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Wine Tasting Week in Katakolon with TRAINOSE


Katakolon wine tasting week

TRAINOSE, wanting to strengthen alternative forms of tourism, to highlight the role of the train as an integral part of local and regional cultural activity and to focus on the promotion of products of the Greek land organized, in collaboration with Olympia Development AE and with the local authorities of Ilia, a wine tasting event.


From 4 to 9 September, on the train-route Katakolon – Olympia, passengers will be able to try the famous wines of winemakers in the region, accompanied by local delicacies free of charge. Moreover, at specially designed areas at the port of Katakolon and the station of Ancient Olympia, wines which will be exhibited by producers will be offered for testing and and flyers for the production of wine in the prefecture of Ilia will be distributed. The event will be accompanied by a photo exhibition on the history of the railroad of Pyrgos – Katakolo – Olympia.

With this event, TRAINOSE and local agencies will target cruise ship passengers who use the train to visit Ancient Olympia, but also all rail passengers in a joint initiative for the promotion of the quality local products and tourism development.

A few words on the history:

The construction of the first railway line in the Peloponnese began in the late 19th century under the railway development plan of Charilaos Trikoupis. The steam railway of Pyrgos – Katakolon whistled for the first time in Pyrgos in November 1882, covering the increasing transportation needs for Greek currant trade abroad. Katakolon Station, which was located on the harbour, celebrated the arrival of the first train carrying the currant harvest every year.

Today, in the 21st century, the contribution of the train to the development of the local community has changed character. Modern diesel trains of the line Katakolon- Olympia serve local passengers, but especially the traveling public on tourist cruise ships arriving in Katakolon, giving them the opportunity to visit Olympia and Pyrgos.

Ancient Olympia Festival 2014

summer 2014

Ancient Olympia Festival

Several performances and concerts that stir your interest take place once again this summer at the Festival of Ancient Olympia. “Antigone”, Giannis Haroulis concert, Stavros Xarchakos concert and “Guess who is going to die tonight” by Papathanassiou – Reppas are just some of the very interesting events.

The programme for the Ancient Olympia Festival 2014 is as follows:


Friday, July 18
“Antigone”, theatre of Ehmi
Directed by: Giannis Nikolaidis
Cast: Foteini Filosofou, Giannis Nicolaidis
Start time: 21:15

Monday, July 21
Concert:  Giannis Haroulis
Start time: 21:30

Friday, July 25
Concert:  Stavros Xarchakos
Start time: 21:30

Friday, August 1
Concert:  Marios Frangoulis-Elli Paspala
Start time: 21:30

Saturday, August 2
“My convict”, theatrical performance by Helen Rudd, Sara Ganotis, Nikos Stavrakoudis
Start time: 21:30

Wednesday, August 6
Concert:  Giannis Parios

Thursday, August 7
Book presentation by N.Karyotis

Sunday, August 10
Concert: Tribute to the municipality of Moutsi, “You don’t say a word”, The Colours of Ilida Orchestra

Wednesday, August 13
Concert: Socrates Malamas

Thursday, August 21
“Guess who is going to die tonight”, theatrical performance by Papathanassiou – Reppas

Sunday, August 24
“Speak, magic apples”, children’s theatrical performance by the group” Astronautes “, an adaptation of The Big Magic by Brendan Murray

Wednesday, August 27
Theater for Kids “Tales – Paramythotragouda” by the Academy of Poetry and Tales and Creative Workshop “Dreamcatcher”

Wednesday, August 27
“Onar-Through art for the sick child”, theatrical performance

Thursday, August 28
“Caveman”, theatrical performance by Anastasia Papastathi with Vladimir Kyriakidis



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24th Festival Ilida – Programme 2014

programme 2014

Festival Ilida


The art of theatre ‘meets’ once again, for the 24th year, Ancient Elis and the homonymous festival, which has established itself as one of the best in the country.

Exceptional performances of ancient drama, performances of the new stage and the children’s scene, bearing the signature of remarkable filmmakers and cast members involved, frame the program of the 24th Festival of Ancient Ilida, which premiered on 12 July and drops its curtain on August 21.

The “heart” of culture will ring for two months in Ancient Elis, where they present a total of fifteen performances six ancient dramas, five of the new scene and four of the children’s scene.

