World Oceans Day

Each year, we celebrate the ocean, its importance in our life, and the ways of protecting it. The Ocean Project has promoted and coordinated World Oceans Day globally since 2002 with a team based in the US and volunteers from all around the world. Participating in a World Oceans Day event or activity is significant for us to make sure that our ocean would stay healthy for future generations.

Agia Kyriaki is Awarded in Europa Nostra 2018

Greece’s 8th Century Byzantine Church Agia Kyriaki located on Naxos island has been awarded by 2018 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards, which is, in fact, one of Europe’s top honors in the field of cultural heritage. The restoration of the Byzantine church of Agia Kyriaki has been awarded in the category of the “Conservation” for the year 2018.

The Season for Book Lovers

Recently, Thessaloniki wants to promote literature and trying to be book friendly. Some organisations are collaborating with each other to promote books and spring is the best choice for this kind of activities. The book bazaar that I have visited on 26th of April was the first book bazaar that is organised by a group of students from the faculty of law in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Nature for Water: 25th Year of World Water Day

Water is a vital part of life and it deserves to be used properly by every single living being on the planet. Every year on the 22nd of March, World Water Day is celebrated all around the world to create awareness about the importance of water. This year, this date has extra significance, since it is its 25th anniversary.

Protest against the name “Macedonia”

It has been more than a quarter century and there is still no permanent solution for the discussions about the term Macedonia. Obviously, the situation has been getting worse. After the attempts of Zoran Zaev, the new left-wing Prime Minister of the former Yugoslav Republic, joining NATO with the same name as the Northern Greece, the main problem has appeared again: What goes under the identity of the term “Macedonia”?

From Thessaloniki to Athens: the story of NAR

“If you want to do something you have to put limits and spend money in a specific artwork.”

The first time I saw the name NAR, it just gave me the urge to search more about him. After a quick search, I figured out that his real name is Iakovos Volkov, that he was born in Novorossiysk, in Russia, in 1982, and that he came to Greece in 1991 with his parents. He lived in Thessaloniki for a while and then moved to Athens where he is currently living and working. When I learned that he was in Athens, I immediately bought a ticket to meet him and he kindly offered a few hours to talk with Balkan Hotspot.

Best Destination for Winter Sun: Campania

While I was planning my trip to Southern Italy, I read tons of negative comments about Naples. Everyone wrote about how dirty and dangerous the city it is. I had heard lots of tragic stories from my friends whose things were stolen, and most the people advised me not to go there. For the first time in my life, I was about to back down from a planned trip because of someone else’s feedback.

But I didn’t.

Allora, prossima fermata: Firenze!

As a major crossroad between Bologna and Rome, Florence shines out as a conspicuous spot for Italy addicts. At the end of the medieval period, the city succeeded in several fields such as finance, commerce and arts. Considering that it is still one of the most touristic places, due especially to the fine art environment, it definitely deserves to be considered as the birthplace of the Renaissance. To be there and see all those unique masterpieces of the medieval ages was the determinant reason for me to spend three days in that ravishing city.