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10 May

Οργανωτική συνάντηση με τους υποψήφιους του συνδυασμού “ΑλλάΖΕΙ η βόρεια Κέρκυρα” πραγματοποίησε ο επικεφαλής του συνδυασμού Γιώργος Μαχειμάρης

“Είμαστε όλοι εδώ για να διαμορφώσουμε ακόμη καλύτερες συνθήκες και προϋποθέσεις. Μας ενώνουν πολλά και κυρίως οι Στόχοι, η Αγωνία και η Αγάπη γι αυτόν τον τόπο και έχουμε χρέος να συνεχίσουμε υπεύθυνα σοβαρά ακατανόητα τον σκληρό αγώνα.” ανέφερε χαρακτηριστικά ο υποψήφιος δήμαρχος Βόρειας Κέρκυρας, ο οποίος τόνισε χαρακτηριστικά πως “έχουμε τεράστια ευθύνη για ολάκερη την κοινωνία ιδιαίτερα καθώς έχουμε την γνώση την θέληση την εμπειρία και την επιστημονική κατάρτιση”.

Ο Γιώργος Μαχειμάρης αναφέρθηκε στο έργο του ως πρ. Δήμαρχος Θιναλίων σημειώνοντας πως “έχουμε αποδείξει ότι μπορούμε να κάνουμε πολλά από το μηδέν. Το έργο μας στον δήμο Θιναλίων (δήμο πιλότο) και οι πρωτοβουλίες μας για όλο το νησί, αποτελούν εγγύηση και παρακαταθήκη για το παρόν και το μέλλον του νεοσύστατου δήμου.

Τέλος ο υποψήφιος δήμαρχος Β. Κέρκυρας, απεύθυνε κάλεσμα συμπόρευσης στους ψηφοφόρους του βορρά καθώς και κάλεσμα μετάδοσης του μηνύματος Νίκης του συνδυασμού απο τους υποψήφιους , τονίζοντας χαρακτηριστικά πως “Συστρατευειττε όλοι στον μεγάλο και δύσκολο αγώνα. Ενημερώστε τον κάθε δημότη του βορρά για την δική του ευθύνη για την επιλογή στην κάλπη. Να κρίνει να συγκρίνει να αξιολογήσει ποιοι ειναι καλύτεροι ώστε να παράδοση την τύχη και την ζωή του καθώς και το μέλλον του τόπου".

Στις 15 ημέρες που απομένουν μέχρι την 26η Μαΐου, ο Γιώργος Μαχειμάρης και ο συνδυασμός “ΑλλάΖΕΙ η βόρεια Κέρκυρα”, θα βρεθεί και στο πιο απομακρυσμένο σημείο της εκλογικής περιφέρειας του βορρά, με στόχο την μετάδωση των προγραμματικών θέσεων της νέας δημοτικής αρχής.

 

16 Apr

Lazarus Friday (19/4)
19:30: Agios Arsenios Metropolitan Church Choir - Holy Week hymns at Church of Saint Spyridon.

Lazarus Saturday (20/4)
11:30 Choirs from throughout Corfu set off from Ag. Nikolaos church and Ag. Lazarou church (whose name day it is) singing ‘Lazarus Carols’. The choirs sing in various spots in the historical centre of town and meet up at 12:30 to sing the carols at the Old Town Hall. Organizers: ‘Corfu Expression Organization’.
20:00 Corfu Philharmonic Society – the oldest on the island – will give a concert at the Municipal Theatre.

Palm Sunday (21/4)
11:00 Litany with the Sacred Relics of Agios Spyridon. On Palm Sunday after the service at Ag. Spyridon church there follows the biggest – in terms of duration and length of route – litany with the Sacred Relics. It follows almost the whole length of the town’s old wall with Archbishop Nektarios of Corfu at the forefront. This litany was established in 1629 in remembrance of the island’s miraculous deliverance from the plague.
20:30 Concert with ‘Capodistrias’ Philharmonic Society and the ecclesiastical section of Corfu Choir at the Church of St. George in the Old Fortress.
20:30 Concert with ecclesiastical music at the Old Palace Colonnade organised by the Centre for Ionian Music and Corfu Cultural Choir.

Holy Monday (22/4)
20:30 ‘Mantzaros’ Philharmonic Society concert at the Municipal Theatre with the anti-war 'The Armed Man, A Mass for Peace' by Karl Jenkins.
21:00: Kinopiastes Philharmonic Band concert with ecclesiastical music at the Catholic Cathedral (Duomo).

Holy Tuesday (23/4)
21:30 Poetry and Musical Evening ‘From Cavalry to the Resurrection’. Organized by the Corfu Events Organization in the colonnade of the Old Palace.

Holy Wednesday (24/4)
19:00 The Holy Metropolis Ecclesiastical Choir ‘Agios Arsenios’ sings the Washing of the Feet Devotional at Ag. Panton Church in town, with Archbishop Nektarios of Corfu.
21:00: Concert with Ecclesiastical music at the Municipal Theatre. Corfu 'San Giacomo' Municipal Choir, 'Nikos Astrinidis' Mixed Choir and Thessaloniki Concert Hall Youth Symphony Orchestra perfom Requiem by Michael Haydn.

Holy (Maundy) Thursday (25/4)
20:00 Washing of the Feet ceremony at the Catholic Cathedral (Duomo), at which the Catholic Archbishop Ioannis Spiteris will symbolically wash the feet of twelve children. This is followed late at night by the Agia Ora ceremony.

