Saturday, 18 May 2024
Malmo
11
05
2024
But even Eurovision can’t escape the world’s divisions. Thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters are also expected in the city for demonstrations urging a cease-fire in the Gaza war and criticizing Israel’s participation in the contest. Here’s a guide to what Eurovision means, how it works and what to watch for: What is Eurovision? The short answer: Eurovision is a music competition, in which performers from countries across Europe, and a few beyond it, compete under their national flags with the aim of being crowned continental champion. Think of it as the Olympics of pop music.   The longer answer is that Eurovision is an extravaganza that melds pop, partying and politics — a cross between a music festival, an awards show and a meeting of the United Nations Security Council. It’s an event full of silly fun, a celebration of music’s unifying power, but also a place where politics and regional rivalries play out. How does it work? Thirty-seven countries are entered in the contest, which this year is taking place over several days in the Swedish port city of Malmo. The country is hosting after Swedish singer Loreen won last year’s competition in Liverpool, England. Through two semifinals, 37 acts have been narrowed to the 26 who will compete in Saturday’s final in front of thousands of spectators in the Malmo Arena and a global television audience estimated at 180 million. Nations can enter a solo act or a band. They can perform in any genre and language, but the rules state they must sing live and songs must be no more than three minutes long. Staging has grown ever more elaborate, incorporating flashy pyrotechnics and elaborate choreography. This year is particularly strong on topless male dancers.   Once all the acts have performed, the winner is chosen by a famously complex mix of phone and online voters from around the world and rankings by music-industry juries in each of the Eurovision countries. As the results are announced, countries slide up and down the rankings and tensions build. Ending up with “nul points,” or zero, ranks as a national humiliation. The musical style of Eurovision has diversified dramatically since the contest was founded in 1956. The early years of crooners and ballads gave way to perky pop – epitomized by perhaps the greatest Eurovision song of all time, ABBA’s “Waterloo,” which won the contest 50 years ago. Nowadays, Euro-techno and power ballads remain popular, but viewers have also shown a taste for rock, folk-rap and eccentric, unclassifiable songs. Who are the favorites? According to bookmakers, a leading contender is Swiss singer Nemo, who is performing a melodic, operatic song titled “The Code.” Nemo would be the first performer who identifies as nonbinary to win the contest, which has a huge LGBTQ+ following. The contest had its first transgender winner, Dana International, a quarter century ago. Another nonbinary performer generating huge buzz is Ireland’s Bambie Thug, whose song “Doomsday Blue” is Gothic, intense, over the top and a real crowd-pleaser. They’re the only contestant known to have brought a “scream coach” to Malmo. Ireland has won Eurovision seven times – a total equaled only by Sweden – but has fared poorly in recent years. Other acts tipped to do well include operatic Slovenian singer Raiven, Ukrainian rap-pop duo Alyona Alyona and Jerry Heil and Spain’s Nebulosa, whose song “Zorra” caused a stir because its title can be translated as an anti-female slur. So far, the act with the most momentum is Croatian singer Baby Lasagna. His song “Rim Tim Tagi Dim” is quintessential Eurovision: exuberant, silly, a little emotional and incredibly catchy. It’s already a huge fan favorite. Why are some people protesting? Eurovision’s motto is “united by music,” and its organizer, the European Broadcasting Union, strives to keep politics out of the contest. But it often intrudes. Belarus was expelled from Eurovision in 2021 over its government’s clampdown on dissent, and Russia was kicked out in 2022 after its full-scale invasion of Ukraine. This year, there have been calls for Israel to be excluded because of its conduct in its war against Hamas. Israel is competing, but was told to change the title of its song, originally called “October Rain” in apparent reference to Hamas’ October 7 cross-border attack. It’s now called “Hurricane” and is performed by 20-year-old singer Eden Golan. Thousands of pro-Palestinian demonstrators marched through Malmo on Thursday, hours before Golan performed at Thursday’s semifinal, and was one of 10 acts voted through to the final by Eurovision viewers. Another demonstration is planned for Saturday. Swedish police have mounted a major security operation, with officers from across the country bolstered by reinforcements from Denmark and Norway. Palestinian flags hang from some apartment balconies in Malmo but have been banned from the televised event, along with all flags apart from those of competing nations. At the first semifinal one performer managed to sneak in a political statement, singing with a Palestinian keffiyeh scarf tied around his wrist. The European Broadcasting Union, which organizes Eurovision, said it regretted Swedish singer Eric Saade’s decision to “compromise the non-political nature of the event.”
