηγητή της πώς πάει στα μαθήματα, με έκπληξη άκουσε να του λέει ότι έγινε καθηγητής χάρη σε αυτή την ταινία. «Απίστευτο και όμως αληθινό. Πήρε κουράγιο από την ταινία, πάλεψε και τα κατάφερε. Σήμερα όμως πια, δεν ξέρω αν υπάρχει καθρέφτης. Ολα είναι πλέον διαφορετικά. Τότε υπήρχε αγάπη μεταξύ των ανθρώπων. Τους ένωνε ο αγώνας για ένα καλύτερο αύριο, μια καλύτερη ζωή».

Ο Βασίλης Καΐλας συμμετείχε συνολικά σε 117 ταινίες, όχι μόνο ελληνικές, αλλά και ξένες. Η πορεία του, ωστόσο, δεν ήταν εύκολη καθώς, όπως λέει ο ίδιος: «Επρεπε να πηγαίνω και σχολείο. Οι γονείς μου, που ήταν πάντα δίπλα μου, όπου και αν γίνονταν τα γυρίσματα, είχαν πάρει ειδική άδεια από το τότε υπουργείο Παιδείας κι έτσι πήγαινα σχολείο σε όποια περιοχή δούλευα. Ετσι τελείωσα το Δημοτικό και το εξατάξιο Γυμνάσιο, αλλά δεν συνέχισα... Είχα πλέον κουραστεί... Πήγα όμως στη Δραματική Σχολή. Γύριζα ταινίες, έπαιζα στο θέατρο με τον Χορν, την Παξινού, τον Μινωτή και άλλους μεγάλους ηθοποιούς. Μου άρεσε πολύ και όλοι με αγαπούσαν. Δεν θα ξεχάσω ποτέ τον Νίκο Μοσχονά που ήθελε να με πάρει μαζί του στην Αμερική, αλλά δεν με άφησε ο πατέρας μου. Ομως κάποια στιγμή όλα τελειώνουν. Ο ελληνικός κινηματογράφος έσβησε και όποιος είχε δουλέψει τότε με όλους αυτούς τους επαγγελματίες, δεν μπορούσε να συμμετέχει σε προχειροδουλειές. Η εποχή εκείνη δεν έχει καμία σχέση με την σημερινή πραγματικότητα. Σκέφτηκα τότε να φύγω μετά από παρότρυνση του θείου μου και να πάνω στην Ελβετία όπου θα μάθαινα τη δουλειά του ωρολογοποιού και να αναλάμβανα έπειτα το μαγαζί του. Το είπα στον πατέρα μου και τότε εκείνος μου είπε να κάνω ό,τι θέλω. Αλλά προτού αποφασίσω να ανέβω στο πατάρι και να πετάξω όλο το υλικό που είχε μαζέψει εκείνος από την καριέρα μου... “Εγώ, παιδί μου, δεν μπορώ να το κάνω. Αν θέλεις, πέταξέ τα εσύ” μου είπε και τρελάθηκα. Eτσι αποφάσισα να συνεχίσω...»

Ετσι, μετά από πολύ κόπο κατάφερε και ίδρυσε το παιδαγωγικό επιμορφωτικό θέατρο, το οποίο ανέβασε δεκάδες παραστάσεις με επαγγελματίες ηθοποιούς, όπως ο Αλέκος Αλεξανδράκης, η Νόνικα Γαληνέα και άλλοι. «Γι’ αυτή την αγάπη μου έχασα πολλά λεφτά. Αλλά δεν το μετανιώνω. Μετά ήρθαν οι μεταγλωττίσεις και οι επιλεγμένες δουλειές. Με τις μεταγλωττίσεις ξεκίνησα πριν από 25 χρόνια από την ΕΡΤ και συνεχίζω μέχρι σήμερα. Δίνω τη φωνή μου σε παιδικούς ήρωες και όχι μόνο. Μία από τις καλύτερες δουλειές μου ήταν “Το μικρό σπίτι στο λιβάδι”» αναφέρει και καταλήγει λέγοντας: «Ευτυχώς η ζωή μού τα ’φερε μια χαρά. Δόξα τω Θεώ. Εχω μια υπέροχη κόρη και μια υπέροχη γυναίκα. Το αστείο είναι ότι πάντα φοβόμουν να φλερτάρω λόγω δημοσιότητας. Πίστευα ότι οι γυναίκες δεν γνωρίζουν τον Βασίλη Καΐλα, αλλά τον Βασιλάκη των ταινιών. Ευτυχώς, η γυναίκα μου δεν ήξερε τι δουλειά έκανα καθώς δεν έβλεπε ταινίες. Οταν το κατάλαβε, ήταν αργά. Την είχε πατήσει...»


ΣΥΜΜΕΤΟΧΕΣ ΠΟΥ ΕΓΡΑΨΑΝ ΙΣΤΟΡΙΑ
(ΤΑΙΝΙΑ / ΡΟΛΟΣ ΠΟΥ ΥΠΟΔΥΘΗΚΕ / ΧΡΟΝΙΑ)

1. Η κυρά μας η μαμή / Αργύρης /1958
2. Το τελευταίο ψέμα / Βασιλάκης / 1958
3. Μανταλένα / Παντελής Χαρίδημος / 1960
4. Μακρυκωσταίοι και Κοντογιώργηδες / Μικρός με όπλο /1960
5. Λαφίνα / Γιαννιός / 1962
6. Δύο μάνες στο σταυρό του πόνου / Μικρός / 1962
7. Η νύφη το ’σκασε... / Κωστάκης Μπάκουρας / 1962
8. Ο λουστράκος / Μικρός Βασίλης Μαράς / 1962
9. Η ψεύτρα / Πέτρος / 1963
10. Πολυτεχνίτης και ερημοσπίτης / Γιαννάκης / 1963
11. Πληγωμένες καρδιές / Βασιλάκης / 1963
12. Ο άσωτος / Μικρός Μιχαλιός / 1963
13. Είμαι μια δυστυχισμένη / Κυριάκος / 1964
14. Θύελλα σε παιδική καρδιά / Γιαννάκης Κοντοβασίλης / 1964
15. Περιφρόνα με γλυκιά μου / «Σπουργιτάκι» / 1965
16. Ο νικητής / μικρός Πέτρος Ντάβαρης / 1965
17. Ησαΐα χόρευε / Βασιλάκης / 1966
18. Ο εμποράκος / Κωστής / 1967
19. Κάποτε κλαίνε και οι δυνατοί / Μικρός Ανδρέας Γεραλής / 1967
20. Θα κάνω πέτρα την καρδιά μου / Μικρός Δημήτρης / 1968
21. Ταπεινός και καταφρονεμένος / 1968
22. Ξεριζωμένη γενιά / Μικρός Βασίλης Καρατζόγλου / 1968
23. Οικογένεια Χωραφά / Νικολής / 1968
24. Στον δάσκαλό μας... με αγάπη / Ανδρέας Λιάπης / 1969
25. Βέγγος, ο τρελός καμικάζι / 1980
26. Πήρες πτυχίο / Ανδρέας Ντόβης 1985

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submitted by Angelos Grammenos on 11.06.2011

Eleutheria Arvanitaki accepting her award

Eleutheria is a singer from the Ionian island of Paxos.

At the award ceremony conducted on the 29th May, 2011, at 6:00, in the Old Parliament House building, Syntagma Square, Athens.

Αθήνα την 29η Μαΐου 2011 & ώρα 18:00, στο Μέγαρο Παλαιάς Βουλής, Σταδίου 13 στην Αθήνα.

The event was orchestrated by the Association of Ionian Islands, Greece. It was supported by the Hellenic Republic, and Greek Post.

Each awardee and medal winner will have a postage stamp issued in their honour during year 2011.

15 high achieving Ionian Islanders, from Greece and the diaspora were presented with awards.

3 Kytherians also received awards, at the same ceremony. They included Professor Nikos Petrochilos (Athens and Kythera), Vasilis Kailas (Athens), and George Miller, (Sydney, Australia).

Download an Eptanesian "report" of the event as a .pdf, here:

Eptanesian_Islands_Awards_2011.pdf

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submitted by Angelos Grammenos on 11.06.2011

Deputy Mayor of Kythera, Michaelis Protospaltis accepting the Eptanesian award

on behalf of fellow Mitatoti, George Miller.

Download a .pdf "report" of the Eptanesian Award to George Miller here:

George_Miller_background.pdf

Βραβείο στον Γιώργο Μηλιώτη - George Miller από την Ένωση Επτανησίων Η Ένωση Επτανησίων Ελλάδας, στο πλαίσιο βράβευσης σημαντικών προσωπικοτήτων των Ιονίων νήσων που τιμούν με το καλλιτεχνικό, πνευματικό και επιστημονικό έργο τους τον τόπο καταγωγής τους, τιμά στην Αθήνα την 29η Μαΐου 2011 & ώρα 18:00, στο Μέγαρο Παλαιάς Βουλής, Σταδίου 13 στην Αθήνα, με βραβείο και έκδοση προσωπικού γραμματοσήμου τον Ιατρό, σκηνοθέτη, σεναριογράφο και παραγωγό, Γιώργο Μηλιώτη - George Miller από τα Κύθηρα, που ζει και εργάζεται στην Αυστραλία.

