The Lausanne Syndrome is a project designed to record the lives of Pontic Greeks living in Turkey, Russia and the surrounding ex-Soviet countries. The project is being conducted by photographer George Tatakis who aims to capture these communities in their day to day lives by taking photographs and presenting them in book form and exhibition. PontosWorld will aim to keep you in touch with Tatakis on his journey.
Trabzon is a town with over 230,000 people (2009 census – it is currently believed to be over 300,000) on the northeast Turkish Black Sea coast at latitude 41°00′ north and longitude 39°45′ east (Figure 1). It is the second largest Turkish urban centre (after Samsun) on the Black Sea.
Georgos Konstantinidis, better known as Captain Yorghi Pasha, was the Mayor of Giresun (Grk: Kerasunta) from 1889 till 1906. He was also a ship owner and a businessman. His family originated from the Hopsa region of Pontus. His father Constantine was also a ship Captain while his grandfather was a metallurgist.
Chrysanthos Theodoridis (1934-2005), better known simply as Chrysanthos, is the most well known singer and song writer of Pontic Greek music. He was referred to as 'the nightingale of Pontus' owing to his powerful and beautiful voice. He was born in Oinoi, Kozani, Greece in 1934. His parents were Pontic Greek refugees from Pezirkian Kiatsit in the Kars region of north eastern Turkey.
It's 1964 in Constantinople (Istanbul), relations between Greece and Turkey are on shaky ground, and 7 year old Fanis (George Corraface) and his family have been given the startling news that they are being deported to Greece. Initially Fanis has trouble adapting to his new surrounds in Greece. He constantly reminisces about life in Constantinople where he grew up part of the Greek minority of the city.
Stavros Savvidis is a popular Pontic Greek singer whose ancestors originated from the Santa region of Pontus. He was born in Veria, Greece from a musical family, and developed an interest in music from a young age. At the age of 16 he began singing amongst friends, but before long he was singing professionally alongside his musician father Manti Savvidis, who plays the Pontic kemenche.
Vityazevo is a town located along the eastern coastline of the Black Sea in Southern Russia. It became a settlement for Greeks who fled the shores of Ottoman Turkey and the northeastern region of Pontus during the 19th century. The town is sometimes referred to as Little Athens due to the Greek styled buildings of the town and the Greek language which is spoken in the streets.
Melbourne | Pontian night. One night only, direct from Greece, Anastasios Kazantzidis (lyra/vocals) will be appearing at Yanni's Tavern in Kew on Friday the 26th of June 2015. All enquiries and bookings call Sarah 0419 499 693.
Seven years after starting his research about one of the most dramatic episodes of 20th century Armenian history, actor, playwright, and novelist Eric Bogosian has written Operation Nemesis: The Assassination Plot that Avenged the Armenian Genocide (Little, Brown & Co.; April 21, 2015).