Friday, October 28, 2011

Our official debut (GR)

This week the Greek Comenius Team officially starts its activities in Greece.

The Teachers' Council of 3rd Upper Secondary School "Miltos Kountouras" has introduced and accepted the programme “HUMAN RIGHTS IN EUROPE BETWEEN IDEAL AND REALITY. RIGHTS AND CHALLENGE FOR STUDENTS IN THE 21ST CENTURY BY MEANS OF POETRY, ARTS AND MUSIC” in School extra-curriculum Activities of the school year 2011-2012 (Action 10/27-10-2011).

Celebrating this event, we present you a part of the work "Erotokritos" of Vitsentzos Kornaros. Kornaros composed Erotokritos in Crete. Erotokritos is a romance which takes place in Athens in early 17th century. It consists of 10,012 fifteen-syllable rhymed verses in the Cretan dialect. Central issue was the true love between two people, Erotokritos (Rotokritos or Rokritos) and Aretoussa and sets great store in many other issues such as honor, friendship, bravery, patriotism, courage, protection of identity and privacy. The direct model of this work is the French popular medieval romance Paris et Vienne composed by Pierre de la Cypède, which was printed in 1487 and was widely disseminated, being translated to many European languages.

The music video "Erotokritos" was performed in 2010 by 77 artists, in 44 locations around Athens (Nea Filadelfia, our suburb, included at 4:34, 5:18). Their initiative is based on the belief that art and especially music, has the power to inspire and above all to unite people in a common struggle.
Logically live - collaboratively act - play as a team - protect the environment and the planet - respect human rights and fight against their violation” is our own motto too.

Good Luck!