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10
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2024
In particular, Croatia is considered the favorite with "Ram tim tagi dim", in second place is Switzerland with "The Code", in third place is Ukraine with "Teresa & Maria". Greece appears in ninth place. And while the "bets" for the big winner of the competition continue, the time is counting down for tonight's Second Semi-Final, which will be broadcast at 22.00. Greece will compete in 3rd place, while only 10 entries will qualify. In the Second Semi-Final, from the "Big Five" France, Italy and Spain appear and vote, which qualify directly. It is reminded that the grand final will take place on Saturday, May 11.
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Athens
07
05
2024
Roughly 100,000 visitors from 89 countries are expected in host city Malmö during the week for the 68th edition of the competition. Greece’s entry, “Zari,” is an uplifting fusion of traditional, modern, and ethnographic elements performed by Marina Satti, who is set to perform during the first half of the second semi-final on Thursday, May 9.   When is the Eurovision Song Contest 2024? The event will kick off on May 7 at 10 p.m. Greek time for the first semi-final, followed by a second semi-final two days later. The Grand Final will be held on Saturday, May 11 at 10 p.m. Greek time. Where is Eurovision being held? The Eurovision Song Contest 2024 will take place in Malmö, Sweden’s third-largest city with a population of 362,000. The city also hosted Eurovision in 1992 and in 2013. Sweden has hosted Eurovision seven times in total, counting in 2024. Stockholm in 1975, 2000, and 2016 and Gothenburg in 1985. The concert venue is Malmö Arena with a capacity of up to 15,500. Who competes in the first semi-final? Cyprus, Serbia, Lithuania, Ireland, Ukraine, Poland, Croatia, Iceland, Slovenia, Finland, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Australia, Portugal and Luxembourg. Who competes in the second semi-final? Malta, Albania, Greece, Switzerland, Czechia, Austria, Denmark, Armenia, Latvia, San Marino, Georgia, Belgium, Estonia, Israel, Norway and the Netherlands. Who competes in the grand final? The top 10 from each semi-final will participate in the final. The previous year’s winner and host nation Sweden has automatic entry to the final as well as the “Big Five” countries: United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. There will be 26 acts in total in the final. Why the ‘Big Five’? The “Big Five” countries are France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom, which bring the biggest financial contribution to the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). Since 2000, these countries have secured themselves an automatic spot in the Grand Final. How to watch it The song contest will be broadcast by all 37 participating countries. It will also be streamed on YouTube. Who is the favourite to win Eurovision? Bookmakers have Switzerland as the favourite, giving Swiss rapper and singer Nemo Mettler a 23% chance of winning with the song “The Code,” according fan site Eurovisionworld. The song is about their journey of self-discovery as non-binary, Nemo has said in an interview. Switzerland will perform in the first half of the second semi-final on May 9. How does the voting work? Viewers at home will determine the outcome of the two semi-finals. Viewers and professional juries vote in the Grand Final. Who are the presenters? The song contest will be presented by Swedish comedian and actress Petra Mede and Swedish-American actress Malin Akerman. Eurovision history The Eurovision song contest is one of the world’s largest television events, and has been held annually since 1956. Eurovision features live music performances from most European countries and beyond, including Israel and Australia. Originally it started as a technical experiment for transnational broadcast television with only seven countries competing: the Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, France, Luxembourg and Italy. The show reached 162 million people in 2023 through public service markets. Which countries have won the most Eurovisions? Sweden and Ireland are leading with seven wins each. France, Luxembourg, the United Kingdom, and the Netherlands have each won five times, with the Netherlands as the most recent of the four countries to win in 2019. Who won last year? Swedish singer Loreen won last year’s competition in Liverpool for the second time with her song “Tattoo.” She is the only person after Ireland’s Johnny Logan to win the contest twice. 
