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08 Aug

Laura and Luciano from Italy, preferred to visit northern Corfu, during their vacation, in late May, unlike most compatriots who prefer August. As good friends and colleagues of, they had prepared us, since last winter, about their high gastronomic requirements. Being a cook in a hotel in Verona, Luciano, and a tourist journalist for a magazine in the same city, Laura, were certainly travelers and not tourists. Early in the evening they arrived in Acharavi and of course the first question after settling in their room was "Christina, what shall we eat?".

The Italian restaurant "Compass" in Roda was my first thought. I knew from the outset that the owner and cook Salvatore would satisfy the demanding tastes of our guests. We arrived at the "Compass" at 09:00 in the evening and we found easily a parking spot. "So far so good," I thought as we went into the restaurant.

Salvatore welcomed us with a smile and before leading us to our table, he guided us to his crystal clear kitchen. "We keep going very well," was my satisfied thought.

Η εικόνα ίσως περιέχει: 1 άτομοLaura and Luciano, clearly pleased with the reception of Salvatore and as related to the subject, began a familiar conversation with Salvatore about the gastronomy and preferences of tourists in northern Corfu. I did not understand much of Salvatore's gourmet creations, as my culinary knowledge is limited, but from the shining eyes of our guests I immediately realized they were impressed and satisfied.

The environment of the restaurant as well as the immediacy of Salvatore, gave us an idea about what would follow at the table.

Laura and Luciano did not ask for a menu. They asked Salvartore to bring whatever he considered. In just 10 minutes, Salvatore began to bring to the table a feast of colors, images and fragrances that made us craving them.

At the beginning, the table was decorated with Tagliere misto (wood board of various kinds of cheese, cold cuts, fried mozzarella, mix bruschetta, arancini & caprese salad), Feta al Forno (baked feta cheese with tomato & herbs), straccetti di Pollo (chicken with veg & tomato sauce - spicy) and salad caprese (with rocket, tomato & mozzarella).

What if they were only appetizers. We immediately made them disappeared and we were filled with the big portions of Salvatore, but our mind was stuck in the impressive pizzas served to the rest of the satisfied customers of the restaurant.

For Luciano, Salvatore brought a Greca pizza (with sausage, olives, feta cheese, tomato & oregano). Laura took a Capricciosa pizza (with tomato, mozzarella, ham, mushrooms, aubergines & olives). And I took a Quattro Formaggi (with tomato and 4 kinds of cheese).

Incredible pizzas, we were left with a stunning taste of flavors tied together.

The Salvatore's gastronomic journey did not stop there. Stuffed by the large quantities of appetizers and amazing pizzas, we asked the Salvatore, the next dishes to have smaller quantities as we wanted to taste a dish from each menu category.

The seafood was next. 3 dishes that left us with spechless. Salmon alla Grigla (grilled salmon fillet), Salmon al Cartoccio (with seafood sauce in foil) and Gamberoni al limone (kings prawns in lemon sauce).

One step before we burst out of the great food, Salvatore kept shooting us with their gastronomic creations. Next in line was the meat. Fillet Steak (served with balsamic vinegar sauce), Beef Fillet (in green pepper sauce), and Chicken Fillet (with cheese, ham & tomato sauce).

The silence that prevailed at the table made me feel content, seeing our guests finding exactly what they were looking for.

And along with the wonderful Cabernet wine, there were 3 great sweets. Cheese Cake, Brownies (ice cream) and Pannacotta (light fresh desserts served with the fruit of the forest coulis).

Laura and Luciano were ecstatic and began to search for their bags. "What are they doing?" I wondered, and before I finished my thought, Luciano pulled out his notebook and noted recipes given to him by Salvatore so he could apply them to the hotel where he was working in Verona. Laura, took off her camera, and photographed Salvatore's dishes, writing at that moment the tribute she would do for him, within the tourist magazine where she works in Verona

At that moment I realized that the first day of our guests went extremely well. It goes without saying that after so much food, there was no other program to go out at night. We remained at Compass until the early hours, drinking the wonderful wine and talking to Salvatore about his experiences on the island.

