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EXHIB: "MELANA" (06-08-2021 8:00 pm) The Hellenic American Union galleries reopen with a group exhibition showcasing historic works and contemporary creations by 55 Greek ceramicists. The ceramics on exhibition, all in black, encompass a diverse gamut of delicate variations in texture and hue. Sometimes these variations are the result of the glaze that has been chosen the way in which it has been applied on the ceramic, and at other times they are due of the type of clay and the method of firing. The artists participating in the exhibition curated by the art historian Iris Kritikou are: Vasilios Anastasopoulos, Vangelis Anetopoulos, Stelios Anetopoulos, Antonis Atsonios, Ilias Bountaniotis, Panagiotis Brentas, Manousos Chalkiadakis, Theodora Chorafas, Ilias Christopoulos, Mirka Drapaniotou, Stamatis Filippaios, Katerina Giannaka, Irini Gonou, Karmela Iatropoulou, Tina Karageorgi, Kostas Karakitsos, Maro Kerasioti, Maro Kornilaki, Haroula Koropouli, Iosifina Kosma, Thomas Kotsigiannis, Vassiliki Kyriaki, Chrysanthi Liberaiou, Maria Linardaki, Nancy Livathinou, Fotis Lykos, Giannis Mamoutzis, Maria Marinoglou, Barbara Mavrakaki, Kyriaki Mavrogerorgi, Marilena Michopoulou, Kostas Panaretos, Menandros Papadopoulos, Angeliki Papadopoulou, Liana Papalexi, Maria Papanikolaou, Maria Petratou, Aggeliki Politi, Giorgos Pontikis, Nikos Rodios, Vera Siaterli, Nikos Sklavenitis, Anthi Soultani, Maro Theodorou, Maritsa Travlou, Vasso Triga, Kleopatra Tsali, Theodora Tsiatsiou,TheodoraTsirakoglou, Giorgos Vavatsis, Maria Vlandi, Mica Vogiatzi. Also on display are archival works by the Kourtzis and Rodios families, and paintings by Niki Eleftheriadi and Christos Markidis. The exhibition’s curator, Iris Kritikou, notes that the ceramicists taking part in Blackware are among the most talented artists in Greece today working in clay. Their work, she says, is persuasive evidence that ceramics, can stand on equal footing with the other fine arts and offer possibilities for creation and self-expression. The ceramics on exhibition reveal references ranging from non-representational prehistoric pottery and the black-figure vases of the Archaic and early Classical periods to the drinking cups and amphorae retrieved from shipwrecks and the glossy ceramic vessels of East Asia. But they are grounded, too, in the modern age, as seen in the aesthetic commentary they make on modernist and contemporary art. Information: Start Date: 31/05/2021. End Date : 06/08/2021. Gallery Hours/Duration: Monday-Friday: 12:00-20:00, Saturday: 10:00-14:00, closed on Sundays. Interpretation Provided: No. Registration Required: No. Reservation Required: No. Admission is free. Venue: Hellenic American Union Galleries, Massalias Street 22, Athens, 210 3680052
SUMMER THEATER HIGHLIGHTS (23-09-2021 10:00 pm) Theatrical summer officially started on Friday (28/5) with the open theaters welcoming their audiences according to the health protocols which provide, among other things, seated spectators, fullness of seats at 50 %, specific routes, mask usage, and safety distances. Besides to the rich line-up of the Athens & Epidaurus Festival, which starts on June 1st, 2021, new theatrical productions are added, as well as many reruns as well as anniversary performances for the 200 years of the Greek Revolution that will tour and be played on open air stages. Highlights are presented below. Works dedicated to 1821: On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the Revolution of 1821, the Municipal Theater of Piraeus, presents an inspection signed by Phoebus Delivorias and Dimitris Karantzas full of music, gold dust, criticism, humor and history, at the Veakeio Theater of Piraeus, from Friday, June 4th and every Friday, Saturday and Sunday until July 25th, 2021. The 2 creators reconsider our relationship with national identity, the revolution, the achievements and accidents of 200 years, our relationship with tradition, the good and bad texts and invite a group of important writers and a troupe of protagonists (Mirka Papakonstantinou, Eleni Kokkidou, Nikos Karathanos, Giorgos Gallos, Galini Hatzipaschali, Giannis Niarro, Lydia Fotopoulou, Maria Kavogianni, Martha