Good Friday (26/4)

11:30 The Ceremony of the Descent from the Cross is conducted at all churches. Following this all of the churches in town organize the Epitaphios procession in a particular order with musical groups, choirs, schools, scouts and others. The church choirs, especially that of the Metropolitan Church, as well as the Municipal Choir solemnly chant the Eulogies whilst the philharmonic (brass) bands play classical works such as Albinoni’s Adagio from the ‘Old’ Corfu Philharmonic Society (Red), Verdi’s Marcia Funebre from ‘Mantzaros’ Philharmonic Society (Blue) along with Mariani’s funereal elegy Sventura and Chopin’s Funeral March from the ‘Capodistrias’ Philharmonic Society.

The Metropolitan Church Epitaphios procession is accompanied by all of the town's bands and choirs.

Epitaphios Processions

12:30 Church of St. Irene (General Hospital) and Church of St. Artemis (Police Headquarters – Old Hospital)
14:00 Church of Pantocrator (Old Town-Cambiello) / Church of Spilaiotissis (New Fortress): Corfu Naval Station
15:30 Church of Saint Nicholas of the Baths (St. Nicholas Gate): DOPAP & Corfu Scouts
16:00 Church of Saint George (Old Fortress): Corfu Events Organization
16:30 Church of Saint Panteleimon (Psychiatric Hospital)
17:00 St. Efymias Monastery (Mon Repos)
17:15 Church of Holy Virgin Mary Odigitria – Panagiopoula (Porta Remounda): Corfu Expressions Organization
17:30 Church of Holy Virgin Mary Kassopitra in Figareto / Church of the Assumption in Analipsi / Church of Saint George in Mantouki
18:00 Church of All Saints (Agion Panton) (Town) / Church of the Resurrection in the 1st Municipal Cemetery in Garitsa / St. Theodoros Monastery (Stratia)
18:30 Church of Saint Sophia in the Jewish quarter / Church of Saint Paraskevi (Porta Remounda)
19:00 Church of Saint Anthony (Spilia) / Holy Trinity Church (Garitsa) / Church of Saint Constantine and Helen (Koulines) / Church of the Dormition of Holy Mary belonging to the Mamalos family (Koyevina Hill) / Church of Saint Iasonas and Sosipatros (Garitsa)
19:15 Church of Saint Eleftherios (Kofinetta) / Church of Holy Virgin Mary Vlahernon (Garitsa)
19:30 Church of Saint Spyridon (San Rocco Square-Kotsela) / Church of the Three Holy Martyrs (Garitsa) / Church of Holy Virgin Mary Faneromeni (St. Spyridon Sq. - 'Plakada')
20:00 Church of Saint Vasilios (Pinia) / Church of Saint Ioannis Lazos (Kefalomantouko) / Church of Saint Barbara (Potamos) / Church of Saint Nikolaos (Alikes)
20:15 Church of Saint Nikolaos (Cambiello)
20:30 Church of Saint Ioannis (Piazza)
20:45 Church of Saint Jacob & Christopher in Old Town Hall Square (Catholic Cathedral)
21:00 Church of Saint Spyridon – Epitaphios Procession in the church accompanied by Corfu Philharmonic Society
22:00 Metropolitan Church Spilaiotissis (Spilia)

Easter Saturday (27/4)

06:00 Church of Virgin Mary ton Xenon (strangers) located at Plakada (Saint Spyridon square): the earthquake that preceded Christ’s Resurrection is artificially recreated.

09:00 Church of Saint Spyridon. This is the only day of the year that St Spyridon’s Epitaphios procession is combined with a Litany of the Saint’s holy relics. Dating back to the mid-16th century, this is the oldest and most awe-inspiring litany. It commemorates the incident when the Saint saved his people from starvation, by redirecting ships loaded with wheat to Corfu after his apparition appeared to the captain. The long procession moves to the funereal tunes of the three philharmonic bands. The ‘Old’ Band play the funeral march from Faccio’s Opera ‘Amleto’, the ‘Blue’ band play de Michelis’ funeral march ‘Calde Lacrimae’ (Hot tears) and the Capodistrias Band play from Beethoven’s funeral march from the Eroica Symphony. After the end of the Litany, the Saint’s holy relics lie in repose outside the door of the crypt in Saint Spyridon Church until Easter Tuesday. This is another old tradition, probably having its roots in Constantinople when the Saint's relics were still there. In the years when the island was under Venetian rule the three days when the Saint was 'outside the door' were considered days of asylum.

11.00 – The first Resurrection. After the end of the morning service at the Orthodox Cathedral, church bells around town signal what we call the “First Resurrection” and according to custom, people all over the island hurl clay pots ("botides" in the Corfiot dialect) from windows and balconies which crash noisily on the streets below.

11:01 Another old custom of Corfu Town residents is the “mastella”, a great half barrel placed at the heart of the town, Pinia. The barrel is filled with water and decorated with myrtle and palm leaves. Passers-by throw coins in it and make a wish. When the church bells ring at 11 a.m. the person standing closest to the barrel is pushed into it. As compensation for getting soaked to the bone on a day like this, he gets all the money in the barrel. (Organized by Corfu Events Organization)

21:00 Easter Vigil Devotional at the Catholic Cathedral (Duomo) with ecclesiastical music and choir and officiated by the Catholic Archbishop Ioannis Spiteris. The ceremony ends at 23:00

22:00 Reception of the Holy Fire from the Holy Sepulchre. This takes place at the Pentofanaro (Liston) in the presence of local dignitaries. The Holy Fire is taken to the Church of Saint Paraskevi where the Devotional for the Resurrection begins, led by the Archbishop Nektarios of Corfu. Recently the ceremony has been established for the reception of the Holy Fire by the Catholic Archbishop from the Orthodox Archbishop during the procession to the Church of Saint Paraskevi in Porta Remounda.

