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Modern sculptures amid ancient ruins: An extra visual delight for Delos visitors this summer

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Photograph of an Antony Gormley iron sculpture displayed among the ruins on Delos island

Sculptures by Sir Antony Gormley, including this 2015 work entitled Connect,  have been installed on Delos island as part of a landmark  art exhibition on display this summer only 

 

Modern art on ancient site: After exploring the historic ruins on Delos three separate times between 2004 and 2010, I haven’t felt an urge to make a return trip to the island in recent years.  After all, the monuments and the island itself wouldn’t look noticeably different from my previous visits, so there wouldn’t be anything particularly “new” for me to discover. And besides, there are dozens of other major archaeological sites in Greece that I haven’t seen at all — so going to some of those has been a higher priority than  a fourth trip to Delos.

But this summer  I have really been regretting that I can’t get to Delos to see something that is in fact completely new and different, and available for viewing only during this year’s tourist season.

It’s a groundbreaking modern art installation called SIGHT, which features 29 iron “bodyform” sculptures that acclaimed British artist Antony Gormley has positioned among the historic Delos monuments and antiquities — on the island’s coast and harbourfront, atop Plakes Peak and Mount Kynthos, and in one of the galleries in the Delos archaeological museum.

 

Sir Antony Gormley and one of the sculptures in his SIGHT installation on Delos as seen in a photo from the NEON page on Facebook

Antony Gormley poses with his 2017 work, Reflect, on Delos island. The photo was shared on the Facebook page for NEON, the non-profit cultural organization that commissioned and organized the SIGHT exhibition.

 

The SIGHT exhibit is noteworthy for two key reasons: It’s the first time an artist has taken over the archaeological site since Delos was last inhabited 5,000 years  ago, and it’s the first time the Greek Archaeological Council has approved a contemporary art installation on the island.

It’s an historic art event I would certainly appreciate: I enjoy sculpture (from any era) and I would love to see some of Gormley’s work up close. Viewing his pieces on Delos — five of which were created specifically for this event — would give me fresh new perspectives of the island and its significant historical and mythical past. I have been intrigued and moved by photos of the sculptures I have seen on websites and social media, so I know that seeing the pieces in person would be a fascinating experience.

Unfortunately,  a trip to Greece isn’t possible for me before the exhibit ends. But if you are a fine arts and sculpture enthusiast yourself, and you will be visiting Mykonos (or Naxos or Paros, from which daytrips to Delos are also available) before October 31, don’t miss the unique opportunity to experience the island while the Gormley “bodyforms” are on display. 

 

 

SIGHT is a project that the Greek non-profit cultural organization NEON organized in collaboration with the Ephorate of Antiquities of Cyclades. The exhibition continues until October 31 2019.

Extensive details and information about Delos and the sculpture exhibit are available on the SIGHT page of the NEON website

Below is an 8-minute video in which Antony Gormley discusses Delos and the inspiration for his work, followed by photos of several of the sculptures displayed on the island.

 

 

From the NEON page on Instagram a photo of an Antony Gormley sculpture on the coast of Delos island Greece

 

From the NEON page on Instagram a photo of an Antony Gormley sculpture atop Mount Kynthos on Delos island Greece

 

Photograph of the Antony Gormley sculpture Cast III on Delos island

 

A sculpture from the Sir Antony Gormley SIGHT exhibition on Delos island seen in a photo from the NEON page on Facebook

 

From the NEON page on Instagram a photo of an Antony Gormley sculpture positioned in the ruins on Delos island Greece

 

An Antony Gormley sculpture on the coast of Delos island seen in a photo from the NEON page on Facebook

 

Photograph of the Antony Gormley sculpture Shift II from 2000 in the Delos Archaeological Museum

 

One of the Antony Gormley iron sculptures on Delos island in 2019

 

Promotional image for the Antony Gormley contemporary sculpture exhibition Sight on Delos island in 2019

 

Travel + Leisure magazine serves up a taste of Syros island

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Travel + Leisure magazine spotlights the architecture, culture and cuisine of Syros in its February 2019 issue

 

Appetizing island: “Island Escapes” is the theme for the February 2019 issue of Travel + Leisure, and Syros steals the spotlight as the only Greek isle on the menu of getaway destinations profiled in the magazine.