Frinzila, Christos Loulis etc.) to celebrate, to dance and to satirize. A gathering in the Underworld with the absent Karaiskakis as the main character is the subject of the comedy "Waiting for Karaiskakis", in an original text by Lakis Lazopoulos who stars together with Lena Ouzounidou and Spyros Grammenos, under the direction of Vangelos Thegelos. The play, coming up from the New World Theater, will tour all over Greece. The Cultural Foundation of Piraeus Group (PIOP), in the context of the Anniversary Actions of Piraeus Bank for the 200 years since the Revolution of 1821, presents the theatrical performance "Friendly Society. The Brotherhood behind the Revolution "directed by Iolis Andreadis. This is an original text by Iolis Andreadis and Aris Asproulis, based on research. In their twelfth play, combining historical events with fiction, the 2 authors unfold on stage the melancholy thread that governs the lives of the founders of the Friendly Society, from the crazy and passionate vision of national independence to its hard and lonely experience. The actors Nefeli Kouri, Agisilaos Mikelatos, Costas Nikouli, Despina Sarafeidou star in the production of PIOP, which is expected to premiere on 15/7 and to tour in the summer of 2021 in the open spaces of the 9 Museums of PIOP, but also in the Historical Archive Foundation in Athens, with free admission for the public. The Municipal Theater of Piraeus is going on tour from 28/6 with "Loukis Lara" by Dimitrios Vikelas, directed by the artistic director of DTHP Lefteris Giovanidis, and Manolis Mavromatakis in the homonymous role. L. Giovanidis also approaches the personality of Manto Mavrogenous in the play "Manto: la bella Greca" with Eugenia Samaras, George Tsambourakis and Antigoni Frydas. Andreas Staikos' "Napoleon" takes us to post-revolutionary Greece, in 1833, the day of Otto's arrival in Nafplio. It will be played from 7 to 30/6 in the Garden of the Alexandria Theater, directed by Kerasia Samara. The Municipal Regional Theater of Kalamata in collaboration with DIPETHE Roumelis, will present the play "Kapodistrias Material", a theatrical composition by Giannis Margaritis who also signs and directs. New productions, reruns and festivals: Veteran Thanasis Papageorgiou meets the role of King Creon in Sophocles' "Antigone" directed by Themis Moumoulidis. The homonymous role is played by Christina-Cheila Famelli. The play will premiere on July 16 at the Rock Theater of Byron. Shakespeare's "Othello" is directed by Emilios Cheilakis and Manolis Dounias, with Giannis Bezos taking the lead role. The play will premiere on Thursday, June 24 at the Rock Theater, while it will be followed by a tour throughout Greece and in major open theaters of Attica. The Art Theater presents "The Bridge of Arta" in a new drama and direction by Marianna Kalbari and an original musical composition by Thodoris Abazis. The show, which combines narration, live music performance by a small ensemble, dance and acrobatics, will premiere on July 20th and 21st in its natural space, the Arta Bridge, as part of the institution "All Greece a Culture", and a tour will follow. After the great success of last season, Takis Zacharatos "hits again" at the Alsos Theater with a brand new show and urges us all to sing together "PAME GI'ALLA ... at full speed" (from 4/6). "Phaedra" by Peris Michailidis, a stage composition-reference to the cursed heroine through the texts of Euripides, Seneca and Rakina begins its journey from the Petra Theater (26/6). The roles are performed by Rafika Sauis, Spyros Perdiou and Niki Sereti and the chorus by Savina Giannatou, while the music is composed by Dimitris Maramis. Patrick Hamilton's psychological thriller "Loop" goes up at the Athena Summer Theater, directed by Alexandros Cohen with Gogo Brebou, Argyris Aggelou, Pantelis Kanarakis and others. (from 11/6). Leonard Gers's award-winning play "Butterflies Are Free" directed by Reina Eskenazy, with Pemy Zouni, Anastasi Roilo, Erietta Manouri and Konstantinos Elmatzioglou, is preparing for a summer tour throughout Greece. It is a tender, love story set in an age when perceptions change and people feel liberated - in an age of joy and freedom. The song of the show is written by