Keep it till next summer 😎


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Corpus Arcanarum Ikariae in Augustum

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«Παμε γερα με τσαμπουκα.»

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Hello readers!
This is not a reblog. This is a roundup!
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Golden hours melt my pixels, by Eleni Ikanou on Flickr


Ikaria, August 2018

Στο blog της Νανάς: «Νύχτα παπί τρικάβαλο» - 'Μια ιστορία του καλοκαιριού και πολλές φωτογραφίες από το Ίνσταγκραμ«Αγαπώ τον Αύγουστο στην Ικαρία. Βλέπεις κι ακούς πολλά. Δείχνεις κι εσύ και λες πολλά. Ο Αύγουστος είναι μια γιορτή. Για κριτική κι ανάλυση θα έχουμε μπόλικο χρόνο το χειμώνα.»

[«Νύχτα παπί τρικάβαλο»]
[Σχόλια στο «Νύχτα παπί τρικάβαλο»]


Ikaria, August 2017

Στο blog της Νανάς: «Be hip and with the youths» - νέος κόσμος στην Ικαρία τον Αύγουστο, τι σκέφτεται γι' αυτό η Νανά, και πολλές φωτογραφίες από το Ίνσταγκραμ«Be hip and with the youths»

[«Be hip and with the youths»]
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Ikaria, August 2017

Στο blog της Νανάς: «Απόδραση απ’ την Κρίση» - ο νέος κόσμος στην Ικαρία τον Αύγουστο, πως τους βλέπει ένας ξένος δημοσιογράφος, συνεντεύξεις και πολλές φωτογραφίες«Οι νέοι της Ελλάδας αρνούνται να αφήσουν τη χειρότερη οικονομική κρίση στην ιστορία της Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης να τους στερήσει το δικαίωμα στην απόλαυση του γενέθλιου τόπου τους.»

[«Απόδραση απ’ την Κρίση»]
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Ikaria, August 2017

Στο blog της Νανάς: «Ήταν ένας Αύγουστος με πολλά λινκς» - η φίλη μου κάνει παρέα με πολύ κόσμο στην Ικαρία τον Αύγουστο, χορεύει και κολυμπάει«Έτσι πέρασε κι αυτός ο Αύγουστος στην ΑντιΜύκονο…»

[«Ήταν ένας Αύγουστος με πολλά λινκς»]
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Ikaria, August 2017

In my blog: «Adventures, Fun & Attitude: Selected grams from Ikaria ♥ Part 1» - Celebrating the young visitors to Ikaria, their ways and their adventures + a lot of photos from instagram«Now, don’t think I have betrayed Flickr but as it goes, from the side of Ikaria at least, sometimes the pictures fail in edge, spontaneity and personal touch. for the small picture, the snapshot, the ephemeral, subjective thing, Instagram, coming with all its smart filters and tricks, seems to win the game.»

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Ikaria, August 2017

In my blog: «Adventures, Fun & Attitude: Selected grams from Ikaria ♥ Part 2» - Celebrating the young visitors to Ikaria, their ways and their adventures + a lot of photos from instagram«It’s the story of the young travellers to Ikaria in the summer. It’s all loaded on Instagram. Enjoy and respect. This is the new DIY generation who are not looking for ready-made things but for the true experience, for whatever that takes.»

[«Adventures, Fun & Attitude: Selected grams from Ikaria ♥ Part 2»]
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Ikaria, August 2017

In my blog: «Adventures, Fun & Attitude: Selected grams from Ikaria ♥ Part 3 ➕» - Celebrating the young visitors to Ikaria, their ways and their adventures + a strange story + some photos from instagram«Was it I the other woman alone? The woman alone who was looked at by another woman alone in that cut-off place and moment? Yes, perhaps it was I. I turned fifty last year. And as often as always I like to swim in remote, quiet places at dusk.»

