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Posted on: 13/Jul/2012 - Planning ahead

Greece’s Nicolas Lotsos has bagged the title Photographer of the Year in the international Spider Awards 2012, as well as the first prize in the black-and-white photography contest’s wildlife category. His striking photo The Hunt (pictured) - which depicts a rare moment when a lion and vultures, together with hyenas and jackals (hidden from view), vie for the hide of a buffalo in Kenya’s Maasai Mara national reserve - garnered the top award.
Lotsos, 43, is fascinated by Africa and frequently travels there, his “home”, as he likes to call it, to shoot tribes, wildlife and landscapes. His aim is not only to capture the beauty of the continent but also to raise awareness of the human suffering as well as fast-disappearing wildlife species.
“The greatness of nature tempts you to capture it and keep it within you, then share it with the world,” says Lotsos, who has been dabbling in fine art photography since the age of 16. “By exposing nature’s majesty, I feel as if I’m trying to preserve something valuable for future generations. Maybe because I feel that if we show the will to protect it, nature will find the way.”
He also recently won the gold prize in the nature/trees category of the Px3 2012 photography competition for a series of photographed entitled Savanna, picturing the plains of the Maasai Mara. His photos are on show, along with the other winning shots, at Paris’ Espace Dupon.
Reading into the myth of Herakles
FOR THE past two years New York’s acclaimed Aquila Theatre has been operating a programme entitled Ancient Greeks/Modern Lives, in which Greek classical texts are used to generate public discussion on a touchy subject - combat trauma or post-traumatic stress.
Ten years of fighting two wars, with more than 1.6 million American men and women serving in Iraq or Afghanistan, has resulted in a marked rise in suicides, depression and post-traumatic stress among those who have returned from the warzone.
Aquila Theatre chose Greek drama to reach out to American former army personnel and their families as the ancient playwrights never shied away from revealing the cost of war - to warriors, their loved ones and society.
This month the company touches down in Athens for the first time, bringing its new production Herakles, based on Euripides’ Hercules Furens, to the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation for three performances.
“Herakles is an ancient message from a society traumatised by years of brutal war. In this respect the Greeks still have much to teach us,” the theatre company says. “Euripides knew that wars could not be waged without having a devastating effect on the home. Our aim in producing Herakles is to use Euripides’ play to make people think about the cost and consequences of war and the duty of care we then owe to the people we send to fight them and the terrible damage they cause in the countries in which they are waged.”
Translated and adapted by Aquila Theatre founder Peter Meineck, it was first presented at the University of Southern California in March.
Audiences will be invited to join the actors in a discussion after each performance, which will be delivered in English with Greek surtitles.
Meineck will host a workshop entitled The Truth of the Mask on July 23 from 5 to 6.30pm. The participation fee is 10 euros. For further info, phone  210-341-8550  
  • On at the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation on July 22, 23 and 24 at 9pm. Tickets, at 20 euros (12 euros reduced admission), are available from the venue, Public stores, by phoning  210-341-8579  and at
 Tutti Frutti
Snehta Residency, the only art space in Athens that invites artists from around the world to stay there and work onsite, launches its second exhibition on July 19. Featuring the work of Stefanie Mann, it’s entitled Tutti Frutti and conveys the creator’s view of Athens - somewhat like a big bowl of fruit. It seems she’s not far off the mark - on July 21 and 22
at Snehta Residency (1 Agias Zonis St, Kypseli, tel  694-555-9124 ,
 World music up north
As part of celebrations held on the sidelines of The International Society for Music Education World Conference, taking place in Thessaloniki from July 15 to 20, 16 music groups from Germany, South Africa, Turkey, Brazil, Iceland and Namibia, among other countries, are coming to town - from July 15 to 18 at 9pm (Parko Mousikis, Thessaloniki,
Il Bacio di Leonora







Thirty performers, including soloists, dancers and actors, will appear in the award-winning opera Il Bacio di Leonora / Le Baiser de Leonore, staged by French company L’avant-scene opera. The work recounts the forced meeting of people hailing from very different places - on July 19 at 9pm (Michael Cacoyannis Foundation, 206 Pireos St, Tavros, tel  210-341-8550 ,


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