Fundraiser for UNCA Celebration of Dionysus

$ 32.71

Fundraiser for UNCA Celebration of Dionysus hosted by Ciao Asheville at Golden Fleece.

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Join us on December 3rd from 5:30 to 7pm for a unique cocktail party at Golden Fleece. Ciao Asheville hosts a fundraiser for UNCA Celebration of Dionysus, heralding the arrival of spring.
Dionysus in Ancient Greece, Bacchus in Rome, is the god of fruitfulness and vegetation, wine, theater and joy!
“Greeks and Italians share more historical and cultural connections, some conflicting, than just Dionysus and Bacchus,” says Gina Trippi of Ciao Asheville.“This is an opportunity to taste Mediterranean food and wine, learn about the links and raise funding for a very special event.” 
Each year UNCA Department of Classics translates a Greek play and performs the play for the public. The play this season, Antigone, written by Sophocles on or before 441BC, will be performed on April 21st. Directed and performed by UNCA undergraduates, the play offers interesting dance work and presents themes that are relevant even today.
“In Sophocles’ Antigone, the oppositions are clear: young versus old. woman versus man. family versus state,” says Sophie Mills, PhD, Professor of Classics at UNCA. “But right versus wrong is not quite so clear. How far would you go to save your family?” 
 
Chef George Delidimos of Golden Fleece will prepare appetizers that represent both the culinary traditions of Greece and Italy paired with wines, in consultation with MetroWines, from both countries.
 
Professor Sophie Mills will offer a brief presentation on the connections between the two countries from the Greek perspective and Dr. Valeria Tezzon of Ciao Asheville will speak to the Italian view.