The Achilleion Museum has held more than 20 cultural events this year and is now bidding farewell to its audiences for this summer with a major concert.
On Saturday, October 2, at 20.30, the “Mantzaros” Philharmonic Society will perform works by great Greek and Philhellene composers (P. Karrer, Sp. Samaras. N. C. Mantzaros, F. Herold, M. Theodorakis), to mark the celebrations for the 200th anniversary of the beginning of the Greek Revolution, a musical evening full of Greece.
The concert will take place inside the Palace and the public will be able to watch it live streamed on the Achilleion Museum social networking platforms (fb, Instagram). It will also be broadcast live on the Corfu Channel television station. The event is an initiative from HPPC and the Achilleion Palace and is under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and Sports.
In a year when the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic left their mark, the Public Properties Company and the Achilleion Museum hosted more than 20 cultural events on the Museum premises. These included concerts, film screenings, lectures and exhibitions that highlighted the Palace as an emblematic centre for art and culture, as well as a beautiful and valuable museum.
Given that culture and art are a common language worldwide, the Achilleion Museum has worked with the Ministry of Culture and Sports and other agencies at local, national and international levels, such as the Ionian Islands Region, the Municipality of Central Corfu and the Diapontia Islands, Corfu Association for Sports, Culture and the Environment and the Austrian Embassy in Greece, to present a series of internationally renowned artists and speakers. This has given visitors to the Achilleion Palace the opportunity to enjoy unique events throughout the summer season in the atmospheric environment of the Palace Gardens, under the artistic supervision of Roza Poulimenou.
The Public Properties Company and the Achilleion Museum would like to extend their warmest thanks to all those who contributed to this effort and thus furthered the cultural development of this beautiful Ionian island, and to all those who honoured the events with their presence.
We promise to bring you more beautiful moments with new cultural events next year, and so we would love to renew our acquaintance during the summer of 2022, in the wonderful gardens of the Achilleion Palace, Corfu.
This summer the Achilleion Museum hosted the following cultural events:
Achilleion Museum – Cultural Events 2021
Culture and Music “Achilleion Museum Musical Events 2021”
- 18 May, 2021 International Museum Day
Free tour of the Museum for all citizens of Corfu with the kind sponsorship of the Union of Licensed Tourist Guides of the Ionian Islands and Western Greece.
- 21 June, 2021 World Music Day
The Achilleion Museum and the Ionian University Department of Music Studies cooperated to put on a series of events in which students from the University took part. Activity for children aged 5 and over with the theme “Musical Discovery in the Achilleion”. The events were arranged by Roza Poulimenou and Zoe Dionysiou, Associate Professors at the Ionian University Department of Music Studies,
- 9 July, 1921 Lecture entitled “Maria Callas The Holy Flame”
Lecture by Elena Mattheopoulou to tie in with the temporary exhibition “Maria Callas World Priestess of Opera” Organised with the Ionian Islands Region and the Municipality of Central Corfu and the Diapontia Islands
- 11 July, 2021 Opening of the temporary exhibition “Maria Callas World Priestess of Opera”
The exhibition “MARIA CALLAS – WORLD PRIESTESS OF OPERA” was organised by the Public Property Company SA. and the management of the Achilleion Museum. This unique international event, which took place as part of the events celebrating the 200th anniversary of the 1821 revolution, was co-organised with the Maria Callas Greek Society, the Ionian Islands Region and the Municipality of Central Corfu and the Diapontia Islands. The exhibition featured personal items, dresses, books with her musical scores and works of art related to the life and work of the great performer, among them eight authentic costumes from the TEATRO ALLA SCALA DI MILANO.
- 24 July, 2021 Three Ladies at the Opera
Artists: Marianna Mansola, Marisia Papalexiou, Roza Poulimenou, piano Marilena Eloul. Co-organisation with the Corfu Association for Sports, Culture and the Environment
- 5 August, 2021 Music Concert “As if it were yesterday”
Concert with pieces by Attik, Hairopoulos, Yiannidis. Artists: Elpiniki Zervou soprano, Petros Karydis baritone, Anastasios Strikos piano Ensemble Retro Corfu, Natalia Strikou mandolin, Rentona Kola violin, Dimitris Argyros clarinet, Ambrosios Vlachopoulos, cello, Yiannis Koutayiar double bass, Yiannis Patrikios percussion. Co-organised with the Corfu Association for Sports, Culture and the Environment
- 11 August, 2021 Recital of the song “Two Hearts”
Recital with pieces by G. Konstantinidis, G. Kazasoglou, N. Taylor, K. Yiannidis, M. Sougioul, M. Milojevic, S. Rajicic, K. Babic. Artists: Jelena Bankovic soprano, Alexis Agrafiotis piano
- 13 August, 2021 Greek Music and Opera by the “Aeolus” quintet
Artists: Vangelis Stathoulopoulos flute, Yiannis Tselikas, oboe, Angelos Politis clarinet, Spyros Kakos, horn, Giorgios Farougias, bassoon. Co-organised with the Corfu Association for Sports, Culture and the Environment
- 16 August, 2021 Concert with young Corfiot soloists. Pieces by F. Schubert, F. Chopin, M. Ravel, G. Donizetti, G. Verdi Artists: Georgia Tryfona, soprano, Sotiris Louizos, piano
- 21 August, 2021 Anniversary Concert for the “Omonia” Philharmonic Society of Gastouri, Corfu
Concert by the Philharmonic Society to celebrate 123 years since its founding, dedicated to the memory of Spyros Kritikos with works by Verdi, Puccini, Pirola, Iakono, Piovani, Denza, Piazzolla etc. Soloist: Alexandros Stavropoulos, tenor, Gulio Sacchi, alto horn, Francesco Scalone, euphonium, Giorgios Rarakos, tuba, Michalis Michalopoulos, Flugelhorn Music Direction: Spyros Rallis.
- 22 August 2021 Jazz Under The Full Moon
Artists: Dimos Dimitriadis, saxophone, Dinos Manos, Double Bass, Vassilis Pontaras, drums, Alexandros Lykothanasis, piano, Anastasios Konstantinou, voice
- 1 September 2021 Opera Evening with the soprano Myrto Papathanassiou
Pieces G. Verdi, G. Puccini, C. Gounod, L.V. Beethoven Artists: Myrto Papathanassiou, soprano, Yiannis Tsanakaliotis, piano. Co-organised with the Corfu Association for Sports, Culture and the Environment
- 4 September 2021 Concert with pieces by Austrian and Greek Composers:
Pieces by Franz Schubert, Gustav Mahler, Hugo Wolf, Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Lavrendios Kamilieris, Spyridon Samaras, Napoleon Lambelet. Artists: Dymfna Meijtz, Metzo Soprano, Panagiotis Pratsos, Bass Baritone, Kazuko Steller, piano. Co-organized with the Austrian Embassy
- 5 September 2021 Lecture “Lord Byron and the Greek Revolution of 1821”
Speaker: Roderick Beaton, Emeritus Koraes Professor of Modern Greek & Byzantine History, Language & Literature, King’s College London.
Musical event with songs from Byron’s poetry. Artists: Soprano: Rosa Poulimenou, Piano: Neville Jason Fahy. Co-organised with the Corfu Association for Sports, Culture and the Environment