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Vatican City, 26-03-2017
HOLIDAY WEEKEND REORT
HOLIDAY WEEKEND REORT
ATHENS EVENT HIGHLIGHTS
ICE SKATING IN ATHENS (31-03-2017 11:00 pm) The Athens Concert Hall welcomes ice skaters of all ages through the end of March. The 375-square meter temporary ice rink is open to visitors Mondays to Fridays from 16:00 to 23:00 and Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 to 23:00. Guidance is available from specialized staff while ice-skating courses can be arranged. Admission costs 10 Euros. More information is available by calling 210 7282333, 6940 665.707 or 6980 602014, or by visiting www.megaron.gr or www.icearena.gr. Venue: Athens Concert Hall, Vassilissis Sofias & Kokkali, 210 7282000, www.megaron.gr.
VISUAL ARTS EXHIBITION (01-04-2017 8:00 pm) A visual arts exhibition by Fiona Mouzakiti and George Vlassopoulos... Works by George Vlassopoulos and Fioza Mouzakiti at the Hellenic American Union The Hellenic American Union and the Hellenic American College (HAEC) in cooperation with the Hellenic American University (Manchester, NH, USA) present a visual arts exhibition with works by Fiona Mouzakiti and George Vlassopoulos. The group exhibition “1 in 2” delves into the dualistic nature of ideas and emotions through the prism of visual arts. Fiona Mouzakiti and George Vlassopoulos probe into and analyze the concept of duality in separate ways, which together form a deeper interpretation of the perceptible world. Creative activity, whether scientific or artistic, shares the main common feature of mixing two different frames of reference. Thus, duality may be the starting point, the potential difference, supplying energy to the image and, as a result, to the presentation. Information: Artist Fiona Mouzakiti, George Vlassopoulos Organizer Hellenic American Union, Hellenic American College (HAEC) Venue Kennedy Gallery, Hellenic American Union Start Date 15/03/2017 End Date 01/04/2017 Opening Wednesday, March 15, 2017, 20:00 Gallery Hours/Duration Monday-Friday: 12:00-21:00, Saturday: 10:30-14:30, clïsed on Sunday Type Exhibition Interpretation Provided: No Registration Required: No Reservation Required: No Admission Fee Admission is free.
8th POSEIDON ATHENS HALF MARATHON (23-04-2017 2:00 pm) The 8th International Poseidon Athens Half Marathon, the great athletic event aiming to raise awareness regarding diabetes and obesity, will be held on Sunday, April 23rd, 2017. With the phrase “Everyone is a winner” as its moto, the event includes several races apart from the Half Marathon race such as a Relay Half Marathon race (2 runners), a quarter Marathon race, a Fun Run, a Power Walking race, the Chiquita Athens Kids Run and a Charity Run. The courses make their way past the most beautiful spots of the coastline at Faliro area. In the case of the Half Marathon race, these include among others the Nautical Tradition Park, the battleship Averof, the trireme “Olympias”, the Water Square, the Park of Kallithea and the Peace and Friendship Stadium. The finish line for all races is in the track of the Cultural and Sports Centre of the Municipality of Palaio Faliro. Apart from the races, various other events will also take place from April 21 to April 23, inviting everyone to participate. The event is under the auspices of the Municipality of Palaio Faliro, the Greek National Tourism Organisation, the Hellenic Diabetes Association (EDE), the Hellenic Association of Mass Popular Sports & Ultra Running Clubs (EOSLMA-Y) and the European Federation “Sports for All” (UESpT). For more info: www.poseidon-athenshalfmarathon.com. Area: Athens. Place: Faliro bay area. Start. T.: 08:30 (Half Marathon race, Relay race, ¼ Marathon race), 10:45 (Fun Run, Power Walking), 11:30 (all other races).
