Our Culture Partners
George Zongolopoulos FoundationThe Foundation aims at preserving and promoting the work of the sculptor, G. Zongolopoulos and his wife, Eleni Zongolopoulou
Specialized in bronze-casting techniques, in 1953 he became a member of the European Culture Society (Societé Européene de Culture) and from 1960 to 1988 was a member of the Executive Council.
From the 1970s to late 1990s maintained with his wife Helen a studio in Paris. The couple lived about half of every year in the French capital attending and participating in international events.
The "eternal teenager" as they called him searched for the measure and harmony in his art. As an artist received many official discrimination and his works are held in major public spaces in Greece, Europe and America, as well as in many Greek and foreign collections and museums.
He represented Greece 11 times in Biennales from 1940 until 2001. He participated in all the National Art Exhibitions and in dozens of solo and group exhibitions in Greece and abroad.
George Zongolopoulos is internationally renowned as a sculptor. Less known is his extensive painting work. Alongside the sculpture the artist never stopped painting, and his evolution from realism to abstraction is apparent also in his paintings.
Internationally acclaimed for his works on "Umbrellas" and "Olympic Circles", Zongolopoulos is considered as one of the most pioneering Modern Greek artists.Explore
Museum of Ancient Greek TechnologyThe museum highlights the ancient Greek technological know-how, through exact copies of mechanical objects, toys and tools of the GrecoRoman Antiquity.The objects are exact handmade copies of inventions, which have been a reference point since ancient times, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and up to this day. Today, they represent a tangible proof of the ancient Greek pioneering spirit in and an inspiration for the scientists of the future. Explore
Ancient Greek Music InstrumentsOrganological study and physical reconstruction of ancient musical finds
The Musicologist and Historian of Sciences Christos Terzis has been carrying out a significant research (current and past) conducted in the subject of Ancient Greek Music.
His main purpose is to disseminate to the general public all the research activity and results in the field of ancient Greek and Roman music (instrumental, theory, notation, music in our everyday life, poetic discourse).
Educational programs have been designed for this purpose for primary and secondary school students.
Lectures are given on selected themes for the public, where scientifically documented reconstructions of ancient musical instruments are displayed and ancient Greek songs are performed.
Κontaki DesignHandcrafted objects and furniture
Kontaki design is Greek company that exclusively designs and produces handcrafted objects and furniture.
Each piece is unique and only a limited number of copies are produced.
"We conceive the object as a work of art which does not lose its functional purpose, while at the same time we use only the finest materials". That is the Kontaki Design Philosophy.
They attempt to create a dream like effect in a world where we coexist with the objects, as they “move” throughout our space, almost as if they existed before we even discovered them. Their source of inspiration combines spontaneity and an escape from elaborate design and also from the rigid rules that surround it.
Their desire is that the object “shed” itself from any excess “weight”: "We are not interested in mass production or in the impression created by it. We strive for quality of life and why not, perhaps even reveal a flaw in our environment, by our inspiration."Explore
gogreekThe inspiring vision to feature and spread the Greek Culture through a contemporary approach
History, Tradition, Mythology are the brand' s main touchstones, while the «gogreek® the collectibles» ouzo miniatures, already multi-awarded for their label and design, are the brand’s most recognizable product.
Due to their originality, brand products are increasingly chosen as corporate gifts, but also as gifts for christenings, children' s parties and events.Explore
Military items CollectionThe “Vasilios Nicoltsios” company focuses on military and defensive items and books.The collection consists of rare items and books of unique quality. The products are interwoven with the military history of Greece. In addition, the editions highlight a series of important moments of the Greek defensive strategy and action. Explore
The Historical Museum of CreteThe cultural heritage of Crete from early Byzantine times to the modern era
The Historical Museum of Crete was founded and is run by the Society of Cretan Historical Studies with the aim of preserving and showcasing the cultural heritage of Crete from early Byzantine times to the modern era. This aim has been achieved gradually, by the collection, purchase and donation of artefacts, together with artefacts on long term loan from the Ministry of Culture.
From its beginnings, the Historical Museum of Crete has been animated by a pioneering spirit. Successive extensions to the museum and recent re-displays, using contemporary perceptions in museology and new media applications, have contributed to creating a lively, up-to-date, visitor-friendly museum.
The HMC now offers a composite view of Cretan history and art from the early Christian centuries to the 20th century. Temporary exhibitions cover a wide span, ranging from Byzantine to modern art, showcasing key literary figures in Greece (Elytis, Kazantzakis), and presenting major historical events from the late 19th century to the Second World War.
At the same time, their educational programmes are constantly being enriched. Offered free of charge, they are a creative source of knowledge relating to the Museum’s permanent collections and temporary exhibitions.
