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New York, 29-06-2016
Athens , 29-06-2016
ATHENS EVENT HIGHLIGHTS
2nd GREECE ON BOARD FESTIVAL (03-07-2016 7:00 pm) The Greece On Board Festival, the Stand Up Paddle event organised by the Water Board Sports Festival (WBSF), returns in Schinias beach (Marathon, Attica) on Saturday, July 2nd and 3rd, July 3, 2016. In 2015 the 1st Greece On Board Festival hosted for the first time in Greece highly demanding SUP races based on international standards for the category of the Elite Paddlers. Apart from the races, the festival was a 2-day celebration dedicated to water board sports which gave the public the chance to get acquainted with them. This year, the Greece on Board Festival welcomes the Euro Tour, an international organisation that unites the biggest SUP events in Europe providing races for all athletes from Greece and abroad. The 2nd Greece On Board Festival is held under the auspices of the Region of Attica and the Municipality of Marathon. Hours of Operation: 10:00 – 19:00. For more info: www.wbsf.gr/greece-on-board-festival/. Area: Marathon – Attica. Place: Moraitis Beach, Schinias.
EJEKT FESTIVAL 2016 (23-07-2016 11:00 pm) In its 12th year, EJEKT Festival welcomes some of the biggest names of modern music on Friday, July 8th and on Saturday, July 23rd. The EJEKT Festival is one of the biggest summer music festivals in Athens! During all these years, it has introduced to its fans some of the most famous artists and bands in pop, rock and electronic music. This year, the EJEKT Festival hosts once again top musicians and bands such as the No1 rock group Muse, the No.1 DJs Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike, James and Editors. The line-up also includes UNKLE, Crystal Castles, Temples, Ótella and various other artists. Doors open at 16:00. For more information & ticket purchase: http://ejekt.gr. Venue: Plateia Nerou (Water Plaza), Olympic Pole of Faliro.
53rd AEGEAN SAILING RALLY (24-07-2016 8:00 pm) The Aegean Sailing Rally, the oldest and most prestigious sailing event in the Greek seas, takes place for the 53rd year from Saturday, July 16th to Sunday, July 24th, 2016. The International Aegean Sailing Rally is organised by the Hellenic Offshore Racing Club (POIÁÔÇ-www.horc.gr) and in this participate the biggest names of sailing and the best offshore racing yachts. Departing from Faliro bay on Saturday, July 16th, the yachts will navigate the Aegean waters to reach the Holly island of Patmos, the first leg of the race, having raced approximately 150 nautical miles. On Tuesday, July 19th inshore races will take place in Patmos, offering a unique spectacle to the spectators. On Wednesday, July 20th the yachts will depart for the island of Milos where they will remain until Saturday, July 23rd. From there, they will follow a northern course towards Sounio to finish the race under the temple of Poseidon. In every stopover-island the stay of yachts is accompanied by local events and prize-giving ceremonies to the winners of each race. The 53rd Aegean Sailing Rally is held under the auspices of the Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism and the Greek National Tourism Organization. For more info: www.aegeanrally.gr.
THOMAS HOPE EXHIBITION (25-09-2016 6:00 pm) 60 works of Dutch and British merchant banker, author, philosopher and art collector Thomas Hope (1769-1831), which present Istanbul during the era of the Ottoman Empire, are hosted in an exhibition titled “Thomas Hope: Drawings of Ottoman Istanbul” at the Benaki Museum of Islamic Art. The exhibition, which opens on Thursday and will last until September 25, 2016, was described by Turkish Ambassador to Greece Kerim Uras as a “pleasant cultural break in the relations of the two countries.” Thomas Hope (1769-1831), a scion of a wealthy banking family, went on a Grand Tour, the traditional trip to Greece and Turkey for the young men of his class, during the last quarter of the 18th century. Virtuoso, with unique collections of antiquities, sculptures and European paintings, a generous sponsor and an expert in the fields of architecture and decoration overturned the artistic settings of his time, leaving his mark on the period of the Regency. The exhibition reveals the artist’s works from the capital of the Ottoman Empire. More specifically: Topographic views and folding panoramas of Istanbul, individual scenes from different neighbourhoods of Istanbul, monuments, temples, Ottoman palaces, halls of the seraglios, gates, mosques, funerary monuments, fountains, gates, the yalı on the Bosporus, the sultan’s entertainments boats. Other scenes include details from market shops, coffee shops, images of various men, women with children of Istanbul, depictions of costumes, architectural details, accompanied by lengthy explanations and descriptions with comments. The works are of excellent quality because Thomas Hope was an unparalleled designer, a virtuoso of linear draftsmanship comparable to the qualities of a miniature painter. His works, 350 in total, were kept in his personal library bounded in five volumes, which disappeared after his death. The international scientific community thought they were lost, but in fact they had been bought by Antonis Benakis in 1930 and were kept at the museum’s library. After an extensive search, they were discovered in 1984 by the exhibition’s curator and History Professor Dr Fani Maria Tsigakou. However, the importance of the Thomas Hope collection is not limited to the aesthetic pleasure it offers to art enthusiasts. The designs constitute a unique treasure of visual testimonies for the scholars of the Ottoman civilization. Venue: The building complex in Kerameikos. The Islamic art collections of the Benaki Museum are housed in a complex of neo-classical buildings located in the historical centre of Athens, in the Kerameikos district. Major archaeological sites located in the same area include the grounds of the ancient Agora (currently undergoing development), the Doric temple of Hephaestus (the "Theseio") and the Museum of the ancient Kerameikos necropolis (cemetery). This complex of buildings at the corner of Agion Asomaton and Dipylou streets, was donated to the Museum by the late Lambros Eftaxias, who in his later years served as Honorary President of the Museum Board of Trustees.
ATHENS & EPIDAURUS FESTIVAL 2016 (30-09-2016 9:00 pm) The Athens & Epidaurus Festival’s program, as well as the presale date, were announced on May 16th, 2016. For more information: www.greekfestival.gr.