Supporting a cultural institution on the border of Europe
Event: Summer Guitar Academy «Arion»
When: August 3rd - 8th, 2016
Where: Molyvos, Lesvos island, Greece
The Molyvos Tourism Association is a non-profit organization which aims at developing the economic and social growth of Molyvos as well as of the wider region of Lesvos. One means by which we try to do so is by highlighting the cultural resources of our island.
For this reason, we have created the Summer Guitar Academy “Arion”, an institution which has been taking place for the past 4 years and focuses on showcasing the role of the guitar within the wider musical scene. Important artists from all over the world come to visit Molyvos, the homeland of the first guitar-singer-poet «Arion», in order to participate in our Summer Guitar Academy. The philosophy of the “Arion” Academy is to approach the guitar, not as an end in itself, but as means of expression, of creation, of aesthetic cultivation and as a means to establish communication with other instruments and with other forms of Art. Within this framework, the «Arion» Academy includes projects on the following:
- The repertoire and the interpretation of the classical guitar (including seminars, lectures, concerts and competitions)
- The multiple roles of the guitar in different kinds of music (such as jazz or traditional music)
- The role of the guitar in ensembles
- The relationship of the guitar with poetry (song composition and accompaniment, alternative education of poetry).
Despite the difficult circumstances the island of Lesvos has been facing, mainly because of the refugee situation, we are determined to preserve our cultural institutions such as that of the Guitar Summer Academy «Arion» by inviting significant guitarists and artists from all over Greece and from abroad to come participate in this event with us. Therefore, we would like to ask for the support of the GFA members. It would be of great significance to us if guitarists would be willing to participate as soloists and seminar/lecture professors on a volunteer basis. Of course, we would cover all the accommodation and food expenses.
The Summer Guitar Academy «Arion» will take place August 3rd-8th, 2016 in Molyvos, on the island of Lesvos. As we would like to announce the details of the Summer Academy as early as possible, it would be ideal to receive responses before the beginning of February.
Thank you in advance. We look forward to your reply.
Korina Vougiouka, artistic director
Nikolaos Molvalis, President of the Tourism Association of Molyvos