The municipality of Ilida is again organizing a festival of high claims, as illustrated by the program, and aims to gather theater goers to Ancient Elis.




In July

Friday 25th July, the children’s performance of “DON QUIXOTE” by Miguel de Cervantes, adapted and directed by Dimitris Adami
Cast: Dimitris Agoras, Alexis Vidalakis, Petros Ioannis, Thomi Koskosi, Giorgos Balopita, Danae Sdougkou and Marilisa Chronea.

Saturday 26th July, the comedy of Alexandros Rigas and Dimitris Apostolou “FONISSES OF PAPADIAMANTI
Cast: Eleni Kastani, Konstantina Michael, Natalia Dragoumi Jenny Botsi, Foteini Demiri, Sophia Vogiatzaki, Patrikios Kostis, Parthena Chorozidou and Jessi Papoutsi

Monday 28th July,  performance of “MARIA PENTAGIOTISSA” by Bost, directed by Giannis Bostantzoglou
Cast: Giannis Bostantzoglou, Giannis Aivazi, Dimitra Papadema, Kostas Flokatoulas, Pericles Albanis, Petros Petrou, Marios Leonidis, Konstantinos Prasa, Giorgos Mataraga and Petros Xekoukis


In August

Friday 1st August, the children’s performance of “The Magic Key” by Carmen Ruggeri
Cast: Helen Zioga, Orestes Karidas, Alexandros Kompogiorgas, Giannis Nikolaos, Nadia Mitroudi, Amanda Sofianopoulou and Myrto Chryssanthakopoulou

Saturday 2nd August,  the performance of “TROADES” by Euripides, directed by Themis Moumoulidis
Cast: Filareti Komnenou, Stelios Mainas, Aris Lempesopoulos, Zeta Duka, Ioanna Pappa, Maria Protopappa, Christos Plainis, Lena Papaligoura, Marouska Panagiotopoulou, Loukia Michalopoulou, Georgina Palaiothodorou, Eirini Kyrmizaki
Music: Iris Mara (clarinet), Io Kyriakidi (accordion)

Thursday 7th August, the performance of “Oops … ELECTRA” parody of Alexis Kallitsis, directed by Petros Filippidis and Anna Panagiotopoulou
Cast: Petros Filippidis, Elizabeth Konstandinidou, Gerasimos Skiadaresis,  Dimitris Mavropoulos, Crateros Katsoulis, Panos Stathakopoulos, Alberto Fais, Manos Ioannis, Christos Spanos, Stavros Karagiannis and Kyriakos Markatos

Saturday 9th August, the performance of “THESMOFORIAZUSAE” by Aristophanes, directed by Giorgos Kimoulis
Cast: Giorgos Kimoulis, Dimitris Piata, Fay Xyla, Thanassis Alevras, Konstantinos Giannakopoulos, Dimitris Rafailo and Harris Chiotis

Sunday 10th August, the children’s performance of “SLEEPING BEAUTY AWOKE” by Xenia Kalogeropoulou, Thomas Moschopoulos, directed by Vangelis Theodoropoulos
Cast:  Amalia Arseni, Anthi Efstratiadou, Christos Pitsas, Stavros Svigkos, Evangelia Syriopoulou, Foteini Timothyeou and Orestes Tziovas

Wednesday 13th August, the performance of “DINNER WITH FRIENDS” by Donald Margulies, directed by Grigoris Valtinos
Cast: Grigoris Valtinos, Kleona Gregoriadi, Renia Loizidou and Alexandra Palaiologou

Saturday 16th August the performance of “IPHIGENIA IN TAURIS” by Euripides, directed by Kerasia Samaras
Cast: Kerasia Samara, Alexander Ntavris, Vasilis Giakoumaros, Kostas Tsachras, Vangelis Salefris, Eleni Kakkali, Despina Bougiatioti, Tonia Apostolou and Kelly Anyfanti

Monday 18th August, provided by the National Theatre of Northern Greece, the performance of “PERSIANS” by Aeschylus, directed by Niketis Kondouris
Cast: Giannis Fertis (Darius), Akis Sakellariou (Atossa), Lazaros Georgakopoulos (Messenger) and Giorgos Kolovos (Xerxes).