The Union of Ionian (Seven) Islands, on 29th May 2011, at 6:00 pm, in the Old Parliament House, Syntagma Square, Athens, conferred awards on 2 persons from each of 6 of the Ionian Islands, and 3 persons from Kythera. Greek Post will follow up this award, by issuing a postage stamp in each awardees honour.

The three from Kythera were, Professor Nikos Petrochilos, Athens and Hora, Kythera, Greece, & Vasilis Kailas, cinema and theatre actor, Athens, Greece & George Miller, Film Producer, Sydney Australia.

Below is a brief profile of George Miller, and his achievements.

Ποιός είναι :

Ο Γιώργος Μηλιώτης ή George Miller γεννήθηκε στις 3 Μαρτίου 1945 στο Qyeensland της Αυστραλίας. Οι γονείς του Δημήτρης και Αγγέλα είχαν μεταναστεύσει εκεί από το χωριό Μητάτα των Κυθήρων. Το ζευγάρι παντρεύτηκε και εγκαταστάθηκε στο Tσιντσιλά και απέκτησε τέσσερις γιους. Οι δύο πρώτοι ο Γιώργος και ο Γιάννης ήταν οι μη ταυτόσημοι δίδυμοι. Αργότερα, γεννήθηκαν ο Χρήστος και Βασίλης.Γιώργος έμαθε τα πρώτα του γράμματα στο Ipswich Grammar School και αργότερα Γυμνάσιο Αρρένων του Σίδνεϊ, στη συνέχεια σπούδασε Ιατρική στο Πανεπιστήμιο της Νέας Νότιας Ουαλίας με τον δίδυμο αδελφό του Ιωάννη. Ενώ βρισκόταν στο τελευταίο έτος της το έτος της Ιατρική Σχολή (1971), ο Γιώργος και ο νεώτερος αδελφός του Chris έκανε μια μικρού μήκους ταινία που κέρδισε το πρώτο βραβείο σε μαθητικό διαγωνισμό. Το 1971, ο Γιώργος παρακολούθησε μαθήματα στο Film Workshop του Πανεπιστημίου της Μελβούρνης, όπου είχε συμφοιτητή τον Μπάιρον Κένεντι, με τον οποίο διαμόρφωσε μια μόνιμη φιλία. Το 1972, ολοκλήρωσε στο Σίδνεϊ St Vincent του Νοσοκομείου, ξοδεύοντας το χρόνο του σε σύντομες πειραματικές ταινίες. Η συνεργασία αυτή στη συνέχεια διατηρήθηκε για πολλά έργα. Εργάστηκε για λίγο ως ιατρός και στη συνέχεια αφιερώθηκε στο κινηματογράφο, γράφοντας σενάρια και σκηνοθετώντας ταινίες που έγιναν διεθνείς επιτυχίες.Το υπόβαθρο στην ιατρική του Γιώργου Μηλιώτη αντικατοπτρίζεται στους κύριους χαρακτήρες στις ταινίες Max Mad, Max Rockatansky. Είναι μια αναφορά στο βαρώνο Καρλ φον Rokitansky, ο οποίος ανέπτυξε τις πιο κοινή διαδικασία για την αφαίρεση των εσωτερικών οργάνων κατά τη νεκροψία, εξακολουθεί να ονομάζεται διαδικασία Rokitansky. Έγραψε και σκηνοθέτησε το Mad Max ταινίες με πρωταγωνιστή τον Μελ Γκίμπσον ( Mad Max , Mad Max 2 (γνωστή στις Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες, όπως The Road Warrior ), καθώς και Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome ) συνέγραψε το Babe και έγραψε και σκηνοθέτησε το Lorenzo’s Oil. Σκηνοθέτησε επίσης την ταινία : Οι Μάγισσες της Eastwick , με πρωταγωνιστή τον Τζακ Νίκολσον , Σούζαν Σάραντον , Σερ και Μισέλ Φάιφερ. Η τελευταία του ταινία, Happy Feet θεωρείται μια από τις καλύτερες ταινίες όσον αφορά στην σκηνοθεσία, την κίνηση της κάμερας και το μοντάζ. Η ταινία σάρωσε σε εισπράξεις και σε βραβεία.

Το 2007 βραβεύτηκε με το Όσκαρ καλύτερης ταινίας κινουμένων σχεδίων από την Αμερικανική Ακαδημία Κινηματογράφου. Επίσης η ταινία του Babe (1995) είχε βραβευθεί με το Όσκαρ καλύτερων εφέ, ενώ ο ίδιος ήταν υποψήφιος για το Όσκαρ σεναρίου για το φιλμ Lorenzo’s Oil, το 1992. Ο Γιώργος Μηλιώτης δηλώνει ότι λατρεύει την Ελλάδα και πως το γεγονός ότι είναι Ελληνικής καταγωγής τον βοήθησε να διακριθεί στον κινηματογράφο.Υπήρξε συμπαραγωγός και σκηνοθέτησε πολλές αναγνωρισμένες μίνι σειρές για την αυστραλιανή τηλεόραση συμπεριλαμβανομένης της : Η απόλυση (1983) και Η Cowra Breakout (1984).

Αν ρωτήσει κανείς σήμερα τον Δρ George Miller θα απαντήσει ότι όλες οι ταινίες του είναι ένα και το αυτό, αν επικεντρωμένες στην ανθρώπινη κοινωνία ή το ζωικό βασίλειο, άσχετα αν απλώνονται στην άμμο της αυστραλιανής Outback, τα προάστια της Ουάσιγκτον, DC, ή τα παγόβουνα της Ανταρκτικής. Παραγωγός του, νεκρή ηρεμία και της μίνι τηλεοπτικής σειράς Μπανγκόκ Hilton και το Βιετνάμ, όλες με πρωταγωνίστρια την Nicole Kidman, έπαιξε σημαντικό ρόλο στην πρόωρη ανάπτυξη της σταδιοδρομίας της. Ήταν επίσης και ο δημιουργός του Happy Feet, ένα μουσικό έπος για τη ζωή των πιγκουίνων στην Ανταρκτική που η κινηματογραφική εταιρεία Warner Bros κυκλοφόρησε τον Νοέμβριο του 2006. Το Happy Feet έφερε στον Miller την τέταρτη υποψηφιότητα, για Όσκαρ. Όπου τελικά κέρδισε το πρώτο του βραβείο στην κατηγορία της Καλύτερης Ταινίας Κινουμένων Σχεδίων.

Ο Miller είναι ο στυλοβάτης του Αυστραλιανού Ινστιτούτου Κινηματογράφου και του BIFF (Brisbane International Film Festival) καθώς και Φεστιβάλ Κινηματογράφου του Σίδνεϊ. Σήμερα εργάζεται πυρετωδώς για να ολοκληρώσει την ταινία του Happy Feet 2 και προετοιμάζει το πολυαναμενόμενο τρίτο Mad Max με προσωρινό τίτλο Mad Max: Fury Road.

Οι βραβεύσεις αναλυτικά :

1982: Κερδίζει για το The Road Warrior, Βραβείο Καλύτερης Σκηνοθεσίας και Καλύτερης Ταινίας Μοντάζ (από κοινού με άλλους) από το Ινστιτ. Κινηματογράφου της Αυστραλίας.

1987: Κέρδισε για το ΕΣΠΑΣΕ Η ΦΩΝΗ ΜΟΥ, Βραβείο Καλύτερης Ταινίας (παραγωγός), μοιράζεται με Doug Mitchell και Terry Hayes, από το Ινστιτ. Κινηματογράφου της Αυστραλίας.

1990: Κέρδισε για το ΦΛΕΡΤ, Βραβείο καλύτερης εικόνας (ως παραγωγός), που μοιράζεται με τον Doug Mitchell και Terry Hayes, από το Ινστιτούτο Κινηματογράφου της Αυστραλίας,

1993: Βραβείο 'Οσκαρ για το Lorenzo’s Oil, Καλύτερου Σεναρίου που μοιράζεται με τον συγγραφέα Νίκ Enright.

1996: Υποψηφιότητες για δύο Όσκαρ για το Bab, καλύτερης εικόνας (ως παραγωγός) και Καλύτερου Σεναρίου, μοιράζεται με τον συγγραφέα Chris Noonan.

1999: Έλαβε τιμητική διάκριση από το Πανεπιστήμιο της Νέας Νότιας Ουαλίας. 2007: Κέρδισε Όσκαρ για το Happy Feet, Best Animated

Feature. 2007: Κέρδισε βραβείο BAFTA για το Happy Feet, Best Animated Feature.

2007: Έλαβε το Queensland - Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες Βραβείο επιτεύγματος στο Queensland Expatriate βραβείο, στο Δωμάτιο Rainbow στη Νέα Υόρκη.

