Ottawa International Byzantine Arts Symposium

By Jonathan Pageau on August 28, 2014

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I am quite excited to have been invited to participate in the first Ottawa International Byzantine Arts Symposium.  The Symposium is organized around the work of George Kordis and will also feature concerts, an iconography workshops and icons from other artists.  This is a great chance to meet master iconographer George Kordis. I know I am looking forward to this opportunity.  The event is organised by the IKONA Iconography Studio and some limited edition prints of Kordis’ work will be sold for the charitable organisation CURE: Blood Cancer


Sept. 28th –  Evening With The Artist (exhibition).  Buy tickets here.

Sept 29th, 30th – Diptych Sacred Arts Concerts.  Free Admission. Details here.

Sept 29th – Oct.1st – Light and Rythm (iconography workshop). Details here.


Here is an excerpt from the press release:

OTTAWA – The countdown has begun to one of the fall’s more significant art events.
From 28 September to 1 October, studio IKONA (IKONA) opens its definitive 4-day
symposium BYZANTIUM, which will explore the works of world-renowned Byzantine
iconographer and secular artist, Georgios Kordis in collaboration with European and
Canadian visual and choral artists. Kordis’ unique personal painting language is
traditional and modern, using elements from the Byzantine system and modern artistic

On 28 September 2014 IKONA will open BYZANTIUM with An Evening with the
Artist. This marks the first-ever Canadian exhibition of the world-renowned artist’s work
and premieres the Festal Icon Limited Archival Edition where visitors will have a chance
to meet the visionary artist, Georgios Kordis. A number of European and Canadian
artists are also contributing to the exhibition.  The sales from a series
of Georgios Kordis’ works will support blood cancer research in Canada through the
registered Canadian Charitable foundation cure: blood cancer.

On September 29, 30, 2014, BYZANTIUM will continue with its innovative Two-Evening
Diptych Byzantine Sacred Arts Concert. Georgios Kordis will paint a Byzantine icon
while accompanied by sacred music at two Ottawa churches. St. Elias Orthodox
Cathedral (2975 Riverside Drive) will host the opening concert, 29 September (7:00-
8:30pm), and Christ the Saviour Orthodox Church (721 Somerset Street West) will host
the closing one, 30 September (7:00-8:30pm).

The choir and chanters programs’ include Bulgarian, Romanian, Byzantine, Russian,
Serbian, and contemporary North American compositions drawn from various Orthodox
services and feasts. Hymns and chants will be sung in English, French, Slavonic,
Romanian, Greek and Arabic.

Guided church tours, refreshments and an exhibition and sale of icons will follow.
Admission is free and open to the public.


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