Corfu's Culture and History
Corfu's culture is a product of its rich and diverse history, melding elements from Mainland Greece and Europe, from Venice and the wider Italy, and from France and Britain. The cosmopolitan lifestyle that developed as a result of these many influences has fostered a plethora of historic traditions that are still observed today, and that are evident in the island's architecture, art, music, dance and cuisine, as well as at the many festivals that punctuate its calendar.
A look at the history of art and religious painting in Corfu from the sixteenth century until modern times.
Thirteen postcards featuring Angelos Giallinas watercolours of Corfu have been reprinted in their original form. The postcard set can be used as attractive notecards (or indeed as postcards!), or can be kept as attractive collectibles. They make an ideal gift for any lover of Corfu.
Corfu's cuisine is inextricably tied in with its history and this is what makes its food so different from the rest of Greece. It is fascinating to look through a menu and try to work out who brought what.
A list describing the many festivals which punctuate the Corfiot calendar.
Hazel Dean Photography
Hazel captures everyday life - from the twinkle in an old man's eye to Corfu's natural beauty. As well as landscapes, her photos and prints of Corfu include portraits and images of local wildlife.
Corfu's geographical position meant that it was constantly at the mercy of invaders. This led to a wealth of history and influences. This section looks at the past rulers of Corfu and their present day legacy.
An entry about Corfu taken from the 1911 edition of The Encyclopaedia Britannica and two pieces written in 1899 and 1913.
It's surprising how a little Greek will enhance your stay here. If you can offer a few words, even the most simple greetings, you will receive in return an even more enthusiastic welcome. This section contains the Greek alphabet and a few words and phrases that you might find useful.
This 400 year old monastery sits among pine trees and olives on the hillside above the west-coast beach of the
same name. A peaceful spot with breathtaking views.
A unique collection of custom made constructions by Andreas Monopolis. Includes sound devices, designs and musical compositions.
Dedicated to the arts and especially activities that have an interaction between people and the audiovisual arts. The foundations of Monopolis Productions are diligence and the management of activities that offer safety and respect for both creators and their work.
In Corfu you will find museums exhibiting Archaeology, Byzantine Art, Asiatic Art, and Traditional Folk History. In addition you can visit the palaces of Achilleon and Mon Repos.
In Corfu there is a long musical tradition which is continued by the many Philharmonic bands which can be seen performing at local celebrations. Both the composer of the Greek National Anthem and the Olympic Anthem were Corfiots.
The history, cultivation and production of olives and olive oil. Includes some fascinating olive-related trivia. For instance, did you know that olive oil is an antidote for ammonia poisoning?
Warren Curry paints in two predominant styles, traditional and figurative. His paintings depict the dramatic scenery, wonderful villages and colourful traditions of Corfu. You can now buy limited edition prints of his work.
Pelekas Cultural Society
The Pelekas Cultural Society promotes cultural awareness, maintains local tradition and organises festivals, as well as running choirs and dance groups.
Information about Greek wine and the vineyards of Corfu. There is substantial evidence that wine has been produced in Greece since at least 4000 BC. In "The Odyssey", Homer famously describes "The wine dark sea".