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Athens
17
02
2024
The Swedish duo’s latest album, “Seeker” (2023), showcases their trademark ambient sounds, filled with layered synthesizers and intricate electronic beats. Doors open: 21:30. Pre-sale tickets are available at Viva’s more.com for 17 euros.   Gazarte Βουτάδων/Voutadon 32-34118 54Athens, Greece  
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Athens
14
02
2024
At the popular Half Note Jazz Club (17 Trivonianou, Mets), the trio will pay homage to the legendary jazz figure, Chet Baker, known for his sensitive and cool sounds. Polyzogopoulos, a prominent figure on the contemporary Greek jazz scene, will lead the performance, bringing to life some of Baker’s most beloved jazz standards. Andreas Polyzogopoulos is one of the most important new chapters in the extremely interesting contemporary Greek, and not only, jazz scene. Born in a small village of Ilia, a multi-talented artist, he started his career in music playing the guitar, until he discovered the trumpet at the age of 18. He studied jazz trumpet at the Amsterdam Conservatory, alongside names like Paolo Fresu & Markus Stockhausen! From his first steps, Andreas Polyzogopoulos showed that he is special and in 2008 he recorded his first album entitled "Perfumed Dreams" with the band Poly Quartet and won first place in the Motives For Jazz competition in Belgium. In 2010 he became a member of the European Youth Jazz Orchestra. He has recorded 5 personal albums and participated in around 60 recordings to date. In recent years, he has been touring and distinguished himself abroad, in clubs and major festivals. He has collaborated with Jaques Morelembaum, Michel Portal, Tony Lakatos, Gunter “Baby” Sommer, Mode Plagal, Psarantoni, Savina Giannatou, Maria Farandouri, Dulce Pontes, Dimitris Kalantzi, Vangelis Katsoulis, Giorgos Kontrafouris, Takis Barberis, Than. Papakonstantinou et al. A characteristic feature of Andreas Polyzogopoulos is the constant search for the new, without the fear of risk. A look at his discography testifies to this with the acoustic and successful Pink Floyd tribute album followed by the ambient and electric album “One Inch of Love”. The European sound of jazz is the area that Andreas Polyzogopoulos feels most familiar and familiar with, with influences from Frezu, Rava, N. P. Molvær etc. considering equally important in music, rhythm and also ..silence! The three top musicians approach the sensitive and cool sound of Chet Baker, playing some of his favorite jazz standards and in the special format without drums (!), as preferred by Chet Baker himself in the last decade of his life.  Andreas Polyzogopoulos – trumpet Kostas Konstantinou – double bass Giorgos Kontrafouris – piano Tickets cost 12 euros from Viva’s more.com.
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Patras
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01
2024
The pre-Lent festival will conclude on March 17th, a Sunday. This year's theme is "Be Unplugged!" and the events will begin on Wednesday (January 16), with town crier (Maria Agouridi) riding on a musical float, announcing the famed carnival's start, and calling the public to gather at the square. On Saturday morning, a procession will take place with musical bands, carnival bicycles, the organizers, the carnival queen (Georgia Sakka), and other celebrants. Then Patras Mayor Kostas Peletidis will receive the carnival's banner. At 18:00 on Saturday a party will start at the Aghios Georgios Square, while at 20:00, the theater troupe Helix and a Baroque procession will leave from the City Hall to parade through the city with participants including actors, musicians, acrobats, fire jugglers, and Harlequins. This is the traditional Saturday night parade, not the spectacular Grand Parade at the close of the carnival. At 21:00, the mayor will declare the official opening of the Patras Carnival, to be followed by the traditional 'chocolate war', during which the city's confectioners throwing chocolates from the City Hall's balcony. A concert will also take place and the start of the annual Treasure Hunt will be also declared. The official schedule of the carnival has not been announced yet, while festivities every year include surprises. The Patras Carnival is the largest in Greece and involves preparations that begin a year earlier, with a large number of volunteers as well.