[«Adventures, Fun & Attitude: Selected grams from Ikaria ♥ Part 3 ➕»]
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So here is the latest bunch.⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Note: All of the photos displayed below were chosen after long search according to complicated criteria. None of them have been downloaded but embedded into this post directly from the source. If you click on the thumbnails, you will be directed to the originals on Instagram.
All rights reserved by the respective owners © 2017-2018

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Χρόνια και χρόνια τώρα τριγυρνώ.Que se me vuela el sombrero !!Ikarian good vibes peopleΣεϋχέλλες, ΙκαρίαIn the middle of it all.CitronellaΚονσέρβα..*τζιβοπαρέα Νάς...IkariaΑυτοί, του '60 οι εκδρομείς, απόμακροι εξ αρχής, εκτός παραδομένου κόσμου, αυτοί. Εγκαταλελειμμένοι στις παρυφές του Τραπάλου υπό σκιά.COLLECTED SOME SEA SALT - BRING ON THE TEQUILAAlways fly high...SnakePeace...eyesRemember... The time you smiled..Ikaria moonWavyΙΙΙ. Οι Μαινάδες σκότωσαν τον Ορφέα.morningskasetophonoleavesloveEndless adventures, last bit of summer...Hiking GreeceTerasΕικόνες από τη ζωή όπως θα έπρεπε να είναι στις 16:59Εξεταστική Σεπτέμβρη...First Love Yourself ———-Ένα ακόμη ηλιοβασίλεμα. Μια ακόμη ημέρα να τελειώνει μαζί σου.φουτφετιςNas Ikaria summer Greeceautostop in Ikaria while eating fresh picked blackberriesΓάτες, πόδια, παντόφλεςikaria my loveFeeling small... Dust in the universeFeel natureYoga droga BodirogaAtheras Ikaria Grecia...Camplife, Ikaria (Greece)Ντύσαμε με λουλούδια τα κορμιά μας...Σαν άρωμα, Μνήμη και ρίγος.Kiss MoonLazy SundayYoga and the big blueVast and steep secret placeReach out your handObserving InfinityTogether with you is my favorite place to beikaria my loveΤελικά δόθηκε αυτό το φιλί η απλά χτυπήσαμε τα κεφάλια μας;Ikaria 2018Mesakti BeachIt's just a matter of perspectiveHead carrying~Να εδω~ beach, camping, boho, zen, sand, sea, sun, summer, δεν εχει σημα εδω, παραλιγο να πνιγω, τσουναμι, τι σκαλια ειναι αυτα, δεν ηρθαν τα κολοκυθακια ποτε, ικαριωτισσα, ικαρια, φρικαρια, γυρισε στη φυση...It's always about the seaIkariaIkaria. Sosyalist, nadide bir adamizdir... Heryerde hissedersiniz... Hissettirirler...1 Αυγούστου2 Αυγούστου3 ΑυγούστουI met so many beautiful people this summer and I m so grateful for this trip. It couldn't be better...Karkinagrion, Ikaria, Greeceas free as the oceanBehind this tower is hidden a beautiful beach which you should visit...Ikarian style, ωτοστόπSummer stories, IkariaIkaria, MiliopoHarvest 2018. One of the best experience in my life.Όταν η φύση προνοεί για τα σπα σου... με μια καυτή πισίνα στην θάλασσα!!!wavesdivefruitsnature girl'One armed' or 'Here's what scratching your cheek can do to a romantic picture'Una isla llena de magia, gente asombrosa y lugares alucinantes. La mejor combinacion de factores que podia pedirUna isla llena de magia, gente asombrosa y lugares alucinantes. La mejor combinacion de factores que podia pedir·feel free·Dream house, less is moreWind in my hair and wine in my bellymiaouArmenistis, Ikaria, GreeceΈκλαψα λίγο αλλά έκατσα να τις δω πάλι τις φωτογραφίες του καλοκαιριού.ikaria griechenlandΦυλλαρακι εχεις ενα ευρω;everythingThe water is greener on my sideτράβηξα αυτή την φωτογραφία ξενυχτισμένη πεινασμένη βρώμικη αλλά χαρούμενη όσο ποτέLittle Rock in the sunRaxes IkariasIkarian SweetheartSome Kind Of GhostΠΑΜΕ ΠΙΣΩΩΩΩΩΩ ΣΤΗΝ ΠΑΤΡΙΔΑRoomyou're not the black sheep of the familyeyes - eyes - eyes20 Σεπτέμβρη, Κορυφή Αη Στάθη, οροσειρά Αθέρα (1.041μ.)thermal spring ikaria nude nature aegeanSummer life gets better...the goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with nature...my crushIt's a beautiful thing to become fully absorbed in the momentLivadi beach, IkariaEnjoying life to the fullestSummer vibesΑρμενιστής ΙκαρίαςΦίλοι κωλοιBlue on Blue on BlueΘέροςIkariaοταν ειχες πιο πολλα μουσιαθα συνεχισω να ανεβαζω φωτογραφιες απο Ικαρια κι ας ειμαι ΑθηναWhere is my coffee anyway?Karkinagrion, Ikaria, GreeceStill there.Με το κρασί στο αίμα μας και με καλό καιρό. Λαγκάδα 2018. Ικαρία, όπως ουτοπία.Έλα να πάμε στο νησί.Ikaria :heartpulse:χοτ κλάσσυ σάμερ άουτφιτΌταν το σώμα έχει πάει Αθήνα κ το μυαλό είναι ακόμη ΙκαριαIkaria OctoberDays on the islandThe free soul is rare but you know it when you see itΣτον κόσμο μου όλα εφήμερα, τα πάντα για το τίποταPrioni, Agios Kirikos

