The event is dedicated to fashion designer with Cretan origin Sophia Kokosalaki who passed away unexpectedly in October. Journalist Harriet Quick, contributing editor at Vogue UK and Sarah Mower MBA, Chief Critic Voguerunway and British Fashion Council Ambassador for Emerging Talent will pay tribute to the designer’s creative genius and exceptional personality. Last year, Sophia Kokosalaki was honoured by Branding Heritage and the Region of Crete at the Heraklion Archaeological Museum for her valuable contribution to the promotion of the Greek heritage and the Minoan culture on the international fashion scene.The distinction was given within the framework of the multifaceted cultural event ‘Contemporary Minoans’ and ‘Cooking like Minoans’ held in presence of HRH Prince Charles of Wales.
The event will be addressed by Regional Governor of Crete Stavros Arnaoutakis, President Angela Gerekou and Secretary-General Dimitris Fragakis of the Greek National Tourism Organisation, Ambassador of Greece to the Court of St. James’s H.E. Dimitris Caramitsos-Tziras, Journalist and Founder of Branding Heritage Katerina Frentzou.
Speakers include at the Panel Session Professor of Aegean Studies, Classics and Ancient History at the University of Bristol Nicoletta Momigliano, Maze designer Adrian Fisher, Lecturer of Aegean Prehistory at Venice Ca’ Foscari University Ilaria Caloi, Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham Diana Wardle, Archaeologist and Founder of Minoan Tastes Dr. Jerolyn Morisson, Ceramicist Lilah Clarke, at the Creative Talks Founder of Rainbowwave Maria Lemos, Fashion Designer Marios Schwab, Archaeologist and Designer Dr. Polina Ellis, Members of Balothizer Music Band Stephen J. Payne and Nikos Ziarkas.
Guest Speaker: Mary Katrantzou
A special message will be sent by the Head of Picasso Administration Claude Picasso while the closing address will be delivered by the painter of Knossos Palace Yiannis Politis. The event will be moderated by Journalist and Fashion Features Director at Vogue Greece Elis Kiss and BH Expert and Managing Partner at Militos S.A. Olga Stavropoulou.
The event will be featuring an exhibition of inspired artworks with Minoan references by European artists, part of the Contemporary Minoans collection soon to be hosted at the first Branding Heritage Contemporary Minoans Cultural Center in Crete. Exhibition artists include Artists Alekos Fassianos, Lilah Clarke, Loukia Orfanou and Tereza Valavani, Fashion Designers Mary Katrantzou, Marios Schwab, Faye Chatzi, Fashion Brands Ergon Mykonos and The Artians, Jewel Designer Polina Ellis, Textile Designers Alexandra Bissa and Maria Sigma Textiles, Maze Designer Adrian Fisher while Researcher Archaeologist Diana Wardle will be presenting a reconstruction of ancient clothes. The event will be accompanied by live workshops reproducing ancient techniques (weaving / loom).
The event is supported by Militos Consulting S.A., Social enterprise knowl for Education and Lifelong Learning, Minoan Spora, RainbowWave, Karatarakis, Avra, eltranslations, Titania Hotel, Ballas, Creative and Innovative Greece. Media Sponsors: Kathimerini and Kathimerini English Edition, Hellenic TV, euGreeka.
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About Branding Heritage
Cultural Organisation Branding Heritage was founded by Journalist Katerina Frentzou and is devoted to highlighting ancient Greek culture as an everlasting inspiration of contemporary artists. BH designs multifaceted cultural events promoting cultural heritage and cultural entrepreneurship, supports the revival of ancient techniques and showcases artistic creation that pays tribute to the “global” Greek heritage across borders.
Branding Heritage also embarks on a journey to bring youth closer to their unique cultural roots. Connecting past, present and future, BH Kids revives ancient arts and techniques in collaboration with craftspeople, artisans, weavers and creators, in an effort to prompt youth to discover and experience hands-on their cultural heritage. BH Kids also aims to establish synergies with schools, colleges and universities, connecting culture with entrepreneurship and opening up new career paths for students.