The Foundation

Mission Statement

The George Angelinis - Pia Hadjinikou Cultural Foundation was established in 1994, with Pia Hadjinikou already carrying out since 1984 every summer an artistic and cultural programme which up to present takes place in the village of Horto, at the foot of Mt. Pelion in Thessaly.

The programme has a twofold aim: it is addressed, in equal measure, to the expert and to the inhabitant and visitor of the village, in such a way as to create a sensitized public. This two-way communication can only benefit both parties: the public, on the one hand, which partakes of the cultural values offered and "lives" a certain experience, very often from the very moment of its inception and, on the other hand, the artist, who arises re-invigorated from his immersion in the flow of human contact and personal relationship with the receiver. Thus is enhanced the humanistic aspect of art, which was born in, and is an intrinsic element of the light and nature of Greece.

The programmes are selected with great care and take into consideration all kinds of particularities. The main characteristic of all the events is the warm feeling of Greek hospitality which pervades them and thanks to which abstract and impersonal communications are eschewed and a climate of relaxed and friendly comradeship is created. These cultural meetings also aim towards strengthening the bonds between the young people of Greece and those of the other countries of Europe and the rest of the world, through the medium of Art and Culture. It is just the kind of cultural cooperation developed here which will eventually contribute to the achievement of a harmonious co-existence in a united Europe, enabling common goals and linked in a common destiny.

Board Members

The governance of the Foundation is undertaken by a board of voluntary directors who deal with the legal and financial areas of activity in the background, thus creating conditions under which the artistic and creative activities can flourish and develop into the future. However, the fabric of the estate, the maintenance and improvement of the property, must be ensured. Hence The Friends of the Foundation group has been created.



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How it all began

The inspiration behind the Angelinis Hadjinikou Non-Profit Foundation and the leading figure throughout most of its history was Pia Hadjinikou-Angelini (1920-2018).

She had an immensely successful career as an impresario based in Athens, bringing the finest international artists to Greece, including classical musicians, orchestras, ballets, theatres, operas, chamber ensembles, choirs, and many folk and dance groups.

She founded her agency in 1959 and over the years introduced the people of Greece to renowned artistic groups ranging from the Ballet Rambert to the Virtuosi di Roma, from the Japanese State Theatre Noh Kanzekai to the Royal Opera House of Covent Garden, as well as individual world-famous artists including Mstislav Rostropovich, Claudio Arrau, Marcel Marceau, Samuel Barber, and Benjamin Britten.

In 1984 she decided on the strength of her success, experience and organisational skills to create a summer festival in her family's native birthplace, the village of Horto.

In this she was ably assisted and complemented by her brother, George Hadjinikos (1923-2015) who had been an active teacher, performer and conductor, as well as the Festival's artistic director, un til his death in 2015.

George Hadjinikos was a distinguished piano soloist, orchestral and choral conductor, music pedagogue, professor at the Royal Machester College of Music, philosopher of music and author. His musical studies took him from Volos to the Athens Conservatoire, and from there to the Mozarteum in Salzburg, and later on to Munich, Hamburg, Paris and Geneva, before taking up a position at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, where he taught for 27 years.