Culture & Relaxation on Cyclades Islandes

♦ International Festival of the Aegean @ Syros 
(GREEK NEWS AGENDA) 
For the fifth successive year, Syros in the Cyclades island complex is organising the International Festival of the Aegean at the Apollo Theatre in Hermoupolis.  The festival opens with Puccini’s Tosca on July 1 and runs until July 11.   The Apollo Municipal Theatre (also known as La Piccola Scala) in Hermoupolis is an important landmark and symbol of its financial and cultural prosperity circa mid-19th century. Constructed in1862-1864, it remains to this date one of the oldest indoor theatres of modern times as well as an architectural jewel of Syros.  Hermoupolis, the “Queen of the Cyclades,” is the capital of the island of Syros, the centre of the Aegean Sea and a city of unique history and architecture with countless neoclassical public buildings in marble, mansions with full marble facades and rich decorations.  Prominent amongst these is Hermoupolis’s Town Hall which also houses the town’s Cultural Centre and was designed in the 19th century by Ernst Ziller. The magnificent buildings, mansions and church throughout Syros attests to the island’s former glory, when in the first half of the 19th century it became known as an international commercial centre linking Western Europe and the Mediterranean sea to the East. See also: The Spectator (27.5.09) – Grecian jewel 
♦  Dancing @ Naxos 
An eleven-day seminar on Greek Cycladic dances will be hosted on the island of Naxos from July 21-31 (Nisos Naxos 2009).  The seminar is not all about mastering the folklore dances of the Cycladic islands but mostly a journey through the Aegean Sea’s traditions, music, arts and history.   The island of Naxos is the largest and the most fertile in the Cyclades group of islands and an ideal place for vacation. More than 64 villages, most of which are mountainous, cover its slopes. They are well known for their cool climate and their delicious local cuisine.  Nisos Naxos 2009: Programme & Registration
♦ Painting exhibition @ Andros

The Basil and Elise Goulandris Foundation Museum of Contemporary Art on Andros Island is presenting -for the first time in Greece- an exhibition featuring the work of Belgian painter Paul Delvaux, highlighting his relationship with Greece through myth.  The exhibition “Paul Delvaux and the Antiquity” will open to the public on June 28 and will run until September 27. Andros is the second largest after Naxos island in the Cyclades cluster with rich natural beauties and vegetation, natural springs, torrents and a lot of rivers. For those who love hiking Andros is full of beautiful paths, with streams, small waterfalls and traditional cobble-stone pavements in the villages bringing the visitors in contact with nature.In modern times, the island developed its merchant marine sector with its shipping registry ranking second, after Piraeus in 1939.