AKTINA Mission Statement - Activities
Serving with distinction Greek Cypriot and Greek Americans of all generations and the general public since 1993
AKTINA Productions, Inc., is a recognized and well-established New York-based Media and Arts non-profit and tax-exempt under 501 (c) 3 cultural/educational organization that provides and sponsors for the benefit of Greek and Greek Cypriot Americans and of the general public the highly rated radio and television programs AKTINA FM on WNYE 91.5FM and 24/7 online and AKTINA TV on WNYE Channel 25 in the tri-state area of New York and beyond, the acclaimed concert series GREEK MUSIC JOURNEY (GMJ) and other live performances which highlight the rich culture, history and folklore of Cyprus and Greece.
The organization was founded and established in 1993 with a main purpose of providing public service radio and television programs, as well as live musical performances, cultural and folk arts programs that preserve and promote the rich heritage and culture of Cyprus and Greece among the new generations of Greek and Greek Cypriot Americans and introducing these to the general audience. In this respect, in May of 1993 the organization established the first and only true bilingual Greek American radio show on WNYE 91.5FM known as AKTINA FM. As an extension of AKTINA FM the organization also introduced and established in April of 2002 the first and only English language Greek American TV show known as AKTINA TV on WNYE-Channel 25. Both AKTINA FM and AKTINA TV are non-profit and commercial free and their focus is the promotion and preservation of the Hellenic identity, culture and folklore in America. In addition, AKTINA FM and AKTINA TV focus on matters that relate to the Greek and Greek Cypriot American community, to the national issues of motherlands Greece and Cyprus, while both programs also promote and cover topics of wide public interest that pertain to life in America such as social issues, education, health, politics, quality of life, etc.
In keeping up with its cultural mission the organization also produces live programs pertaining to the culture, folklore, music, dances and the literary arts of Greece and Cyprus with local musicians and artists, while the organization's annual main attractions are its two benefit concerts from AKTINA's highly acclaimed series, GREEK MUSIC JOURNEY (GMJ) featuring the most distinguished and representative singers and musicians directly from Greece who perform at renowned theaters in Manhattan, New York.
GREEK MUSIC JOURNEY (GMJ) Concert series was established in 1997 with a purpose to promote and preserve different aspects of the representative music of Greece such as the traditional, folk, popular folk and rembetika genres which comprise the basis of Greek music.
When GMJ was first introduced it mainly featured New York-based representative Greek American singers and musicians and performances were given mostly at local venues in Queens with the exception of a series of concerts given for the Lincoln Center Out of Doors Festival in August of 1998, 1999 and 2000, as well as GMJ-1999 given on March 7, 1999 at the Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. This sold out concert featured some 34 performers consisting of musicians, singers and folk dancers in a one of a kind musical production which highlighted all aspects of the representative music of Greece such as byzantine, demotic, island folk, rembetika and contemporary.
Since 2006 Greek Music Journey has been featuring distinguished artists directly from Greece, while all concerts from the series are given at renowned theater venues in Manhattan. Between 2006 and 2010 GMJ was hosted at New York’s landmark theater, The Town Hall and since 2013 at yet another historic Manhattan theater, The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College. In 2013 the series has expanded to include two annual concerts instead of one with the first given in the spring and the second in the fall.
Each new concert is dedicated to a specific theme thus making each new performance unique and one of a kind. For each new concert, the organization carefully selects the most renowned and representative singers and musicians who serve the selected music theme to come to New York and perform. Over the years AKTINA has presented several different musical tributes with leading Greek stars such as Alkistis Protopsalti (2006), Kostas Makedonas (2007), Manolis Mitsias (2008), Melina Aslanidou (2009, 2010, 2013), Lavrentis Machairitsas (2013, 2015), Nasia Konitopoulou, Dimitris Kontogiannis with folk violinist Michalis Gampierakis (2014), Giannis Savvidakis (2014), Yannis Kotsiras (2015), Eleni Tsaligopoulou & Bogaz Musique (2016).
The two annual concerts from the GMJ series are given to benefit the main mission of AKTINA of providing its non-profit and commercial-free radio and television programs, AKTINA FM on WNYE 91.5FM and AKTINA TV on WNYE Channel 25.
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