Tuesday, 16 April 2024
Athens
07
04
2024
The spray paint has now been removed from the statue, however the image of the iconic Athenian Trilogy of neoclassical 19th century buildings on Panepistimiou is a disheartening one. The adjacent University of Athens building remains scarred with damages to most of the monuments that surround it, while the Academy of Athens maintains a protection shield of sheet metal. The three buildings are the most valuable architectural symbol for the formation of national identity during the 19th century. The graffiti, tagging, paint tossing and looting of recent days of the showcase of Athenian neoclassicism is indicative of weakness, reluctance and audacity. It is a political issue as the administrations, the rectory, and the municipality do not seem to have a consistent and unyielding policy against vandalism. The protection of these monuments is an extremely complicated issue that touches on issues of public order, delinquency and the protection of civil rights.
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Athens
04
04
2024
The CEO of the Athens Municipality's Development and Tourist Promotion Company (EATA), Ioannis Georgizas, said the programme was the result of close collaboration with a number of cultural and creative groups, as well as official bodies, with a series of events taking place in parks, squares, streets, museums and cultural spaces, with a focus on sustainability. The events kick off with the Athens Urban Picnic at Akadimia Platonos on May 1, featuring live music, dj sets and a kite show, among others. They include a festival dedicated to Mother's Day on May 12, a Street Outdoors Party at Koumoundourou Square on the same day, a story telling event on May 16, a skateboarding contest on May 18, a fashion show featuring traditional costumes at the Dora Stratou Theatre on May 19, a latin music festival (La Saramuya Fiesta) on May 26 and many other activities. The events end with the Athens All Star Party in the Lycabettus parking lot on June 2.
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Athens
03
04
2024
The 7-story building on the corner of Eleftheriou Venizelou and Kolokotrini streets has been given an upgrade to improve energy efficiency and undergone much-needed maintenance and repairs, though the new digital catalog is, perhaps, the latest addition that will improve the visitor experience most. According to an announcement from the Municipality of Piraeus, the library’s collection has also been enriched with new titles in all of its sections. The Piraeus Public Library is open on Mondays, Tuesday, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8.30 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. and on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.  
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Athens
01
04
2024
In the period from 1st April to 31th October the iconic archaeological sites like the Acropolis, the Ancient and Roman Agora also stay open longer, allowing tourists to explore in cooler evening temperatures. From ancient artifacts to architectural wonders, Athens offers an unforgettable cultural experience for summer travelers. On summer nights with a full moon, various archaeological sites will be open well into the night to allow visitors to enjoy this unique experience.
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Athens
26
03
2024
The show was pre-announced by the Region of Attica and included 250 drone formations through coordinated lighting including 3D figures, logos, and words that alternated. They included images of a warship, 19th-guns, the naval cannon of the revolution, an Evzone, good wishes, and the Greek flag. In statements on the occasion, Attica Region Governor Nikos Hardalias said that "March 25 is not a typical anniversary - it is an an integral part of our national identity and our daily life." He explained that the region chose the unique celebration "to remind us continually and in every way - especially younger generations - that nothing was given us free." The sacrifices of the fighters of 1821 "is our own sacred heritage," he added, "and serve as our guide of responsibility and duty our homeland." (The video is available at https://youtu.be/xlOiP6hJRjM. It is 1.47 minutes long.)