23:00 Commencement of the Devotional Vigil for the Resurrection at the Church of Saint Paraskevi, near the Upper Square.

23:40 The procession sets out from the Church of Saint Paraskevi towards the stage in the Upper Square led by the Archbishop of Corfu Nektarios. The Resurrection is celebrated there and ‘Christos Anesti’ (Christ is Risen) is chanted and the three Philharmonic Bands play in a spectacular atmosphere. There are Resurrection services in the following churches: St. Spyridon, All Saints, Virgin Mary ton Xenon, Saint Iasonas and Sosipatros, Three Holy Martyrs, Dormition of Holy Mary belonging to the Mamalos family, Saint Constantine and Helen (Koulines), All Saints (Gouvia) and the following monasteries: Platyteras, Saint Efthimia, Kassopitras (Kanoni) and Saint Theodoros (Stratia).

Easter Sunday (28/4)

09:00 – 11:00 Most churches in Corfu hold the Holy Resurrection Liturgy based on the old tradition. There is also a litany with an icon of the Lord’s Resurrection according to Byzantine tradition as is also done in the Aegean Islands and in the Slav Orthodox countries.

Processions with the Resurrection Icon in Corfu Town
07.30 - Church of Saint Sophia in the Jewish quarter
07.45 - Metropolitan Church Spilaiotissis (Spilia) / Church of All Saints (Agion Panton) / Church of Saint Paraskevi in Porta Remounda.
08:10 Church of Saint Eleftherios (Kofinetta)
08.15 - Church of Saint Spyridon (San Rocco Square-Kotsela)
08.30 - Church of the Assumption in Analipsi (Kanoni) / St. George in Mantouki / Church of Virgin Mary ton Xenon (strangers) in Plakada (Saint Spyridon square) / Church of Holy Virgin Mary Vlahernon (Garitsa)
08.45 - Church of Saint Vasilios in Pinia.
09.00 - Church of Saint Antonios in Spilia / St. Ioannis in Piazza / Church of Saint Nikolaos (Cambiello)
10.00 - Church of Saint Spiridon in Plakada with the 'Old' Corfu Philharmonic Band playing Wagner’s ‘Tannhäuser’ and ‘Mantzaros’ Philharmonic Band playing Kritkos’ ‘Marcia Trionfale’’
18.30 - Church of Holy Trinity in Garitsa.
19:30 Evensong of Love at the Metropolitan Church with the Archbishop of Corfu Nektarios reading the Gospels in all languages.

Easter Tuesday (30/4)

18:00 At the Church of Saint Spyridon the holy relics of Saint Spiridon are ceremoniously placed back into the crypt in the presence of local dignitaries and with the two oldest Corfu Philharmonic Bands.

From http://enimerosi.com

 

05 Mar

Το ραντεβού για φέτος την Καθαρά Δευτέρα στις 15:00 απο τον Πολιτιστικό Σύλλογο Αυλιωτών σε συνεργασια με την Περιφέρεια Ιονίων Νήσων

Το «Αυλιωτινό» καρναβάλι, είναι μία παράδοση τουλάχιστον τετρακοσίων ετών, που τις ρίζες του τις συναντά κάποιος στα διονυσιακά δρώμενα. Ξεκίνησε όταν η Κέρκυρα κάτω από την κυριαρχία και την επιρροή των Ενετών, μετά την «πόρβερη» δηλαδή την πούδρα, τις «ρόντολες», (σερπαντίνες) και τις « πομπέτες» (νερωμένες κολόνιες), θέλησε να δώσει τη δική της ταυτότητα στις Απόκριες και να περάσει από τους άρχοντες και τους ευγενείς, στους χωρικούς και τα δουλικά. Ήταν ουσιαστικά μία διεκδίκηση στη διασκέδαση, που παραχωρήθηκε, στους ντόπιους από τους Ενετούς, μετά από πολλές αντιδράσεις. Έτσι τους επιτράπηκε, μόνο την Καθαρά Δευτέρα, να γλεντούν την Αποκριά. Έκτοτε το δρώμενο, εξελίσσεται στο απομακρυσμένο από την πόλη της Κέρκυρας, βορεινό χωριό, τους Αυλιώτες, όπου και πήρε τα όνομά του.

Κύριο χαρακτηριστικό του είναι τα άρματα και οι ζωόμορφες μεταμφιέσεις και οι «πινιάτες», το μουτζούρωμα δηλαδή του προσώπου και των ακρών από τη «γάνα», τη μαυρίλα, που είχαν οι κατσαρόλες στον πάτο τους.

Οι στολές, βασιζόντουσαν κάποτε στις προβιές των ζώων, που με υποτυπώδες «μουζέτες» (μάσκες), γίνονταν όλοι «κουκούγεροι» (παραμορφωμένοι), έχοντας έτσι εξασφαλίσει τη δυνατότητα να μην είναι αναγνωρίσιμοι και να μπορούν πειράξουν και να κοροϊδέψουν ακόμη και τους άρχοντες του τόπου.

