World AIDS Day takes place on the 1st December each year. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.
Over 101,000 people are living with HIV in the UK. Globally, there are an estimated 36.7 million people who have the virus. Despite the virus only being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.
Today, scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment, there are laws to protect people living with HIV and we understand so much more about the condition. Despite this, each year in the UK around 5,000 people are diagnosed with HIV, people do not know the facts about how to protect themselves and others, and stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with the condition.
World AIDS Day is important because it reminds the public and government that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.
GREECE – Elena Paparizou was born on 31 January 1982 in Borås, Västergötland, Sweden; she was the youngest child of Greek parents Georgios Paparizos (1948-2008) and Efrosynë “Froso” Paparizou. Elena’s parents were from the Karditsa region; she has a sister Aretë, known as Rita, and a brother Konstantinos, known as “Dinos.” Paparizou’s parents met and married in her mother’s hometown and moved to Borås in 1970.
In 1985, the family moved back to Greece to live in Volos with relatives because Elena had contracted asthma and her lungs could not cope with the cold Scandinavian climate. After two years, she was well enough for the family to return to live in Gothenburg, Sweden. As a result of the trip to Greece, Paparizou spoke Greek as a first language and did not make friends with many Swedish children, because she attended a Greek-language school.Paparizou continues to suffer from breathing problems and often carries an inhaler on-stage.
Paparizou became interested in the arts at a young age, attending singing, dancing and acting classes alongside her academic studies. She began lessons in piano, ballet and Greek dance at seven years of age, and performed for the first time in front of a Greek audience when she was eleven, singing Christos Dantis’ “Moro Mou”. Two years later, Paparizou had decided she wanted to be a singer and began to study Greek music.
By the age of fourteen, Elena Paparizou had formed her first group, Soul Funkomatic with three Hispanic teenagers. They played hip hop music while saving money to record songs; they disbanded two years later. On 29 October 1998, thirteen of Paparizou’s close friends died in the Gothenburg nightclub fire during a hip hop party, when sixty-three people died and more than two hundred were injured. She had begged her mother to let her go to the party, but was not allowed to attend. After losing her friends, Paparizou decided to abandon singing. She started classes at the Art Performing School where she studied theater, acting, television and directing.
She participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 2001 and afterwards became popular in Greece. She won the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest with the song “My Number One” on behalf of Greece.
Serhat was born on October 24, 1964 in İstanbul, Turkey. His father, İsmail Hakkı, was a naval officer who was born in Trabzon where his mother was born, too. He attended a primary school in İcadiye, Üsküdar, and then Deutsche Schule Istanbul (German High School) in Beyoğlu, Istanbul. He graduated from Faculty of Dentistry of Istanbul University in 1988. In 1990, he completed two months of compulsory military service in Burdur.
In 1994, Serhat established his own production company, End Productions. After an agreement with TRT, the company became the producer of the quiz show named Riziko!, Turkish version of the American quiz show Jeopardy!. Serhat was also the host of the show that started to air on October 3, 1994.
In 1995, he received two Golden Butterfly (Turkish: Altın Kelebek) awards, one for “Best Male Host of the Year” and one for “Best Quiz Show of the Year” for Riziko!. In 1996 he again received the award for “Best Quiz Show of the Year”. The show lasted over 430 episodes and ended at the end of 1996. A game show named Hedef 4 (Turkish version of Connect Four) that started to air on TRT 1 in 1996, was produced by End Productions. In 1997, he started to produce the game show Altına Hücum (Turkish version of Midas Touch) for Kanal 6 which ended after 72 episodes in the same year.
In 1998, Riziko! returned to television and was aired on Kanal 7 hosted by Serhat. In the same year, Hedef 4 started to air on Kanal 7, too and ended the following year. Riziko! ended in 1999 and in the same year, Serhat started to host a talk entertainment on Kanal 7 named Serhat’la Rizikosuz which ended after six episodes. After a few months, Riziko! returned to Kanal 7 in 2000 and was continued 65 episodes.
In September 2005, Serhat co-hosted Show TV’s Kalimerhaba with Katerina Moutsatsou, a TV show which was produced by End Productions. At the end of 2009, Serhat created a dance orchestra “Caprice the Show” with 18 musicians and made numerous performances in the following years.
With his company, he also organizes some annual events such as High Schools Music Contest (Liselerarası Müzik Yarışması, 1998–present), Megahit-International Mediterranean Song Contest (Megahit-Uluslararası Akdeniz Şarkı Yarışması, 2002-2004) and Dance Marathon (Dans Maratonu, dance competition between high schools and universities separately, 2009–present).
