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Generation G

This is an initiative of the C.P. Cavafy Professorship to create a video series of interviews with creative people who self identify as Greek, and who are working to make a difference in the world. Conversations will center on their work and broader thinking about their work and place in society today. The project is a joint venture of Professor Artemis Leontis and journalist Giota Tachtara, and it incorporates audience questions in anticipation of the video interviews. Please join in the conversation with Generation G!

Idra Kayne, Performer

Idra Kayne

Putting Soul into the Greek Music Scene

December 7, 2020

Ms. Kayne, known throughout Greece as a soul-funk-jazz-popp singer-performer, talks about her sources of inspiration, career, relationship with audiences, Black Lives Matter, Greek identity, and what it was like growing up African-Greek.

Idra Kayne has filled the Greek nightscape with her rich voice and inspiring stage presence for nearly 20 years. The daughter of a Ugandan father and Greek mother, she discovered her passion for the performing arts at a young age. Since 2000, her performances at popular venues, music awards ceremonies, and music festivals such as the Meet the Streets Festival in Rotterdam (2007) have been extending her style repertoire and expanding the sound of the Greek music scene. Her first album, Don’t Walk Away (EMI Records, 2011) produced the title hit single, “Don’t Walk Away.” Her second album was Mic Drop (Universal Music, 2017). She has performed in the Greek operetta “The Daughter of the Storm”(2011) and musicals Rent (2012), Fame (2012), Annie (2013), Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (2014), Sweet Charity (2016), Paw Patrol Live (2018) and Βουτιά στη Βυθούπολη (2019). She has collaborated with many artists, including Giorgos Dalaras, Yannis Kotsiras, Lavrentis Maheritsas, Helena Paparizou, Panos Mouzourakis, Zak Stefanou, Hannah Williams & the Tastemakersm and the British jazz-funk-soul band Incognito. She is preparing a new album of songs in Greek.


Giota Tachtara has been writing for women’s magazines, newspapers and websites since 2002. She was trained in Greece and in the US and has a MA in Print and Broadcast Journalism from UCLA. Fluent in Greek and English she has also studied Turkish and lived for a year in Istanbul. Her monthly column in VOGUE Greece explores feminism, style, inspiration and women’s everyday lives through her generation's nostalgic optimism for the future that is still yet to come.

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Mary Katrantzou, Fashion Designer

Mary Katrantzou

On the Future of Fashion and Creativity Inspired by Her Greek Roots

October 7, 2020

Ms. Katrantzou discusses her work in the fashion industry during the most challenging year of 2020 in an interview by VOGUE Greece editor Giota Tachtara on the basis of questions from students and the broader community.

Mary Katrantzou is a world famous award winning designer of clothing and accessories. She graduated from Central Saint Martins, University of Arts, London. Her designs have appeared everywhere from the halls of Metropolitan Museum in New York to the ancient temple of Poseidon at Sounion in Greece. London-based, she comes from Greece, where her work also has a strong presence. “The queen of print,” she is known for redesigning fashion’s approach to textile shape, texture, and design. One of the most celebrated creators of this generation, she is called on during this very challenging era to find new ways of presenting, producing, distributing, and talking about fashion and design. 

Giota Tachtara has been writing for women’s magazines, newspapers and websites since 2002. She was trained in Greece and in the US and has a MA in Print and Broadcast Journalism from UCLA. Fluent in Greek and English she has also studied Turkish and lived for a year in Istanbul. Her monthly column in VOGUE Greece explores feminism, style, inspiration and women’s everyday lives through her generation's nostalgic optimism for the future that is still yet to come.

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