Με την πάροδο του χρόνου και την απελευθέρωση των Κερκυραίων από τον ενετικό ζυγό, το Καρναβάλι των Αυλιωτών, έγινε το έθιμο της Κέρκυρας για την Καθαρά Δευτέρα, κρατώντας ακόμη ζωντανές τις μνήμες και τις παραδόσεις του νησιού.

Σήμερα πρόκειται για τη μεγαλύτερη καρναβαλιστική πομπή που διεξάγεται στην ύπαιθρο. Ένα διαρκές πολύωρο ξεφάντωμα, με χορό, τραγούδι, «πικάντικά» σκετς και συγκροτήματα που ετοιμάζονται πολλούς μήνες νωρίτερα.

Η αθυροστομία και τα πειράγματα είναι βασικά στοιχεία του αυλιώτινου Καρναβαλιού, με τον ανδρικό «κόρο» (χορωδία) να πρωτοστατεί με ένα βιωματικό τραγούδι της Αποκριάς, που αποτελεί ουσιαστικά έναν ιδιωματικό ύμνο στη Σαρακοστή και την Καθαρά Δευτέρα

«…Καλώς τη Σαρακοστή, την Καθαρά Δευτέρα. Γεια σου, χρυσέ μου άγγελε, χρυσή μου περιστέρα. Αυτές οι μέρες τό ΄χουνε κι αυτές οι δυο βδομάδες. Να τραγουδάνε τα παιδιά, να χαίρονται οι μανάδες. Καλώς ανταμωθήκαμε φίλοι κι αγαπημένοι, κι από χαράς χαρούμενοι και καλοκαρδισμένοι…» αναφέρουν χαρακτηριστικά κάποιοι από τους στίχους.

Από το καρναβάλι των Αυλιωτών δε λείπει βέβαια η σκωπτική του μορφή, ο καυτηριασμός όλων των πολιτικών εξελίξεων, με τους πολιτικούς και τους άρχοντες του τόπου να έχουν κάθε χρόνο την «τιμητική» τους. Οι καρναβαλιστές με μία μοναδική διάθεση κάθε χρόνο, με τη δική τους θεατρικότητα, τον αυτοσχεδιασμό και τη ζωντάνια τους, καυτηριάζουν την πολιτική και κοινωνική ζωή, όχι μόνο της Ελλάδας, αλλά και της Ευρώπης.

Το ντόπιο μπρούσκο κρασί διατίθεται σε όλους τους παρευρισκομένους θεατές του Αυλιωτινού καρναβαλιού, για να τους κρατάει «ζεστούς» λόγω των χαμηλών θερμοκρασιών στο χωριό, αλλά και να τους προκαλεί την ανάλογη ευθυμία που επιτάσσει το συγκεκριμένο μοναδικό έθιμο της Κέρκυρας.

12 Sep

Chris Coco - Who is he? What does he do?

Chris Coco has been working as a DJ since the acid house explosion of the late 80s. He has edited DJ magazine, worked for BBC Radio 1 on the after hours show The Blue Room. He has made artist albums for Warp and Distinctive Records. He has made compilations for Playboy, Ministry of Sound, EMI Classical and Trojan Records. His music has appeared on many compilations including the big ones, Cafe Del Mar and Hotel Costes. His music has been featured Sex And The City, Nip Tuck, House and many other TV shows.
He currently broadcasts and syndicates a weekly electronic music radio show called Melodica and runs his label, Melodica Recordings, out of his studio/office in London.

His music style has developed from those original house beginnings and draws on those years of experience. His club/festival/party sets are mainly proper house featuring the best of the current releases and a selection of classics with a little slo mo disco and a few eclectic surprises thrown in. His sunset/beach sets are more laid back and eclectic, and are also something special.

Chris Coco Biography

Chris Coco is a tastemaker, DJ, broadcaster, producer, music curator, musician and journalist. www.chriscoco.com/ He is currently promoting his new artist album Freedom Street on his label MelodicaRecordings.

His radio show, Melodica, is growing from it’s online home on Mixcloud to include broadcasts in cities from Sydney to Istanbul to Chicago. The Guardian called it “the hazy, lazy sound of the summer”. Listen to weekly shows at www.mixcloud.com/chriscoco. The radio show is now a record label too. MelodicaRecordings has been operating since mid 2011. Top release so far is probably the Balearic hit Summer Breezin’ by 3 Balearos. MelodicaRecordings website With a monthly residency at the noted East London dinner dance Disappearing Dining Club; plus regular gigs at big festivals Bestival, Glastonbury and Nova; at cool venues like Concrete and Star of Bethnal Green in London, Big Chill Bar in Bristol and international shows from Space in Ibiza to KuDeTa in Bali, Chris is a busy live DJ too. For more info contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Current projects and recent successes:

Melodica: Weekly radio show. Listen to the latest online at www.mixcloud.com/chriscoco/ MelodicaRecordings: MelodicaRecordings website
Freedom Street: Chris Coco album project on MelodicaRecordings.
Lazy Summer: Annual mix/compilation CD for top Italian label Cool D:Vision, now in it’s third successful year.