Under the blue sky
It’s just you and I
And I wonder why
I can’t be with
Anyone else but you
Is it something in your eyes
Or your innocent lies
That makes me feel like I’m lost here
I’m wandering around in total disguise
It was extraordinary
And for one too many
I loved you sevdim seni
Sen de sev beni , sev beni
Since you could make me smile
Then you could stop the world for a while
Sometimes you make me cry
Then you give me wings and make me fly
I hope it’s true
And I’m with you
We’ll go on trip
That will never be through
Whatever you do
Tell me you feel the same way too
GREECE – Dimitra Papadea, born 21 August 1991), known professionally as Demy, is a Greek singer who is signed with the Greek independent label Panik Records. Until today Demy has released 2 Studio albums. “#1” in 2012, which became Platinum album and “Rodino Oniro” in 2014, which became Gold album.
In 2017 she released “Demy”, a collection of all of her english songs and later she released the album “Kontra” including two new songs and older songs and collaborations that hadn’t been included in an album up to that time. Demy has achieved 8 No.1 songs and 2 No.1 EPs (Extended Plays) at the Greek charts so far. She also combined music and acting by having taken part in 5 Musicals from 2012 to 2017.
Since the beginning of her career, Demy has been nominated 30 times for a MAD Video Music Awards (Annual Greek Awards). Up to now, she has won 11 VMAs, including “Best New Artist” and “Best Female Artist” and she holds the record of the 4th most awarded artist in the history of the Greek VMAs.
She has been awarded by the “MAD VMA Cyprus” (Annual Cyprus Awards) and by the “SuperFM Radio Cyprus”. Also, she won at the MTV Europe Music Awards (EMA) at the category “Best Greek Act”, among other greek artists and has been chosen as the favoutite greek artist at the international Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards 2018.
In 2017, she represented Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, and finished at the 19th place at the Final.
GREECE – During the live broadcast from 17:00 to 22:30 CET you will be able to see live performances by various Eurostars: Helena Paparizou, Eleni Foureira, Melisses and Kristin Kostov so stay tuned.
GREECE – After a huge fan welcome in the Athens International airport, Kristian Kostov arrived in Athens (once again) to attend tomorrow’s Positive Energy Day festivities at the OAKA Wall of Nations. Once again hit was the huge popularity of the Bulgarian artist that made the organisers invite him and actually it is an honour for Greece who lacks international acts in general, the recent years.
In Moscow airport Burger King he became a victim of racism. Though through Twitter, Kristian reported that hotel cashier mocked him for wearing make up since he was a boy! We have no doubt that the incident happened since Kristian is not the kind of prose that would invite such a thing. There is no response on the incident.
Positive Energy Day is taking place for 13th year tomorrow as of 17:00 local time. Thee entrance is free and lots of interactive acts will take place. Helena Paparizou, Melisses and Queen of Eurovision 2018, Eleni Foureira will be there along Kristian Kostov.
THE NETHERLANDS – She’s Greek, she visits Greece very often and she speaks fluently Greek. She is always kind and interactive with her fans and never misses an opportunity to smile. Stefania is living in The Netherlands and although a favourite in JEESC 2016 with group Kisses, she didn’t make it, despite receiving the best reviews from all media and press representatives.
Stefania is a thirteen-year-old Greek girl who is born in The Netherlands, she also grew up speaking two languages. Before she auditioned for the Dutch Junior Song Contest, she competed in The Voice Kids and she sang in a famous Dutch children’s choir with her band member Sterre. They performed twice for the Royal Family as part of this choir. Her favourite artists are Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande, but she likes other music styles as well. A funny fact about Stefania is that her favourite food is octopus.
Now she releases a solo single. Stupid Reasons, is a absolutely teen song, perfect for any party and a song that proves the amazing vocal skills of this teenager.
Her Greek origins though sparkled some ideas of inviting Stefania to represent Greece in the next Eurovision Song Contest. Well, the idea sounds almost perfect. She is extremely beautiful on camera, she has an amazing voice and she slays o stage when dancing. After all something similar happened when Helena Paparizou relocated from Sweden to Greece and went to Eurovision in 2001 or even with the Greek American, Kalomira.
Could ERT even this that smart to think Stefania for Israel’s Eurovision Song Contest edition? (before AVROTROS grabs thee opportunity) Brand new signer, out of the corrupted Greek star system and with international stage quality (not to mention the amazing English she speaks).
Well just an idea, but below in our poll, you can share your thoughts as well…