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Athens
25
03
2024
Crowds collected in central Athens before the parade began at 11:00 am Prior to the military parade, the official raising of the Greek flag took place on the Acropolis at dawn, while a celebratory liturgy took place at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Athens led by Archbishop Hieronymos of Athens and All Greece. The liturgy was attended by the Greek president and political and military leaders. Prior to the parade, Sakellaropoulou laid a wreath at the Monument of the Unknown Soldier. This year's parade included three 'firsts': the new training aircraft M-346 Block 5+ of the Hellenic Air Force that flew overhead in Athens, the parade of the forest emergency unit, and the Corfu island's 'Mantzaros' Philharmonic Association. Also participating in the parade were the presidential guard of Evzones that led the marching forces, parachutists, special operations staff, and the Fire Brigade's EMAK disasters unit. The latter was applauded by officials and the public for its role in Greece's devastating fires and floods. Aircraft formations involved all branches of the armed forces and included F-16 Vipers, Rafales, F-16s, Mirage 2000-5 and firefighter aircraft as well as helicopters. Several Greek cities celebrated Greek Independence Day and the start of the War of Independence with flag decorating, parades, and events also took place for in several cities throughout Greece. Some of the events include parades by students, girl and boy scouts, and cultural and sports associations, while other municipalities have scheduled the performance of traditional Greek dances, lectures, and theatre plays. President's message Greeks draw strength historically from unity and consensus, Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou said on Monday following the Greek Independence Day parade. Specifically, she said, "Today we celebrate 25 March 1821, a top highlight of our nation's long history: the day our ancestors revolted against Ottoman rule, liberated our homeland, and established the beginning of building the Greek state. Their heroic example, their self-denial and bravery, remind us during our era's challenges that we Greeks historically draw our strength from unity and consensus."
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17
03
2024
Domestic tourists are giving a vote of confidence to several destinations on the mainland, according to FedHATTA President Lysandros Tsilidis, as well as the destinations known for their carnival atmosphere - such as Patras, Xanthi, Skyros, Rethymno, Naoussa, Kastoria, Tirnavos, Kozani, Ioannina, Kefallonia, Rhodes, Amfissa, Kalamata, Galaxidi and Corfu - with available accommodation filled to 90% capacity. Package tours were also very popular, with sales up 10 pct relative to 2023, which had in turn seen a 30% rise relative to 2022, while prices remained competitive, Tsilidis reported. Once the long weekends favoured by domestic tourists are out of the way, tourism destinations are preparing to receive visitors from abroad, with the majority of resorts opening for business in early April and virtually all of them open for the Orthodox Easter holidays in May. With positive messages for 2024, there is widespread expectation that this will be another year of good news for Greek tourism.
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Athens
16
03
2024
Thousands of citizens will have fun with dancing, singing, acrobatics, the traditional merry-go-round at the Carnival events organized by the Athens Chamber of Commerce, the Municipality of Athens and OPANDA. The venue will be the historic center of the city - Syntagma, Plaka, Monastiraki - as the aim of the chamber is the revival of carnival events in the "Quarter of the Gods". "We want to see again in the streets of Plaka carnival-goers having fun with their souls, as was the case in the past. Let's once again make the most beautiful corner of Athens the center of the capital's carnival events and let this celebration be from now on a pole of attraction for residents and visitors, something that will also stimulate entrepreneurship", is the message of the president of the Athens Chamber of Commerce Yannis Hatzitheodosiou. The municipality of Athens will culminate this three-day Halloween celebration with a series of events, in neighborhoods and in the city center. For Saturday (16/3) activities for young and old have been planned in various parts of Athens. Children will create their own paper war collage in the Art Gallery, participate in an educational experiential program in Agios Georgios Square in Kypseli and have fun at the Halloween celebration on the pedestrian street at the junction of Gennai Kolokotroni and Matrozou. The Philharmonic Orchestra of the Municipality of Athens will flood the Kallidromi with