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Πολιτιστικό περιοδικό “Kikimora” – Αφιέρωμα στην Ελλάδα (θερινό τεύχος 2012)

Το τετραμηνιαίο πολιτιστικό περιοδικό “Kikimora” (θερινό τεύχος 2012, τ. 11, σελ. 200, http://www.kiki-mora.pl), το οποίο απευθύνεται σε γονείς και διαμορφωτές των τάσεων της μόδας και ειδικεύεται σε θέματα τέχνης, lifestyle, εκπαίδευσης, design κ.ά,  κυκλοφόρησε τεύχος αφιερωμένο στην Ελλάδα, με τίτλο “Hellada”.
Για την έκδοση του τεύχους, ο εκδότης Jacek Rekuc και η αρχισυντάκτρια Agnieszka Marszalek συνεργάστηκαν με το Γραφείο Τύπου και το Γραφείο ΟΕΥ.
Το περιοδικό περιλαμβάνει εκτενή αφιερώματα στην παιδική μόδα και τις τάσεις της στην Ελλάδα (πχ. φωτογραφικά ρεπορτάζ μόδας εμπνευσμένης από τους αρχαίους Ολυμπιακούς Αγώνες, από την αρχαία ελληνική φιλοσοφία και μυθολογία κ.ά. (βλ. αφιερώματα με τίτλο «Olympic Games», «Philosophy», “Καλημέρα”, «Σ», «Τhere is no place for Gods»)), στην ελληνική μόδα και τις αρχαιοελληνικές επιδράσεις της (π.χ. ρεπορτάζ με τίτλο «Μόδα στους πρόποδες του Ολύμπου), σε έλληνες σχεδιαστές μόδας (π.χ. Μαίρη Κατράντζου), σε σύγχρονες μορφές τέχνης στην Ελλάδα (κινηματογράφος, φωτογραφία κ.ά.), σε νέους έλληνες καλλιτέχνες, στο ελληνικό design κλπ.
Δημοσιεύονται, παράλληλα, αφιερώματα σε μεικτές ελληνο-πολωνικές οικογένειες (συνεντεύξεις Γκμοχ, Βαφείδη, Βασιλειάδη), όπου περιγράφεται η οικογενειακή ζωή τους στην Πολωνία (εορτές, ήθη και έθιμα κλπ.) και η σημασία της οικογένειας στην Ελλάδα και την Πολωνία.
Εισαγωγικά, η αρχισυντάκτρια του περιοδικού Agnieszka Marszałek υποστηρίζει ότι «είναι ενδεχόμενο η κρίση να επηρεάσει θετικά τον πολιτισμό και την τέχνη της Ελλάδας, όπως δείχνει η άνθηση του ελληνικού κινηματογράφου, του design και της λογοτεχνίας. … Ίσως, η πίστη στην οικογένεια, την παράδοση και τα ιδεώδη να σώσουν τους Έλληνες».
Στην ενότητα με τίτλο «Αθήνα» παρουσιάζονται αξιοθέατα που ενδείκνυνται για οικογενειακές επισκέψεις, προτάσεις για περιηγήσεις, φεστιβάλ, εκθέσεις, διασκέδαση και αγορές στην ελληνική πρωτεύουσα (Ελληνικό Παιδικό Μουσείο, Μουσείο Μπενάκη, Μουσείο Αφής, Πάρκο Περιβαλλοντολογικής Ευαισθητοποίησης Αντώνη Τρίτση, Τεχνόπολις, Γλυπτοθήκη, συνοικία Μοναστηράκι, θερινοί κινηματογράφοι, δισκοπωλεία, γκαλερί, καταστήματα μόδας κ.ά.).
Σε εκτενή αφιερώματα στην ελληνική τέχνη παρουσιάζονται ο ελληνικός κινηματογράφος, με έμφαση στην σκηνοθέτιδα Αθηνά-Ραχήλ Τσαγκάρη, καθώς και η μουσική, με συνέντευξη στον ελληνο-πολωνό μουσικό και εκδότη Κώστα Γεωργακόπουλο, ιδρυτή του φεστιβάλ “Avant Art”, η φωτογραφία, με συνέντευξη της φωτογράφου Χριστίνας Δημητριάδη (με τίτλο «Πιστεύω στο πνεύμα της μνήμης»), η λογοτεχνία, με αφιέρωμα στον ομογενή συγγραφέα Χρήστο Τσιόλκα (με τίτλο «Τρομερό παιδί της παλαιάς Ελλάδας»), τα κόμικς, με αφιέρωμα στον Απόστολο Δοξιάδη.
Δημοσιεύονται, επίσης, ρεπορτάζ κοινωνικού περιεχομένου, όπως το άρθρο του ομογενή δημοσιογράφου στην Πολωνία Διονύση Στούρη (με τίτλο «Οι νέοι Έλληνες ετοιμάζουν τις βαλίτσες τους»), ρεπορτάζ για την ελληνική οικογένεια και τις επιδράσεις της οικονομικής κρίσης (με τίτλους  «Όλα μένουν στην οικογένεια», «Στην Ελλάδα η οικογένεια είναι η σημαντικότερη» και «Οι κληρονόμοι της Σπάρτης»), ρεπορτάζ για το ελληνικό design (με τίτλο «Νέοι ελληνικοί μύθοι»), ρεπορτάζ για την ελληνική διασκέδαση (με τίτλο «Μπουζούκια, ναοί της χαράς της ζωής»), καθώς και άρθρα για διάσημους Έλληνες, όπως η Μαρία Κάλλας, ο Αριστοτέλης Ωνάσης και ο Τέλης Σαββάλας.
Το περιοδικό περιλαμβάνει παράρτημα με μεταφράσεις άρθρων στην αγγλική γλώσσα.