Lectures, symposia, film shows and book presentations held in the amphitheatre add to activities at the Historical Museum of Crete, rendering it an outgoing, multi-faceted cultural organization.Explore
ThetisThetis Authentics Ltd. specializes in creating precise quality replicas of museum exhibits.
Enjoying the recognition of experts worldwide, Thetis consists a guarantee in the field of the creation of replica artifacts. Based on experience, as well as the knowledge of secrets of the ancient art of pottery, THETIS creates objects using methods closely approaching the ancient techniques.
Pottery vessels shaped and designed following ancient styles as well as figurines, toys and utensils consist only a small sample of THETIS’ work, which brings the ancient past into the present.Explore
Domna Samiou Greek Folk Music AssociationA non-profit organization that Domna Samiou founded in 1981, with the support of admirers of her work and Greek traditional music enthusiasts.The principles contained in the Association’s Statute provide for the preservation of Greek traditional music, the publication of records as a result of thorough research, and the organization of concerts of high quality standards, contrary to the requirements of the music majors in the market. Domna Samiou chaired the Association till her death, in March 2012. Explore
European Museum Of BreadBread is the staff of life: plain yet nutritious, sacred and secular, it is the most flawless of man’s creations
In a small Attica village, a renovated mansion-turned-museum houses the centuries-old tradition of embroidered breads from around Greece and beyond. Breads in all shapes and sizes, intricately woven with a plethora of designs symbolizing those moments that mark our lives are on display at the Varnavas Folk Museum, documenting not only the importance of bread in traditional Greek culture but also bread embroidery as an art form.
Featuring over 500 exhibits from 22 countries, the European Bread Museum aims to record the art of bread embroidery, patterns handed down from generation to generation, as well as regional and familial variations of the craft.“Each area has its own designs and occasions. The motifs also reveal the region: islanders prefer intricate designs, northerners have simpler patterns,” explains Milea Pappa, who heads the European Bread Museum.
Steeped in symbolism, bread features prominently in the rites and rituals of many cultures, as it is not only the basic means of sustenance but also associated with life’s momentous occasions: birth, marriage and death.
Varnavas Museum of Folk Art & Agricultural LifeGreek food and agriculture tradition
The Agricultural and Folk art Museum of Varnava was established in 2002. Its main objective is the promotion of the Greek agricultural tradition and culture.
The museum’s products bring to surface the Greek folk art and they are available to the public, in order to create a decorative mix between the traditional and the modern style. You may find jewels, designs and documents which are inspired by the museum’s collections.Explore
The Worry-beads MuseumThe worry-beads carries the tradition of three continents through time and history
The Worry-beads museum is the only one that exists and operates all over the world. It is dedicated to the different aspects of an emblematic item, the worry-beads, which carries the tradition of three continents through time and history.
The museum’s lab creates unique, handmade worry-beads that are characterized by high quality and technical perfection. The products are based on rare materials such as: Baltic amber, black corral, bakelites, Egyptian resins and more that has attracted international appeal and recognition.
Tabula LusoriaPassPassion for board games and history!
Tabula Lusoria Ancient Table Games is a craftsman concept that loves to take natural materials and gives them a new reason for existence: making them able to be used for board games, to help people learn more about Ancient Greek Civilization with a more direct and funny way, in the same way as Ancient Greeks would do, by playing.
But most of all, Tabula Lusoria is an new effort of some Greek gamers, historians, designers, craftsmen and craftswomen.
Tabula Lusoria constructs ancient Greek board games like Petteia, Eneadai, Trias and more. Moreover, Tabula Lusoria loves to study and share all about Ancient Civilizations, to play games, to learn, to create, to have fun, to offer...
Tabula Lusoria is based at the suburbs of Thessaloniki (named by the sister of Alexander the Great, a place known for its Ancient Agora and its proximity to Olympus, the mountain of Ancient Gods and Stagira, the birthplace of Aristotle himself).Explore
Averof GalleryA museum of modern Greek art that contains paintings, sculptures, drawings and engravings.
The Averoff Gallery contains paintings, sculptures, drawings and engraving by Greek artists of the 19th and 20th century.
On permanent exhibition is a representative collection of 250 works by the greatest Greek artists of the last two centuries.
The origin of most of the museum’s permanent works is from the Evangelos Averoff-Tossizza Collection, Politician and writer, who collected 200 paintings of the period. In 1988, he constructed the three-storey building which houses his collection, and donated both paintings and building to the Foundation which bears his name.Explore
Dolly BoucoyannisPersonalized jewelry with no expiry date
Dolly Boucoyannis was born in Athens, Greece, studied jewelry design (BA Hons) in Great Britain, Gemmology in the United States of America (GIA) and goldsmithing techniques in Florence, before returning to her home city, Athens.
