Paxos Festival


Press Release DIDIMANES

Performances of the Work “DIDIMANES – TWIN MOTHERS” by DIMITRA TRYPANI at the

24 & 25 May 2018

During the 1st Performance at the Alternative Stage of the National Opera’s new wonderful venue (24/05/2018) – Photo by INO KLOSSI

The work DIDIMANES – TWIN MOTHERS by Dimitra Trypani for a phonetic and music ensemble and narration has travelled a lot through time and space since 2015. Its course has been rather impressive.

Starting as a community project during the 2015 Paxos Festival, where local choir members and choir music students from the Music Department of the Ionian University participated, it passed on the main stage of the Ionian Academy in Corfu, where it was staged in collaboration with the phonetic and music ensemble of the Ionian University continuing to produce strong emotions to performers and audience alike as well as wonderfully warm relations among the performers themselves managing to have 2 sold out performances.

In May 2018 it makes the leap on o the Alternative Stage of the National Opera at their brand new venue of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center. The truthful power of the actual story and the artistic excellence of the music work by Dimitra Trypani managed to overcome the frigid air of the chaotic Athenian center. The 36 handpicked choir members and instrumentalists had never met each other. After 40 hours of hard training and rehearsals they became a tight, dynamic, emotionally powered group, which managed to transmit their feelings to the audience during both shows.

The Alternative Stage venues was absolutely full both times with a lot of additional seats placed last minute and many people having to leave due to lack of seats.

Three quite positive reviews have been written in the Press and Social Media Network so far.

Paxos Festival is a low budget festival with a large history and unique drive powered by our love of culture and education, our love for Paxos and its few people. Paxos Festival’s goals since the “80s always surpassed the margins of Greek Islands Rural life. We believe that besides our efforts to produce cultural events in a local level, we also manage to advertize Paxos, to represent our island and Greece internationally and to exceed ourselves every year promoting the Arts, our Local Culture and Knowledge within the Paxiot natural and architectural environment.

The Festival Stage right in front of the Mayor’s office in the town of Wernigerode


Press Release (Part ΙΙ)

We are happy to inform you that the participation of the music performance “DIDIMANES – TWIN MOTHERS” in the Johannes Brahms International Choir Festival of Wernigerode, Germany has now been confirmed. The phonetic and music ensemble that was created through auditions at the National Opera during spring 2018 especially for the particular work will travel to Germany from 3 to 8 July 2019 as part of the European Project INTERKULTUR. The particular performance will take place on the 5th of July.

Johannes Brahms Choir festival organizers provide: a) free participation of the phonetic and music ensemble plus free participation of each performer individually b) free room and board c) rehearsal space.

On behalf of Schachdorf Stroebeck, a nearby village to the town of Wernigerode and twined with Paxos since 1999 through Cultural Villages of Europe Organization and thanks to the passionate efforts of municipal employee of the town of Halberstadt, Kathrin Baltzer, a subsidy of 5000 euro has also been secured for our delegation’s travelling money.

Choir singers and audience during the 1st day of the 10th Johannes Brahms Festival at the Town Hall Square of Wernigerode

The above sum is not enough for a group of 40 people to fly to Germany from Athens. We are soon launching a campaign in an effort to raise the necessary amount (that reaches the sum of 20.000 euro).

If you wish to contribute in any way to our effort, please contact:

Contact Number: +306944633123 (Faye Lychnou)

Gaios, Paxi – 8 June 2018