……Eleni in Ikaria, October 2006

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Yesterday is today,
today is tomorrow.

So long
and take care
Eleni

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Musical Yards ♪♫♬ Μουσικές Αυλές


One good thing about music,
when it hits you, you feel no pain.
[Bob Marley]
.Woman dancing in Ikaria

What do I know about music?
I know more than you ever thought, dear readers.
Perhaps because my mother was Italian, perhaps because music has been for me a good way to soothe a temper often volcanic, or just because I have strong lungs and throat, I have always sung and I think that my singing is not completely unacceptable to a trained ear. I’ve never had a musical education, and yet during a year or two of my crazy young days I could sing folk songs and jazz music from Hungary – and all that in Hungarian, oh yeah! 😀

What I cannot do, and that’s a life fact, is to dance.
All I do is jump and kick and dangle and that’s a pity because I love Greek music and all the music of the countries around Greece and that music is (90% of it) associated to dancing. So, I listen to it, sing it, but all the dancing is done within me.
What to do? Nobody is perfect.
This was just a soppy introduction. Bloggers are expected to write a couple of soppy things before getting into the subject, aren’t they?
Forget it.

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Musical Yards, homepage The subject here is the Music Seminar of Ikaria («Μουσικό Σεμινάριο Ικαρίας») also known as Musical Yards («Μουσικές Αυλές») and Musical Fireplaces («Μουσικά Τζάκια»), a long course of lessons, workshops and concerts organized by a small group of young Ikarians in the village of Christos Ráches every February and July.

Students dancing the Ikariotikos at the big party in the end. .

You would say, what’s big about it? There are several prestigious and popular music seminars taking place in Greece, the most known ones being in Mount Pelion and Crete. Why a seminar in Ikaria? What more does it offer? And who are this “small group of young Ikarians”? It sounds like one more boring folklore festival. At best perhaps a more sophisticated, DIY generational “panigiri”. Nothing new here.

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.This year's Musical Yards poster

Oh no, readers! Everything is new here! The seminar’s webpage does not explain very clearly the novelties of the event, so I have decided to say a few more things about it. For example, everything that goes around the Musical Seminar of Ikaria is hand-made, home-made and ever-evolving.

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Everything about the Seminar is countless hours of unpaid collective work done by local resident volunteers without support from the authorities, without sponsors and with only some help from few small hotel owners, car rentals and bus drivers.

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Playing music after the classes late in the eveningThe most remarkable thing about it is that they don’t have art directors, managers, public relations, don’t have «connections». Totally independent and willing to pay the price for this, all and all these guys have is each other and the support of their community. All and all what they want is to do it. And by some magic trick, they do it.

But how? What’s the trick?

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The trick is, first of all, dear readers, that it’s not a “big event”. Only capable of hosting a rough maximum of 200 students, the center of everything is the large yard of a countryside chapel near the village of Traditional violin classChristos.

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Several classes take place under the oak trees in that yard, while other classes are hosted -guess where?- in the yards, patios and spare rooms of the surrounding family homeBabis Papadopoulo's musical composition and orchestra classs in the neighborhood. Hence, the meaningful name of the Seminar («Musical Yards»*), a name which does not only signify the location; it says a lot about the character of the event.

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It also shows Exercises at the course of singing and vocals the support it receives from the village community, not to mention that, in my opinion, it’s a great way to say «thanks» to the owners of the homes where the classes take place.

(* The same houses, plus/minus some, during the wintertime Seminar turn into Musical Fireplaces. Cool!)

The Seminar's camping site in Ai Giannis. .

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No buses, no traffic, everything is nested in nature, including the participants themselves, around 1/3 of which choose to accommodate themselves in the campsite set by the organizers near the church.

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Secondly, “the small group of young Ikarians” is no other than the environmental, political and cultural association “Citizens’ Movement of Ráches Ikaria” («Κίνηση Πολιτών Ραχών Ικαρίας»), a 20yearold group still and always active in various fields (see my 2 footnotes down below).

