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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 8 August 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 8 AUGUST 2015 19 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Natassa’s Charisma A proudly and authentically Greek virtual gifting online service NELLY SKOUFATOGLOU The Greek financial crisis has brought negative stories about Greece. But in every crisis there is opportunity. Charisma Gifts has a story of optimism as part of the Greek crisis narrative. Natassa Patrikiou is a fourth generation South African Greek. As a child growing up in South Africa, she was always exposed to the vastness of South African culture as well as the essence of her Greek roots. At the age of 11, Patrikiou finally visited those roots during her first family vacation to Greece. "It was only a two-week holiday, but within that short time, I instantly knew that I wanted to someday return to Greece and experience it far more than just as a tourist," she says. "After finishing school, I returned to Greece at the brink of the Greek crisis in February 2010 to live and study in Athens." Once she graduated, Patrikiou realised that she wanted to be involved with something she felt passionate about. That was Greece, its people, its history, its culture, its lifestyle and the country's unique spirit of filotimo. "After much research I found that there was a gap in the market for a gifting service that offered a snapshot of the country's distinctive colours, textures and flavours to the outside world," she adds. "Charisma's mission is to enable anyone with a love for Hellenic culture and design to send a selection of uniquely Greek 'gifts of grace' to loved ones in Greece." With charismagifts.gr, Patrikiou and her crew go to great lengths to carefully select original, unusual and exquisite handcrafted products from Greece's most innovative artisans. Charisma offers exclusive handmade gifts that you are unlikely to find in the average department store, gift shop or e-retail website. It Based in Greece but with an international footprint, this online store has been created as a shop window for gift packages that are delightfully different and out of the ordinary. showcases items that are fresh and creative, and that often give a zesty modern twist to a traditional Greek favourite. Patrikiou managed to tick all her goal-boxes, while supporting small businesses. "We have scoured the country looking for products that showcase the exceptional talent and creativity of enterprising Greeks who are passionate about their artistic vision but have few commercial outlets for their wares," Patrikiou Stresses. "As a start-up whose purpose is to help small businesses succeed in Greece, I am amazed by the number of incredibly creative companies established during the crisis." In supporting small artisanal traders, Charisma hopes to help stimulate local and international demand for our Greece's beautiful and original hand-crafted goods, steeped in centuries of culture and heritage. "We'de love to play a role in boosting the economy, even if it is small at the moment," she says. "It has been very encouraging to see many young start-up companies and their willingness to collaborate, cooperate and how service orientated they are." *For more ideas and information head over to www.charismagifts.gr Ancient Greek artefacts travel to the land of the rising sun ‘The Golden Legend’ exhibition set to kick off in October The Central Archaeological Council of Greece has agreed to loan 147 artefacts from the National Archaeological Museum in Athens to be hosted at the National Museum of Western Art (NMWA) in Tokyo and two other venues in Japan. The temporary exhibition, entitled 'The Golden Legend', focuses on gold works of art of ancient Mediterranean civilisations, and will be displaying a total of 225 exhibits from participating museums in Austria, Italy, France, Spain, UK and Greece. The artefacts, as living objects of witness, tell the story of how the art related to gold originated and developed from the prehistoric period until the late antiquity among the civilisations of Pontus region The National Archaeological Museum of Athens. Aniston to star in celebrity-studded Mother’s Day film The romantic comedy to be released in April 2016 Greek American actress Jennifer Aniston will be starring in Gary Marshall's new film, along with Kate Hudson and Julia Roberts. Open Road Films announced last week that it had acquired all US distribution rights to the romantic comedy. Gary Marshall's Mother's Day marks the latest of the director's celebrity-packed features with a holiday theme, following New Year's Eve and Valentine's Day. The plot revolves around the life of several mothers as the actual holiday approaches. Unlike Roberts and Hudson, for Aniston it will be the first time she’s had the opportunity to work with the director. Production will begin in Atlanta within the next month and the movie is expected to hit cinemas in April 2016, the weekend prior to Mother's Day. Jennifer Aniston is set to appear in the Mother’s Day feature film. PHOTO BY JORDAN STRAUSS/INVISION/AP. Amy Sedaris returns in BoJack Horseman Actress Amy Sedaris is reprising her animated role as Princess Carolyn in the TV show BoJack Horseman, which had its season two premiere on 17 July. The series is an adult animated comedy with talking animals, with its first season launched in August last year on Netflix. The plot develops around the life of BoJack (voiced by Will Arnett), a horse and cheesy ‘90s sitcom star turned to a self-hating alcoholic trying to make a career come-back. Sedaris voices the character of Princess Carolyn, an anthropomorphic cat who is also the manager and occasional partner of BoJack. "A character like Princess Carolyn I don't mind listening to at all. It all depends on the project. But I like to watch this," the performer told the Canadian newspaper Metro. The surreal satire has gained its place among the 50 Best TV shows on Netflix and all 12 episodes of the newly-launched second series are available online. and the Mediterranean sea. Golden jewellery such as necklaces, rings, buckles, earrings as well as tools are among the artefacts to be shown. Apart from the NMWA, ‘The Golden Legend’ exhibition will also travel to the Miyagi Museum of Art in Sendai and the Aichi Prefectural Museum of Art in Nagoya and will run from 16 October 2015 to 29 May 2016. According to reports, the Central Archaeological Council of Greece is in discussions with the NMWA for a collaboration which can possibly bring Japanese artefacts to the Museum of Asian Art at Corfu. BoJack (left, voiced by Will Arnett) and Princess Carolyn (right, voiced by Amy Sedaris) in Netflix’s BoJack Horseman. PHOTO COURTESY OF NETFLIX.
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