Key career moments:

2012 nominated in Chillout category for second year in a row in Ibiza DJ Awards. Released LP Freedom Street. 2011 – started MelodicaRecordings record label. 2009 – started Melodica, new radio show; made Feel Free Live Good album for Big Chill Recordings.
2008 – started band – City Reverb, cult single releases Time Side On, Central Heating and City Of Lights and live appearances at festivals including Glastonbury and Green Man and a special show at Tate Britain preceded an album called Lost City Folk. 2008 - presented Live Work Music for Ministry of Sound Radio.
2005-2008 - presented Bank Holiday Chillout and music documentaries for BBC Radio 2. 2006 – DJ on Robbie Williams world tour at all 64 shows and DJ warm up sets at many dates including San Siro, Milan; Parc Des Princes, Paris and The Bowl, Milton Keynes. 2002-2006 - presented Blue Room on BBC Radio 1 legendary, much loved late night weekend show with Rob Da Bank.
1999 – the present – Freelance DJ and producer, DJing on every continent except Antarctica. Djing at all the major clubs in Ibiza; at many major festivals including Glastonbury, Roskilde, Big Chill, Bestival; on tours of Australia, Far East, USA and many other places. Over the years, making compilations including Real Ibiza series, Solar Spectrums series, Blue Balearic, Dub Club, Chillin’ at the Playboy Mansion, Ministry of Sound Sessions, The Big Freeze and Acoustic Chill.
1990s – Editor of DJ Magazine pioneering dance music bible covering the club scene in its heyday. 1980s – DJ in Brighton, England pioneering early acid house scene, resident at Coco Club at Zap Club.

Selected discography Chris Coco

Key releases:
2012 – Chris Coco – Freedom Street LP on Melodica Recordings.
2010 – Chris Coco – Feel Free Live Good LP on Big Chill Recordings.
2009 - City Reverb – Lost City Folk LP with band and several singles including successful Central Heating (Drumsound & Simon Bassline Smith Remix).
2008 – Normalites – EP Including Pink Skyscraper, featuring on next Hotel Costes compilation.
2005 – Chris Coco – Heavy Mellow LP including Drifting featured in Toyota Prius European campaign.
2002 – Chris Coco – Next Wave LP including favourite Falling, featured on many TV shows including Nip Tuck, a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s Albatross feat Peter Green and a cover of Velvet Underground’s’ Sunday Morning feat Nick Cave.
2001 – CocoDaSilva – Saudade – One of a series of 12” singles on Kismet records, an ongoing collaboration with dance producer Rui DaSilva.
2000 – Coco & Stonebridge – The Beach Big room club tune collaboration with dance producer Stonebridge. 1999 – Coco, Steel & Lovebomb – Yachts lounge favourite, featured on many TV shows and ads incl Sex & The City and Frexinet, Spain.
1994 – Coco, Steel & Lovebomb – It LP for Warp Records including club classic Feel It.

 

30 Aug

The famous DJ Phil Mison (Cantoma) from London, on the decks of atmospheric 7th Heaven, Logas Beach Peroulades, on Sunday 2nd of September, with Balearic beats in the sunset

Phil Mison is a London-based DJ, composer, and music producer who has released solo work under the names of Cantoma and Reverso 68. Mison is best known for his compositions in the Balearic, ambient and electronica musical genres, which has been described as "sophisticated, exotic, and close-to-the-bone, mutable yet cohesive" by reviewer Christina Roden.

Mison is especially famous in the Balearic music scene, where he has been described as a "pioneer" and a "goliath" of that genre.

Mison began DJing at London's Milk Bar in 1991 where he played warm-up sets for other artists. He lists as his influences popular DJs such as José Padilla, who helped him get his start after a chance meeting, whereupon Mison began a two-year stint at Ibiza's Café Del Mar.

Mison, as Cantoma, currently releases albums under the auspices of Leng Records.

29 Aug

OLD PERITHIA VILLAGE TOUR
ACHARAVI – OLD PERITHIA – KALAMI BEACH (6-7 HOURS)
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THE ROUTE

1 ACHARAVI BEACH
First stop will be Acharavi village. Acharavi is a village 37km away from Corfu town on the northwest part of Corfu, built on a flat area with an extensive sandy beach, which is one of the largest in Corfu. Along the coastal area there are many restaurants and caffes where you can taste the local food and drink some of the local wine. At Acharavi you will be able to visit the Folklore Museum of Acharavi. Historical mementos, photographs, drawings and historical texts are exhibited with much love and care in the museum linking the past to the present time of Corfu history. These objects reflect the famous Corfiot tradition and the local civilization that has been shaped over the last three centuries.From Acharavi it is very easy to visit many picturesque villages and other abandoned ones . In this tour we have chosen for you the village Old Perithia.

2 OLD PERITHIA VILLAGE
On the green slopes of Pantokrator, the tallest mountain of Corfu island, it is situated the abandoned village of Old Peritheia. Most scholars agree that the name of the village comes, because of its many churches, from the phrase “About the Divine ” ( Peri=About and Theia=Divine ). Into the village you will be able to admire the numerous venetian style buildings and churches and of course enjoy a wonderful meal in one of the recent created taverns into the old buildings of the village. Old Peritheia has been known the last years apart from its historical value, and for its great food.

3 KALAMI & THE WHITE HOUSE
On the green slopes of Pantokrator, the tallest mountain of Corfu island, it is situated the abandoned village of Old Peritheia. Most scholars agree that the name of the village comes, because of its many churches, from the phrase “About the Divine ” ( Peri=About and Theia=Divine ). Into the village you will be able to admire the numerous venetian style buildings and churches and of course enjoy a wonderful meal in one of the recent created taverns into the old buildings of the village. Old Peritheia has been known the last years apart from its historical value, and for its great food.

 

The Venetian village of Old Perithia

The island of Corfu, often described as the ‘Emerald island’, is well known for its Venetian architecture, beautiful beaches, turquoise seas, abundance of flora and fauna, Greek tavernas and a wonderful sense of hospitality wherever you go. But to many, the ancient village of Old Peritheia remains something of an enigma.

