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“Maestro in Blue” travels to New York to celebrate Christophoros Papakaliatis

By Melina Chalkias

Greeks & Greek Americans from all over the Tri State Area of New York, along with international guests gathered at the Chiotes Hall of the Archiocesan Cathedral in New York City, to celebrate Christophoros Papakaliatis – actor, creator, director, and writer of “Maestro in Blue,” the first ever Greek scripted television series to make an exclusive worldwide distribution deal with streaming platform Netflix.

Moments Art Exhibition by Mina Balali

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Moments by Mina Balali
Abstract & Impressionist Exhibition - Rhodes, Greece
January 19, 2023. 11am-3pm

 Rhodes is one of the most visited islands of Greece, and one of the most cosmopolitan vacation destinations. Rhodes offers a significant vast history with the Castle of the Order of St.John’s Knights, one of the most well-preserved UNESCO castles in Europe, which promises romantic strolls on the medieval cobblestone streets of the old town that is surrounded by quaint shops, art exhibits, cafés and restaurants.

THI’s 10th Annual Gala in New York City raises over 2 million for Support to Greece

THI 2022The Hellenic Initiative welcomed over 800 guests at their 10th Annual sold-out Gala, which took place at the iconic venue of Cipriani Wall Street on December 3rd, 2022. The evening drew dignitaries, prominent Greek Americans, and Philhellenes to support the not-for-profit organization offering donations to Greece through various initiatives. The President, George Stamas, and Chairman, Andrew Liveris, spoke to the guests about the Greeks helping Greece, and The Hellenic Initiative’s past decade of service and milestones reached by the philanthropic organization with the slogan “Olli Mazi”. They also featured the Plant a Tree in Greece” campaign to help restore and reforest the areas ravaged by the wildfires in 2021.

The Hellenic Initiative honored Dr. Albert Bourla, CEO and Chairman of Pfizer, for overseeing the development of the world’s first COVID-19 vaccines. Master of Ceremonies 20th Century Fox’s CEO Jim Gianopoulos, spoke about the resilience of Greece and the Greeks. The famous Greek singer, Ellie Kokkinou, performed her top hits and had all guests dancing all night. THI raised over 2.5 million and will deploy the funds to Greek humanitarian programs to promote and support Greek economic and entrepreneurial development.

The Hellenic Initiative’s Venture Fair initiative is in its third year and gives the opportunity for Greeks startups to pitch their proof of concept to a variety of international investors that the organization draws in to promote investing in Greece. The organization also supports regenerate Greece and Odyssey, job seekers.

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Greece is a favored destination for weddings

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Greece is one of the top 10 destinations favored for weddings, with Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini as the most chosen picks. Known for breathtaking sunsets, crystal clear blue sea, natural beauty, amazing food and climate, Greece is a top pick for couples to gather their families and friends to share their special day. This has also become a great event business for new-generation Greeks, who help couples have a magical day.

 “Greece is a paradise for me” states Greek citizen, and entrepreneur, George Karantzos, who has returned to Greece after studying and living in New York, to start his event business. New Greek TV caught up with him to tell us why tourists are choosing Greece to have their wedding.

NG: In your opinion why are people choosing Greece to have their wedding?

GK: People are choosing Greece to have their wedding because the dollar and euro are closer in value now than ever before. It makes more economic sense to have a destination wedding in a country that has great food and one-of-a-kind hospitality at a price that would be comparable to the USA.katrantzos gotw

NG: Why is the event space booming in Greece?

GK: The policy of awarding a golden visa is making foreigners consider investing in Greece, and the Athens Riviera is becoming a hot spot. The government also implemented many incentives and aids to help people start a business.

NG:Tell us about your new venture in Greece?

GK: During my time in New York I opened a New York based event business. I specialize in organizing Corporate and fundraising events, and for many non-profits.  I also love weddings and believe what’s better than having your dream wedding in the most enchanting country in the world- with world class beaches, jaw-dropping seaside views and the best food! GREECE

NG: How do you see Greece in the next decade?

GK: Greece is becoming international, and these new government incentives and policies are bringing a cosmopolitan crowd and atmosphere to Athens.

NG: Having lived and worked in two countries, where do you prefer life and why?

GK: When I am in one place for too long, I get restless. Ideally, I would love to live in both countries. I don’t see myself living in just one place for too long. I have the desire to be in the middle of all the action. I want to go where the opportunities and the events take me.

NG: What advice do you want to offer to your peers?

GK: “Change is scary, and the unknown can be frightening. Life begins at the end of your comfort zone. Live your life for yourself! “

NG: You are part of the new generation of Greeks that left Greece in search of education and work in the US, why did you decide to return back home?

GK: I believe there is a new wave back to Greece. I believe there are new opportunities on the horizon, events are back and stronger than ever, real estate markets are climbing, and business is becoming easier to conduct.

Pictures Courtesy of George Katranzos