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Dimitris Makalias

Dimitris Makalias is an actor, director, host and improviser and well, whatever comes along. He was born in Athens in 1981 and graduated with honors from the acting school of the National Theatre of Northern Greece. He has also graduated from the Department of Political Science and Public Administration from the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He has acted in many theatrical plays, tv series, movies, short films. Moreover, he has participated in tv shows, stand up comedy and improvising comedy shows, youtube shows of dubious quality, corporate events. He is also considered an influencer for advertising companies and some times directs shows that he might like. He likes finding new things to fill his free time.


Antigoni Psichrami

Antigoni Psichrami is a person many will know as “Poppy”, who sang with Dalaras. This song was the hit song that made him famous. She is an actor, a singer, a dancer, a musical performer, a voice coach and well, whatever comes along. She was born in Athens in 1987 and has graduated with honors from the acting school of Mary Vogiatzi Traga. She has acquired degrees in the fields of music, dancing and teaching. She has been in many theatrical plays, musical theatre, has taken part in concerts (both alone and with other great musicians from a variety of music genres) and tv shows and she has been a proud mother of a 3 year old boy.



George Nounesis

George Nounesis is the Director &amp and Chairman of the Board of the National Centre for Scientific Research“Demokritos” (2017-2021), Alternate Chairam of the Board at the Hellenic Space Center (2020-2024). During his tenure at Demokritos he is credited with the “Expansion of the NCSRD Infrastructure Project” a 48 MEuros construction project co-financed, by the European Investment Bank and the State of Greece and also the rapid growth of technology transfer to start ups and multinationals. Dr. Nounesis studied Physics at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. He obtained his PhD at the School of Physics and Astronomy of the University of Minnesota. He completed a three-year Postdoctoral training at the Chemistry Department of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Executive Education Program on “Innovation for Economic Development” at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Prior to returning to Greece he held Research Staff appointments at the Center for Materials Science and Engineering at MIT and at the Francis Bitter National Magnet Laboratory. He has spent sabbatical leaves at the Centre de Recherche Paul Pascal at CNRS and the Chemistry Department of the University of Bordeaux I as Invited Professor. For his work he has received awards from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation, the Empirikion Foundation, the United States Department of the Navy and the Graduate School of the University of Minnesota.


Maria Kousouni

Prima Ballerina of the National Opera of Greece. She was a soloist in the Ballet of the Hamburg State Opera “John Neumeier” and the Vienna State Opera. She has performed in major theaters around the world, from Japan’s Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto, to Italy’s Udine, Trento, Verona and Spain’s Royal Theater of Madrid, Seville, Gran Canaria, as well as theaters in Germany, France and other European cities. She has performed lead roles in works choreographed by some of the world’s most renowned choreographers, such as Cranko, Makarova, Neumeier, Kylián, Forsythe, Wheeldon, Balanchine, Petipa, Nureyev and others. She has starred in numerous works in Greece, such as “Swan Lake”, “Eugene Onegin”, “Giselle”, “The Nutcracker”, “Cinderella”, “Don Quixote”, etc. Many roles have been created for her in the ballets “Medea”, “The Bird of Fire”, “Romeo and Juliet”, and many more. She participates in performances and galas worldwide. She has danced three times at the Vienna Philharmonic’s New Year’s Concert, and received the Special Prize at the Luxembourg Young Dancers Competition and the Exaleiptron Dance Prize.She is teacher of classical ballet and choreographer and her works have been presented at the National Opera of Greece. She has been teaching classical ballet at the Vocational School of the National Opera of Greece since 2007. She teaches at classical ballet seminars, actively participating in projects, lectures and studies concerning development and education, the teaching of classical and neoclassical dance, and repertoire.


Eleni Pappa

Eleni Pappa has graduated from the Department of History and Archeology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Her love for educating all people with or without specialties, led her to be specialized in Special Education and Training, with a special moment and penetration in Visual Disability, where she was certified as a Trainer of the Blind Reading and Writing System – Braille. She has attended numerous Seminars and Conferences related to Education and already has many voluntary activities under her belt. She has so far produced 2 Scientific Suggestions – Tasks, one on ADHD and Visual Perception at the 3rd ADHD Interdisciplinary Study Conference in Thessaloniki and the second on Visual Disability and Writing and Reading of People with Visual Impairment in 3rd World Applied Teaching in the city of Drama. Currently she is working at Model Private School in Nea Kifissia, she is privately involved in the education of people with disabilities and finally, she is a specialist associate of Amateur Panathinaic Disability, being responsible for Visual Disability Fans


Argiro Vatakis

Argiro Vatakis is an assistant professor at the Psychology Department, Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences . She is the Editor-in-Chief for the international journal “Timing & Time Perception” and the founder of the Timing Research Forum , an open society for promoting multidisciplinary research on timing and time perception. She holds a BA in Psychology from California State University, Long Beach, USA, where she conducted research on multisensory apparent motion and a PhD in Experimental Psychology from the University of Oxford, UK, where she completed her doctoral research on the investigation of the factors modulating temporal perception for simple and complex multisensory stimuli. She has also conducted multisensory and temporal research in Boeing,CA, USA, at the Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics, Tuebingen, Germany, and the Department for Biological Psychology, Institute for Psychology II, Otto-von-Guericke-University Magdeburg, Germany.


