Naturists from all over Greece gathered at Ekali in Athens, Greece, on January 11, in order to cut the Vasilopita (New Year’s traditional cake) for 2014.
The Greek naturist movement is hoping to make a fresh start after five years of inactivity and the closure of the only naturist club in Greece, the “Association of Physical Education and Greek Naturists- I Protoplasti.” During the event, they agreed on the way forward for the movement, which since 1978 has 2,000 members and numerous supporters.
Angelos Mimikopoulos, Greek naturist representative to the International Naturist Federation (INF) since 1994, admitted that the movement is facing a crisis, not only in Greece but worldwide. In his opinion this is due to a shift towards more conservative values generally within society internationally, as well as a trend towards anti-naturist measures under the pretext that naturism equates to sexual promiscuity.
The new naturist club of Greece will be called “Gymnokratia” (“Gymnocracy”) and has already submitted a detailed statute for approval. Their plans include a center for winter naturism, which will have a pool and gym. They are also preparing a detailed list of naturist beaches in Greece.
The Club won the lucky coin which was hidden in the pie, which may be a good omen for the future of the movement.