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Athens
19
12
2023
In other words, the film should not be one-dimensional for everyone, but should have different interpretations and feel for each person who sees it", said Yorgos Lanthimos at the press conference held at the Hotel Grande Bretagne on the occasion of the Greek premiere of his new film, "Poor things", which took place on Sunday at the Onassis Stegi in the presence of the director.  At the same time as Athens, it will premiere in Thessaloniki, at Olympion in collaboration with the Thessaloniki International Film Festival. "Poor things", an anthem to women's empowerment, starring Emma Stone, Willem Dafoe and Mark Ruffalo, will be released in Greek theaters on January 1, 2024 by Feelgood Entertainment. However, on December 26 and 27 there will be some special screenings with tickets in several cinemas. Based on the book of the same title by Alisder Gray and a screenplay by Tony McNamara, the Greek director reverses the myth of Frankenstein and presents a poignant essay on the freedom and joy of sex, class inequalities, individual and social self-determination, desire and love. Without Emma Stone by his side, after the American actress did not manage to come to Athens as planned for health reasons, Yorgos Lanthimos spoke to Greek journalists this morning about his new film and the importance of creative freedom, which is the "key" to everything he does. "I don't often go into the process of trying to analyze what the film says or what I'm interested in saying through it. I try - and this is often misunderstood - not to share these thoughts and not to give interpretations, because I feel that I limit the way someone else can see the film. My own thought is only one aspect of this, others may see much more and that's what's interesting. There are issues that are more obvious, others for fewer people to understand or project. There have also been cases where I have felt that it is very unlikely that what someone thinks is in the film, but this is their own projection and it says more about the person than about the film," the Greek director said about whether it makes him nervous about how his film will be "read" by the audience. "Poor things" is already included in all the lists of major film magazines and international film critics for the best films of the year. The film had its world premiere last September at the Venice Film Festival, where it won the Golden Lion, has already received seven nominations at the Golden Globes and thirteen at the Critics Choice Awards, and is one of the undisputed favorites for the next Oscars, in almost all categories. Referring to his collaboration with the actors during the preparation of the film, he stated that the way they work He is very practical and physical. "It will sound strange but I don't tell them anything. We do not analyze characters and the type of interpretations. First of all, there is a scenario which, as I understand it, has a strong character and a specific direction. Then we enter a process of working physically and instinctively, during which we do various exercises, theatrical, physical, where if the actors do not already know each other, they come close and feel comfortable with each other and we rehearse without trying to specify what their performance will be like when we film. During games, the scenario becomes second nature, but not in a rational way. There is a memory created in relation to the text and their bodies. Also, the whole process has to do with the actors, who are excellent and understand the different textures that each scene has and the evolution of their character. I try not to talk too much because by not knowing exactly what they think, I manage to gain a distance from what I see and judge better whether it works or not. If we had agreed some things beforehand, it would have been more difficult for me." The film, set in the Victorian era, replaces the monster with Bella, a beautiful young nymphomaniac who commits suicide to escape her violent husband. Bella is brought back to life by an eccentric scientist, Godwin Baxter, but gives her the mind of a baby. Hungry to discover real life, she runs away with Duncan, a competent and blunted moral lawyer, on a wandering around the world. Freed from the prejudices and silos of her time, Bella seeks to fight for equality and freedom. "In Alisder Gray's book, Bella Baxter's story is not told in her own words but through the perspective of various other characters. From the first moment I thought of making it into a movie, I wanted to put Bella at the center and create a film about her own story. While the book is a realistic depiction of the Victorian era, it made me think that it would be more interesting to make a world that supports