She has won the De Beers “Diamonds International Award” for the use of moving diamonds. Ever since she has lived and worked in Athens where she runs her own workshop and retail shop.
Nature, an inexhaustible source of inspiration, along with traditional Greek elements from various historical periods, enhanced by the knowledge that she acquired from her travels all around the world, have always determined her unique artwork.
Her core aspiration throughout her career has been to create personalized jewelry with no expiry date, handmade with an unexpected and subversive combination of carefully chosen materials, free from value restrictions.Explore
Panagiotis V. NiorasReligious & Ecclesiastical art objects
Panagiotis Nioras is a Greek manufacturing and distributing company, with over three generations of experience and an international approach to producing and selling objects for ecclesiastical use along with secular art.
Nioras aim is to promote Greek Ecclesiastical Tradition as well as the Greek Art through the handmade products they supply. The Company uses the traditional and very old manufacturing techniques while bringing the best quality results to their clients.
Every single piece of art is produced or assembled by hand, by fine craftsmen they employ in their workshops in order to bring a life time quality warranty to their products.Explore
MinoeraJewelry is an emblem of cultural heritage and identity
Jewelry is an emblem of cultural heritage and identity and Panagiotis Papazoglou contributes to the preservation and promotion of the Cretan cultural heritage and traditional art. Inspired by the Cretan tradition, MINOERA collections of handmade jewelry are modern works of art, made of silver and gold-plated bronze.
During the last ten years, MINOERA jewelry enriches traditional costumes, casual dresses, or evening gowns.
Panagiotis Papazoglou, who has studied architectural drawing, declares: “Jewelry making is close to architecture. Personal inspiration, planning, rules, and structure are required. I search my themes in museums, private collections, and old photos”.
MINOERA jewels accompany the creations of well-known fashion designers as well as those of traditional costume makers.Explore
Aerakis - Cretan Musical Workshop & SeistronThe oldest and the largest record label company specialized on Cretan traditional music.
Born in the early of ‘70s, a decade with dynamic progress on Cretan music, a progress which Cretan musical workshop brought from the scene and cultivate it.
Their target is to support the tradition and constantly propose quality productions mainly from the Cretan musical tradition and poetry as well as other species of ethnic and folk music world.
Unique and unrepeatable seen by the public and professionals the 400 music productions made by Cretan musical workshop until today. The main life work was an initiative registration and a complete authentic series of ten distinct musical works, titled: "OI PROTOMASTORES TIS KRITIKIS MOUSIKIS (FIRST MASTERS OF CRETAN MUSIC 1920-1955) milestone in Cretan musical history and valuable material for scholars of the future generation.
Also important the: "Oi Koryfaioi 1955-1995" (The top artists of Cretan music 1955-1995), Cretan saints, Thanasis Skordalos 1920-1998, Stelios Foustalieris 1911-1992, Kostas Mountakis rare live recordings, Ta radiofonika (Radio stations 1960-70), Cretan epic, Arkadi epic.Explore
Antonis Palles Ceramics"Not Excavated Yet collection"
Antonis Palles is a well known greek clay sculptor and creator of the Not Excavated Yet Collection. The "Not Excavated Yet collection" consists of ceramic artefacts inspired -mostly but not exclusively- from Ancient Greek and Cypriot forms and motifs, aiming to the creation of original modern artwork.
Those artefacts are made with a unique method that makes them look really and genuinely old. This persuasive presentation set by itself a decorative suggestion of extensive use.
Numerous pieces from the Not Excavated Yet collection have been sold to museums, private collectors, scientists, diplomats, artists and “anonymous” buyers.
Under the correct lighting and proper display these artefacts are transformed and look imposing, pleasing, even amusing and, above all, unique pieces of art. You can find Ancient Greek, Cypriot, Etruscan, Phoenician, Sumerian, Egyptian and Celtic forms and motifs combined for the creation of one single piece.
Usually, the artist is using all different kind of clay in each one artefact (white, yellow and red clay). The temperature of the oven fire is 900-1100o C and he is using cold colours. Sometimes he also employs copper plating, when he needs to underline additional decorative elements.
It’s all about a completely hand made work; therefore the production is limited. Each item is absolutely unique. They may be “look like” the ones you see on this site, but they are not, by any means, exactly the same.Explore
Salty BagDesigns and handcrafts handbags, totes and luggage
Salty Bag is:
Sustainable luxury. Each sail that comes in to our HQ goes through painstaking quality control. It is carefully washed in the most environmentally responsible way. Meticulously cut and traced by hand, it is lovingly upcycled into a Salty Bag – the next step in its journey. Each and every Salty Bag is proudly designed and handcrafted on the island of Corfu in the Ionian Sea. Because luxury in the 21st century should be sustainable.