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Poems on the Underground – Greek contemporary poetry

The Press Office of the Greek Embassy in Warsaw promotes the contemporary poetry of Greece and participates to   “Poems on the Underground” events (6-30 September 2010).
“Poems on the Underground” (Wiersze w Metrze) has been inspired by other similar projects  in many cities: Dublin, Paris, New York, Barcelona, Stockholm, Stuttgard and Moscow, organised for the first time in London in 1986.
Wiersze w Metrze promotes contemporary European poetry in public city spaces, through happenings, haiku competition, poetry city game and a performing poetry festival.
Many cultural institutes and embassies participate to the project, which takes place under the auspices of the the mayor of Warsaw, Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz.
Greek contemporary poetry will be represented by two acclaimed poets, Kiki Dimoula and Nasos Vagenas.
Kiki Dimoula has recently been awarded the European Literature Prize for 2010. Her poetry has been translated into English, French, German, Swedish, Danish, Spanish and many other languages.
Dimoula’s poetry is haunted by the existential dissolution of the post-world era. Her central themes are hopelessness, insecurity, absence and oblivion. Using diverse subjects and twisting grammar in unconventional ways, she accentuates the power of the words through astonishment and surprise, but always manages to retain a sense of hope.
Nasos Vagenas, professor of Theory and Critique of Literature in the Department of Theatre Studies of the University of Athens, in 2005 was awarded with the State Poetry Prize for his poetic collection ‘Stefanos’.
His poetic work includes the books: ‘Field of Mars’, ‘Biography’, ‘Roxani’s Knees’, ‘Wandering of a non-traveller’, ‘The Fall of the Flying’, ‘Barbarous Odes’ , ‘The Fall of the Flying B’, ‘Dark Ballads and Other Poems’, ‘Stefanos’.
His poetry has been translated into English, German, Italian, Dutch, Romanian, Serbian.
Two poems of Kiki Dimoula and Nasos Vagenas have been translated in polish language for “Wiersze w Metrze” by the professors and students of the Department of Greek Studies of the University of Warsaw (Institute of Interdisciplinary Studies “Artes Liberales”).

Greek Language Learning

On Line Learning
The Filoglossia+ consists of an educational multimedia CD-ROMs series for learning Greek as a foreign language, supported by English and addressed to beginners with little or no previous knowledge of Greek.
“Filoglossia” means fondness for language learning and the programme is mainly based on the communicative approach, focusing on the production and comprehension of both oral and written speech. “Filoglossia” is designed by the Institute for Language and Speech Processing (ILSP).

