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4th Santorini Experience rising global interest
More than 6.000 visitors from 45 countries in Santorini
World class names as well as the elite of the Greek national open water swimming team were present!
The top Hungarian swimmer Attila Manyoki, who excels in open water swimming races with several successes and is a member of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame (IMSHOF), returned for another year at the event that is member of the Global Swim Series (GSS). Along with him, the British twice silver Olympic medalist, at the Rio Olympics in 2016, Jazz Carlin swam for the first time, as well as the twin Greek expatriates racing with the colors of the national team of Netherlands, George and Timos Skotadis. The elite of the Greek national team along with top professional athletes had a dynamic presence in the swimming race. The national team consisted of George Arniakos, Dimitris Negris, Stellina Aplanti, Dejan Giovanovic, Dimitris Manios, Irene Diakoumakou, Maria Filopoulou, Maria Liossi, Anastasia Kyrili, Konstantinos Konstantineskou, Panagiotis Alogakos, Maria Kirykou, Triantafyllia Diakoumakou, Marianota Elmali and Melina Trochalaki.
The federal coach and technical director of the 1.5 miles (2,4km) open water swimming by Vikos, Nikos Gemelos applied FINA’s regulations on Sunday, October 7th, and implemented the race with the approval of the Hellenic Swimming Federation, following all safety rules. At the same time, the event took care of the amateur athletes with the addition of the safety buoy, of high standards and quality. The swimmers started in two groups from the volcano ending their race at the old port of Fira, having the imposing view of the island in front of them. Men’s winner was Dimitris Negris, George Arniakos finished 2nd and Dejan Jovanovic in the 3rd place. In women, Olympic medalist Jazz Carlin was 1st, Irene Diakoumakou finished 2nd and Maria Filopoulou came 3rd. You can see the detailed results on the official page of the event (in the event there was an extra classification for those wearing wetsuits – wetsuit category).
In the safety of the race contributed the 50 specialized escorts in the water with the help of Lifeguard Patrol, which also had several lifeguard boats beyond its staff, the people of Santorini who assisted with their own boats, the Voluntary Lifeguards of Santorini, Atlantis Dive Center, Mediterranean Dive Club, Santorini Nautical Club and most of all the Boatmen Union Santorini that carried the athletes to the volcano and helped in the smooth implementation of the open water swimming race.
On Saturday, October 6, the 15km, 10km and 5km “Aristides Alafouzos” running races were held. All routes started from the desalination plant in Oia, with parts of trail track and a background of the magnificent images from the volcano overlooking the Caldera, as well as the settlements of Imerovigli, Firostefani, Oia and with a finish in Oia. The running routes are designed by the former marathon runner, Greek classic route record holder, running trainer and director of All About Running, Nikos Polias. “Santorini Experience” has joined the World’s Marathons global community.
It should be highlighted that many athletes decided to run for the joy of sports with no timing.
In terms of the social events, Municipal Sports Cultural Environmental Organization of Santorini (DAPPOS) hosted an open concert with the Greek-German artist FIONA, in the surrounding area of the Indoor Hall DAPPOS, on Saturday October 6. A little bit earlier the International Dancing Group of Santorini “Stamatina Xiarchou” & Association of Pontians Eptamyloi Serres “Akrites” opened the concert.
On Friday, October 5, on the occasion of Santorini Experience, Samsung (as the official technology partner), in cooperation with the local Kotsovolos store, organized the event “Kotsovolos and Samsung present the Hotel of the Future”at the conference hall of DAPPOS informing the island’s hoteliers of all the latest developments and the benefits of technology in their industry. Samsung enriched the experience of those participating and attending the event with the innovative Samsung Galaxy ecosystem services, such as the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+, coupled with the Gear 360, the Gear VR and unique 360 degrees content.
Easy access with the help of sponsors!
Participants traveled to “Santorini Experience”, with the official airline partner of the event, Ryanair, which offered the connection of Athens with Santorini with direct flights from abroad. The Greek leading shipping company Blue Star Ferriesas a sponsor of the event facilitated the ferry connection offering a 50% discount on the ferry tickets and the participants’ vehicles, assisting a total of Greek and foreign athletes while offering an additional discount on the connection with the Cyclades and Dodecanese group of islands, resulting in participations from the islands of Paros, Naxos, Amorgos, Rhodes and others.
Ford Motor Hellas promoted sports and “fair play” by participating for the 4th year in the support team of “Santorini Experience”. Athletes and organizers moved with the safety and efficient Ford Motor Hellas cars, the official sponsor of the event.
For another year Vikos SA as an official sponsor spread the message of sporting energy with the natural mineral water “Vikos”, offering the necessary hydration and revitalization to all participants. The natural mineral water “Vikos” offers the necessary balance, well-being and energy that the athletes need during their exercise in order to be able to continue their efforts.
The organization innovated with its collaboration for the first time with Luanvi, the leading company in the sportswear industry in Spain. As the event’s official sports supplier, Luanvi offered an extremely innovative sports T-shirt to all participants.
The event received a very substantial support and assistance from its official sponsors Alafouzos Sport, Athina Luxury Suites and Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa.