Stamatis Kraounakis. "PLUS - cruising - on board - sailing ..." is the title of the play presented in the courtyard of the Foundry Theater by the Beep Theater Company for 4 performances (May 29, 30 and 31st & Tuesday 1 June) written and directed by Christina Christofi. A project inspired by everything we have experienced in recent months. Penelope Anastassopoulou and Orestis Tziovas star in the comedy "Bridal Bed" by Jan de Hartog, adapted and performed by Alexandros Rigas - Dimitris Apostolou and directed by the former, which will make a big summer tour 17/ all over Greece () . With the classic masterpiece of the Russian drama "The Gull" by Anton Chekhov translated by Xenia Kalogeropoulou and directed by Nikola Papadomichelakis, C. for Circus, after Ovid's "Metamorphoses" and "The Mother's Ring" by Giannis Kambysis, return only performances on June 5, 6, 8, 10, 11, 14 and 15th, in the courtyard of the Foundry Theater. From Veakeio begins her tour the play "History without a name" by Stefanos Dandolos that outlines the novel love of Penelope Delta and Ionas Dragoumis and directed by Costas Gakis, starring Tassos Nousiou, Maria Papou Los .Ü (from 28/5). After their international tour in London and Amsterdam, the dozens sold out in Athens and the region, "The Under the Stars" by Telemachos Tsardakas - a story of love and adulthood for high expectations and harsh reality against the backdrop of its small society of the province-, with Lila Baklesi and Konstantinos Bibis, coming from 29/5 and only for seven performances on the roof of the Lampeti Theater. Also, Katerina Didaskalou meets for the tenth year with the theatrical monologue of Antonis Tsipianitis "The prostitute from above" directed by Stamatis Patronis at the Petra Theater (18/6). While Makis Papadimitriou returns this summer in the role of Bost's subversive "Medea" directed by Nikoresti Haniotaki who is preparing for a big summer tour (from 7/7). Álles parastáseis pou échoun anakoinósei ídi óti tha periodéfsoun eínai dýo paragogés tou Apó Michanís Theátrou, to «Dáneio» tou Tzórnti Nkaltherán, se skinothesía Dimítri Myloná, me tous Sotíri Chatzáki kai Dimítri Myloná, kai i «Klironomiá» tou Marivó, se skinothesía Giánni Ntaliáni me tous Marilíta Lampropoúlou, Níko Níka, Giánni Sofológi k.á. Sti theatrikí atzénta tou kalokairioú prostíthetai kai i polyanamenómeni emfánisi tis Mónika Beloútsi sto Iródeio, i opoía akyróthike pérysi lógo pandimías. I Italída star tha diavásei adimosíefta grámmata tis Marías Kállas pou échei sylléxei o skinothétis Tom Goulf, me ti symmetochí tis Kamerátas (21-23/9). Sto Iródeio tha parousiasteí kai i mousikí-theatrikí-eikastikí parástasi «O Megálos Xesikomós» (31/8-1/9) apó to Spíti tou Ithopoioú, se skinothesía Zacharía Rócha, stin opoía tha symmetéchoun polloí ithopoioí kai choreftés (A. Fónsou, A. Bourdoúmis, Nóra Katséli, Eléni Rántou, Kaíti Fínou, Mánia Papadimitríou, Spýros Bímpilas k.a. me ti synodeía zontanís orchístras). «Anáses eleftherías, diekdikíseis dimokratías, thrínos gia ósa chásame kai elegeíes gia tin ágria chará tis anachórisis» apoteloún kápoies apó tis thematikés pou syndéoun ypógeia ta déka érga tou fetinoú MIR festival (28/6-4/7) pou tha parousiastoún se anoichtoús chórous tis Athínas. Sto 10o Festivál Néon Kallitechnón «Ta 12 Koupé», kallitéchnes kaloúntai na dimiourgísoun protótypa prótzekt sýntomis diárkeias kai na ta parousiásoun kathimeriná ston ypaíthrio chóro tis Amaxostoichías-Theátrou to Tréno sto Rouf(11-20/6). Other performances that have already announced that they will tour are two productions of From Machine Theater, "Loan" by Jordi Galtheran, directed by Dimitris Mylonas, with Sotiris Hatzakis and Dimitris Mylonas, and "Heritage" by Marivos Gian, N with Marilita Lambropoulou, Nikos Nika, Giannis Sofologis and others. Added to the summer theatrical agenda is the long-awaited appearance of Monica Bellucci at the Herodeion, which was canceled last year due to a pandemic. The Italian star will read unpublished letters of Maria Callas collected by the director Tom Wolf, with the participation of Camerata (21-23 / 9). The Herodio will also present the musical-theatrical-visual performance "The Great Uprising" (31 / 8-1 / 9) from the Actor's