this choice and reflects how Bella comes into contact with all this new world she travels through. And it was particularly interesting to build the cities, her house, the ship where she travels, in the studio, with traditional cinematic techniques, to build the sets and not to render them digitally. We used physical and effects to complement what we had made, but nothing has been made from scratch as a digital effect," Lanthimos explained. Speaking about Holly Waddington's costume design, she said how much it enhanced the film's dramaturgy: "She was extremely creative and gave the costumes meaningful relevance to the story of the film. For example, when Bella starts working at the brothel in Paris, she wears a latex raincoat, which is very nice and does look like a condom. Also, another important part was how the costume elements – and Emma played a big part in this – combined with the development of Bella's character." In the book, Athens is mentioned in Bella's journey, but it is not present in the film. "Athens does not it was never a big piece, there was a moment on a card Bella sent to Godwin and Max, saying "God, the Parthenon is still broken". It was a small piece that was cut in the editing," he noted. Asked if "Poor Things" could have been filmed in Greece and if he made the right decision a decade ago to leave the country, Yorgos said: "They are two different pieces, one is the funding, the other is where it would be filmed. When we were looking for a place and ended up in Budapest, all options were open, even Greece, but it was excluded because there are no studios here. Neither does the technical knowledge and experience of constructing such a level of sets. Hungary has the largest studios in Europe and a tradition of set construction. The reason why the film was difficult to make in the past is that ten years ago such a story was not so interesting for the world of cinema or in general, we will never know. I think times changed and we slowly managed to make it since I also made some bigger films in English. The fact that I left Greece was very important because the first steps were taken to make these films. At the time I was told, "Amazing Canine" but what they were asking for was "something more mainstream that because you are European will be a little more interesting". It was difficult but we managed it in a way. And once this journey began, it doesn't really matter where you are. In the beginning it was important, at the moment I think it doesn't really matter where I am." As for whether it creates extra stress or more freedom for him to be able to make the films he wants and in the way he wants, the Greek director stressed that he always made the films he wanted, but in the beginning he did not have financial support. "The anxiety is always there, I think in the beginning there was more naivety. The strange thing is that even though the budgets are growing, you always design the film in one way, there is a costing and when you get to shoot it it's never enough money and there is a struggle to make it. The final cut and creative freedom for me are necessarily key to all this. I mean, I don't think I'd make movies if somebody said to me, "yes, you can do it, but you can't have the final cut, we'll talk about it later." I have refused many times to make films with funding that does not guarantee me the final cut. I prefer to wait and do something else or some other profession."
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Athens
15
12
2023
The show runs for 6 days, from December 11-16th, while on Friday, December 15th, there will also be an after-performance talk with Olivier Saillard and Tilda Swinton at the Onassis Exhibition Hall -1, with simultaneous interpretation in Greek. For information on times and tickets visit the website: https://www.onassis.org/whats-on/embodying-pasolini-olivier-saillard-tilda-swinton
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Athens
02
12
2023
The program of this year's events was edited by the Municipality's Culture, Sports & Youth Organization (OPANDA) and Technopoli, in collaboration with This is Athens and the radio station Athens 9.84, while the actions of "Olympia, Municipal Musical Theater Maria" have a special place Kallas", as well as the new cultural spaces, the Municipal Market of Kypseli, the Maria Kallas Museum and the Athens Book Space in the reformed Freedom Park. Events include, among others, educational programs and workshops for children and families, music in live concerts and parties, musical theater performances, book launches and readings, events inspired by books and museum exhibitions, as well as ten "Christmas villages" with unique holiday surprises in each . "The Municipality of Athens is again this year carrying the festive