2007: Έλαβε το Βραβείο FIAPF για εξαιρετικές επιδόσεις στον κινηματογράφο στο Screen Βραβεία του Ειρηνικού της Ασίας.

2007 (Απρίλιος): σε επίτιμο Master of Arts από την αυστραλιανή Σχολή Κινηματογράφου Τηλεόρασης και Ραδιοφώνου.

2007: Έλαβε το Παγκόσμιο βραβείο AFI.

2008: Αναγορεύθηκε σε επίτιμο διδάκτορα από το Πανεπιστήμιο Griffith.

2009: Βραβείο του Γαλλικού Τάγματος Γραμμάτων και Τεχνών.

2010: Αναγορεύεται ως ο πρώτος μη - Αμερικανός σκηνοθέτης που έγινε «επίτιμο μέλος» της VES. (Visual Effects Society's) για τη μακρόχρονη συμβολή του στη βιομηχανία κινηματογράφου.

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submitted by Angelos Grammenos on 08.06.2011

Vasilis Kailas, at work in the studio, creating animated films

Child prodigy of Greek cinema and theatre was born of Kytherian parents (from Mitata) in Athens, on June 16, 1953. He began his career is movies at a very young age, appearing in 1957 in the film The Last Lie. He very soon established a distinctive record as a young supporting actor. He also played lead roles in films such as Mary Plyta Loustrakos’, Salesman.

Watch cinema performances of Vasili as a child actor at:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WAeT-CUbwHg&feature=related

In 1985 he was the protagonist in the film She Graduated. He gained roles in 117 films, mainly Greek language, but also “foreign”. He has established a reputation as the child prodigy of Greek cinema. He later went on to a career in the theatre.

In forgoing cinema for the theatre he lost a chance to establish himself economically. He harbours no regrets, however. The golden age of Greek films has long past. But generations of Greek audiences continue to adore Vassilakis Kaili for his "afflicted" roles.

His personal life reflected many of the roles he played in films. He struggled with poverty and hardship, but, being resilient, has managed to overcome these challenges.

Today, he still works behind the cameras and the spotlight, providing a distinctive voice to many children's heroes. (See article, in Greek, below).

Filmography

Did you get a degree? (1985) [Andreas Dovas]
The Saint of Preveza (1982) [Father]
Vengos the mad bomber (1980)
The great storm of Love (1972)
Burning flesh (1971)
Intoxication of the flesh (1970)
Let the jury consider the (1969)
I want my child back (1969)
In our teacher ... with Love (1969) [Andreas Liapis] I will rock my heart (1968) [(small) Dimitri]
Dream elusive (1968)
Eradicated genera (1968) [(small) Bill Karatzoglou]
Family Corraface (1968) [Nicolis]
Humble and katafronemenos (1968)
In front of the gallows (1968)
Stay close to my beloved (1968)
Dew or noble (1967)
The hour of justice (1967)
What do you born poor (1967)
For the heart of the beautiful Helen (1967)
Sometimes they cry and the strong (1967) [(small) Andreas Geralis]
The Salesman (1967) [Kostas]
Isaiah dancing (1966) [Vassilakis]
You hurt my love (1966)
Winner (1965) [(small) Peter Ntavaris]
The Rebel (1965)
Slighter with my sweet (1965)
Angels without wings (1965)
I live for you (1965)
The Great Oath (1965)
Why have you forsaken (1965)
I am a miserable (1964) [Sunday]
Every port and sorrow (1964)
Persecuted of fate (1964)
Girl Pain (1964)
Storm in a child's heart (1964) [Yiannakis Kontovasilis]
The liar (1963) [Peter]
For a little tenderness (1963)
The brat (1963)
The Great Sin (1963)
Hearts in the Storm (1963)
The Prodigal (1963) [(small) Michalios] Midnight in the villa Nelli (1963)
The madcap (1963) [(small) Thanassis]
Wounded Hearts (1963) [Vassilakis]
A fool with a patent (1963)
Handyman and erimospitis (1963) [Yiannakis]
Two we drink on the cross of pain (1962) [(small)]
The bride run away ... (1962) [Kostakis Bakouris]
Lafina (1962) [Giannios]
The Greek and Love (1962)
Christmas bum (1972)
The loustrakos (1962) [(small) Vasilis Maras]
Makrykostaioi and Kontogiorgis (1960) [(a small weapon)]
Madalena (1960) [Pantelis Haridimos]
The lady our grandparent (1958) [Argyris]
The last lie (1958)

Series Vasilis has played

All the glory all through 1988 ET2
Kostis Palamas 1993 ET1
Folk tales from around the world ERT2 1982

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The other life of Vasilis Kailas.

Η άλλη ζωή του Βασίλη Καΐλα


From:

http://www.espressonews.gr/default.asp?pid=79&catid=16&artID=849476

Εμεινε στην ιστορία ως το παιδί-θαύμα του ελληνικού κινηματογράφου. Και όσο και αν άλλαξε, παραμένει ακόμη ένα άδολο «παιδί» αφού για την αγάπη του για το θέατρο έχει χάσει μέχρι τώρα πολλά λεφτά. Και όμως, δεν το μετανιώνει. Τον Βασιλάκη Καΐλα τον λατρέψαμε μέσα από τους «πονεμένους» ρόλους του... Τα χρόνια πέρασαν, το κλάμα στέρεψε, οι χρυσές εποχές του καλού κινηματογράφου έσβησαν, όχι όμως και ο γλυκός λουστράκος που τόσο αγαπήσαμε. Τόσο στην ταινία όσο και στην προσωπική του ζωή πάλεψε με τη φτώχεια και τις κακουχίες, αλλά δεν το έβαλε κάτω και τα κατάφερε... Σήμερα, στα 55 του χρόνια πλέον, εξακολουθεί να δουλεύει πίσω από τις κάμερες και τα φώτα της δημοσιότητας χαρίζοντας τη χαρακτηριστική φωνή του σε πολλούς παιδικούς ήρωες. Ο χρόνος του ελάχιστος, αλλά η «Espresso» κατάφερε και συνάντησε τον μικρό αδελφό της Μανταλένας, σε ένα στούντιο στο Μαρούσι, όπου βρίσκεται κλεισμένος τουλάχιστον δώδεκα ώρες την ημέρα προκειμένου να ολοκληρώσει έγκαιρα ένα ακόμη επεισόδιο παιδικής σειράς. Με το χαμόγελο στα χείλη μάς άνοιξε την καρδιά του και μίλησε για τη ζωή του, τους μεγάλους ηθοποιούς που αγάπησε και τον αγάπησαν, αλλά και για όλα εκείνα τα δύσκολα χρόνια που οι άνθρωποι ήταν μια αγαπημένη οικογένεια.

«Η ιστορία του Βασιλάκη ξεκίνησε ξαφνικά. Από τη μία στιγμή στην άλλη. Οταν ήμουν τεσσάρων ετών, το 1957, είχα την τύχη να μένω με τους γονείς μου στην ίδια πολυκατοικία με την Ελλη Λαμπέτη και τον Δημήτρη Χορν. Μια μέρα, καθώς έπαιζα στην είσοδο της πολυκατοικίας, άνοιξα την πόρτα για να μπει ένας κύριος. Ηταν ο Κακογιάννης που είχε έρθει από το εξωτερικό για να γυρίσει την ταινία “Το τελευταίο ψέμα”. Με πλησίασε, με ρώτησε πως με λένε και ανέβηκε έπειτα στο διαμέρισμα της Λαμπέτη» θυμάται ο Βασίλης Καΐλας και συνεχίζει: «Εκεί, της είπε ότι συνάντησε στην είσοδο ένα αγοράκι, το οποίο ήθελε να παίξει στην ταινία που ετοίμαζαν. Της είπε ότι ήμουν κάτι ξεχωριστό. Ετσι κατέβηκαν μαζί κάτω, με βρήκαν και πήγαμε στον πατέρα μου για να του μιλήσουν. Τον έπεισαν κι έτσι έπαιξα για πρώτη φορά στο “Τελευταίο ψέμα”».