Kyriakos Kolesis

Dr. Kyriakos Kolesis is a Professor of Sociology and Director of the 2nd Second Chance School of Corfu (Detention Center) since 2017. He holds a Master’s Degree in “Semiotics of Audiovisual Discourse” from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, as well as a Sociology from the same university. His interest and concern for society and its problems are evident in his career as an educator. He has taught in secondary and higher education, in areas such as sociology, art history, and visual semiotics (Preparatory School of Fine Arts in Tinos). He has participated in numerous seminars and conferences on Teacher Training in the Use of Information and Communication Technologies in Education. In addition to sociology, he is involved in theater, having completed studies in theater directing, and has undertaken the production of 12 audiovisual works (Image Samplings). He currently offers lectures at universities on image semantics.


Argyris Daouliaris

Argyris Daouliaris, of both Greek and French origin with beautiful images and smells from both countries, raised by the sea with a great love for Tourism and Culture. This love led him to engage in the Hotel Industry, serving this field either as Operations Director or Lecturer at Colleges and Business Management Training Centers. His greatest desire, the most effective interconnection in the job search of employees with hotels and small accommodations in Greece and their certification through
lifelong learning programs. The change of the hotel culture in Greece through value added services. All of that are coming true rapidly through Innjobs, of which he is the founder.


Yiorgos Eleftheriades

Yiorgos Eleftheriades, a Greek fashion designer based in Athens, created his brand in 1992. His collections have been showcased in Paris, London, Milan and Barcelona Fashion Week. As a fan of alternative classics, geometry, interesting combinations and clothes that can be worn 24/7, Yiorgos Eleftheriades has been an innovator of this kind. His clothes are recognizable and stand out in a strictly urban style. They have an alternative type of elegance that is always unpretentious and vibrant in all forms of combination and approach. The brand’s main approach to clothing design quality is the trans-seasonal timelessness and a glamorous but cool day-to-night style. Since the beginning of his career, Yiorgos Eleftheriades has been using natural and eco-friendly fabrics. As a matter of fact, since 1998 the motto “Protect the earth we got only one” has been in the brand’s label. His collections were sold in Greece, Japan, Italy, France, Lebanon, Kuwait, Hong Kong etc., and his work has been featured in magazines such as Numero homme, Mixte, Vogue Japan, Harper’s Bazaar Japan, Dazed & Confused Japan, Surface, Zoo Magazine, Wallpaper, 10, ID, Gad Japan, Glamor and Citizen K, So Chic etc.



Qualia Performing arts

“Qualia Performing arts” is a team including dancers, actors and choreographers, that live and take action in Corfu. The main reason behind the creation of this team was for members of the corfiot art community to connect in an expressive, creative and productive way. These members have more or less shown their work through art. Therefore, the members’ roles take turns according to every project’s needs. This brings the best result in broadening different themes, inspirations and experiments, between the main members of “Qualia Performing arts” and also people with fully-developed artistic and interpretive ability.


Miss Trichromi

Miss Trichromi is a musician performing in the music scene of Athens. She has released three solo albums, the album “Φίλες” (2020), the album “όνομα ζώο πράγμα” (2017), and the album “Πού πάνε τα μπαλόνια;” (2014). She has also released in limited copies a trilogy of small books (“Τα λιγότερο αγαπητά μου πράγματα”, “Επτά ερωτήσεις και μία”, and “Υπάρχουν στον κόσμο που ζούμε”, 2017).
In 2019, she collaborated with the musician and film director The Boy (Alexandros Voulgaris) on the composition of the original music for The Boy’s film “Winona”, (award for best original music, IRIS Awards 2020). She has also collaborated with many artists both on records and on live shows: The Boy, Nalyssa Green, Tango with Lions, Moa Bones, Logout, Marietta Fafouti, etc.)Some of her songs have also been played in theatre performances and films.


Leon of Athens

Leon of Athens has introduced us to his special sound with his first solo album called ‘Future’ (2011). After his album ‘Global’, Leon released the album ‘Xenos’ – produced by David Kosten – and received excellent reviews from important international media, such as Guardian, New York Times and BBC. This album showcases why he has gained a huge fanbase not only in Greece but also in Europe and the USA. The album is informed lyrically by the refugee crisis, the rise of the far-right in Europe and the US, but also personal upheavals: fractured relationships, lost faith, youth, freedom and death. From the uplifting indie-pop of previous singles, to the dark creeping electronics of the title track and ‘Xenos’, Leon proves himself an intriguing and exciting force. 

He has also important collaborations, including Yorgos Lanthimos who directed the video clip of ‘Baby Asteroid’. He has also participated in some of the biggest international festivals (South by Southwest, Firefly Music Festival, etc.). Following the success of ‘ANEMOS’, a song with Greek lyrics that has reached the Top 3 of Spotify, the same group – Katerine Duska, Leon of Athens, David Sneddon – met again and signed Leon of Athens’ new song called ‘Communication’, which was covered by Portugal the Man, one of the greatest bands in the world. The new single is included in his next solo album that will be released in 2020. Finally, ‘Communication’


Crazy Colours

The Theatrical Group of Deaf “Crazy Colours” was created in 2009 and consists of deaf and hard of hearing people. The Group managed to set out new codes in the acting expression and the theatrical form, utilizing and renewing the sign language, along with vocal performance, principles of improvisation, and physical theatre techniques. The Group was also honored to work with important cultural operators. Some of them are the National Archaeological Museum of Athens, Michael Cacoyannis Foundation, the Ancient Olympia, the Municipal Regional Theatre of Roumeli, the National Theatre of Northern Greece, the Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation, the Hellenic Federation of Deaf, the Union of Deaf, the French Institute of Athens Greece, etc. For the theatre season 2017-18 the Theatrical Group of Deaf was sponsored by the Ministry of Culture & Sports.



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