The three of them immediately showed that they had chemistry and switched telephone and social media profiles. A great friendship had just been born. A friendship with common passions as the love for gastronomy, northern Corfu and tourism.

And what else would someone ask for, in order to see his guests satisfied? Grazie Salvatore ...

- Find the Italian restaurant "Compass" in Roda, next to N.S.K travel
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01 Aug

The great pilgrimage to the Holy Monastery of Pantokratoros for the celebration of the Transfiguration of the Savior begins today 1 August. Many believers ascend daily to the highest point of Corfu, a mountain of 914 meters high with an amazing view. The pilgrimage lasts six days.

In antiquity the mountain was called “Istoni”. Its current name owes it to the homonymous monastery built almost on the top of the mountain during the 14th century.

On the day of Savior, August 6 and on the eve, the traditional feast is held in the picturesque village of Strynilla at the foot of the mountain. On August 4, a feast is held in Petalia.  Petalia is a very beautiful, picturesque village on the mountain of Pantokratoras. It is built on a slope that has the shape of a petal on this enormous mountain, a fact that gave the village its name. Read more about Petalia

The Monastery of Pantokratoras is built at an altitude of 914 meters, on the tallest mountain of Corfu and it is named after it. According to the charter of the monastery, which is saved in a parchment in the General Archives of Corfu, the Monastery of Pantokratoras was founded in 1347, when the residents of 23 villages of the mountain built the monastery.

24 Jul

" can wave your towel in emergencies as a distress signal, and of course dry yourself off with it if it still seems to be clean enough"

3rd August 2019 @ 18:00
Freya Tewelde, Irene Pouliassi, Lora Nikolaeva, Weichung Lu, Ani Mkrtchyan

In his seminal work the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams takes time to explore all the possibilities that a towel in space can provide to its owner. Composing a lengthy list of situations in which this one seemingly insignificant object can play a much larger role in the life of a hitchhiker. Within this exhibition the artists employ objects in the same way, exploring the capabilities of what their works can offer the viewer through the gaze of the millennial era. Distress It acts as both a critique on current times and a call to escape to a substitute reality. The pieces react to each other, some proposing the future while their counterparts pull them back to the actuality of the present.

Lora Nikolaeva is concerned with navigation and engagement within a dense media landscape, where the self and the greater human journey becomes both assayed and diminished. Investigating the influence of digital media, communication and online culture on the human experience, and the situation of oneself in a social fabric increasingly infiltrated by commercial interests, politicised platforms and moral posturing. Her background in the medical sciences influences the aesthetic choices made within her work, a clinical sensibility contrasted against libidinal overtones that define our consumption and regurgitation of popular culture and fragmented content in the digital slipstream.

The presence of the mass media can also be felt in the works of Irene Pouliassi. Allegorising the current socio-political situation utilising utopic release from the confines of her carefully constructed dystopian home, detecting how art is connected with periods of trauma and intense social concern. Exploring her personal trauma through the collective social unconscious of our epoch, Pouliassi creates fetishistic assemblages that combine collected garments, found objects, sex toys; and organic material including teeth and hair.

In opposition to these first works, Weichung Lu provides us with a gleeful opportunity to examine our innate human impulses. Her abstract paintings challenge us to explore our subconscious and reveal the primitive memories within us that bind us together, aiming to allow us to find out where we truly belong. Using oil paint, Lu begins by creating abstracted canvases through which she draws out futuristic and imaginary animals, contemplating our desire towards nature.

