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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 07 July 2018
ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT 20 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 7 JULY 2018 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM PHOTO: BUSTLE Turns out Mamma Mia 2’s ‘Greek’ island is not so Greek after all Most of the film is shot on Vis, an island of Croatia Gucci goes to Mykonos The iconic Italian fashion house opens a pop-up store on Greece’s most cosmopolitan island M ykonos' newlyrenovated luxury boutique Nammos Village is high-end fashion's hottest spot this summer. Proudly sitting at - if not one of the most idyllic - certainly the most popular beach on the island, Psarou, the boutique village welcomes yet another fashion luxury house among its 2018 esteemed tenants. Following the grand opening of the store on Tuesday, Gucci announced the chosen location for its summer popup store is Nammos Village. A 120-square metre boutique taking up two floors will be home for Gucci's whimsical and playful designs, selling an array of pieces from its newest collections. At the label's 'cabinet of curiosities', the Nammos Village clientele can access women's ready-to-wear garments, handbags, and shoes, as well as a wide range of carefully selected men's accessories. The interior, staying true to Alessandro Michele's moodboard, is painted blue from floor to ceiling; a vibe much suited to the store's prominent location looking straight into the Aegean Sea. The lucky guests of Nammos Village will have access to couture brands that have also opened summer popup stores on the windy Cycladic island, the likes of Christian Louboutin, Oscar de la Renta and Dior's exclusive 'J'Adior Mykonos' pieces designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri, from knitted bodysuits to the embroidered tote of the season. Learn the art of photography while on holiday in Greece G reece Photo Workshops is an immersive travel experience led by a team of seasoned photographers who are not only photography teachers but art connoisseurs and avid travellers. Their task is to guide the photography travel team - usually a small flexible group - through some of Greece's most picturesque and artdrenched destinations. The leads arrange an array of inspired day trips for groups and individuals informing participants of the locations' history and culture, while teaching them what makes a photo powerful and how to use photography equipment. Greece Photo Workshops caters for beginners, enthusiasts and semi-pros alike; bespoke photo tours are also an option. Tinos photo workshop. Athens is one of the most sought-after vacations offered by the agency; a package that combines street photography workshops, visits to galleries and museums, archaeological sites, hills, and beaches to name a few. The four-day long weekend in the Greek capital will have participants look beyond the surface, while being immersed in the local culture, cuisine and the city's sophisticated living at a four-star boutique hotel in a key location. "We aim to share Greece's heart and soul with you, in a fulfilling and unforgettable photography experience," the website promises. "Transform your visit to Athens through an awesome and creative experience. Our photographers, who are not only committed, will instruct on carefully selected photo locations and help you add a personal touch to images of famous sites that have been photographed a million times over." Every package includes a hands-on photography instruction, edit and critique reviews in a format that is both friendly and casual. Escapes to the islands and the mainland are also available according to season and demand. This is a great idea for solo travelers looking to meet new people, couples, or individuals that seek to further their photography skill set. For more information head to greecephotoworkshops. com Vis island in Croatia is the backdrop of Mama Mia: Here We Go Again. he anticipated Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is set to premiere in the United States on 19 July. Directed by Ol Parker, most of the stars from the first movie will be making a return, including Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, and Dominic Cooper, along with bringing some fresh faces to the screen, the likes of Lily James, who will be playing a younger version of Meryl Streep's character Donna, and Andy Garcia. However, despite the fact that the film itself is supposed to be based on the fictional Greek island of 'Kalokairi', in a surprise twist, the second instalment has not been filmed on a Greek island. While the majority of Mama Mia! was filmed on scenic Skopelos located in the western Aegean, this time Universal Pictures decided to move the film's location further west to Vis, an island in Croatia. Largely unknown to many, Vis is located two-and-a-half hours away from Split. Having served as a military base until 1989, up until a few years ago its existence remained a mystery even to the locals. Nowadays however, it is beginning to attract crowds, drawn there mainly thanks to its low cost, marvellous beaches and great food. Tucked away along the Dalmatian Coast, its climate is ideal for summer exploration, known for its vineyards and wide selection of white wines. T The most popular landmark of the island, distinguished by its white pebbles, is none other than Stiniva beach and is where a major part of Mama Mia 2 was filmed. Meanwhile the nearby village of Komiza also features, with locals benefiting from the construction of a new road, created specifically for the production. While it was no doubt exciting to have such a large scale production full of A-list names on the island, it wasn't without its challenges, particularly when it came to accommodating the cast. With limited accommodation available, some stayed in Vis town, while others stayed on yachts. With Greece having experienced an increase in spending in the region during Mama Mia!'s production, and growing tourism to the sites featured in the film post-premiere, mayor of Skopelos Christos Vailoudis wasn't too happy about losing the second instalment. "The islanders are upset. The film was very important to us and for tourism," said Mr Vailoudis. While Universal Pictures hasn't officially commented on why they opted for Croatia over Greece, according to the UK's Daily Mail, a senior production source revealed the decision was made on the grounds of cost and bureaucracy, with Croatia not requiring permits before filming and offers subsidies to filmmakers. Skopelos island in Greece, where Mama Mia! was filmed.
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