its melodies, the percussion ensemble Bloco Swingueira with Brazilian rhythms and dance will perform a carnival route from the Peripheral Filopappou to Merkouri Square, while cultural clubs will revive customs in other parts of the city. In Zappeio, there will be a children's Halloween celebration and a revival of the Plakiot Carnival by the Athens Chamber of Commerce. On Halloween Sunday (17/3) young and old carnival goers will participate in two big celebrations in the center of the city. In the morning (11:30), children will go wild in their carnival costumes at Zappeion, where group games and pantomime, stilt walkers, circus artists, mascots and many surprises await them. In the afternoon, the Athens Chamber of Commerce revives, with the support of OPANDA, the traditional carnival in the streets of Plaka with a large carnival procession, which will start at 17:30 from Syntagma Square, with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Municipality of Athens and other musical and dance forms to set the rhythm. Following the route through Ermou and Evangelistria streets, Mitropoleos Square and Pandrossou Street, the parade will end at Monastiraki Square. This will be followed by a series of spectacular acts with acrobats, impressive dancers, Brazilian dances, as well as superFire & Pyroshow and supermagic show. The event will be presented by Ioanna Maleskou and Thanos Vagios. On Clean Monday (18/3) the focus will be, as always, on the Hill of Philopappos, for the Athenians to celebrate Koulouma with music and dance and to fill the Attic sky with colorful kites. The Philharmonic Orchestra of the Municipality of Athens will welcome the public from 11 am, while at 12 noon the music group "Charisma" and Isidoros Pateros will take the stage. "Throughout the weekend of March 16 and 17, the streets and squares of the city turn into an endless colorful merry-go-round, with parties for children, musical meetings with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Municipality of Athens, carnival routes with the flavor of tradition. On Clean Monday, March 18, you are all invited to Filopappos Hill to traditionally celebrate Koulouma with music, dance and Lenten food", said the mayor of Athens, Haris Doukas.   The program of events in detail Saturday, March 16 11:00 Athens Municipality Gallery Collage with confetti in the Art Gallery. Halloween museum educational program for children aged 4 to 6 years. Young visitors will observe Rika Pana's works in the exhibition space and create their own paper war collage. 11:00 Agios Georgios Kypselis Square "Carnivalize, play, tumble" - Children's educational experiential program. 11:00 Gennaiou Kolokotronis & Matrozou Children's Halloween celebration. Music, dancing, Halloween competitions for the best costume, theatrical performances, games and many surprises for the little carnival-goers. 11:30 Kallidromiou Street Musical tour of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Municipality of Athens 12:00 Regional Filopappou-Troon-Dorieon-Merkouri Square Carnival route with the percussion ensemble Bloco Swingueira with dance and rhythms from Brazil. 12:00 Papadiamanti Square-Halepa-Agios Andreas Lamprini Square Carnival route of the revival of lesbian skating with the participation of lesbian skaters from the Lesvos Farmers' Union "Agios Dimitrios" and the Cultural Association of Traditional Dances and Cultural Activities "O Molyvos". Sunday, March 17 11:30 Zappeio (courtyard area) Children's Halloween celebration with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Municipality of Athens. Music, dance, stilts, balloon construction, face painting, circus artists, group games, pantomime, mascots and many surprises for the little friends. 17:30 Syntagma Square and Monastiraki Square Revival of Plakiotiki Carnival. Action of the Professional Chamber of Athens with the support of OPANDA. Carnival parade from Syntagma Square and carnival spree in Monastiraki Square. * The event will take place simultaneously in Syntagma Square, in the surrounding streets and in Monastiraki Square. Clean Monday, March 18 Filopappou Hill 11:00 Musical walk by the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Municipality of Athens. 12:00 Concert by the band "Charisma" and Isidoros Pateros. 11:00 Park for Children & Culture (former K.A.P.A.P.S.) Traditional feast with music, dances and Lenten dishes from the Cultural Association of Ano Ampelokipi. With the support of OPANDA.  
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Athens
15
03
2024
These are for during the period from March 15 to 18th, aiming at the safe movement of citizens and the prevention of traffic accidents. These measures include policing of roads and at the entrances and exits of major urban centers where there is heavy traffic, traffic regulations, and traffic management.
