First Tinos International Literary Festival,
Thursday – Saturday 29 – 31 July 2010
Society of (de)kata, Athens, Greece
Ideogramma & Atlantis Productions
FIRST – because the objective is for this festival to be an annual event
TINOS – is one of the Cycladic islands of Greece, renowned for its cultural and religious heritage
INTERNATIONAL – because the participants will come from all over the world
FESTIVAL – because it will run over three days and will include introductory literary talks and readings from different countries and different disciplines
The 2010 event, entitled “First Tinos International Literary Festival”, brought together 27 writers and poets of world reputation, from 18 countries (Europe and the world). The musicians, dancers and actors, all local (from Greece) numbering 30 performed aiming either individually or as a group to achieve a multi-cultural presentation. The festival will took place in late July 2010. The two Municipalities of Tinos, Hora and Exombourgo, will be actively involved. The presentations / readings / recitations were supported by music, both jazz and local folk music and dancing. All participants read and / or recited in their own language. Simultaneous translation into Greek and other languages too, of the texts only, were freely available. Regarding poetry, at least one poem from each of the participating poets was translated. The poem was given as a hand out during the appropriate event. The West will blend with the East, Europe will meet the Middle East and beyond. Through art, logos, language, expression, communication, performance, all barriers, reservations, fear of the other will be vitiated. The wealth of different languages and means of artistic expression in Europe and the world will be communicated and shared, while individual identities and diverse cultures will be acknowledged, respected and valued.
Twenty seven writers from 18 countries took part: Homero Aridjis (Mexico), Fernando Arabal (Spain), Pierre Assouline (France) Iana Bukova and Tsvetanka Elenkova (Bulgaria), Anne Carson (Canada), Ledo Ivo (Brazil), Franco Loi (Italy), Ann Carson (Canada), Niki Marangou, Yorgos Moleskis, Marios Michaelides, Elli Paenidou and Mehmet Yashin (Cyprus), Mary O’ Malley (Ireland), Vera Pavlova (Russia), Titos Patrikios, Yorgos Skabardonis, Ersi Sotiropoulos, Thanasis Valtinos and Zyrana Zateli (Greece), Moma Radic (Serbia), Santiago Roncagliolo (Peru), Tomas Salamun (Slovenia), Damir Sodan (Croatia), Alicia Stallings (USA), Mathilde Walker Clark (Denmark), Luan Xhioulis (Albania), Adam Zagajewski (Poland)
The three day festival
- Opening night, Thursday, at the Tinos Cultural Foundation (Hora city), indoor. Welcoming speeches amongst others from the three Mayors / District Officer of the island, the Church of Mechalochari, the Tinos Cultural centre and a Member of Parliament. The after event cocktail consisted of Cyprus drinks and food.
- Friday evening at the Volax ( picturesque village) open air amphitheatre
- Saturday evening at the Pyrgos village square
- Three masters of ceremony (one on each evening) coordinated the readings
- There was a translator Greek / English
- A jazz pianist ‘welcomed’ the audience on opening night
- Local ethnic dancers at Volax entertained after the readings
- The coffee shops around the village square in Pyrgos were full with locals and other visitors
- Participants and other guests were hosted each evening by a different Mayor
- On two occasions, guides on the bus informed about the island and its culture
- The event was shown live on the internet
Support Promotional Printed Material included:
Posters and invitations / informative leaflets, programmes (A4 folded), anthology books
Two large banners, 18 country flags and the Europe flag were put up on the sea front of Hora.
The project, the event and the principals (participating writers, organisers, sponsors) have been promoted to more than 30 countries. We are estimating to have reached over 30,000 directly or indirectly.
The number of audience is estimated between 250 and 300 each evening (mostly different people).The event ‘First Tinos international Literary Festival’ was sponsored by Aegean Airways, Ethniko Kentro Vivliou, UpSet, Hellenic Seaways, Blue Star ferries – Media Sponors: Athinaiko Praktorio Idiseon, Ta nea, Book press, FAQ, Vivliothiki, Athens Voice,Lifo, Index, Ianos, Konteiner, To Pntiki, Vouli TV. The opening night cocktail was with drinks donated by the Kykos Holy Monastery.