This historic 'Heritage Protected' village is in 'A Designated Area of Natural Beauty', situated on the attractive north east corner of the island, and just below Mount Pantokrator (The Almighty). It is the oldest example of the original mountain villages of Corfu. Records date back to the mid 14th century, although it is considered to have been inhabited many centuries before. Around 130 houses were built, entirely by hand, some of which have now fallen into ruins, many of which are now under restoration.

The village, once inhabited by approximately 1200 people, was one of the wealthiest on the island, surrounded by vines, oak trees and thousands of sheep that roamed across the mountainside. To this day, with its cobbled streets and ancient houses, the atmosphere retains its warmth and friendliness. Encircled by eight churches and nestling beneath the island's highest mountains, Old Peritheia is set amidst beautiful countryside with views to the sea, it was once a hideaway from Pirate attacks.

‘Suspended in time’ the village remains an enchanting discovery for visitors from all over the world. So whether you want to enjoy a great day out, step back in time, walk in the mountains, or just relax in one of the four tavernas and sample some locally sourced and home cooked food, then visit Old Peritheia and discover why it continues to hold a special place in the hearts of visitors and Corfiots alike, summer and winter, year after year.

The village is best visited by car as there is limited parking, or on foot - but it's quite a walk. You can do a self-guided tour of the village, and there are maps to guide you at the top of the village and by the B&B. You can explore by yourself, or buy the Official Guide Book and Walking Tour of Old Peritheia from the B&B at the top of the village (the author also lives there too) or at the 4 village tavernas.

 

Acharavi

Acharavi is situated in the middle of the northern coast of Corfu. Took its name from ancient word “achari” meaning graceless and “ivi” meaning puberty, due to the malaria plague all young people had a pale yellow aspect. It’s a small town where gathered all public services and a lot of tourist shops. It’s the center and the capital of the former municipality of Thinali representing a notable tourist center of Northern Corfu.

The tourist resort is situated 37 km from Corfu town and represents a special attraction for visitors. The settlement of Acharavi is built on highlands with rich vegetation. Its most impressive sandy beach, among the largest on the island, reaches more than 8 km, while its shallow waters are perfect for children. Here you can find set up for sea sports and sea games. Along the beach there are a lot of taverns and coffee shops.

Also you can find hotels and rental rooms where you can stay. In Acharavi area there are a lot of clubs, associations covering wide-ranging cultural and sports activities. If you love sightseeing, you can visit a lot of picturesque villages and other deserted as Palia (Old) Peritheia and Sinies, the Episkepsi village and the ruins of Roman baths. You can admire also natural landmark as Antinioti lagoon and the Nymphes (Nymphs) valley where the famous koum-kouat is cultivated. In Acharavi you can visit also the Folkloric Museum of Northern Corfu.

Acharavi is the place you must see in Corfu. With a large number of sights to discover and enjoy the town won’t stop to thrill you. As an undeniably popular tourist destination, Acharavi will offer you an unforgettable escape by its famous sights and its excellent food.

You can reach the beach by a lot of alleys started from the main road. The around area is plane with short vegetation on its background raises the Pantokratoras Mountain. Acharavi is perfect for those who desire comforts at the same time with quiet and relaxed time on the beach.

The Acharavi town was not built for tourist purposes but forms the larger centre of Northern area where available services as post office, bank, hair saloon, florist shop etc.

Acharavi is connected with Corfu town, Roda and Sidari by buses with daily timetable.

 

Kalami

Kalami is a small, picturesque, seaside village built around a bay and above the homonymous, enchanting beach. This region has few houses but, it has many touristy lodgings, mainly rentable rooms, villas and apartments. Kalami is mostly known for the house of the English writer Lawrence Durrell, who lived there during the decade of the 30s. The house is located near the sea and today it has been converted to a guest house. It is the so-called white house. The location on which Kalami is, is truly idyllic.

The vegetation is vast and it reaches until the sea. Kalami is suitable for those who desire calm, relaxing vacations in nature, away from crowds and intense, nocturnal entertainment. In the village you will find mini markets with souvenirs and other touristy items. On the beach there are taverns and bars where, you can enjoy your coffee or your drink with a view of the sea.

From Kalami you can also rent a boat in order to explore the nearby, beautiful beaches Agni and Kouloura.

 

The Corfu Private Tours

Our company has been operating in the tourism sector for more than 20 years with our main objective being tailored made private tours as well as the transport of our visitors to wherever they want to go.

Our first concern all these years is to remain a local company that is distinguished for our hosting, our interest to communicate with visitors, to laugh together, to show you “non-commercial” parts of the island and to make you feel as many emotions as possible when in Corfu.

Corfu Private Tours offers private package tours that offer the Corfu visitor a different view than the “standard” all-in-one tours, with a different tour for every kind of visitor available at very reasonable prices.

OUR MISSION
Through our tours we want to give our guests the experience of being Corfiot by introducing them to our spectacular green mountains and forests, the crystal blue waters of the Ionian Sea, the local traditions and villages, as well as the homemade Corfiot cuisine.

WHY SHOULD YOU CHOOSE US?
You will be picked up at the entrance of your hotel or the main port of Corfu if you are a cruise ship traveler. Throughout your tour you will be offered VIP service in an air-conditioned, non-smoking environment, with a fridge, TV and free drinking bottled water to keep you hydrated throughout your private mini bus tour.