Working across sectors of interdisciplinarity in art, Freya Tewelde analyses postcolonial studies in complex urban environments. Touching on the notion of blackness and ambiguity through isolated performers and moving images that re-orientate post-identity construction. Performative elements of her practice explore the overlooked and the reaction to public perception. Tewelde aims to form a clear consideration that art remains committed to fixing roots and mending traumatic experiences that define and isolate selfcare. Her works attempt to re-evaluate regimes of systemic power that bind the position of the individual in relation to cultural and global forces that govern our societies.

The exhibition moves to a film projection by Ani Mkrtchyan who investigates the microcosm of the town where she was brought up in Northern England. With more narrative tones, Mkrtchyan grants us a gaze through the window to the private life of an unhinged individual who documents his exploits with a hand held camera. The work is a character exploration revolving around certain types of men that she grew up seeing. Mkrtchyan alludes to the nefarious nature of the character but never explicitly shows us proof of his wrong doings.

Distress It brings together the works of five recent graduates from the MA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art. The artists involved, who are now all based in London, come from a variety of cultural backgrounds including Greece, Taiwan, Bulgaria, Eritrea and Armenia. Each one offers their personal insight on how they navigate the complex socio-political landscape
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23 Jul

The overactive Union of Perithians "Philippos Vlahos", for the 16th consecutive year, organizes the boat festival “Barcarole” on Agios Spyridon Perithia beach, on Wednesday August 7th at 21:00.

A parade of boats will sail along the bay. The party will continue on the beach until dawn.

- The troubadours of Corfu with serenades.
- The Gym "KINISIS" & the school dance with Samantha Brindley dance theater performance (choreographed by Athena Kotsi)
- Dance team "Union of Perithians "Philippos Vlahos"
- choir "Union of Perithians "Philippos Vlahos"
- The band Feakes with folk feast.
- Night lake trail (Antinioti lake)

Watch videos of past events. Photo by Stathis Koutsiaftis

20 Jul

By Tiffany Ryes

For a memorable Grecian getaway, why not go off the beaten track? Skip the crowded vacation spots, the overrated resorts, and visit the small, sleepy, coastal towns on the island of Corfu.

While one of the first islands to open to global tourism in the 1960s, Corfu isn’t as crowded as you might think. The island remains rich in unspoiled stretches of infamous coast and quaint inland towns that you can visit for a more immersive yet intimate and quiet Greek holiday. Carpeted by lush, wild olive trees and dotted with historical, whitewashed buildings, Corfu is one island that should be on top of your island-travel bucket list.

Corfu is an eclectic combination of the cosmopolitan and historical, with posh resorts and vibrant streets juxtaposed with Byzantine-era churches and Venetian-style fortresses. From beach-combing to sight-seeing to sailing and on to wining and dining, if you’re looking for an unforgettable Greek vacation, you can definitely find something to love about Corfu.

Viewing Corfu from the coast

A Corfu holiday is never complete without viewing the island from the turquoise Mediterranean waters and experiencing all of its coastal sights and sounds by boat. An abundant range of boat-rental companies throughout the island’s coast can cater to your island wanderlust. Boats and yachts are available for every budget, starting from 50 euros per day, with petrol charged separately.

Nissaki is an idyllic starting point for exploring the island’s northeast coast, viewing the quaint white-washed buildings and maybe even dropping anchor at a few bays and coves to swim, sunbathe—or have a private picnic.

Companies such as Kaminaki Boats in Nissaki offer a fantastic way to experience Corfu, with a collection of self-drive boats for you to explore in at your own pace, starting from Kaminaki and northward to Kassiopi or southward to Ipsos. Stops in between include boathouses, tavernas and small, historic coastal towns.

Kaminaki Boats offers smaller 15-horsepower boats for two to six passengers for a more leisurely pace along the coast. If you want to cover more ground (or sea), you can also rent 30-horsepower speedboats. These are faster and more efficient, accommodating up to eight people at a time. Driving the boats is easy, and newbies who haven’t driven a boat before can have driving lessons and tests before renting.