Looking Ahead
A new strategic plan for the support of Greek language learning in Greece and abroad was the focus of debates at an International Workshop on Greek Language and Linguistic Training, organized by the Centre for the Greek Language held from June 28 to 30 in Thessaloniki, with the participation of 60 Greek and Foreign linguists.
On the occasion, Education, Life-long Learning and Religious Affairs minister Anna Diamantopoulou said that the establishment of a National Council for the Greek Language would help draw a comprehensive strategy.
Creating an organization, similar to the German Goethe Institute or the British Council, which would operate with branches around the world could be an important vehicle to promote Greek language, culture, and history learning. The minister also announced that a conference is to be held in October focusing on the Education of the Diaspora.

• Learn a Greek Word Every Day!

It has been observed that relations of the Diaspora with the Greek language have been weakening over the years – especially with second and third generation migrants.
To help redress this, three friends from Chicago have designed an on-line Greek dictionary aiming to help English-speaking emigrants keep in touch with the language of the forefathers.
Greektionary.com was created to provide everyone with an opportunity to improve their Greek vocabulary on a daily basis.
Three words (beginner, intermediate and advanced) are chosen each day and displayed with their translations, pronunciation, examples, and recorded audio files (Mp3s). Those interested can sign-up and receive free Greek words everyday by e-mail!
(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)

International Conference “Literature and Immigration” in Warsaw (25/3/2010)

An international conference “Literature and Immigration” took place in Warsaw on the 25th March, under the auspices of the European Commission and EUNIC (EU National Institutes of Culture).
The conference was organized by Goethe Institut, Austrian Cultural Forum, Danish Institute, Romanian Cultural Institute, the Swedish Embassy and the Press Office of the Greek Embassy, all of them members of EUNIC, as well as by the Representation in Poland of the European Commission and the Centre of Modern Art Zamek Ujazdowski, where the conference took place.
Scholars involved in academic research related with the topics of literature and immigration were invited to share their views with writers that have chosen to write in a foreign language.
  

The writer Kallifatides

 Greece was represented by the Albanian writer and journalist, Gazmend Kapllani, who lives and works in Greece and the writer Theodor Kallifatides, who has lived the last 45 years in Sweden, publishing more than 40 books.
Both writers were invited by the Press Office, with the support of the Greek Book Centre

Kapllani spoke about “The strange language of dreams”: ”I think that writing in a language that is not your mother tongue is a privilege and a trap at the same time. It’s a trap because every time that you are not satisfied with what you are writing, you’re tempted to blame your failure on the “foreign” language. In a way, it becomes your scapegoat. 

The writer and journalist Kapllani

On the other hand, it’s a privilege, because the relationship between yourself and that language is a relationship of a never ending curiosity. You never take it for granted. This happens for the sole reason that it was never given to you, you had to “conquer” it. You are in a constant search for yourself and this language. The foreign language will never fully be yours in the same way your mother tongue is. I believe that the relationship one has with one’s mother tongue always contains an element of routine and heaviness. The relationship with the “foreign” language never becomes routine. It gives you a sense of lightness and freedom, a desire to play and conquer. The relationship with your mother tongue seems similar to the maternal affection. The relationship with a foreign language that you acquired resembles a love affair. At least, this is what I can say about my relationship with the Greek language. I feel that I am no longer a stranger to the Greek language. But I am not a native either. Therefore, I do not live inside the Greek language either as a stranger, or as a native. Maybe I live within it as a strange one”. 
Kallifatides, who has published novels, poetry collections, travel essays and plays, has received numerous awards for his works which usually revolve around his experience of Greece and of being Greek in foreign domains and almost all his works have been translated and published in more than twenty languages.
During the conference, he stressed that for him the Greek language is the language of connotations and feelings, and the Swedish language is an intellectual language. He mentioned the problems of writing in your own language and the privileges of writing in a foreign language. He considers himself an immigrant and a writer and not an immigrant writer.