Paxos Festival 2023
Seamus Heaney and Greece
Sonnets from Hellas & Other Poems
Read by Catherine Heaney
with music by Hellas Ensemble and Elias Dendias
Tuesday, 11 July 2023
Old School Yard, Loggos, Paxos
Every summer a different group of Irish artists descends on the beautiful Ionian Island of Paxos Greece. They come for Irish Wings, a musical event dedicated to cultural dialogue between Ireland and Greece and an integral part of the annual Paxos Music Festival. This year it will feature Hellas Ensemble, a stellar cast of musicians from Ireland, Greece and America, who are presenting a suite of music celebrating the Nobel prize-winning Irish poet, Seamus Heaney in this, the tenth anniversary of his death.
The charming courtyard of the one-room school in the seaside village of Loggos will play host to the event. Seamus Heaney’s daughter, Catherine, will remember her father’s love of Greece and read his translation of a poem by Constantine P. Cavafy in addition to his ‘Sonnets from Hellas’, six brief but vivid glimpses into the Greek landscape that so inspired him. Irish Wings is also honoured to include a new translation of one of these sonnets by the eminent poet and translator, Dionysis Kapsalis and which will be read by the Paxiot Efterpi Lychnou.
The Celtic-Greek music flowing from their admiration for Heaney’s work has been composed by three bouzouki players: Marty Coyle from Derry in Ireland, Nikos Petsakos from Ikaria and Chicago and the Paxiot Elias Dendias, recently returned to the island after an Australian tour with the Paxiot group Maistrato and the rock band, Crowded House.
They, with the entire Hellas Ensemble, will be playing this and music specially composed for Paxos before an audience of locals and international visitors to the island and in the presence of the Irish Ambassador to Greece, Ms Iseult Fitzgerald. All will have the pleasure of hearing a range of instruments, including the Irish pipes and the Irish harp, neither of which have been played on Paxos before.
We would like to thank Culture Ireland, the Embassy of Ireland, Greece and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland for their ongoing and vital support of Irish Wings.
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Tickets also available (by cash or credit card) at Chris Boïcos Fine Arts Gallery in Gaios (opposite Kalimera bar).
Open daily from 10:00 am to 1:30 pm & from 7:00 to 10:30 pm