House, directed by Zacharia Rocha, in which many actors and dancers will participate (A. Fonsou, A. Bourdoumis, Nora Katseli, Eleni Randou, Kati Finou, Mania Papadimitriou, Spyros Bibilas etc. with the accompaniment of a live orchestra). "Breaths of freedom, demands for democracy, mourning for what we lost and elegies for the wild joy of departure" are some of the themes that connect underground the ten works of this year's MIR festival (28 / 6-4 / 7) that will be presented in open spaces Athena's. At the 10th Festival of Young Artists "Ta 12 Coupe", artists are invited to create original short-term projects and present them daily in the open air of the Train-Theater the Train in Rouf (11-20 / 6).
ATHENS EPIDAURUS FESTIVAL 2021 (01-10-2021 10:00 pm) The annual Athens and Epidaurus Festival reopened to live audiences this year on June 1st, with over 80 productions scheduled and a duration of 4 months, to October 10th. Focusing on Greek artists - 50 of the 80 are Greek productions - it will also include performances scheduled in 2020 but suspended due to the coronavirus epidemic restrictions. Online ticket sales for all venues of the Athens Epidaurus Festival 2021 began online at 13:00 on Friday (May 14th, 2021), the organizers announced. The maximum number of tickets which can be purchased is 4 per transaction. Tickets can be booked at: - aefestival.gr - tickets.aefestival.gr - www.ticketservices.gr - 'Public' stores. Starting at 10:00 on Monday (May 17th), tickets will also be available for purchase at the Athens Epidaurus Festival box office, at Panepistimiou 39 in the Stoa Pesmazoglou (arcade). For additional information (in Greek and English), please visit http://aefestival.gr/to-programma-toy-festival-athinon-epidayroy-2021/
CULTURE MINISTRY: 2021 SUMMER HOURS TO SITES & MUSEUMS (31-10-2021 8:00 pm) Summer hours for archaeological sites and museums will kick in later in April this year, from the traditional April 1st date, due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Hellenic Ministry of Culture announced. Outdoor archaeological sites will run on summer hours from April 24th to October 31st, 2021, while museums, monuments and caves will go on summer hours from May 4th to October 31st, 2021. Overall, there will 2 two different schedules for visitors, depending on the site/museum, 08:00-20:00 and 08:30-15:00. (The ministry did not provide individual schedules. Usually more popular sites/museums apply an extended schedule, but visitors should check online before visiting.) The ministry also provided new sites or museums as of this summer season that will open to visitors: - The Democracy Museum on Agios Efstratios (or Ai-Stratis), the island of the NE Aegean that served as home for political exiles in 1930-1943 and 1948-1963. - The Loverdos-Ziller Museum on Mavromichali Street in Athens. - The archaeological site of the ancient theater of Aegae (Vergina), Macedonia. In addition, more archaeological sites and museums will run on the expanded schedule (8:00-20:00) during this summer, like the Museum of Ancient Eleutherna in Rethymno (Crete) and the Castle of Parga (Epirus). The sites and museums applying the expanded summer schedule to October 31st will adjust their hours as of September 1st, as days start becoming shorter. In this case, they will be adjusted as follows: - September 1-15th: 08:00-19:30. - September 16-30th: 08:00-19:00. - October 1-16th: 08:00-18:30. - October 16-31st: 08:00. The ministry reminds visitors that wearing masks is obligatory in all archaeological spaces through the duration of the visit, while the latest entry is 20' (twenty minutes) before shutdown. In addition, national holidays will affect scheduling as follows: - Orthodox Good Friday (April 30th): Open 12:00-17:00. - May Day and Greek Orthodox Easter (April 2nd): All sites and museums will be shut. In terms of updates on the status of coronavirus pandemic restrictions per Greek region, visitors and travellers in the country are urged to consult the following sites. For a click-on map on Greek regions and related restrictions, https://covid19.gov.gr/covid-map/ (in Greek) and for practical advice on the pandemic, https://eody.gov.gr/neos-koronaios-covid-19/ (in Greek and English).