Our mini bus accommodates private and small group tours, but we can easily organize a bus tour if your group exceeds 16 passengers. All Corfu tours can be changed according to your preferences and we can even arrange for a professional guide to accompany your tour so that you get the most accurate historical information for each place you visit.

Our mini bus Corfu tours are flexible to suit your preferences, unique in the places they visit, affordable with their prices and always on time following your time schedule.

Our mini bus private tours company has been created to satisfy even the strangest demands for a Corfu tour. We make sure that you will experience the Corfiot lifestyle, making you feel like a local and not just as a visitor or a tourist.

Our mini bus private tours are 100% custom made. We offer you the best of Corfu but ultimately it comes down to you and what you really want to see and do. Our prices are highly competitive too so why not ask us for a quote today?

CORFU HOLIDAYS DIRECT - Corfu Private Tours
General Tourist Office
www.corfuprivatetours.gr
Emporiko Kentro Alepou 49100, Corfu

Tsirigotis Spiros
Mobile No +30 6973 3302 23

 

24 Aug

For the first time in Corfu, the powerful twin from New York, Nickodemus and Nappy G on the decks of 7th Heaven, Logas Beach Peroulades, on Sunday 26th of August.

This special dj set shall present at the atmospheric 7th Heaven: Nickodemus, among other, will present songs of his new album, "A Long Engagement", and Nappy G putting to beats behind it with live percussion.

Support Jorge and Lucien Dubazz.

NICKODEMUS

Nickodemus creates & DJ's music from all parts of the World, rooted in Club Music from his upbringings in NYC. He has 3 albums entitles "Endangered Species" (2005), "Sun People" (2009) & "Moon People" (2012).

His highlights include the songs "Cleopatra in New York" & "Mariposa" featuring Carol C (Si Se), "Mi Swing es Tropical" by Nickodemus & Quantic feat. Tempo, "Sun Children" feat. The Real Live Show as well as remixes for Bob Marley, Nina Simone, Billy Holiday, Mr Scruff feat. Alice Russell, Thievery Corporation, Miguel Migs, The Balkan Beat Box, Quantic & many more.
He's currently working on his 4th album aimed straight at the club dance floors Worldwide in 2015. His long running Turntables on the Hudson NYC party has travelled river to river city to city including the Nile (Cairo), the Thames (London), the Agean (Kalymnos), las Ramblas (Barcelona), the Danube (Budapest & more...

With a wide range of music, from international dub & downtempo to house & electronic, Nickodemus has been DJ'ing for clubs & festivals for over 15 years & has been part of the following & many more:

WORLDWIDE Festival Sete, Mi Casa es su Casa Festival Mexico, Central Park Summer Stage NYC, WOMAD Festival Australia & New Zealand, Adelaide Festival, Days Like This Festival, Centro Festival Colombia, Brooklyn Bridge Park Festival, Cielo Club NYC, Space After Dark IBIZA, Le Bain, Output NYC, Brooklyn Bowl, Nacelle Cairo, Louie and Chan NYC, Earthdance USA and Shambala Canada

NAPPY G

Nappy G (a.k.a. G-Don) is a Brooklyn-based producer,dj & long-time percussionist in NYC’s dance club scene. A veteran frontman in his own right,Nappy G has shifted his energies & used his musical expertise to become a respected beatmaker & digital music composer, as well as video editor/director.

As a DJ, NAPPY G is known for his unique take on Latin rhythms & Afro-based sounds, flavored & accented by his deep history of Soul, Hiphop & Funk.

In 2011, he has created a new style of music that fuses these sounds & it’s called the “FUNKY PASSPORT” sound! This style brings together uptempo music (Tropicales,Latin House,Electro,Kuduro,Afro House,Bailefunk,Samba),mixes it with midtempo sounds (Moombahton,Funky Breaks,Bhangra,NuSoul), spices it up with rare traditional classic sounds from all over the globe (Reggae,Salsa,Cumbia,Souk,Rumba,Tropicalia,etc.) & turns up the heat with Global Hiphop from countries all over the world!

The FUNKY PASSPORT sound is feeding peoples’ souls & lighting up dancefloors everywhere NAPPY G plays.

 

 

 

24 Aug

Greenest of the Greek islands, Corfu has been dubbed “the garden isle” since Homer’s time. Today it has a little-known but rich garden heritage ranging from ­romantic old estates and colourful ­village gardens to stunning contemporary works by Greek and international designers. The past 20 years on this ­cosmopolitan island have seen a remarkable crop of new gardens created by homeowners from across Europe and beyond.

British garden makers and designers have contributed to this renaissance. Corfu has long held a special appeal for the British, not least because of its welcoming local population. Today nearly one in 10 of Corfu’s 113,000 year-round residents is British, and several hundred more Britons own summer homes here. Many say they have been drawn here by the favourable conditions for gardening given by generous winter rainfall, mild temperatures, varied growing environments, and inspiring natural landscapes and sea views.

A few garden vestiges remain from when Britain administered Corfu in the 19th century, when artist and writer Edward Lear fell under the spell of “gardens dark with orange and lemon groves, their fruit sparkling golden and yellow against the purple sea and the amethyst hills.”

Pleasure gardens at some of the estates boast old specimens of exotic trees that had been recently introduced to Europe and were status symbols when they first arrived. Examples include the magnificent Moreton Bay figs at Mon Repos (built by British High Commissioner Frederick Adam in 1828-1831); cabbage-tree palms and southern magnolias at Afra, strange-looking multi-trunked Phytolacca dioica at Krevatsoúla.