spirit of Christmas from one end of the city to the other. A program full of music, special performances and hundreds of surprises awaits young and old to celebrate the brightest time of the year. Happy holidays with health and love to everyone", said the mayor of Athens, Kostas Bakoyannis. The "Christmas Villages" in ten neighborhoods From December 23 to January 6, ten "Christmas Villages" in as many neighborhoods will offer rich activities for young and old. From Acharnon and Lamprini to Pagrati and Hellinorosson, Santa Claus and his elves will "transform" some of the most central neighborhoods into "villages" of joy and celebration, they will welcome young and old children with constructions, sweet treats , face painting and many more festive events. The events are accompanied by, among others, stilt walkers, jugglers, mascots, animateurs, puppets and jugglers. Athens is full of music Syntagma Square will once again "dance" to the rhythm of Christmas this year. For seven days, a total of 15 live concerts by local artists, bands and bands will take place on the main Christmas music stage. The George Zervos Trio, The Wedding Singers, Hermaphrodites Child, Vasilis Kazoulis with Kitrina Podilata and Alexandra Koniak, Dimitris Tsakas Quintet, Polkar, Gumbo Ya Ya with Sugahspank and Emily Mesko, Nefeli Fasouli, Sub Quartet, Panos Vlachos, Jerome Kaluta, the Mihalis Kalkanis Group, the Christmas Gala with the voices of Maria Katrivesis and Yiannis Housakos, Jaguar Bombs and Tonis Sfinos & The Playmates, promise to lift the festive mood. Parties will be set up again this year in unexpected places of the city. The Mobile Party Needless will turn the Square of Justice (Santaroza) into a Christmas dancefloor, the radio station Kosmos will set up a "Xmas Party" specially dedicated to the magazine "Schedia" at the Municipal Market of Kypseli, the Cool Crips at the Serafion of the Municipality of Athens, the Stoa Emporon is transformed by Pepper 96.6 into a fun spot, while on Christmas day, the "Xmas Extravaganza" & Beyond at the Kypseli Municipal Market with dynamic beats by favorite selectors and DJs. At the same time, at the "Olympia, Maria Callas Municipal Music Theater" the popular operetta by Nikos Hadziapostolos "Apachides of Athens", directed by Vassilis Mavrogeorgiou and musical direction by Cornelios Michaelides, with the Symphony Orchestra and Choir of the Municipality of Athens. The same venue will host the concert of Thodoris Kotonias and Savveria Margiolas, as well as "Christmas in New York" by the Athens Big Band, while the cultural spaces of OPANDA and the Polychoros "Anna and Maria Kalouta" will be "flooded" for throughout the holidays with Christmas songs, traditional melodies, but also concerts for children. Finally, on the festive days, the ATHINA 9.84 van will fill the neighborhoods of Athens with Christmas music and children's choirs. His stops include the Benaki Museum on Piraeus Street, as for one morning he will musically "dress up" the educational activities surrounding the exhibition of Giorgos Chatzimihalis, while on 20-28/12 he will decorate the Syntagma with his music. Especially for December 20, the city's radio station joins forces with "Together for the Child" in the Christmas radio marathon supporting families and children in need.   The magic of the book "travels" young and old Fairy tales have their "honorary" every Christmas, which is why the new cultural space of the Municipality of Athens, the Athens Book Space in Eleftheria Park, invites young and old to "get lost" in the magic of the pages. Children will enjoy activities that combine the reading of fairy tales and stories from around the world with comics, music, and even chess, in separate and highly original workshops, while adults will have the opportunity to take part in a creative reading workshop, in the Reading Club of Classical Literature, as well as to attend discussions and analyzes of poetry collections and novels by writers and journalists. At the same time, the Municipal Market of Kypseli will also be "seduced" by the magic of the book, as it hosts the Christmas book markets of Psychogios Publications and the Booktopia group, while the Children's and Adolescent Library will dedicate an educational program to the life and work of Charles Dickens. Museum tours and exhibitions with free entry To celebrate its first Christmas, the city's new museum, the "Maria Callas Museum", opens its doors for a double guided tour with free entry (phone reservation required). Participants will discover the world of the great diva, opera and lyrical theatre, through a path of experiential experience, enriched by audio-visual media, texts, new technologies, audio and historical evidence. At the same time, the first concert in its premises