Official supporters of the event were Santorini Hoteliers Association, Meltemi Hotels & Resorts, Aqua Vista Hotels, Boatmen Union Santorini and Avance Rent A Car.
DNA Travel, as the official transport partner of the event, facilitated the transportation of all participants and volunteers of “Santorini Experience”.
National Geographic was the official strategic partner of the event.
The event was assisted by Lifeguard Patrol, Assyrtico Wine Restaurant Café, Hellenic Recovery Recycling Corporation and the Department of Sports Organization & Management from University of Peloponnese.
The event received the support of the following hospitality sponsors: Santorini Hoteliers Association, Meltemi Hotels & Resorts, Athina Luxury Suites, Santo Maris Oia Luxury Suites & Spa, Aqua Vista Hotels, Canaves Oia, Santo Houses, West East Suites, Desiterra Luxury Suites & Villas, 270 Oia’s View, Fanouris Condo, Monolithia, Casa Iphigenia, Sienna Resort, Esperas Santorini and Loizos Stylish Residencies.
VitaNTravel, as the official travel agent of the event, took care and assisted all athletes and escorts with information about the ferry routes, ferry tickets, car rentals and accommodation
“Santorini Experience” is a co-organization of Municipality of Santorini, Municipal Sports Cultural Environmental Organization of Santorini (DAPPOS) and Active Media Group. The event was held under the auspices of the Greek National Tourism Organization and approved by the Hellenic Swimming Federation. More info at: www.santorini-experience.com
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LUXE LIFE Interview with Johnson Chang
Prolific Chinese collector and curator has been one of the main patrons of Chinese contemporary art. Co founder of the Asia Art archive Chang has played a significant role in the projection of contemporary art across the globe. Chang has been collecting Chinese contemporary art since the 1980s and has developed a unique and relevant collection. His many exhibitions at prestigious events such as the Venice Biennial or the Sao Paulo Biennial have made Chang one of the most respected and important figures in the contemporary art world. Chang co-curated and presented the Resolution district exhibition at this year’s fifth edition of Start 2018, having brought China’s most solicited and talented artists to central London. Start Art fair is, in essence, a reunion and celebration of international art. Artists from Korea, China and Africa congregate in a great space. Nurturing international talent providing support and recognition to rising artists. Will of Faith is this year leading exhibition. Challenging the concept of faith and its importance in society and nationhood. The exhibition challenges faith, politics, identity, and utopia through the artists perspective. Emphasizing the power of faith and its place in the modern world.
Where did you find your interest in art and collecting?
I became interested in art as a schoolboy. At first, it was the attraction of pictorial images, but as I got to know more about artists and the diverse approaches to expressing feelings and ideas, I started to take art as a tool to grasp emotional issues and intellectual ideas. Art became a thinking habit, and collecting was the natural expression of the urge to possess the physical body of a beautifully expressed emotion, a sensually formed idea, or the mood of a historical era. Collecting is perhaps simply the urge to be part of a special world.
How has your collection developed over the years?
I cannot claim to be a serious collector as I do not have the instinct and drive to pursue objects for the sake of completing the puzzle of a certain complete picture.
I did start to work as a gallerist in order to immerse myself in art, therefore acquiring objects is a daily seduction that I face, and often enough I succumb to it. Over the years I have moved in many directions and looking back, it is pondering on the things acquired that often teach me things I do not know about myself; they make clear unarticulated concepts and obsessions that become apparent through the juxtaposition of seemingly unrelated objects.
How has Chinese art evolved through recent times?
The radical change in chinese culture and politics in modern times has moved in a parallel path with that of art, and art objects speak to us as evidence of this change. They also tell us about things and passions that have persisted over time, which I find reassuring in this era of rapid change and revolutions.
What draws you to a specific painting. Is historical context an important part?
Historical context is important only after the art speaks to you. Otherwise one might as well read a book on history. Historical context helps the viewer to be delivered into other times, and it helps him to appreciate the artist’s particular way of shaping his sensibility. That is why contemporary art is so attractive to people today; things change so quickly, we all need to find ways to grasp the world around us and find ways to relate to it. This is what contemporary art does for us.
What is the significance of curating and displaying Chinese contemporary art across the globe?
Art is about values and concerns that should be universally understood; by displaying art from a particular culture in an international context challenges the art to account for itself, it also promotes understanding in ways that cannot be done through intellectual and economic exchanges.
The premise of universality in art is probably the reason we are seeing so many international biennials being created around the globe in recent decades.
What do you think is people’s interpretation of Chinese contemporary art?
Interpretation is what exhibitions look for, the more interpretations the better; it enriches the art. Chinese contemporary art is complex because Chinese culture has gone through a turbulent century of revolutions that have not seen the end of the road. The fresh challenge of technological revolution today compound the uncertainty and complexity of contemporary culture. Technological transformation of everyday life is a global challenge; what chinese art brings to the platform is only one proposition among many other possibilities.
How does today’s geopolitical and economic context influence contemporary Chinese art?
One cannot speak about culture and art production in today’s world without thinking about geopolitics and economic dynamics. Art articulates these issues in ways outside of the political-economic sphere. One might say that art is the special open platform each country provides for local experimentation and international interaction.
Johnson Chang was interviewed by Sebastian Marc during START at Saatchi Gallery LONDON.