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Santorini Biennale of Arts

The Biennale of Santorini is the idea of artist, designer and economist Kikos Papadopoulos; supported significantly by the Municipality of Thera, the Estia Association of Pyrgos and the Santorini of the Past Cultural Village in Pyrgos.

«The idea for a meeting of artists from around the world in Santorini was born in 2001, when I first began to carefully observe the richness of this dramatic island. The relation between the tradition and how it gets involved into our modern “aesthetics machine”, the local social psychology, the drammatic beauty of the island and the local economy can indicate us how to open new ways of living and thinking. » says Biennale founder Kikos Papadopoulos.

History, myth, architecture, the island’s traditions, the original significance of folk art, the customs and colours prove the island is positively animated by its people and their relationship to time and place. These factors, intertwined, give rise to a whole set of ideas – a ‘cabinet of thoughts’ if you like. Like Pandora’s box from the era of myth and legend, it consumes my imagination. An exhibition of the multi-disciplinary arts might embody and contain a set of cultural messages that could positively influence all of our futures – presenting something new and immeasurably exciting for the inaugural Santorini Biennale of Arts.