comes from the Athenian Quintet "Dimitrios Dounis", where in the two performances "Christmas Visions" they will present a festive program with Christmas suites from the Renaissance to the present day, written by Greek and foreign composers. At the Arts Center will be held the solo exhibition of Kostas Bassanou entitled "Working Title", which deals with the invisible creative space of artistic production, while at the Athens Municipality Art Gallery the first retrospective exhibition of the painter Alexis Kyritsopoulos entitled "Parallel", with works from in 1963 to date. The Museum of Folk Art and Tradition "Aggeliki Hatzimichalis" will present the exhibition of handmade weavings "The Feathered Weaves of Ossa Thessaloniki", while on New Year's Eve it will organize a folkloric holiday tour of the Hatzimichalis mansion. Finally, the "Melina" Cultural Center organizes for visitors over 60 a nostalgic cultural walk through the city's past, starting from the permanent exhibition "Travelling of old Athens", continuing to the story-filled Thisio and the pedestrian street of Heraklion and ending in the exhibition "Eureka: Science, Art & Technology of the Ancient Greeks" of the Heraklion Museum. Night of Wishes - Atmospheric Christmas Revival in Kotzia Square "Wishing Night" has now become a beloved Christmas Eve custom. On December 24, young and old will "light up" Kotzia Square with traditional biodegradable lanterns, which will travel to the sky carrying wishes. On this magical Christmas night, the atmospheric melodies will come from the van of the ATHINA 9.84 station, which will musically "dress up" the event with selections from its radio producers. We welcome 2024 from Syntagma Square On New Year's Eve, the appointment is of course given at Syntagma Square. Hosted by the duo of ERT's "Studio 4", Nancy Zampetoglou and Thanasis Anagnostopoulos, the world will say goodbye to 2023 with an audio-visual extravaganza full of live music, dance, fireworks, glitter and many surprises, and welcome 2024 with optimism and joy (the line-up of the first live concert of the year will be announced soon). New Year's Eve Party The biggest New Year's party will take place again this year in Varvakeio. Just before the change of time, Street Outdoors will be waiting for the people in the most central Agora of the city, where DJs and producers will turn wishes into music, so that 2024 will find the citizens in the most danceable party in the heart of Athens until early morning hours. (More information and detailed schedule of events: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dZu_niqAliBNrZAoyPCg_WpkUNqfs_sHI8b01tJ3Ufo/edit?usp=sharing)
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Athens
01
12
2023
A special festive event with free entry for the public and hosted by Nadia Kontogeorgis, marks the start of the SNFCC Christmas World and is made possible thanks to a donation from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF). On the first night of December, countless holiday lights are turned on, casting their glow on the plane trees of the Canal and the decorated fir trees of the Agora. A Festival of Lighting Installations sets a bright tone in the evening Stavros Niarchos Park: four works by distinguished foreign artists and a Greek participation magnetize the eyes by creating a choreography with the material light. Even the Fountains on the Canal participate in the spectacle in their own spectacular way. The scenery is completed by the Ice Rink in Kanali, waiting for experienced and non-skaters to dance on the ice. The appointment is at 19:00 at the Agora where the youth choir of El Sistema Greece opens the evening with traditional carols and other well-known Christmas songs. Next, Mwenso and the Shakes come straight from Harlem, New York and blow the crowd away with a special Christmas program called 'Afrofuturistic Christmas Wonderland'. An exuberant music performance sprinkled with Christmas gold dust and all-time classic hits such as Santa Claus is coming to town, Have yourself a merry little Christmas, Rudolph the red nose reindeer, Winter wonderland and Silent night. This is a celebratory concert held in collaboration with the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York, as part of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation-Lincoln Center (SNF-LC) Agora Initiative, a partnership to redefine public space, part of which are the "Twin Agoras" at the SNFCC and Lincoln Center. The entire event will be broadcast from Lincoln Center's David Geffen Hall. The December 1 celebration will also be broadcast online by ERT2. More information and the detailed program of the SNFCC Christmas World can be found at snfcc.org/Xmas2023, as well as on the SNFCC social media pages @SNFCC. Entrance is free.
