Announcement of the international competition „Agon Armonias 2011“about music and

 poetry, with the objective of promoting the Ancient Greek language, classical


 philosophy and composition (category: adults)



Addressed to all people who are interested in Ancient Greek, Philosophy and Music!

Since many years the international meeting site for culture and music, at the north-west coast of the Greek Peloponnese, represents intercultural exchange. Following on from our Ancient Greek competition “AGON ARETES“ in 2005 (you can find more information on this competition under and the recently launched opera composition competition “HELIKE ATHANATOS” 2010 (, we want to launch another competition this year. Object of this competition is the combination of Ancient Greek, philosophical thinking and musical artistic creation. It is our intention to promote the involvement with Greek language and culture.


This project addresses all adults, who show great interest in the Ancient Greek language, Greek philosophy and art and who want to be (or already are) poetically and compositionally active. If you are both composing and writing poetry, you may be able to carry out the following tasks by yourself. If you are either composing or writing poetry, you can club together with a poet or a composer and carry out the following tasks in team work.


Not only adults but also young people have the chance to compete in the category „pupils/classes“. You can find further information under:


Task of the competition:

1.      Choose as poet and/or composer a quotation, saying or the verse of an Ancient Greek philosopher or poet that contains not more than 15 words.

2.      Poetic part: Integrate this saying/line in a poem you composes (or your poet) in German, English, French or Modern Greek language, which depicts and deals with the meaning and significance of this saying/line. This saying/line should be used repeatedly in its original Ancient Greek pronunciation and, if possible, its translation in the refrain.

3.      Compositional part: Set the poem to music (you or your composer).The character of the setting can be rhythmical and dance-like, strictly classical or contemporary.

4.      Compose a statement (about 400 words) by yourself or together with your poet/composer, which deals with the question which appeals exist today to learn the Ancient Greek language and how you yourself would promote this language learning.


The Jury is built of four teachers from different countries of Europe. These are:

·         Werner Schulze, Composer, Scientist and Professor at the University of Music und Dramatic Arts Vienna (Austria)

·         Helmut Quack, who has been board member of the German association for classicists(DAV), he founded a Modern Greek working group in the DAV and has also been the teacher of the seminar “conversing and philosophizing in Ancient Greek” for many years (Germany)

·         Tania Sikelianou, Violinist and Composer (Greece)

·         Ioulia Diamantopoulou, grammar school teacher of classical philology (Greece)


Head of the jury, provider of ideas and father of the concept is Andreas Drekis.



The decision of the jury is final and incontestable.

The evaluation deals with the philosophic interpretation as well as with the realization of the content into a poem and the musical arrangement.

The results will be released at the end of September 2011.

The names of the winners will be published at our website and in the press.


Registration and deadline:

To participate in the competition please register until May, the 31th 2011, by sending an email to, that contains your name and your address. You will get a confirmation of participation.

The submissions to the competition (only one submission per participant/ pair) are to be sent in until July, the 31th 2011.  

The letter has to contain four envelopes with the copies of your poem and the setting in form of a piano score, each envelope marked with your pseudonym. You can also add a CD with recordings to each envelope. Put the four sealed envelopes together into a large envelope and add a supplementary sheet, on which you write your and your composer´s/poet´s name, age, address, profile with a photo and the pseudonym you chose.

Please seal this large envelope and send it by mail to:

Hellenikon Idyllion

Andreas Drekis

Kyanis Aktis 20

GR - 25100 Selianitika



The jury will evaluate the submitted works according to the abovementioned criteria. After that a first, a second and a third prize will be awarded (as well as other awards).


1. Prize: The award winner and the composer/poet will get to stay one week for free at the meeting site “Hellenikon Idyllion“together with an accompanying person they choose.

2.Prize: The second award winner and his competition partner will get to stay five days for free at the meeting site “Hellenikon Idyllion“ together with an accompanying person they choose.

3.Prize: The third award winner and his competition partner will get to stay four days for free at the meeting site “Hellenikon Idyllion“ together with an accompanying person they choose.

You have the possibility to discover Greek culture on the ground and experience Greek antique in real by visiting famous Greek excavation sites.


We are also thinking about bestowing some extra awards. Every participant will get a certificate.


Furthermore, we will make efforts to suggest ensembles and singers we know the performance of the works, especially of the winning ones. If one of the winning or the performed works should become a commercial success the organizer of the competition, the poet and the composer will benefit from the commercialization in accordance with the copyright.


The meeting site Hellenikon Idyllion:

The “Hellenikon Idyllion” is a meeting place and venue for music and culture. It is directly at the beach of the north-west coast of the Peloponnes and has a magnificent orchard and flower garden. Many orchestras, choirs, theatre and painting groups meet here, as well as families, single travellers and lovers oft he Ancient and Modern Greek language and culture. Seminars, lectures, symposia, exhibitions, competitions, concerts and festivals are organized here regularly.

If you need further information please visit our website and read our attached information flyer. Please take also in account, that   from 7th-21st August 2011 the seminar “conversing and philosophizing in Ancient Greek”, which is led by the graecist Helmut Quack, takes place for the 19th time. 

If you are interested, you can find more information on this support project at  If you have any more questions please do not hesitate to write a mail ore to call uns.


Sincerely yours,


Andreas Drekis (Director and founder of the Hellenikon Idyllion)


Selianitika,  April 2011