Upcycling. Salty Bag creatively reuses decommissioned sails, giving them a new life and new value. Even after reaching their end of service at sea, sails will retain their strong, long-lasting, weather resistant nature – perfect for being upcycled into tough, elegant travel bags and accessories to cherish for years to come.
Handcrafted elegance. Craftsmanship, premium materials and investing in the time needed to create something unique: These three elements are masterfully combined into making a unique product. That is the essence of handcrafting. That is the essence of a Salty Bag.
Environmentally responsible production. We constantly seek new ways to improve how we design and make our products. In a world of finite resources, that means preventing waste by making smarter use of existing materials. Reusing sails reduces our carbon footprint and creates environmental value. The sustainable reuse of resources is at the core of what we do. Designed using a modular system, each Salty Bag minimizes waste and can be upgraded into the latest design.Explore
Center for the Research and Promotion of Greek Music TraditionThe most important archive left by Simon and Angeliki Karas
The Center for the Research and Promotion of Greek Music Tradition (Music, Folklore and Literature Archives of Simon and Angeliki Karas) was founded in 2009 by the wife of Simon Karas, Angeliki Karas. The educational project is the core of the Center's activities, as the Greek music school founded by Simon Karas in the 1920s continues to function, becoming the longest-lasting Greek music school in Greece, as it has been around for about 100 years of uninterrupted presence and offering.
Byzantine music, vocal, instruments, instrumentation, theoretical Greek music and traditional dance are the teaching subjects –via Skype throughout the world too. There are also children's sections, where children playfully know music and dance.
The archives of Simon and Angeliki Karas consists of a huge and unique music archive, concerning both the folk and the scholar tradition, of a valuable library with old manuscripts of Byzantine music, of a small photographic archive of historical importance, of a rare collection of organs and traditional clothing, as well as of the correspondence of Simon Karas.
Continuing in Simon Karas' footsteps, the Center collects folklore material through the systematic digitization of family archives, organizes folklore missions, and promotes research collaborating with special researchers. The central concern of the Center is that the richness of this archival and research material becomes accessible to the whole of society. Already there are in progress series of publications concerning music and the Greek civilization in general.
On the other hand, the Center functions as a collection and distribution area for publications and products related to Greek culture, always keeping music as its core. Among other things, it brings the audience in touch with remarkable music publications that till now have spread only locally. In this manner supports the work of active communities and individuals, especially in the Greek province –both morally and financially.Explore
Meet the CatGeometry and minimalistic aesthetic jewelryThe common characteristics of MEET THE CAT‘s collections are geometry and minimalistic aesthetic. The designer behind the brand, Ioanna Koulouri, is trying to balance the similarity and contrast of elements and she creates conceptual jewelry collections based each time on a theme that expresses her mood and aesthetics. Explore
Anna Moraitou DesignModern wooden bags and accessoriesAnna Moraitou, the designer behind Anna Moraitou Design, was born in Athens. She graduated from the Higher School of Architecture and completed her Masters in the Postgraduate Program of the National Technical University of Athens. By working on new forms of design, she uses materials and forms we traditionally find in architecture to create useful items that serve everyday needs. She creates furniture and objects, in simple or complex forms, which upgrade the aesthetics and quality of the personal and public spaces. Lately, she has been experimenting with clay, wood, concrete and plexiglass to give a new dimension to objects such as handbags and jewelry, escaping from the traditional fashion patterns and introducing modern industrial design structures. Strongly influenced by her architectural studies, these bags are the result of a survey over their particular structure. Her designs show a correlation between fashion and architecture, where the form implies the way of construction and operation, and the truth of construction, materiality, transparency and intense geometry prevails. Anna Moraitou is an award winning designer including TOP DESIGN SELECTION, A DESIGN AWARD, DESIGN AND DESIGN AWARD and FAVORITE DESIGN AWARD. Explore
3QuartersUpcycling fashion accessories3QUARTERS is an upcycling fashion accessories brand founded in 2015 in Athens. Committed to the principles of sustainable design, works intentionally on small scale production, trying to raise awareness on slow, ethical, socially and environmentally conscious fashion. The designers, Garifalia and John upcycle leftover and used awning fabrics from the Athenian balconies. They source all the raw material locally and adhere to a policy of zero waste. They take Athens, the complex metropolis, as their inspiration and mirror its spartan urban landscape. Respecting the character and limitations of our fabrics, they have designed a series of bags that are utilitarian, stylish and reliable. Living in a big city, they complement the contemporary urban lifestyle with a topical taste. Each bag is designed and manufactured separately, the colour and material combinations carefully selected and then everything made and assembled by hand. It takes time and effort, a good eye and many hours of head scratching but is worth the effort. They never make the same bag twice. Working with limited resources and relying on what is available at the time, it is inevitable. And they see each one of our bags as something of themselves; there’s been many an occasion that they felt sad in letting one go. Explore