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Athens
04
03
2024
The pre-Lent festivities will begin at 11:30 am on Tsiknopempti (March 7) with music and events around Varvakios Market, Monastiraki Square, and the surrounding streets. At 12:00 the Vakhai musical society will start performing at Syntagma Square and move through Kotzia Square to end up at Monastiraki Square. The large annual parade will take place on Sunday (March 17) in the center of the city with entertainers and musicians. Events will conclude on Clean Monday (March 18) at Filoppapou Hill, with flying of kites and 'koulouma', the celebration of the first day of Lent in the outdoors with a picnic of non-meat dishes. The Philharmonic Orchestra of Athens and the Charisma band will play music. Athens Mayor Charis Doukas said that "for 23 days every neighborhood in our city will be inundated with music, dance, song, and traditional events," inviting all "to come and participate in the joy together." The schedule is available in Greek through the following page: https://www.cityofathens.gr/apokries-stin-athina-mia-megali-karnav
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Athens
29
02
2024
The train disaster on the night of Feb. 28, 2023 shocked the country. Many of the victims were university students heading back to class after a public holiday when their passenger train slammed into an oncoming cargo train after the two were accidentally put onto the same track heading in opposite directions. Wednesday’s strike disrupted public transport in the capital, Athens, and left ferries tied up in ports as unions pressed demands to further dismantle wage controls imposed during Greece’s near decade-long financial crisis. Flights were unaffected after a court ruled that participation in the walk-out by air traffic controllers was illegal. Farmers and university students have also been staging anti-government protests in recent weeks. “This is a pain that will never end, a wound that will never heal,” said Panos Routsi, whose 22-year-old son, Denis, was killed. He said he supported a petition that has gathered hundreds of thousands of signatures to strip parliamentary immunity from lawmakers responsible for rail safety when the collision occurred. “What I want is for them all to be (punished), all those responsible wherever they are hiding, hiding behind immunity,” he said. Flowers and candles were placed at the rail crash site, along with a banner reading: “Unpunished crime in Tempi, the souls demand justice.” “I thought I was putting my children onto the safest form of transport and they were driven to their deaths,” said Nikos Plakias, who lost his 19-year-old twin daughters and one niece in the crash. Those responsible “knew the problems and they said nothing.” In the capital, protesters gathered outside Parliament chanting “murderers, murderers,” while thousands of demonstrators, some holding up flares and red helium-filled balloons, gathered outside the headquarters of the country’s rail operator. Some spray-painted the slogan “Our Lives” in front of a riot police cordon backed with a water cannon truck. The rallies halted traffic in much of the capital. Scuffles broke out between police and protesters in the capital and in similar protests in Thessaloniki, the country’s second-largest city, where riot police fired tear gas and stun grenades to repel demonstrators throwing paint, stones and Molotov cocktails. Protest organizers disputed government assurances that rail safety had been comprehensively overhauled in the past 12 months. In a statement marking the anniversary of the disaster, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said an ongoing judicial investigation into the crash has the government’s full support and cooperation. “On this sad anniversary we bow our heads in memory of the 57 innocent people we lost and the ordeal of those wounded,” he said. “Our thoughts are with families, who have every right to turn their pain into protest.”
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Athens
28
02
2024
The air traffic controllers' union decision to join a 24-hour strike called by the civil servants' federation (ADEDY) has been ruled illegal by an Athens court. Therefore flights will be carried out as scheduled in Greece's airports. More specifically, Athens buses and trolleys have announced work stoppages from the start of their shift until 9:00 and from 21:00 until the end of the shift, with normal services resuming after 10:00 and last buses leaving the depots at 20:00. There will be a 24-hour nationwide railway staff strike that will include the Proastiakos suburban railway line in Athens and Thessaloniki, which will also coincide with the one-year anniversary since the lethal train crash at Tempi, which claimed 57 lives, including those of the drivers. The Athens metro and tram will likewise be affected by strikes, with seven fixed-rail transport staff unions having announced 24-hour strikes on Wednesday. Ships scheduled to depart from the ports of Piraeus, Rafina and Lavrio are to remain docked in ports after four seamen's unions announced their decision to hold a 24-hour strike, joining the civil servants' union federation ADEDY. The strike will begin at 00:01 on Wednesday morning and end at midnight the same day. The unions are demanding resolution of labour and pension issues, as well as substantial pay increases and action against high prices.
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