Οι γονείς του τον συνόδεψαν στα γυρίσματα, τα οποία για εκείνον ήταν απλώς ένα παιχνίδι. «Ημουν μόλις τεσσάρων ετών και δεν καταλάβαινα τι έκανα. Μου έλεγαν θα πεις αυτό, με αυτό τον τρόπο και το έκανα, καθώς έτσι διασκέδαζα» λέει και προσθέτει: «Επειτα ήρθε ένας μικρός ρόλος, ο ρόλος του μικρού Αργύρη στο “Η κυρά μας η μαμή” με τη Γεωργία Βασιλειάδου, που κλήθηκε για να με ξεματιάσει» συνεχίζει χαμογελώντας και βυθίζεται στις αναμνήσεις του. «Ωραία χρόνια, και ανέμελα. Είχα την τιμή να δουλέψω με μεγάλους ηθοποιούς, μεγαθήρια, που δυστυχώς “έφυγαν”. Θυμάμαι τα γυρίσματα της ταινίας “Μανταλένα”, όπου έπαιζα τον αδελφό της Αλίκης Βουγιουκλάκη. Στο νησί τότε δεν υπήρχε ρεύμα, τα γυρίσματα ήταν εξαντλητικά, αλλά είχα δίπλα μου έναν μεγάλο κύριο. Τον ηθοποιό Παντελή Ζερβό που έπαιζε τον παπά. Είχε λατρεία με το ψάρεμα και κάθε πρωί πριν από το γύρισμα ντυνόταν με τα ράσα, έβαζε τα γένια και πηγαίναμε μαζί για ψάρεμα μέχρι να έρθει η ώρα μας. Ντυνόταν για να είναι έτοιμος... Ψαρεύαμε με κλωστή και παραμάνα... Επειτα ήρθε η ταινία που έγινα πολύ γνωστός, ο “Λουστράκος”. Τότε ήμουν επτά ετών και θυμάμαι ακόμη και σήμερα τα απαιτητικά και κουραστικά γυρίσματα».

Η ταινία «Λουστράκος» σφράγισε με την επιτυχία της την επαγγελματική πορεία του Βασίλη Καΐλα. «Εγινα γνωστός και οι άνθρωποι με αναγνώριζαν. Εγώ δεν ήθελα δημοσιότητα. Ημουν μικρό παιδί. Δεν μπορούσα να διαχειριστώ όλα αυτά που γίνονταν. Ηθελα την ησυχία μου. Με έβλεπαν στο δρόμο με τους γονείς μου και έλεγαν “ο κακόμοιρος ο Βασίλης”. Ο κόσμος τότε πείναγε, μιλάμε για φτώχεια και σε κάθε ταινία ταυτιζόταν και με έναν ηθοποιό» λέει και συνεχίζει: «Τότε η κλάψα ήταν ο καθρέφτης της κοινωνίας. Εβλεπαν στην ταινία το φτωχό αγόρι, τον Βασιλάκη Μάρα να δουλεύει λουστράκος για ένα πιάτο φαΐ και τον αγώνα του να σπουδάσει για να γίνει γιατρός κι έπαιρναν παράδειγμα για να κάνουν το ίδιο».

Μάλιστα, όπως μας αποκάλυψε, πριν από μερικά χρόνια όταν πήγε στο σχολείο της κόρης του για να ρωτήσει τον καθηγητή της πώς πάει στα μαθήματα, με έκπληξη άκουσε να του λέει ότι έγινε καθηγητής χάρη σε αυτή την ταινία. «Απίστευτο και όμως αληθινό. Πήρε κουράγιο από την ταινία, πάλεψε και τα κατάφερε. Σήμερα όμως πια, δεν ξέρω αν υπάρχει καθρέφτης. Ολα είναι πλέον διαφορετικά. Τότε υπήρχε αγάπη μεταξύ των ανθρώπων. Τους ένωνε ο αγώνας για ένα καλύτερο αύριο, μια καλύτερη ζωή».

Ο Βασίλης Καΐλας συμμετείχε συνολικά σε 117 ταινίες, όχι μόνο ελληνικές, αλλά και ξένες. Η πορεία του, ωστόσο, δεν ήταν εύκολη καθώς, όπως λέει ο ίδιος: «Επρεπε να πηγαίνω και σχολείο. Οι γονείς μου, που ήταν πάντα δίπλα μου, όπου και αν γίνονταν τα γυρίσματα, είχαν πάρει ειδική άδεια από το τότε υπουργείο Παιδείας κι έτσι πήγαινα σχολείο σε όποια περιοχή δούλευα. Ετσι τελείωσα το Δημοτικό και το εξατάξιο Γυμνάσιο, αλλά δεν συνέχισα... Είχα πλέον κουραστεί... Πήγα όμως στη Δραματική Σχολή. Γύριζα ταινίες, έπαιζα στο θέατρο με τον Χορν, την Παξινού, τον Μινωτή και άλλους μεγάλους ηθοποιούς. Μου άρεσε πολύ και όλοι με αγαπούσαν. Δεν θα ξεχάσω ποτέ τον Νίκο Μοσχονά που ήθελε να με πάρει μαζί του στην Αμερική, αλλά δεν με άφησε ο πατέρας μου. Ομως κάποια στιγμή όλα τελειώνουν. Ο ελληνικός κινηματογράφος έσβησε και όποιος είχε δουλέψει τότε με όλους αυτούς τους επαγγελματίες, δεν μπορούσε να συμμετέχει σε προχειροδουλειές. Η εποχή εκείνη δεν έχει καμία σχέση με την σημερινή πραγματικότητα. Σκέφτηκα τότε να φύγω μετά από παρότρυνση του θείου μου και να πάνω στην Ελβετία όπου θα μάθαινα τη δουλειά του ωρολογοποιού και να αναλάμβανα έπειτα το μαγαζί του. Το είπα στον πατέρα μου και τότε εκείνος μου είπε να κάνω ό,τι θέλω. Αλλά προτού αποφασίσω να ανέβω στο πατάρι και να πετάξω όλο το υλικό που είχε μαζέψει εκείνος από την καριέρα μου... “Εγώ, παιδί μου, δεν μπορώ να το κάνω. Αν θέλεις, πέταξέ τα εσύ” μου είπε και τρελάθηκα. Eτσι αποφάσισα να συνεχίσω...»

Ετσι, μετά από πολύ κόπο κατάφερε και ίδρυσε το παιδαγωγικό επιμορφωτικό θέατρο, το οποίο ανέβασε δεκάδες παραστάσεις με επαγγελματίες ηθοποιούς, όπως ο Αλέκος Αλεξανδράκης, η Νόνικα Γαληνέα και άλλοι. «Γι’ αυτή την αγάπη μου έχασα πολλά λεφτά. Αλλά δεν το μετανιώνω. Μετά ήρθαν οι μεταγλωττίσεις και οι επιλεγμένες δουλειές. Με τις μεταγλωττίσεις ξεκίνησα πριν από 25 χρόνια από την ΕΡΤ και συνεχίζω μέχρι σήμερα. Δίνω τη φωνή μου σε παιδικούς ήρωες και όχι μόνο. Μία από τις καλύτερες δουλειές μου ήταν “Το μικρό σπίτι στο λιβάδι”» αναφέρει και καταλήγει λέγοντας: «Ευτυχώς η ζωή μού τα ’φερε μια χαρά. Δόξα τω Θεώ. Εχω μια υπέροχη κόρη και μια υπέροχη γυναίκα. Το αστείο είναι ότι πάντα φοβόμουν να φλερτάρω λόγω δημοσιότητας. Πίστευα ότι οι γυναίκες δεν γνωρίζουν τον Βασίλη Καΐλα, αλλά τον Βασιλάκη των ταινιών. Ευτυχώς, η γυναίκα μου δεν ήξερε τι δουλειά έκανα καθώς δεν έβλεπε ταινίες. Οταν το κατάλαβε, ήταν αργά. Την είχε πατήσει...»


ΣΥΜΜΕΤΟΧΕΣ ΠΟΥ ΕΓΡΑΨΑΝ ΙΣΤΟΡΙΑ
(ΤΑΙΝΙΑ / ΡΟΛΟΣ ΠΟΥ ΥΠΟΔΥΘΗΚΕ / ΧΡΟΝΙΑ)

1. Η κυρά μας η μαμή / Αργύρης /1958
2. Το τελευταίο ψέμα / Βασιλάκης / 1958
3. Μανταλένα / Παντελής Χαρίδημος / 1960
4. Μακρυκωσταίοι και Κοντογιώργηδες / Μικρός με όπλο /1960
5. Λαφίνα / Γιαννιός / 1962
6. Δύο μάνες στο σταυρό του πόνου / Μικρός / 1962
7. Η νύφη το ’σκασε... / Κωστάκης Μπάκουρας / 1962
8. Ο λουστράκος / Μικρός Βασίλης Μαράς / 1962
9. Η ψεύτρα / Πέτρος / 1963
10. Πολυτεχνίτης και ερημοσπίτης / Γιαννάκης / 1963
11. Πληγωμένες καρδιές / Βασιλάκης / 1963
12. Ο άσωτος / Μικρός Μιχαλιός / 1963
13. Είμαι μια δυστυχισμένη / Κυριάκος / 1964
14. Θύελλα σε παιδική καρδιά / Γιαννάκης Κοντοβασίλης / 1964
15. Περιφρόνα με γλυκιά μου / «Σπουργιτάκι» / 1965
16. Ο νικητής / μικρός Πέτρος Ντάβαρης / 1965
17. Ησαΐα χόρευε / Βασιλάκης / 1966
18. Ο εμποράκος / Κωστής / 1967
19. Κάποτε κλαίνε και οι δυνατοί / Μικρός Ανδρέας Γεραλής / 1967
20. Θα κάνω πέτρα την καρδιά μου / Μικρός Δημήτρης / 1968
21. Ταπεινός και καταφρονεμένος / 1968
22. Ξεριζωμένη γενιά / Μικρός Βασίλης Καρατζόγλου / 1968
23. Οικογένεια Χωραφά / Νικολής / 1968
24. Στον δάσκαλό μας... με αγάπη / Ανδρέας Λιάπης / 1969
25. Βέγγος, ο τρελός καμικάζι / 1980
26. Πήρες πτυχίο / Ανδρέας Ντόβης 1985


ΓΙΟΥΛΗ ΣΤΑΡΙΔΑ
ΦΩΤ.: ΔΗΜΗΤΡΗΣ ΓΚΟΛΦΟΜΗΤΣΟΣ

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submitted by Angelos Grammenos on 12.06.2011

Vassilis Kailas, Foteini Darra, Eleutheria Aranitaki, Dyonisis Grammenos, & Dimitris Typaldos

[Left to right]

At the award ceremony conducted on the 29th May, 2011, at 6:00, in the Old Parliament House building, Syntagma Square, Athens.

