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 multi-awarded New York-based non-profit and tax-exempt under 501 (c) 3 Media and Arts Cultural organization founded and established in 1993.  Its mission is dedicated to the promotion and preservation of all aspects of the rich heritage and culture of Cyprus and Greece for the benefit of Greek and Greek Cypriot Americans of all generations and of the general public; to strengthen the cultural bonds that unite Greek and Greek Cypriot Americans of all generations with their ancestral homelands, Greece and Cyprus, and to enhance civic and cultural relations among diverse communities by providing quality cultural programs, news and information service through radio, television and live cultural activities.

 

IMPLEMENTING OUR MISSION


AKTINA Productions, Inc., owns and operates the public service media, AKTINA FM (EST. May 1993) and AKTINA TV (EST. April 2002), both non-profit and commercial-free, founded by AKTINA’s President, Elena Maroulleti. These two highly rated media assets provide creative content which informs, enlightens, inspires and entertains. AKTINA FM and AKTINA TV also focus on the promotion and preservation of the Hellenic identity, culture and folklore in America, including matters that relate to the Greek and Greek Cypriot American community, the national issues of Greece and Cyprus, including topics of wide public interest pertaining to life in America, social issues, education, health, politics, quality of life among others. AKTINA Productions, Inc., AKTINA FM and AKTINA TV are financially supported through the generous donations of their audiences, by companies and businesses that underwrite their activities and through some U.S government support from local NYC agencies. To join our big family of supporters with a donation please click here.  All contributions are tax-deductible.  

 

AKTINA FM streams 24/7 and delivers unique internet programming to local, regional, national, and international audiences, totaling over 2.8M listeners. AKTINA TV, broadcasting every Sunday from 6-7pm on public station WNYE-Channel 25, delivers its unique television programs to over 950,000 viewers in the Tri-State area of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and several counties in Pennsylvania. 

 

AKTINA Productions, Inc., further implements its cultural mission with the production of live programs pertaining to the culture, folklore, music, dances and the literary arts of Greece and Cyprus with local musicians and artists.  Of much acclaim are the concerts from AKTINA’s series, GREEK MUSIC JOURNEY (GMJ) which feature the most distinguished and representative singers and musicians who are invited from Greece to perform at renowned theaters in Manhattan, New York.

 

DISTINGUISHED HONORS


AKTINA Productions, Inc., is the recipient of multiple distinctions such as Citations, Proclamations and Congressional Records from New York City, New York State and U.S. Federal officials. These distinctions recognize and celebrate AKTINA’s “immense and important contributions” to the Greek and Greek Cypriot American community and to the general public in the U.S and beyond as well as its achievements as a “leading” Greek American radio and television broadcaster, as a provider of “exceptional” cultural activities which highlight and promote the rich heritage and cultures of Greece and Cyprus in America and as the producer of the “acclaimed” concert series, Greek Music Journey (GMJ) showcasing different aspects of the representative Greek music repertoire with distinguished singers and musicians directly from Greece. The latest distinctions recognizing these achievements were received in 2018 on the 25th anniversary of AKTINA Productions, Inc.  On this auspicious occasion, the organization was honored with a Proclamation during a special ceremony at the New York City Council Chambers in Manhattan, New York issued by the NYC Council Speaker Corey Johnson on behalf of the Entire Council and Council Member Costa Constantinides. Watch the full special TV report here.  A similar Proclamation was also presented separately on behalf of the New York State Assembly issued by NYS Assembly Member Aravella Simotas. 

 

AKTINA's ACCLAIMED CONCERT SERIES - GREEK MUSIC JOURNEY (GMJ)


Founded by AKTINA’s President, Elena Maroulleti, Greek Music Journey (GMJ) Concert series was introduced in 1994 and fully 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. Initially the series featured New York-based representative Greek American singers and musicians and performances and were mostly given in local venues in the Borough of Queens, New York until their fame surpassed the boundaries of Queens. For three consecutive years, 1998, 1999 and 2000 GMJ was selected by the Lincoln Center concert committee to represent Greece during their annual “Lincoln Center Out Of Doors Festival” given every August before over 10,000 spectators.  In 1999, AKTINA also produced its first GMJ concert at a renowned venue in Manhattan. On March 7, 1999 at the prestigious Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, GMJ 1999 was presented before a full house of guests.  The sold-out performance featured 34 Greek American performers consisting of singers, musicians and folk dancers in a one of a kind musical production which showcased the different representative music genres of Greece such as, Byzantine, Demotic, Island Folk, Rembetika, Laika (popular-folk) and Contemporary.