At the course of musical instrument construction. .

None of them are idle or leisured patrons of arts; on the contrary, all of them are ordinary working people, faces that you see in the streets on their way to work in the morning.

Song writing course with Thanassis Papakonstantinou

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But there is an unseen difference: in spite of their smallness, in spite of their very limited financial resources, these people care! Moreover, they have skills and experience. Even though none of them are graduates of the Conservatory of Vienna, they know how to make things go right.

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.Evgenios Voulgaris, the lute teacher

Thirdly, the teachers! If anyone ever thought the Music Seminar of Ikaria is some kind of groovy thing, just a glance at the list of teachers is enough to change their minds. Each one in his or her own music, mostly the Oriental, traditional Greek or Balkan genre, as far as I can tell, they are the best among the best!

How come?

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Because these teachers trusted the organizers and they liked the concept. Some of them even, who come again and again every year, have proved to be truly committed to this event. They brought along their own students, they helped the organizers with valuable advice and in general, they did a lot to improve the Ikarian Seminar and Guitar lessongradually establish it in the agenda of musical education in Greece.

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Against the tourist legend that no serious work can be done in Ikaria because everything is unfocused and relaxed, the Papadopoulos and Siotas in one of the concertsclasses are as demanding and as strict as anywhere in a city environment. Besides this, every  year the teachers, to show their understanding of the concept of the Seminar, offer three evening concerts which are open to everybody. Arranging themselves in small groups in these concerts, the last of which always blows up to a big party, they play for hours without being paid.

The teachers playing at the big final concert. .

A large audience from all over the island gathers to attend that last concert in the Yards and all the money collected is used for the causes of the Citizens’ Movement, the first of them always being the preparation of the next seminar.

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The goal of the Seminar:

«Culture, communication, living together and playing music, teaching and being taught, knowing each other and having a good time too».

Yeah, we know, we know…

I know you know but I don’t think you know everything.

Singing course 1So, let me elaborate and add a few throughts of my own. They are strictly personal -although I don’t think I am totally wrong in what I am going to say. It’s no coincidence the Ikarian Music Seminar “Musical Yards” started in 2012. That was the terrible year when the Greek economic crisis peaked. That was the year of suicides, the year of social cannibalism when everybody blamed each other for the crisis and the dept.

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In several occasions during that year, Art, and more particularly Music, did a lot to keep Greek society from breaking apart. To say the least, Music, and more particularly Greek (traditional and post-traditional music), reminded to us that in spite of our differences, we can still love the same songs and can still sing together.

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.Tsambouna - Aegean island bagpipe

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Because 2012 was a bad year for Ikaria too, this was, in my humble opinion, the reason why the Citizens’ Movement, instead of some other activity, chose to put their bets on music. After all music plays an important role in the life of the island.

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One out of four mostly younger inhabitants play a musical instrument, one out of three is an excellent dancer and absolutely everybody loves to go out to places where there is live music – no matter Spaced percussionistwhat kind, no matter how good. So, why not invite other musicians to the island, not just for a concert or two, but to stay longer and share their art?

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To cut this short, against all odds, with crisis on one hand, and the love for music on the other, without any support from the authorities and no sponsoring, the first Musical Seminar of Ikaria was crowned with success.

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Although small at that time, Musical Yards was a pool of forgetfulness and forgiveness, a pocket of equality and fraternity, a refuge for the young for inspiration and hope, a spot where music was played, taught and performed without interruptions or interferences – other than the song of the cicadas on those old oak trees in the hospitable churchyard of Ai Giannis.

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The course of the lute behind the churchIt is still like this and now – 2018 – is their 7th year!
Who would have thought!

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Composer and singer Thanassis Papakonstantinou in the concertLast year I was there for only one day but that one day, as I was guided around by a friend, was enough for me to witness all of the above. The Music Seminar of Ikaria is cultural and social barrier breaker and meltdown. I think everybody involved in musical education – and I dare say all education- have something to learn from the way things go during its course.

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Trumpet!I support Musical Yards with all my heart!

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Eleni

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.Chapel altar window, Pablo Picasso (unsigned), Ikaria, round about 1620 😉 Partying in the Seminar Music ♪♫♬ bubbles in the air .

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June 15, 2018

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Except the first taken by kikiller all photos featuring in this article belong to Musical Yards. They can be found in the files of their website and their page on facebook. © All rights reserved 2012-2017.

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