Αθήνα την 29η Μαΐου 2011 & ώρα 18:00, στο Μέγαρο Παλαιάς Βουλής, Σταδίου 13 στην Αθήνα.

The event was orchestrated by the Association of Ionian Islands, Greece. It was supported by the Hellenic Republic, and Greek Post.

Each awardee and medal winner will have a postage stamp issued in their honour during year 2011.

15 high achieving Ionian Islanders, from Greece and the diaspora were presented with awards.

3 Kytherians received awards, including Professor Nikos Petrochilos (Athens and Kythera), Vasilis Kailas (Athens), and George Miller, (Sydney, Australia).

Vasili Kailas (Kytherian awardee) is depicted in the photograph above (far left).

Foteini Darra, (Zakynthos), Eleutheria Aranitaki, (Paxos), and Dimitris Typaldos, (Kephallonia), are awardees from other Ionian islands.

Dyonisis Grammenos, musician and soloist from Corfu, shares the same surname as the head of the Eptanesian Islands in Greece (myself), but we are not related.

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submitted by Stephen Trifyllis on 25.04.2011

''lest we forget''

Brisbane 2011 anzac parade... we must remember the men and women from kythera and the rest of the greece that served for their new country , they who have paid the greatest sacrifice to ensure that the future generations can enjoy the freedom that they fought for, im afraid not enough is done for these people, we are concentrating far too much on windmills , archaeology digs, lectures ,symposiums etc, no one talks or does anything about these people. too much money is spent on other things on the island, it is about time a war memorial is erected on the island to remember the kytherians that had to defend an other nation ..please contact me if you are interested in establishing this somewhere on the island, it is important that this is achieved in honour of the brave men and women that did this...

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submitted by Kytherian Biographies Project on 16.04.2011

Katya Zafiropoulou

daughter of Simoni Zafiropoulou, aged 12, at Skandia Restaurant, Paliopoli, Kythera, 2010.

Simoni Zafiropoulou was born in Athens, and continues to live in Athens. She is the widow of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Professor, Edwin Kuh. (More about Edwin Kuh, at the end of this brief biography of Simoni).

In 2006 she adopted, the then 7 year old, Katya.

From 2004 she has maintained the position of Honorary Fellow in the Diplomatic Office of the Presidency of the Greek Republic, responsible for cultural affairs. (She is the Cultural Advisor to the President of Greece.)

She maintains a summer residence on Kythera, in the town of Kalokerines Kalokairines). Those of you who know Kalokerines well, will know where her house is. As you pass the Windmill, and the main platteia which houses the church of Agios Spyridonas, if you head towards Myrtithia, the first standing house on the left, which is rose-coloured, is Simoni’s.

Curriculum Vitae

STUDIES


Law of Athens. Lawyer. Ph.D. in Economics and Sociology of Development, University of Paris Pantheon Sorbonne. Studies on the École Pratique des Hautes Études, in Paris, "Histoire et Cinéma".

LANGUAGES

Fluent in French and English. Working knowledge of Italian and Spanish

EXPERIENCE

March 2004 - present: Honorary Fellow in Diplomatic Office of the Presidency of the Greek Republic, responsible for cultural affairs.

1999 - 2004: Associate Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Diplomatic Adviser to both the Office of the Presidency of the Republic, responsible for cultural affairs.

2000: curated the exhibition of Art MFA.
1996 - 1999: Adviser to the Minister for Cultural Affairs.

1995: Adviser to the Ministry of Development in Industrial Archaeology.

1985 - 1990: Cultural Counsellor of Greece in the U.S.

1983 - 1985: Member of the Board of ERT

1983: Assistant to the Council for Equality of Two Friends. In this capacity, establishing the first Women's Agricultural Association in Petra Lesvos.
President of NGO "Development Horizons" oriented to improve the living standards of women and children in Third World countries.

Published Books she has written or edited:

2003: FOLLOWING THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE GREAT - 2300 YEARS LATER. Miletus in Greek and English. Photo journey in the footsteps of Macedon army. (Praised by the Academy of Athens) in September 2009: Reissue the daily News.

2002: THE WOMAN IN TIME. Miletus, Greek, English, German edition. Enhanced Edition reissue of 1985. Photo Album featuring life from ancient Greece to modern Greece.

1993: GREECE IN POETRY. Harry N. Abrams, New York ("Book of the Month Club"). Illustrated anthology of Greek poetry.

1992: GREECE AND THE SEA. Athens College, NY. Album Greek poetry and art.

Edwin Kuh, 1925-1986.

Simoni’s husband Edwin Kuh, died on Monday 9th June, 1986. He was involved in Democratic Party politics in the United States of America. He was an adviser to Robert F. Kennedy during Kennedy's 1968 campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination and to the party's 1972 nominee, former Sen. George McGovern of South Dakota.

Later, Kuh also served on U.S. President's Materials Policy Commission and the Economic Advisory Panel of the U.S. Postal Service and was adviser to the governments of Greece, China and Costa Rica.

John Kenneth Galbraith, economics professor emeritus at Harvard, said Kuh also should be remembered for an early contribution to the idea of affirmative action. "Some 15 or more years ago, he was one of a group of economists who urged that the civil rights movement be affirmed by a 10-year program by which large corporations and the federal, state and local governments would bring minorities and women into higher-level employment in the same proportions that they existed in the working force," Galbraith said.

It was in the field of Economics, and in particular the pioneer in field of econometrics that he established a world wide reputation. He headed Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for Computational Research in Economics and Management Science from its inception in 1978, and was credited with discovering econometrics, a theory holding that productivity varies at stages in the business cycle. He noted that productivity improves sharply during the cycle's recovery phase, peaks before the economy peaks and declines before the economy slides into recession. The systems Kuh developed are widely used in Europe by major banks and research organizations.

Little wonder that the seminal book he edited with David A. Belsley in 1985, Model Reliability, is still available through MIT Press. The book details how to assess the specification, strengths, weaknesses, limits, and sensitive features of a particular economic model.

Edwin Kuh was a man of considerable social, cultural, political, and intellectual stature.

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submitted by Andreas Markou on 26.12.2010

Kytherian Wedding

Giagia Poppy (nee Samios) and Papous Vasilios Markou at Eleni Agouros (nee Markou) Wedding day at the house in Alozianika
2005

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submitted by Barbara Zantiotis on 02.12.2010

Andrew Kalokerinos 3/10/10

The historian, Andrew Kalokerinos, speaking on my phone to an old friend, my mum - Anna Zantiotis (Anastasopoulos) back in Australia. She happened to call while we were catching up in Potamos.

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submitted by George N Leontsinis on 18.11.2010

Eleni Leontsini (left), with post-graduate students form the History Department

....University of Athens, (left to right) - Dimitris Hatzikakides, George Giotis, George C Poulos, Public Relations Officer of the Kytherian Association of Australia, Nikos Kamilos, Pericles Tsabalas, relaxing on the front balcony, at "Pieros" Restaurant, Livathi.

Photograph taken after the very successful one-day Conference held in Kythera: The History and Culture of Kythera and Kytherian Diaspora.


On the 25th of September 2010 a one-day academic conference was held on Kythera focusing on the history and culture of Kythera and Kytherian Diaspora that was organised by the Cultural Centre of the Municipality of Kythera and the Society for the Theory, Research, and Didactics of History. The aim of the conference was to present to the broader public the academic research, digitisation and documentary production on the history and culture of Kythera and Kytherian diaspora conducted over the past decade by the Open Free University of the Municipality of Kythera and the Cultural Centre of the Municipality of Kythera. This included a screening of the DVD of the documentary “Kythera: Myth, History and Reality”.

These bodies have collaborated with universities and research centres both in Greece and abroad, under the leadership of George Leontsinis, Professor Emeritus of Modern Greek History and the History Didactics at the University of Athens, President of the Cultural Centre of the Municipality of Kythera and elected Councillor of the Municipality of Kythera since 1999. Professor Leontsinis has organised a series of conferences and academic meetings on Kythera over a number of years with the participation of academics and researchers from Greece and abroad. These have built on the outstanding First International Conference on Kytherian Studies held on 20-24 September 2000, at which around 200 researchers presented papers, subsequently published in the five elegant volumes of the conference Proceedings (2003), which illustrate the history and culture of Kythera and the island’s dynamism.

