Selected themes / stories
We have prepared A selection of story telling and performance experiences to entertain and help provide a better and in-depth picture of Greece. These are not theatrical productions rather selected themes / stories performed by local historical enthusiasts, performers and storytellers with the help of audio and visuals. We have produced a selection of shows that will run on a weekly rotation from mid June to Mid September.
A curse or a blessing. Learn how it was conceived, how it was designed and implemented. At the time of its creation it helped Greece become the center of culture while at the same time it resulted in problems such as endless debate and conflict. Today, world over, suppressed people demand more democracy while those who have it try to find ways to take it back from politicians.
THE PHILOSOPHY OF MEDICINE
performed by Giouli Zafeiratou local specialist and creator of Hippocrates garden
This discussion will take you on a journey back in time, through history. To the mythological start of medicine and then to the ancient Greek doctor and father of modern medicine, Hippocrates, more than just a doctor. He was taught what might be shamanic traditions as well as herblore. With the advances of thought and tools of times he also delved into the beginnings of biology. Like all things in ancient Greece, medicine was never just medicine as we think of it, but a holistic and philosophical science. We will go through the development if this philosophical approach to medicine and nutrition. The understanding and practice promoted, that your food must be your medicine and that medicine must be your food, and the value of the right diet leads to the path of healthy body, healthy mind and healthy living.
We will look at how this holistic philosophy is actually the foundation of our modern medicine, not isolated as a hard science like we think of it now. This discussion will touch on and encourage you to think of what may have been left out of our current conceptualisation of medicine and how to approach our health as a whole and to treat pre-emptively not focussing on symptoms but of causes. Not only on the virus in the body but the issues that give birth the virus in the environment, and most importantly how these treatments and practices are focussed on not just healing the body or the mind but on maintaining and encouraging the flourishing and transcendence of the spirit.
A philosophical lifestyle and holistic approach of nutrition with the understanding that prevention is better than cure, and offering natural, botanical therapeutic guidelines
Selected Greek Myths
Greeks regarded mythology as a part of their history. They used myth to explain natural phenomena, cultural variations, traditional enmities and friendships. They gave meaning to the world people saw around them.
. It was a source of pride to be able to trace the descent of one’s leaders from a mythological hero or a god.
It is more than 2000 years since the time of the Ancient Greeks, but Greek Mythology continues to have an influence on how we live today in western society.
Everywhere you turn, there is likely to be a reference to Greek Mythology. In the brand of the sports shoes you are wearing, the name given to your breakfast meal, the way a building has been constructed, the music you are listening to or the poem you are studying at school.
So come and take a ride through some of the more unique myths that have played a surprising and important role in shaping our modern world.
Greek music & dance
A journey through the styles of music genres of modern Greece. Experience the plethora of dances and be captivated by the sounds of bouzouki. Learn about the traditional and regional songs and dances as well as todays mainstream genres of music and the subcultures that identify with them. The breaking of plates on the dance floor, the dancing at the wake of a friend’s death, to the expression of feelings with zobra’s syrtaki, a lovely show!
Life lessons from Aesop
An interactive show asking questions and analyzing the morals built into children’s tails, how the Greeks did parenting using fables. “No act of kindness is ever wasted” amongst many others, becomes easier to absorb when you’re young. The lion and mouse fable like all of Aesop’s stories give rise to further lessons like, “little friends may prove great friends”, “you never know who will prove useful in the future”, “you never know where your kindness will lead you”.
The night sky & the zodiacs
Tonight the audience can reach the planets and enjoy the night sky with our telescope while learning of the origins of the zodiac. You will be able to gaze at the moon’s surface and further. While not everyone believes the zodiac concept and the 13 constellations cross the sun’s annual path, many believe that these rotations truly affect their lives.