More luxurious options for exploring Corfu

Aside from boat rentals, Corfu also offers a diverse range of charter sea cruises such as sailboat, yacht and catamaran rentals for group and private cruises. This allows you to explore farther off Corfu’s coasts and around the northern and southern Ionian Islands, such as Ithaca, Kefalonia, Lefkas, Meganisi, Paxos and Zakynthos.

Seasoned sailors can rent private sailboats for a more unique and exclusive navigation experience with boats for up to 10 persons starting at just a little over $1,500 per week. Marina charters offer not just yacht rentals, but also transportation to and from port and airport. You can choose the type of yacht that best suits your charter, budget, water activity, itinerary and lifestyle. From solitary sailing through the Ionian Islands to private, luxury cruise parties, Corfu’s charter companies have everything for everyone.

From Athens, you can reach Corfu by plane, which takes an hour or less. There are several flights available daily in Athens. There are also flights to the island from Thessaloniki. For those who are coming to Corfu by car, the best route is from Athens to Igoumenitsa. From here, ferry rides to Corfu are available every half hour, with the crossing taking one to two hours. Car rentals and driving services from the airports are also available, and there are many scenic routes to take on land on the way to the island.


19 Jul

Pantokratoras, the most astonishing view in Corfu. Pantokratoras is the highest mountain in Corfu with its height at 906m. It covers the NE edge of the island and ends E of Corfu strait. From its peak you have an outstanding view as you can see the entire island and a large part of nearby Albanian coast. During ancient Ages it was called Istoni. Its modern name is owed to the holy monastery of Pantokratoras, built almost on the top of the mountain in 14th century. Next to the monastery there is a coffee shop, and not far from it are placed few telecommunications towers.

In order to visit the traditional villages around Pantokratoras, where the time seems to have stopped, and where the mass tourism didn’t arrived yet, we advise you to follow the panoramic road. Following the coastal road from Corfu town toward northern Corfu, when you’ll arrive in Ypsos you must turn left toward Spartylas, so you’ll start ascending the mountain and after the first village you must turn right, towards Strinylas, a small village with 3 taverns, where you can stop for lunch. From Stinylas you’ll simply follow the road till its end, and you’ll reach the top of the mountain where you certainly shall by impressed by the superb panoramic view.

If you already arrived on the Northern side of the island, the road from the centre of Acharavi will drive you to the Pantokratoras through all its beautiful villages. Pantokratoras has an outstanding beauty and is well known for its beautiful pathways. From Strinylas there is an excellent path leading to the top, with an admirable view. The same path is used also by Mountain bikers, but is suitable for jeep if you prefer off road adventures.

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16 Jul

By Gabi Ancarola 

There is a corner in the Ionian island of Corfu known as the Blue Lake, its name is Porto Timoni, a double bay with turquoise waters that is attached to the island by a narrow piece of land. Corfu, better-known for its unique historic town of Venetian flair, elegant buildings, and stunning colors, has also some of the most beautiful beaches of Greece, where the green exuberance of the vegetation combines with the unique color of the waters of the Ionian, giving birth to many beautiful beaches.

Some of them are really famous, attracting thousands of visitors every year, making Corfu one of the most visited Greek islands. Others, however, remain relatively unknown as it is rather difficult to access these areas. Among these hidden paradises, Corfu boasts the beauty of Porto Timoni, one of the most gorgeous beaches on the island.

A pristine double bay that has long remained a secret to tourists thanks to the fact that access by land is not easy.

Porto Timoni can be found near the village of Afiona, located in the Northwest area of Corfu.

The waters are blue and the two beaches created on the same small isthmus are covered with white pebble and lush trees and bushes. To reach Porto Timoni, visitors need to leave their vehicle and walk for about twenty-five minutes through a path that offers stunning views of the area.

Following this path, it is possible to reach the two beaches of Porto Timoni. Along the way, tourists will discover the unexplored magic of the amazing island of Corfu. Look at this video to learn more.

More infos for Porto Timoni, here

16 Jul

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

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.



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.

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