EXHIB: "1821 BEFORE & AFTER" (07-11-2021 8:00 pm) "1821 Before and After" exhib now opened for public at Benaki Museum BENAKI The exhibition of the Benaki Museum for the 200 years of the Greek Revolution opened its gates to the public today. Ready already in March 2021, the exhibition meets with the public, from the first day of open museums and with all the measures imposed by the health protocols. It occupies the entire building of Piraeus and narrates 100 years of modern Hellenism in a fascinating way, supported by the inventive scenography that serves the museum's multi-layered narrative of "1821 Before and After". With smaller exhibitions integrated in the central unit that runs through each floor. Hundreds of rare objects, works of art, archival material transform the experience of the exhibition into a dialogue between history and art, in an epic way "but at the same time down to earth, like the collections of the Benaki Museum" said the historians Tassos Sakelaropoulos and Maria Dimitriadou, both exhibition curators during the journalists' tour. For four years they have been preparing the exhibition, taking out of the warehouses of the Benaki Museum material which is exhibited for the first time in the largest exhibition organized by Benaki in its history. The exhibition starts from the second floor with the pre-revolutionary period from 1770 and the Orlofika, the role of the Greek rulers in Moldavia, the Greek intellectuals in the Ottoman Empire, but also the daily life of Orthodox and Muslims, goes to the floor dedicated to the years of the Revolution 1821-1827 and then, on the ground floor of the building where the efforts to establish the Greek state are narrated. "It is not a conference - so it does not solve scientific problems - it is an exhibition so it does not create problems," said the two curators. Many exhibits stand out from the scope and richness of the exhibition. Of particular emotion is the view of the tribute wall with the death and funeral notices of leaders of the Independence Struggle as well as the showcase with moral rewards and medals in the name of the leaders, in an effort to symbolize the Revolution for the existence of modern Greece. They come from the collection of Antonis Benakis and at the same time show the way the ceremonies are done. For example, the bone removal program of Gregory V (22/4/1871) shows the entire structure of the state bureaucracy from their positions in the Diocese. The exhibition "1821 Before and After" is dedicated to the memory of Angelos Delivorias and Marinos Geroulanos, the two people who, each in his own way, are connected with the history, design and development of the museum. It is organized by the Benaki Museum in partnership with the Bank of Greece, the National Bank and Alpha Bank. For the needs of the exhibition, works from private collections and families of descendants of fighters of 1821 were also collected. Along with the exhibition, the monumental catalog of 1,218 pages is published. In the shop, traditional craftsmen, designers and artists studied for months the symbols, the iconography and the protagonists of the Revolution and brought to life the components of the exhibition "1821 Before and After" (paper, metal, wood, fabric, clay) with proposals for original objects. The entrance to the exhibition "1821 Before and After" is possible exclusively with the provision of an electronic ticket (e-ticket) and the selection of a specific time zone of visit. OPENING HOURS: 03/03/2021 - 07/11/2021. Please check museum opening times for the day you intend to visit the exhibition. For more information and tickets visit: www.benaki.org/index.php?option=com_events&view=event&id=1004529&lang=en