In a three-page article entitled “Beyond the Beach,” the prolific author /  journalist / travel scribe Eleni N. Gage describes her family’s first-ever visit to Syros, an island that doesn’t register on the radar for most North American travellers, who tend to gravitate to the tourist hotspots of Mykonos and Santorini.  (The majority of visitors to Syros hail from France and Skandinavia, Eleni writes, and they’re drawn by the island’s vibrant arts and culture events, its elegant Neoclassical architecture and its “incredible cuisine,” rather than the whitewashed villages and scenic beaches that lure the huge tourist crowds to other Cycladic isles.)

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Ermoupolis, the colourful capital and port town of Syros. “The fact that the island has a thriving city by the sea makes it alluring to those interested in life beyond the beach,” Eleni notes in her article.

 

Since Syros is one of our personal favourite places in Greece, I couldn’t resist buying the magazine when I saw the island mentioned on the front cover. I was curious to read what kind of impression Syros had made upon Eleni, whose feature articles about a number of destinations in Greece have appeared in top international travel and lifestyle publications.

Not surprisingly, she fell in love with Syros, too.

Island features and highlights described in her article include:

♦ a rich roster of annual arts events and festivals;

♦  stately “aristocratic buildings,” including the magnificent Town Hall and Apollon Theater,  in the visually stunning port town of Ermoupoulis;

♦ the seafront of the Vaporia neighbourhood of Ermoupolis, where Eleni had wonderful views of the palazzo-lined shore while she swam in the sea; 

♦ the hilltop village of Ano Syros, which was established during the 1200s; and

♦ restaurants where Eleni and her family dined (they had a memorable meal at one place we thought was excellent, too:  Peri | Tinos, on the Ermoupolis waterfront).

While we’re familiar with most of the places Eleni described,  I was glad she did mention a few we haven’t seen — they’re now on a list of things to do next time we travel to Syros.

My only disappointment was that the article wasn’t longer — I really wanted to read more about Syros. Nevertheless, it did made me yearn to go back.

Please click on the link below to turn to page 2, where I have posted some of our photos that show a few of the places mentioned in Eleni’s article.

 

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Mykonos parties, live music events & DJ shows during 2019

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Mykonos is the prominent supporting star in  the new music video Χωρις Εσενα, released July 23 by Greek singer Giorgos Tsalikis. If you’re visiting Mykonos this summer you can see Giorgos perform live — he’s on stage at 4711 every night.

 

It’s not even the end of August but Sanctus is already wrapping up its first season. The club’s closing party takes place on Thursday August 22 with Ayamoon on the decks.

 

 

Events this Sunday and Monday

 

Super Paradise Beach Club Super Sunday Greek Vibes party with DJ Vasilis Koutonias on Sunday August 25

DJ Vasilis Koutonias plays for the Super Sundays Greek Vibes party at Super Paradise beach club

 

Tropicana beach club Mykonos presents Jack Massoni on August 25

Jack Mazzoni plays another show at Tropicana on Sunday August 25

 

The Garden of Mykonos music and cabaret show with Nina Lotsari and Opera Chaotique on August 25

On Sunday August 25, The Garden of Mykonos presents a musical and cabaret show featuring Nina Lotsari and Opera Chaotique

 

Be Svendsen presents Chamber at Blue Marlin Ibiza Mykonos on August 25

Be Svendsen returns to Blue Marlin Ibiza Mykonos on August 25 to present another Chamber event, this time featuring Xique Xique.

 

Promotional ad for the Moni nightclub Mykonos August 25 party featuring DJ Toto Chiavetta

Toto Chiavetta and Alex Nude take over the decks at Moni on Sunday August 25

 

XLSIOR Festival Mykonos The X Show party on Sunday August 25

The X Show party takes place Sunday August 25 at Cavo Paradiso. An XLSIOR Festival event, it features Aron, Danny Verde, David Leroy and Rafha Madrid on its DJ roster.