Another vestige of the period is the British Cemetery. Established in 1814, this secret garden of rest is not just a haven in the midst of busy Corfu Town, but also a conservation site for wild orchids and for many exquisite old varieties of garden plants. George Psaíla, a caretaker who is now in his 80s, recalls that in the days before Corfu had flower shops, families planning weddings and funerals would come to him for gifts of cannas, zinnias, and dahlias.

Today the British presence has provided fertile conditions for British garden designers. Mary Keen did path-breaking work alongside members of the Rothschild family, designing the varied gardens at the Rothschilds’ Corfu estate. These include the garden around the pool created by Javier Barba, the Spanish architect. Supremely sensitive to the natural landscape, Keen has written that “here the point of the ‘garden’ is the place” and indeed that “my view on garden making in Corfu is that the place is so beautiful, it is better left un-gardened.”

Given Corfu’s natural beauty, gardens succeed best if they take their cues from the surrounding landscape

Two younger British designers, Jennifer Gay and Alithea Johns, both based in Greece, have been making names for themselves. Each has a distinctive style, but like Keen they have found that, given Corfu’s natural beauty, gardens succeed best if they take their cues from the surrounding landscape. Such an approach first put down Corfiot roots in the garden of Athens-born Cali Doxiádis, a former Mediterranean Garden Society president, and has been spreading in the world’s Mediterranean climate zones. With philosophical links to the “plant native” movement, it tends to rely heavily on native plants, materials, and craftsmanship. Its inspiration stems from a desire to make gardens that feel locally authentic, and also to conserve resources – especially water, which is very scarce in Corfu in summer.

Corfiot plants that translate well

Many of Corfu’s wild plants are the precursors of treasured garden plants. For UK gardeners who yearn for a spot of the Mediterranean at home, or for those who have just watched more northerly natives fail in this summer’s dry heat, here are some suggestions.

For foundation plantings, consider strawberry tree (Arbutus unedo); Judas tree (Cercis siliquastrum); white-flowering tree heather (Erica arborea) and laurustinus; yellow-flowering Jerusalem sage (Phlomis fruticosa) and Spanish broom (Spartium junceum); and pink and white varieties of cistus.

For dry shade, try hellebores with wood spurge (Euphorbia amygdaloides); flowering colonies of both lighten up Corfu’s woodland clearings in late winter. Bugle (Ajuga reptans) and periwinkle offer good drought-tolerant ground cover in light shade.

Bulbs, corms, and tubers include winter iris (Iris unguicularis); blue Anemone blanda; large-flowered crimson Anemone pavonina, native to open grassland and olive groves; and muscari, of which Corfu has several species. To follow them as the season progresses, try bearded iris, naturalised throughout Corfu; Madonna lily (Lilium candidum), a plant of scrubland and woodland margins; and brilliant carmine Gladiolus italicus – which, unlike its cultivated cousin, is a graceful plant to grow in gravel or unmown grass. For autumn, try yellow sternbergia or dainty pink Cyclamen hederifolium, which colonises Corfu’s olive groves.

Flowering plants grown easily from seed include orlaya; hollyhock; honesty – the local wild kind that lines Corfu’s country lanes in March is Lunaria annua subsp. pachyrriza, with intense periwinkle-blue flowers; honeywort (cerinthe); snapdragon; corn poppy; giant fennel and culinary fennel; many types of verbascum; eryngium, globe thistle (echinops); Mediterranean spurge (Euphorbia characias) and wood spurge.

by Rachel Weaving - Telegraph

17 Aug

Just released the special issue of the best 50 summer cocktail recipes, by Kostas Kaperonis & GL Publications “Summer cocktail recipes”. Among the 50 suggested cocktail recipes the cocktail with Corfiot flavor by the award-winner bartender Andreas Kontostanos (Barden Cocktail and Food Bar). Buy the book here

For the book

50 Summer Cocktail Recipes
Summer cocktail nights, By Kostas Kaperonis

An all time cosmopolitan, a mojito mint flavour and colourful cocktails that relax their forever fans, get more value when they are served in the most idyllic places in Greece. In places with award-winning bartenders and outstanding view that make you fell like being on an island and inspire you for the most enjoyable holidays during July and August.

The best companion for the information above is the deluxe issue of the top 40 bars. Their maitres share with us recipes and suggestions both for the classic or not cocktails that are worth tasting. Besides, summer is the ideal season for cocktails, and this year the bars in Greece is the best destination.
Drink responsibly!

The Cocktail ESPANIOLA

Ingredients:
30 ml Barden Rum Blend
25 ml Plantation Pineapple Stiggins Fancy
10 ml Giffard caribbean pineapple liqueur
25 ml Crema Di Limoncello
10 ml Giffard salted caramel syrup
Grounded Tonka bean

Method:
Shake / double strain Ice ball/ Garnished with caramelized fresh pineapple

Bartender: Andreas Kontostanos
Contact info: Acharavi Kerkira, Tel. 2663064280 / 6947384121, 

14 Aug

The day before the great Greek feast of August 15th we recommend 3 separate events for all tastes in North Corfu. Choose and pick:

Reggae
We drink rum and we hear Reggae at Barden, on the beach road Acharavi-Roda. On the decks Rankin Jonny.

Greek Music
We celebrate in Greek style at Fuego, on Acharavi beach. On the decks Vasilis Balos. We do not forget the big annual party (15 August )

Atmospheric music
We enjoy atmospheric music in 7th heaven (Logas-Peroulades). On the decks Jorde & Olufemi & special guest Nikolas Dales.

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