Sailing the Ionian Greek islands

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 Sailing the Ionian Greek island This video about sailing was made by Ryan Clark as a birthday present to his granddad, the skipper of their sailing trip to the Ionian Greek islands (νησιά Ιονίου) of Kefallonia (Κεφαλονιά) and Ithaca (Ιθάκη).  Definitely one of the best videos we have seen about Greece, its pure beauty and its colours. The music is also perfect, as a cinematic effect. Once you start watching it you will get that nostalgic feeling when summer holidays are over. Winner of “Vimeo Staff Pick” December 2014
Winner of “VOTD Video of the Day” January 2015

IONIAN from Ryan Clarke on Vimeo.

Keep Shelly in Athens

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Keep Shelly in Athens. We discovered “Keep Shelly in Athens” about one year ago, at the Zero Festival. Zero Festival takes place every summer next to magical Ziros Lake with sports activities, live bands and other shows. They started playing music just after the sunset. Their music and the colors of the sky created an atmosphere that we are never going to forget.  Their style is chillwave, downtempo and this track is our favourite one. We wish you a lazy Saturday noon. 

The tradition of Gaitanaki dance

Gaitanaki is a traditional Greek dance and singing, custom of the Greek carnival. One person holds the pole and 12 dancers hold each one of the 12 coloured ribbons that are fixed on the top of the pole and hang from it. Tradition says that the 12 ribbons symbolize the 12 months of the year.
The dance goes as follows: Each dancer passes under the next dancer’s ribbon, thus creating a circle. The result is a beautiful colourful braid created on the pole. But surely is not that easy as it sounds. 

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From ancient till modern times Greeks like to dance. Tsifteteli is one of the most popular

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The sensual oriental solo dance of belly-dance, has been part of the Greek culture for many years due to Greece’s close location to Turkey and the Middle East. Especially after the Minor Asia catastrophe in 1923, this style of dance with sad lyrics and music was developed in many areas in Greece. Many archaeologists claim that Greek belly-dance existed during ancient and medieval years as an influence from the Arabic and Middle Eastern cultural exchange.  
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Greeks use the word “Tsifteteli” to name belly-dance, a word that originates from the equivalent Turkish word “Chifteteli”. Tsifteteli dancers do not wear the harem costumes. Also their torso and hands movements are simpler than those of the oriental style. The music for tsifteteli can be played by a clarinet or bouzouki.   
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Modern tsifteteli songs have nothing to do with the original ones that firstly made their appearance in Greece. The music is sometimes something between pop and Arabic and the lyrics are simple, mainly about human relationships. Greeks dance a lot of tsifteteli, probably more than ever before. From parties to Bouzouki clubs, from weddings to villages feasts. 



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