The programme of this one-day conference, which was very well received and widely attended by the Kytherian public, was divided into three parts. In the first part the speakers evaluated the work that has been produced over the past decade (1999-2010), outlining the subject areas and broader field of the research conducted by the scientists and academics, who have altogether presented approximately 400 papers at these conferences. The range of the research being done was highlighted, as was the impact it has had and continues to have on the Greek and international academic community. The speakers emphasised that the history and culture of Kythera and Kytherian Diaspora have been internationalised, underlining that the quality of the research being done for the first time on Kythera is of a very high standard. This has demonstrated the great research strengths of Kytherian scholars and the positive response of the local community.

The second conference part involved a presentation of the material digitised during the project “Cultural and tourism tour of Kythera using information and communications technologies”. This project comes under Measure 2.4 (Invitations 78 and 91) of the Operational Programme “Information Society” (Collection, documentation and digitisation of cultural and historical material and tourism products). Prof. George Leontsinis acted as the project’s scientific director and Mrs Natasa Papaconstantinou, a doctoral candidate at the University of Athens, as its scientific collaborator. The project was conducted as part of the activities of the Municipality of Kythera and in association with a programme of the Region of Attica and Islands. This project provides a presentation of places of natural beauty, natural monuments, alternative tourism routes, beaches, castles, churches and monasteries, other religious monuments (private churches, chapels, and rural churches), cultural associations and institutes, cultural events, hotels and traditional hostels, and the traditional products of Kythera. Digitised documents have been created for each item –all of which are integrated parts of Kythera’s unified cultural terrain– and have then been uploaded onto the internet along with a concise description. The “Cultural and tourism tour of Kythera using information and communications technologies” project has created a scientifically documented digital collection of material on the history, culture and tourism of Kythera. The team working on the collection aims to enrich it continuously with new material and believes that it will revive the cultural and tourism image of Kythera. This project is showcased in the Region of Attica and the Islands publication entitled “Internet Gateways to Culture and Tourism in the Regions”. The database was designed in such a way as to be uploaded to the websites of the Region of Attica and the Municipality of Kythera, making it easily accessible to the teaching community.

The one-day conference came to a close with the screening of the documentary DVD entitled “Kythera: Myth, history and reality”, a 2008 production of the Municipality of Kythera which is available from the Municipality’s Cultural Centre. The Municipality of Kythera Cultural Centre is a legal entity of public law which was officially founded this year and is housed at the historical centre of Chora, in the former Town Hall (Government Gazette, number 702, issue second, 25 May 2010). The Proceedings of the previous conferences are also available there. There was an exhibition of the earlier conference Proceedings and the documentary at the conference, whilst, during the coffee breaks, Kytherian sweets were served thus giving participants the opportunity to converse with each other in a friendly atmosphere. University professors and researchers from Greece and Cyprus gave a thorough evaluation of the scholarly and cultural work done on Kythera in the past ten years. Many of our fellow Kytherians attended the conference and the atmosphere was exceptionally warm. The participants commented upon the fact that academic events, with the creativity they personify, capture the interest of our fellow Kytherians and promote our island.

As co-organiser of the one-day conference, held on an initiative of the Municipality of Kythera, the Mayor of Kythera Mr Theodoros Koukoulis greeted the participants and gave a detailed speech in which he detailed the cultural and social work done by the Municipality of Kythera. Professor Georgios Leontsinis discussed the history and culture of Kythera and Kytherian Diaspora, giving an account and assessment of the conferences and the publishing and research work done over the past decade (1999-2010). Professor Leontsinis noted that with the publication of eleven volumes (ten with a Kytherian content and one with a medical content) of the Conference Proceedings, of which he himself is the editor, this research is now available to all scholars, academics and researchers as well as to the wider public, and the Proceedings can be purchased from the Municipality of Kythera, thus also raising funds for it. They are also available in Greek and foreign libraries and have become established as an essential works of reference for further research.

Professor Leontsinis gave a concise presentation of this publishing activity whilst the invited speakers outlined some aspects of the subjects that are contained within the volumes of the Proceedings. Professor Evangelia Georgitsogianni of the Harokopion University presented the two volumes of the Proceedings on the subject of “Kytherian Migration: Historical Dimensions and Contemporary Population Movements” and “Kytherian Bequests and Greek Benefaction”. Dr Kalypso Michalakaki, who holds a PhD in History, spoke on the subject of “Kytherian organisations and brotherhoods at home and abroad” whilst Dr Christina Kolovou, who holds a PhD in Theology, presented the two volumes of the Proceedings on “Church, Education – Schooling and Culture on Kythera (19th-20th century)” and also spoke on “Academic Research on the Church of Kythera”. Professor Aimilios Solomos of the University of Nicosia, participated in the conference with an exceptionally interesting paper entitled “The Aphrodite of Kythera or the Aphrodite of Cyprus?” based on the academic papers in the volume of the Proceedings dedicated to “Symbolic Kythera”. The doctoral candidate Natasa Papakonstantinou could not make the conference but her paper entitled “Cultural and tourism tour of Kythera using information and communications technologies” was read by Georgios Giotis, also a doctoral candidate at the University of Athens.

After Prof. Leontsinis’ welcoming speech to the Mayor of Kythera Mr Theodoros Koukoulis, a souvenir plaque and honorary diploma were awarded to Mr Efthimios Polychronakos, mathematics teacher at the Kythera High-School in Chora. This is in recognition of his great contribution to the education of young Kytherians and the science of mathematics and for his long contribution over many years to the society and culture of Kythera. The conference closed with the screening of the documentary “Kythera: Myth, History and Reality”, which was produced in 2002, publicly screened with great success in 2004 and which, since 2008, has had English subtitles added to it and has now been officially released and is commercially available. The documentary produced the same strong emotions in both the general public and the scholars as it had at its first screening, and was again admired for its quality.

The event was attended by many of our compatriots from the Kytherian Diaspora, including the President of the Kytherian Association of Australia Mr Victor Kepreotis and the Association’s public relations officer Mr George Poulos, who extended their stay on Kythera to participate in the conference. Amongst the compatriot diaspora Kytherians whom we were able to identify, given the large number of conference participants, were esteemed friends Mr George Hatziplis, Mr Minas Raisis, and Mrs Antonia Aronis. The event was honoured by the presence of Greek politicians Mr Alekos Alavanos (Syrriza Political Party) and Mr Spyridon Spyridonas (New Democracy Political Party), who were visiting the island, whilst His Eminency Metropolitan Bishop of Kythera Seraphim, who was not on the island, was represented by Father Froumentios of Chora.

The Municipality of Kythera and the conference organising committee would like to thank the president of the Kytherian Association of Chora (Syndesmos), the well-known painter Mr Manolis Charos, and the members of the Board of Trustees for allowing use of the Hall and for the warm reception that the Syndesmos, which has also hosted all the previous activities of the Open Free University of the Municipality of Kythera, gave the conference. Many thanks are also due to the Municipality’s administrative staff Mr Panagiotes Yianniotis and Mrs Georgia Tseri, and to all the administrative staff of the Municipality of Kythera who have supported these cultural activities throughout the years, and also the Deputy Mayors and Councillors of the Kytherian Municipal Council who were present. Thanks are also due to the Kytherian public and to the members of the conference secretariat, postgraduate students and doctoral candidates of the University of Athens Mr George Giotis, Mr Pericles Tsabalas, and Mr Demetrius Hatzikakides for their selfless contribution to the success of this one-day conference.

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submitted by George N Leontsinis on 18.11.2010

Mayor of Kythera Mr Theodoros Koukoulis (left) presenting a

....souvenir plaque and honorary diploma, awarded to Mr Efthimios Polychronakos, (centre), mathematics teacher at the Kythera High-School in Chora. This is in recognition of his great contribution to the education of young Kytherians, and the science of mathematics, and for his long contribution over many years to the society and culture of Kythera. George N Leontsinis stands to the right.

At the one-day Conference in Kythera: The History and Culture of Kythera and Kytherian Diaspora.

On the 25th of September 2010 a one-day academic conference was held on Kythera focusing on the history and culture of Kythera and Kytherian Diaspora that was organised by the Cultural Centre of the Municipality of Kythera and the Society for the Theory, Research, and Didactics of History. The aim of the conference was to present to the broader public the academic research, digitisation and documentary production on the history and culture of Kythera and Kytherian diaspora conducted over the past decade by the Open Free University of the Municipality of Kythera and the Cultural Centre of the Municipality of Kythera. This included a screening of the DVD of the documentary “Kythera: Myth, History and Reality”.