Thursday 21st August, the National Theatre project of “FROGS” by Aristophanes, directed by Giannis Kakleas
Cast: Basilis Charalampopoulos, Fanis Mouratidis, John Zouganeli, Panos Vlachos


The Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus – programme 2014

programme 2014

Epidaurus Theatre


The Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus aims to highlight and promote the work of young artists and to present contemporary trends in dance, music and theatre through the invitation of, and collaboration with interesting artists and performance companies.

Getting There

The Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus is situated within the archaeological site of the Sanctuary of Asklepios, in the Argolis prefecture of the Peloponnese. It is a half-hour drive from Nafplio and approximately three hours from Katakolon.



National Theatre of Greece – Lydia Koniordou

Hippolytus by Euripides
25-26 July, 21:00

Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
This year, the tragedy will be directed by Lydia Koniordou in the ancient theatre, where the main roles will be played by herself, Leda Protopsalti, Nikos Kouris, Themis Panou, Sarantis Michalis, Phaedon Kastris, Evgenia Apostolou, Noni Ioannidou, et al.


Roula Pateraki

War Manifesto (Part I)
25-26 July, 21:30

Little Theatre of Ancient Epidaurus
Based on The History of the Peloponnesian War by Thucydides A project directed by Roula Pateraki based on the classic work by Thucydides which narrates the events of the catastrophic war between Athens and Sparta (431-404 BC). The play is in three parts, and is expected to be performed over three consecutive festivals (2014-2016).


National Theatre of Greece – Yiannis Kakleas

The Frogs by Aristophanes
1-2 August, 21:00

Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
What can save the city? The momentum of modernisation or the grandeur of the past? Euripides or Aeschylus? Realism or the supernatural? The dilemma posed by Aristophanes in The Frogs takes centre stage in Yianni Kakleas’ production, which examines the importance of art in times of transition such as ours. The power of art, the poorness of modern critique, theatre as an artistic and political act, comprise elements of a performance that explores new theatrical forms and the value of verse, while demonstrating the timelessness of Aristophanes’ quandary.


Theatro Domatiou – Angela Brouskou

The Bacchae by Euripides
8-9 August, 21:00

Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
Armed with a powerful cast and a willingness to take directorial risks, Angela Brouskou takes on the Bacchae (405 BC) in Giorgos Cheimonas’ translation. The adversaries, Dionysus and Pentheas, are played respectively by Aglaia Pappa and Aristeidis Servetalis.

The performance is presented in Greek, with english subtitles


State Theatre of Nothern Greece – Nikaiti Kontouri

The Persians by Aeschylus
15-16 August, 21:00

Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus
In the wake of her Trojan Women, Nikaiti Kontouri returns with another anti-war tragedy, this time with male protagonists played by Giannis Fertis, Akis Sakellariou and Lazaros Georgakopoulos.

A night of experimental film at Domaine Mercouri


Domaine Mercouri

create an accident

Domaine Mercouri is happy to open its doors and present the Canadian director, researcher and founder of the Institute for Exploratory Cinemas (Canada), Pierre-Luc Vaillancourt (1985).

Organizing for the second consecutive year the artists residency program in collaboration with the platform Create an Accident, it brings artists from around the world to the local community and builds bridges of dialogue between different cultures.

This year’s guest Pierre-Luc Vaillancourt will present his multifaceted involvement with Canadian experimental cinema at the Station of Literature and Art at the Domaine Mercouri.

In the first part of the event, the audience will have the opportunity to watch the video installation from the director of “NINE BLACK EGGS”.

A small tribute to the experimental cinema of Canada, from 1960 to today, and a discussion with Pierre-Luc Vaillancourt will form the second part of the event.  It will conclude with the showing of, for the first time in Greece, the short film “LA NUIT OBSCURE” (29 min.), which is based on the provocative novel by Georges Bataille The Dead.

The films and video installations of Pierre-Luc Vaillancourt have been presented in Japan, Croatia, Poland, Russia and Sweden. In recent years, he has curated more than fifty film events and tributes around the world, organizing screenings and collaborations that test the limits of experimental film and broaden the ties and practices of the artistic community.

The event is addressed to adults.

Friday, July 25, 2014.

Time: 8:30 PM

Admission: free

Domaine Mercouri, Korakochori, Ilia


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