 

Since 2006, AKTINA’s Greek Music Journey concert series exclusively features distinguished and prominent artists directly from Greece who perform at renowned New York City landmark theaters in Manhattan.  Between 2006 and 2010 GMJ was hosted at The Town Hall Theater and since 2013 at The Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College. In 2013 the series was expanded to include two annual concerts, the first given in the spring and the second in the fall.  Starting in 2014, AKTINA Productions, Inc., has been collaborating with CYPRECO Of America, Inc., in the co-production and presentation of several concerts from this series in support of the mutual cultural mission of the two non-profit organizations.  The concerts are given to benefit the public service and commercial-free media, AKTINA FM and AKTINA TV

 

Each new concert is dedicated to a specific music theme thus making each new performance unique and one of a kind. The participating artists who are invited to come and perform are carefully selected and fully represent AKTINA’s selected music theme. Over 13 years starting from 2006 to 2019, seventeen (17) different concerts have been given with Greek leading stars accompanied by their musicians and, in their majority were sold-out.  All concerts have been crowned with huge success and have received raving reviews from the press and from those in attendance.  The stars who have participated thus far include: Alkistis Protopsalti (2006), Kostas Makedonas (2007), Manolis Mitsias (2008), Melina Aslanidou (2009, 2010, 2013), Lavrentis Machairitsas with Panagiotis Margaris and Dimitra Papiou (2013), Lavrentis Machairitsas with Miltos Paschalis (2015), Lavrentis Machairitsas with Giannis Zouganelis and special Guest Star Mario Frangoulis (2017), Nasia Konitopoulou, Dimitris Kontogiannis with folk violinist Michalis Gampierakis (2014), Giannis Savvidakis (2014), Yannis Kotsiras (2015, 2017), Eleni Tsaligopoulou & Bogaz Musique (2016), Babis Tsertos (2016, 2018), Andreas Karantinis (The Magic of Bouzouki 2018) and  Bouzouki Legend Thanasis Polykandriotis (2019).  Watch all videos from these concerts on our AKTINA TV Youtube Channel in the Playlist Category, Greek Music Journey Concert Series (GMJ).

 

The global coronavirus pandemic that struck the world in 2020 ruined our plans both in that year and in 2021. As our priority is everyone’s health and safety, we had to cancel GMJ 2020 with Kostas Makedonas which was planned and advertised for many months prior.  As the health and safety protocols continued to be in force throughout 2020 and almost throughout 2021 and as theaters remained closed during this period, it was impossible and unsafe for AKTINA to proceed with any advance planning for the production of any concerts or any other live activities FY21.  We hope to be able to resume the production of the GMJ concerts in the very near future.  For updates, please send us an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

OUR VOLUNTEERS ARE OUR STRENGTH


AKTINA Productions, Inc., operates with the support of dedicated volunteers. All of its Board Members and principal staff work on a purely volunteer basis and no one is compensated for their professional services for the production and broadcast of AKTINA FM and AKTINA TV, including the production of the organization's cultural activities and concerts from the series, GREEK MUSIC JOURNEY (GMJ).  AKTINA Productions, Inc., also relies on seasonal volunteer Interns and offers an educational Internship Program for Greek and non-Greek high school students (ages 16 and up) and college students. This program provides tree training with full credit in the areas of radio and television broadcasting and the production of live programs. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this Program is temporarily suspended until all health and safety protocols are fully lifted.  Those interested in applying to AKTINA's Internship Program may still send their Resume or request for updates by sending us an This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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