These bodies have collaborated with universities and research centres both in Greece and abroad, under the leadership of George Leontsinis, Professor Emeritus of Modern Greek History and the History Didactics at the University of Athens, President of the Cultural Centre of the Municipality of Kythera and elected Councillor of the Municipality of Kythera since 1999. Professor Leontsinis has organised a series of conferences and academic meetings on Kythera over a number of years with the participation of academics and researchers from Greece and abroad. These have built on the outstanding First International Conference on Kytherian Studies held on 20-24 September 2000, at which around 200 researchers presented papers, subsequently published in the five elegant volumes of the conference Proceedings (2003), which illustrate the history and culture of Kythera and the island’s dynamism.

The programme of this one-day conference, which was very well received and widely attended by the Kytherian public, was divided into three parts. In the first part the speakers evaluated the work that has been produced over the past decade (1999-2010), outlining the subject areas and broader field of the research conducted by the scientists and academics, who have altogether presented approximately 400 papers at these conferences. The range of the research being done was highlighted, as was the impact it has had and continues to have on the Greek and international academic community. The speakers emphasised that the history and culture of Kythera and Kytherian Diaspora have been internationalised, underlining that the quality of the research being done for the first time on Kythera is of a very high standard. This has demonstrated the great research strengths of Kytherian scholars and the positive response of the local community.

The second conference part involved a presentation of the material digitised during the project “Cultural and tourism tour of Kythera using information and communications technologies”. This project comes under Measure 2.4 (Invitations 78 and 91) of the Operational Programme “Information Society” (Collection, documentation and digitisation of cultural and historical material and tourism products). Prof. George Leontsinis acted as the project’s scientific director and Mrs Natasa Papaconstantinou, a doctoral candidate at the University of Athens, as its scientific collaborator. The project was conducted as part of the activities of the Municipality of Kythera and in association with a programme of the Region of Attica and Islands. This project provides a presentation of places of natural beauty, natural monuments, alternative tourism routes, beaches, castles, churches and monasteries, other religious monuments (private churches, chapels, and rural churches), cultural associations and institutes, cultural events, hotels and traditional hostels, and the traditional products of Kythera. Digitised documents have been created for each item –all of which are integrated parts of Kythera’s unified cultural terrain– and have then been uploaded onto the internet along with a concise description. The “Cultural and tourism tour of Kythera using information and communications technologies” project has created a scientifically documented digital collection of material on the history, culture and tourism of Kythera. The team working on the collection aims to enrich it continuously with new material and believes that it will revive the cultural and tourism image of Kythera. This project is showcased in the Region of Attica and the Islands publication entitled “Internet Gateways to Culture and Tourism in the Regions”. The database was designed in such a way as to be uploaded to the websites of the Region of Attica and the Municipality of Kythera, making it easily accessible to the teaching community.

The one-day conference came to a close with the screening of the documentary DVD entitled “Kythera: Myth, history and reality”, a 2008 production of the Municipality of Kythera which is available from the Municipality’s Cultural Centre. The Municipality of Kythera Cultural Centre is a legal entity of public law which was officially founded this year and is housed at the historical centre of Chora, in the former Town Hall (Government Gazette, number 702, issue second, 25 May 2010). The Proceedings of the previous conferences are also available there. There was an exhibition of the earlier conference Proceedings and the documentary at the conference, whilst, during the coffee breaks, Kytherian sweets were served thus giving participants the opportunity to converse with each other in a friendly atmosphere. University professors and researchers from Greece and Cyprus gave a thorough evaluation of the scholarly and cultural work done on Kythera in the past ten years. Many of our fellow Kytherians attended the conference and the atmosphere was exceptionally warm. The participants commented upon the fact that academic events, with the creativity they personify, capture the interest of our fellow Kytherians and promote our island.

As co-organiser of the one-day conference, held on an initiative of the Municipality of Kythera, the Mayor of Kythera Mr Theodoros Koukoulis greeted the participants and gave a detailed speech in which he detailed the cultural and social work done by the Municipality of Kythera. Professor Georgios Leontsinis discussed the history and culture of Kythera and Kytherian Diaspora, giving an account and assessment of the conferences and the publishing and research work done over the past decade (1999-2010). Professor Leontsinis noted that with the publication of eleven volumes (ten with a Kytherian content and one with a medical content) of the Conference Proceedings, of which he himself is the editor, this research is now available to all scholars, academics and researchers as well as to the wider public, and the Proceedings can be purchased from the Municipality of Kythera, thus also raising funds for it. They are also available in Greek and foreign libraries and have become established as an essential works of reference for further research.

Professor Leontsinis gave a concise presentation of this publishing activity whilst the invited speakers outlined some aspects of the subjects that are contained within the volumes of the Proceedings. Professor Evangelia Georgitsogianni of the Harokopion University presented the two volumes of the Proceedings on the subject of “Kytherian Migration: Historical Dimensions and Contemporary Population Movements” and “Kytherian Bequests and Greek Benefaction”. Dr Kalypso Michalakaki, who holds a PhD in History, spoke on the subject of “Kytherian organisations and brotherhoods at home and abroad” whilst Dr Christina Kolovou, who holds a PhD in Theology, presented the two volumes of the Proceedings on “Church, Education – Schooling and Culture on Kythera (19th-20th century)” and also spoke on “Academic Research on the Church of Kythera”. Professor Aimilios Solomos of the University of Nicosia, participated in the conference with an exceptionally interesting paper entitled “The Aphrodite of Kythera or the Aphrodite of Cyprus?” based on the academic papers in the volume of the Proceedings dedicated to “Symbolic Kythera”. The doctoral candidate Natasa Papakonstantinou could not make the conference but her paper entitled “Cultural and tourism tour of Kythera using information and communications technologies” was read by Georgios Giotis, also a doctoral candidate at the University of Athens.

After Prof. Leontsinis’ welcoming speech to the Mayor of Kythera Mr Theodoros Koukoulis, a souvenir plaque and honorary diploma were awarded to Mr Efthimios Polychronakos, mathematics teacher at the Kythera High-School in Chora. This is in recognition of his great contribution to the education of young Kytherians and the science of mathematics and for his long contribution over many years to the society and culture of Kythera. The conference closed with the screening of the documentary “Kythera: Myth, History and Reality”, which was produced in 2002, publicly screened with great success in 2004 and which, since 2008, has had English subtitles added to it and has now been officially released and is commercially available. The documentary produced the same strong emotions in both the general public and the scholars as it had at its first screening, and was again admired for its quality.

The event was attended by many of our compatriots from the Kytherian Diaspora, including the President of the Kytherian Association of Australia Mr Victor Kepreotis and the Association’s public relations officer Mr George Poulos, who extended their stay on Kythera to participate in the conference. Amongst the compatriot diaspora Kytherians whom we were able to identify, given the large number of conference participants, were esteemed friends Mr George Hatziplis, Mr Minas Raisis, and Mrs Antonia Aronis. The event was honoured by the presence of Greek politicians Mr Alekos Alavanos (Syrriza Political Party) and Mr Spyridon Spyridonas (New Democracy Political Party), who were visiting the island, whilst His Eminency Metropolitan Bishop of Kythera Seraphim, who was not on the island, was represented by Father Froumentios of Chora.

The Municipality of Kythera and the conference organising committee would like to thank the president of the Kytherian Association of Chora (Syndesmos), the well-known painter Mr Manolis Charos, and the members of the Board of Trustees for allowing use of the Hall and for the warm reception that the Syndesmos, which has also hosted all the previous activities of the Open Free University of the Municipality of Kythera, gave the conference. Many thanks are also due to the Municipality’s administrative staff Mr Panagiotes Yianniotis and Mrs Georgia Tseri, and to all the administrative staff of the Municipality of Kythera who have supported these cultural activities throughout the years, and also the Deputy Mayors and Councillors of the Kytherian Municipal Council who were present. Thanks are also due to the Kytherian public and to the members of the conference secretariat, postgraduate students and doctoral candidates of the University of Athens Mr George Giotis, Mr Pericles Tsabalas, and Mr Demetrius Hatzikakides for their selfless contribution to the success of this one-day conference.

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submitted by George N Leontsinis on 18.11.2010

George N Leontsinis (left) and Professor Emilios Solomou (right)

.....Vice President for Administration, at the University of Nicosia. 46 Makedonitissas Ave., P.O. Box 24005, 1700 Nicosia, Cyprus.

Co-chairing a session of the One Day Conference in Kythera: The History and Culture of Kythera and Kytherian Diaspora.

Invited guest speaker, Dr Solomou presented a superb paper on Aphrodite, Kytherian or Cypriot.

On the 25th of September 2010 a one-day academic conference was held on Kythera focusing on the history and culture of Kythera and Kytherian Diaspora that was organised by the Cultural Centre of the Municipality of Kythera and the Society for the Theory, Research, and Didactics of History. The aim of the conference was to present to the broader public the academic research, digitisation and documentary production on the history and culture of Kythera and Kytherian diaspora conducted over the past decade by the Open Free University of the Municipality of Kythera and the Cultural Centre of the Municipality of Kythera. This included a screening of the DVD of the documentary “Kythera: Myth, History and Reality”.