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Athens
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07
2023
A total of 59 events will fill 30 neighborhoods of Athens with rhythm, sounds and images in all seven municipalities. For more than a month, the city's theatres, squares, parks and courtyards will become the summer residence of both new and established artists who participate in the events. "All Athens is a stage" is the continuation of last year's programme by the Municipality of Athens, which this year also sent an open invitation to artists to submit their proposals for the event. The program is organised by the Organisation for Culture, Sports and Youth of the Municipality of Athens (OPANDA), within the framework of Culture is Athens, bringing together the public and artists. In his statement, the mayor of Athens, Kostas Bakoyannis, underlined: "This year's big outdoor celebration 'spreads' across the entire city to offer Athenians summer evenings full of quality entertainment. We are happy, because once again great artists responded to our invitation to participate in this special cultural event planned with great interest and care by OPANDA. We invite young and old to every park, every square, every open space of Athens - where this year the heart of 'All Athens is one stage' will beat - to come and spend unforgettable summer moments in the city". Summer is when we shine the brightest. The City of Athens makes sure of that by turning the whole of Athens into a performance stage for more than a month with its aptly titled annual initiative “All Athens is a Stage”. Starting July 2nd and going till August 4th, a great number of live concerts, theatrical performances, movie screenings, activities for children and much much more will take place all across the city, all with free entrance. Here’s a selection of some great opportunities to take in the local spirit and join the summer festivities: 22/07: Athens Municipality Symphony Orchestra and quinteto TANGartO join forces for a Concerto Grosso (orchestral baroque music). Open Air Theatre of Colonus, 9 pm 24/07: Music concert dedicated to Greek artists, composers, and poets. Lambraki Hill, 9 pm 29/07: “On The Road Again” a musical journey through the local and international rock scene. Lambraki Hill, 9 pm 31/07 & 04/08: “Tango Greco”, a music and dance performance. Victoria Square, 9 pm 03/08: “Michael Cacoyannis Repérage” a screening of the film The Wastrel (1961) by Michael Cacoyannis, photo exhibition and soundtracks from Cacoyannis’ films. Filopappou Square, 9 pm Info     Tickets: Free admission     Date: 02 July 2023 - 04 August 2023     Time: Various times/places.  
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Athens
24
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2023
Highlights include uilleann piper Padraic Keane, flutist Fearghas Mac Gormain, fiddlers Cliodhna Begley and Aidan Connolly, concertina player Paddy Egan, and virtuoso multi-instrumentalist Caoimhin O Fearghail, as well as a host of local of local Irish-themed acts. Athens Irish Festival | Athens | June 22-24th. Admission free. Visit inisarts.gr/athens-irish-festival for more information.   (Photo: Originally named “Keltoi”, Iernis is the oldest Celtic music band in Greece, with the Australian-born George and Manolis Galiatsos brothers as its core, and it concerns itself with the spread of traditional Celtic music in our counry since 1997, but also with the conservation and performance of Celtic songs which have not appeared often in discography. Many of them are in the form of a cappella recordings by traditional singers, and they are re-arranged according to the band's aesthetics, after many years of studying and persistently researching their historical, anthropological and musical background. The band has created a soundscape of tunes and songs from Ireland, Scotland, Bretagne, Galicia, as well as some American tunes, using traditional Irish instruments such as the wooden flute, fiddles, Irish whistles, bodhrán, banjo, mandolin, Irish bouzouki (built by Manolis), and Uilleann pipes with Scott Mavroudis. On December 2012 they released their first album called “Beyond a far-off shore”, and since 2014 they are among the founding and directing members of the Athens Celtic Music Festival. At times they have collaborated with great musicians such as Andy Irvine, Dónal Lunny, Jack Rogers and Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh. On June 2012 Manolis and George Galiatsos performed as guests of Andy Irvine at the concerts dedicated to his 70th birthday at Vicar Street, Dublin, and on 2019 they invited him to perform at the 5th Athens Celtic Music Festival. What is behind the name Iernis? "Iérnē" was the name given by the ancient Greek explorer Pytheas of Massilia to the place now known as Ireland, during his journeys in north-western Europe circa 320 BC, based on the preexisting local Proto-Goidelic name Īweriū, from which Éire is also derived. During Roman times the Alexandrian philosopher Claudius Ptolemy called it "Iouernia", hence the Latin version Hibernia, and a town called Ivernis was mentioned in south-western Ireland, its people called Iverni. This name was derived from Proto-Indo-European *PiHwerjoHn, "fertile land", and was perhaps once the common name for all the inhabitants of Ireland.)
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