 

 

Tropicana Mykonos Grey Goose parties on August 26 and 27

Tropicana is holding back-to-back Grey Goose Parties with 5 DJs, on Monday August 26 and Tuesday August 27

 

Scorpios Mykonos Origins event with Nasiri on Monday August 26

Naziri hosts the Origins event at Scorpios on Monday August 26

 

XLSIOR Festival Mykonos Beyond Woof Party Monday August 26

XLSIOR Festival’s Beyond Woof party takes place at the Zenit event venue on Monday August 26, with music by Decode, Arnaldo Novais and Cindel

 

Cavo Paradiso Mykonos August 26 party with The Black Madonna

The Black Madonna will perform at Cavo Paradiso on Monday August 26, joined on the decks by supporting DJ Junior Pappa

 

Void club Mykonos presents Dubfire & Pan-Pot on Monday August 26

The Monday August 26 DJ lineup at Void includes Dubfire & Pan-Pot as well as Nick Jojo and Liva K

 

 

~ See August & September events on page 2 ~

 

What’s happening: Summer is fast approaching and the Mykonos party scene has gotten well under way, with most of the island’s bars and clubs now open for business. 

Parties both in Mykonos Town and at various beaches are happening daily, with many more on the way when the big tourist crowds arrive for peak season (July and August).

Page 2 of this post contains promotional flyers showing daily beach parties and regular weekly events, as well as official party announcements for August and September. 

Page 3 lists events that have taken place since March, in case you’re interested in seeing what has already happened.

I update this post whenever new announcements are released, often several times per day, so check back regularly to see what’s new.

 

 

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Mykonos parties and special events in August, September and autumn 2018

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Scorpios wraps up its 2018 season with a weekend of closing events, including its final Unplugged event on Friday September 28, the last World program on Saturday the 29th, and the club’s season closing Sunday Ritual on September 30

 

Cavo Paradiso Mykonos

Cavo Paradiso ends its 25th anniversary season with a Full Moon closing party on Tuesday September 25, with music by DJs Argie, Anxid and Heavy G

 

Tropicana Mykonos

Beach parties take place daily at Tropicana until the club’s big season closing party on Sunday October 21

 

Skandinavian Bar Mykonos

Each year you can tell that the Mykonos party season is almost over when Skandinavian Bar holds its closing party.  This year it’s on Tuesday October 9.

 

~ updated on Saturday December 1 2018 ~

 

Below is a listing of promotional flyers for parties scheduled to take place on Mykonos during August and September 2018.

Events will be added to this page when they are announced, so check back for updates.

Bear in mind that many parties may not be announced until only a day or two before they take place. Some parties are advertised only locally on Mykonos, so when you are on the island, keep on the lookout for posters and club promotional staff who visit popular beaches and Mykonos Town to provide information about special events.

For more information about specific events, pricing and admission policies, or to make table reservations or to purchase advance tickets, contact the bars and clubs directly.

To see party listings for September 2018, click here.

To see events taking place in October and November 2018, click here.

 

 

 

Cavo Paradiso Mykonos

This is the international DJ lineup for Cavo Paradiso in August

 

Kivotos Hotel Mykonos

Every day throughout August, Kivotos Hotel at Ornos presents Poolside Rituals, during which DJ / Producer Constantin Nasiri “takes you to an a eclectic ethnic/bohemian musical journey.” The ritual starts at 4 p.m. and runs until 8 p.m.

 

Alemagou Mykonos

Alemagou will be hosting more than 10 events during August 2018. The featured artists and their appearance dates are indicated on the promotional poster shown above.

 

XLSIOR Festival Mykonos

XLSIOR Festival, the biggest annual party event on Mykonos, takes place this year from August 22 to 29 at beach clubs and various venues in Mykonos Town. A roster of top international DJs will appear for 11 major events.

 

SantAnna Mykonos

SantAnna will throw its F*** Me I’m Famous! pool party every Saturday evening in August

 

VOID club Mykonos

Void has special DJ acts and events every night of August, with some artists & parties still to be announced for the month

 

CLICK HERE to see a list of events that take place on either a daily or regularly weekly schedule until the end of August.

SEE PAGE 2 FOR MORE AUGUST EVENTS

SEE PAGE 3 FOR SEPTEMBER PARTIES AND SEASON CLOSING EVENTS

SEE PAGE 4 FOR OCTOBER PARTIES AND SEASON CLOSING EVENTS

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