These bodies have collaborated with universities and research centres both in Greece and abroad, under the leadership of George Leontsinis, Professor Emeritus of Modern Greek History and the History Didactics at the University of Athens, President of the Cultural Centre of the Municipality of Kythera and elected Councillor of the Municipality of Kythera since 1999. Professor Leontsinis has organised a series of conferences and academic meetings on Kythera over a number of years with the participation of academics and researchers from Greece and abroad. These have built on the outstanding First International Conference on Kytherian Studies held on 20-24 September 2000, at which around 200 researchers presented papers, subsequently published in the five elegant volumes of the conference Proceedings (2003), which illustrate the history and culture of Kythera and the island’s dynamism.

The programme of this one-day conference, which was very well received and widely attended by the Kytherian public, was divided into three parts. In the first part the speakers evaluated the work that has been produced over the past decade (1999-2010), outlining the subject areas and broader field of the research conducted by the scientists and academics, who have altogether presented approximately 400 papers at these conferences. The range of the research being done was highlighted, as was the impact it has had and continues to have on the Greek and international academic community. The speakers emphasised that the history and culture of Kythera and Kytherian Diaspora have been internationalised, underlining that the quality of the research being done for the first time on Kythera is of a very high standard. This has demonstrated the great research strengths of Kytherian scholars and the positive response of the local community.

The second conference part involved a presentation of the material digitised during the project “Cultural and tourism tour of Kythera using information and communications technologies”. This project comes under Measure 2.4 (Invitations 78 and 91) of the Operational Programme “Information Society” (Collection, documentation and digitisation of cultural and historical material and tourism products). Prof. George Leontsinis acted as the project’s scientific director and Mrs Natasa Papaconstantinou, a doctoral candidate at the University of Athens, as its scientific collaborator. The project was conducted as part of the activities of the Municipality of Kythera and in association with a programme of the Region of Attica and Islands. This project provides a presentation of places of natural beauty, natural monuments, alternative tourism routes, beaches, castles, churches and monasteries, other religious monuments (private churches, chapels, and rural churches), cultural associations and institutes, cultural events, hotels and traditional hostels, and the traditional products of Kythera. Digitised documents have been created for each item –all of which are integrated parts of Kythera’s unified cultural terrain– and have then been uploaded onto the internet along with a concise description. The “Cultural and tourism tour of Kythera using information and communications technologies” project has created a scientifically documented digital collection of material on the history, culture and tourism of Kythera. The team working on the collection aims to enrich it continuously with new material and believes that it will revive the cultural and tourism image of Kythera. This project is showcased in the Region of Attica and the Islands publication entitled “Internet Gateways to Culture and Tourism in the Regions”. The database was designed in such a way as to be uploaded to the websites of the Region of Attica and the Municipality of Kythera, making it easily accessible to the teaching community.

The one-day conference came to a close with the screening of the documentary DVD entitled “Kythera: Myth, history and reality”, a 2008 production of the Municipality of Kythera which is available from the Municipality’s Cultural Centre. The Municipality of Kythera Cultural Centre is a legal entity of public law which was officially founded this year and is housed at the historical centre of Chora, in the former Town Hall (Government Gazette, number 702, issue second, 25 May 2010). The Proceedings of the previous conferences are also available there. There was an exhibition of the earlier conference Proceedings and the documentary at the conference, whilst, during the coffee breaks, Kytherian sweets were served thus giving participants the opportunity to converse with each other in a friendly atmosphere. University professors and researchers from Greece and Cyprus gave a thorough evaluation of the scholarly and cultural work done on Kythera in the past ten years. Many of our fellow Kytherians attended the conference and the atmosphere was exceptionally warm. The participants commented upon the fact that academic events, with the creativity they personify, capture the interest of our fellow Kytherians and promote our island.

As co-organiser of the one-day conference, held on an initiative of the Municipality of Kythera, the Mayor of Kythera Mr Theodoros Koukoulis greeted the participants and gave a detailed speech in which he detailed the cultural and social work done by the Municipality of Kythera. Professor Georgios Leontsinis discussed the history and culture of Kythera and Kytherian Diaspora, giving an account and assessment of the conferences and the publishing and research work done over the past decade (1999-2010). Professor Leontsinis noted that with the publication of eleven volumes (ten with a Kytherian content and one with a medical content) of the Conference Proceedings, of which he himself is the editor, this research is now available to all scholars, academics and researchers as well as to the wider public, and the Proceedings can be purchased from the Municipality of Kythera, thus also raising funds for it. They are also available in Greek and foreign libraries and have become established as an essential works of reference for further research.

Professor Leontsinis gave a concise presentation of this publishing activity whilst the invited speakers outlined some aspects of the subjects that are contained within the volumes of the Proceedings. Professor Evangelia Georgitsogianni of the Harokopion University presented the two volumes of the Proceedings on the subject of “Kytherian Migration: Historical Dimensions and Contemporary Population Movements” and “Kytherian Bequests and Greek Benefaction”. Dr Kalypso Michalakaki, who holds a PhD in History, spoke on the subject of “Kytherian organisations and brotherhoods at home and abroad” whilst Dr Christina Kolovou, who holds a PhD in Theology, presented the two volumes of the Proceedings on “Church, Education – Schooling and Culture on Kythera (19th-20th century)” and also spoke on “Academic Research on the Church of Kythera”. Professor Aimilios Solomos of the University of Nicosia, participated in the conference with an exceptionally interesting paper entitled “The Aphrodite of Kythera or the Aphrodite of Cyprus?” based on the academic papers in the volume of the Proceedings dedicated to “Symbolic Kythera”. The doctoral candidate Natasa Papakonstantinou could not make the conference but her paper entitled “Cultural and tourism tour of Kythera using information and communications technologies” was read by Georgios Giotis, also a doctoral candidate at the University of Athens.

After Prof. Leontsinis’ welcoming speech to the Mayor of Kythera Mr Theodoros Koukoulis, a souvenir plaque and honorary diploma were awarded to Mr Efthimios Polychronakos, mathematics teacher at the Kythera High-School in Chora. This is in recognition of his great contribution to the education of young Kytherians and the science of mathematics and for his long contribution over many years to the society and culture of Kythera. The conference closed with the screening of the documentary “Kythera: Myth, History and Reality”, which was produced in 2002, publicly screened with great success in 2004 and which, since 2008, has had English subtitles added to it and has now been officially released and is commercially available. The documentary produced the same strong emotions in both the general public and the scholars as it had at its first screening, and was again admired for its quality.

The event was attended by many of our compatriots from the Kytherian Diaspora, including the President of the Kytherian Association of Australia Mr Victor Kepreotis and the Association’s public relations officer Mr George Poulos, who extended their stay on Kythera to participate in the conference. Amongst the compatriot diaspora Kytherians whom we were able to identify, given the large number of conference participants, were esteemed friends Mr George Hatziplis, Mr Minas Raisis, and Mrs Antonia Aronis. The event was honoured by the presence of Greek politicians Mr Alekos Alavanos (Syrriza Political Party) and Mr Spyridon Spyridonas (New Democracy Political Party), who were visiting the island, whilst His Eminency Metropolitan Bishop of Kythera Seraphim, who was not on the island, was represented by Father Froumentios of Chora.

The Municipality of Kythera and the conference organising committee would like to thank the president of the Kytherian Association of Chora (Syndesmos), the well-known painter Mr Manolis Charos, and the members of the Board of Trustees for allowing use of the Hall and for the warm reception that the Syndesmos, which has also hosted all the previous activities of the Open Free University of the Municipality of Kythera, gave the conference. Many thanks are also due to the Municipality’s administrative staff Mr Panagiotes Yianniotis and Mrs Georgia Tseri, and to all the administrative staff of the Municipality of Kythera who have supported these cultural activities throughout the years, and also the Deputy Mayors and Councillors of the Kytherian Municipal Council who were present. Thanks are also due to the Kytherian public and to the members of the conference secretariat, postgraduate students and doctoral candidates of the University of Athens Mr George Giotis, Mr Pericles Tsabalas, and Mr Demetrius Hatzikakides for their selfless contribution to the success of this one-day conference.

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submitted by George N Leontsinis on 18.11.2010

My youngest daughter Maria Constandinou, affectionately called Maritina

.......attends the University of Athens.

She enjoys visiting the island, because of the freedom it affords her, compared to life in Athens.

Here she is at the Potamos markets.

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submitted by Zina Megaloconomos on 04.08.2010

happy times

Anna and Eleni Conomos enjoying a night out

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submitted by Zina Megaloconomos on 04.08.2010

Happy Birthday

Katina Megaloconomos enjoying her 88th birthday at 'Pieros' - Livadi

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submitted by Zina Megaloconomos on 04.08.2010

Beautiful people of Pantonia

Charles and Thespina Sourrys - two of the gems of Agia Pelagia

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submitted by Zina Megaloconomos on 04.08.2010

Uncle Harry and friends

Uncle Harry Londy loving the new additions to the cat population of Fratsia