WOMEN OF PASSION, WOMEN OF GREECE (30-06-2017 7:00 pm) The Railway Carriage Theater “to Treno sto Rouf” presents the theatrical performance in English “Women of Passion, Women of Greece”. The performance has been running since May 11th, 2016 and will continue through the new year. “Women of Passion, Women of Greece” offers a symbolic journey full of humor and emotions from ancient to modern Greece. An old wagon is transformed into a theatrical stage where the mythological, hieratic figure of ancient Greek tragedy, Medea, meets the contemporary “priestesses” of modern Greece, Maria Callas and Melina Mercouri. Their paths are different yet they have one common characteristic, they are passionate women incorporating the temperament and values of Greek spirit; passion for life, passion for love, passion for art and creativity, passion for freedom and democracy. An actress and a musician meet on stage to bring to life significant historical moments and guide spectators through this imaginary voyage, which starts from and finishes in Greece and has several stops in the hearts of people around the world. Dates: 11/05/2016 – 30/06/2017. Hours of Operation: 19:00 (every Saturday). For groups, 18:00 (every Friday) or upon request. For more info: http://totrenostorouf.gr. Venue: Railway Carriage Theater “to Treno sto Rouf”, “Rouf” Suburban & Railway Station, Konstantinoupoleos Avenue
DOCUMENTA 14 (31-08-2017 8:00 pm) On October 6th, 2014, a symposium titled "documenta 14, Kassel: Learning from Athens" was held at Kunsthochschule (Academy of Fine Arts) in Kassel, Germany, at the invitation of the academy. Organized by the team of documenta 14, and led by Artistic Director Adam Szymczyk, the symposium presented key members of the next documenta organization, as well as discussed essential ideas and thematic concerns of the exhibition project as a whole, scheduled to take place in 2017. The city of Kassel has been the host of documenta since its inception in 1955. Likewise, over the past thirteen editions, documenta has served as host to many artists and cultural practitioners from around the globe. But, ultimately, this position of host-with all the privileges involved-appears to be no longer tenable and begs to be questioned, if only temporarily. To this end, Szymczyk introduced documenta 14's planned twofold structure: In 2017, documenta 14 will establish a second site-Athens-bringing Kassel and the Greek capital onto equal footing as the two locations of the exhibition. Thus documenta's undisputed position as host will be abandoned for another role, that of guest, in Athens. Szymczyk noted that the main lines of thinking behind this move are manifold. They have to do with the current social and political situation both in Europe and globally, which motivates artistic action. Further, they indicate the need to embody in documenta 14 the palpable tension between the North and the South as it is reflected, articulated, and interpreted in contemporary cultural production. The challenge involves avoiding the traps of binary logic, while resonating with changing realities. To that end, instead of the singular spectacle, with its clearly designated location and temporal order, typical for great international exhibitions, documenta 14 will comprise two iterations set in dynamic balance in space and time. The distance between Kassel and Athens will fundamentally alter the visitors' experience of documenta 14. A feeling of loss and longing brought about by geographic and mental displacement created by two distant iterations of the exhibition might change the visitors' perception of the show, working against the idea of rootedness and countering the widespread, normative assumption that such an exhibition must sustain the unity of action, place, and time. Challenging this state of things, documenta 14 will attempt to encompass a multitude of voices in, between, and beyond the two cities where it is situated, reaching beyond the European context from the vantage point of the Mediterranean metropolis, where Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia face each other. The diverse and diverging locations and socioeconomic circumstances of Kassel and Athens will come to bear on the very process of creation of the exhibitions, while inspiring and determining its individual works of art. For documenta 14, the participating artists will be invited to think and produce within the dynamic between these two cities. The working schedule envisages documenta 14 to open in Athens in April 2017; it will then be inaugurated two months later in Kassel, on June 10. This will ensure that there will be a month of overlap, with two parts of the exhibition running in parallel. Moreover, though each iteration of the exhibition will be developed as an autonomous project, they will inform each other's content while not repeating the form, with several distinctive venues in Athens, as in Kassel. Documenta 14 intends to learn from the city of Athens and its citizens, instead of parachuting a prepackaged event from Kassel into one or several picturesque venues. Rather than being merely a sum of two destinations, documenta 14 will unfold in a three-year-long process of learning and producing knowledge, while also engaging in the process of instituting spaces for public life in both locations. In this process, both cities' communities will become involved, contributing to the project. Already, over the course of 2013 and 2014, several instructive meetings have taken place in Athens with a number of the city's cultural producers who represented the diversity and contradictions of the Greek context today, beginning an ongoing discussion of collaboration with certain institutions there. In parallel, similar discussions have been led in Kassel. Greece in 2014 is not an isolated case; it is emblematic of the fast-changing global situation, and it embodies the economic, political, social, and cultural dilemmas that Europe must face today-much as Kassel in 1955 embodied the need to deal with the trauma of destruction brought about by the Nazi regime and simultaneously served as a strategic location at the onset of the Cold War. If Athens exemplifies the current issues that extend beyond the proverbial notion of the "Greek Crisis," these problems-which are as much European and global as they are Greek-remain unresolved. Yet they present us with an opportunity to open up a space of imagination, thinking, and action, instead of following the disempowering neoliberal setup that offers itself as (non)action implied in the (non)choice of austerity. While the specific timing and choice of locale of Kassel in 1955 were precisely the factors that allowed documenta to develop into a now half-century-old venture, those sociopolitical parameters that made documenta urgent are no longer in play. This sense of urgency, then, must be found elsewhere. Szymczyk and his team concluded by noting that documenta 14-in its temporary displacement and doubling of perspectives-would enable those artistic strategies that reach toward the reality of a contemporary world, one understood as a place for a multitude made up of individuals, and not as a territory defined by hegemonic relationships that make it a place of suffering and misery for many. It is this world that will be addressed in the exhibition, the world larger than Germany or Greece. Author: http://www-en.elculture.gr.