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Athens 2018 World Book Capital

Athens 2018 World Book Capital

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Athens 2018 World Book Capital

From April 2018 to April 2019 the city celebrates the great UNESCO distinction. For one year, true to the slogan “Books Everywhere, Culture in Neighbourhoods”, Athens will be  the place where the universal heart of the written word will be beating!

One year after hosting the most celebrated contemporary art event, documenta 14, UNESCO’s designation of Athens as World Book Capital is one more unique opportunity for the city to establish itself as an independent cultural destination.

23 April, 2018 to 22 April, 2019
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Athens is ready for a great celebration, an experience unlike any other! A whole year full of books, reading, culture and events that promote knowledge. Whether younger or older, Athenian or visitor; all are welcome to join the festivities. Our aim? To bring books to every neighbourhood and to every corner of the city.

Let’s get started! #Athens2018

Email: info@athens2018.gr
Facebook: @athens2018worldbookcapital
Instagram: athens2018worldbookcapital

Venue: 
All over the city
Hours: 
Various
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23/04/2018 to 22/04/2019
 
#TextMe_FluffyLibrary

#TextMe_FluffyLibrary

Visual Arts

#TextMe_FluffyLibrary
curation: Vassilis Zidianakis

ATOPOS cvc inaugurates, #TextMe project, a year of actions and events around the book and text in media arts in the context of UNESCO’s ‘Athens 2018, World Book Capital’. #TextMe was an original concept by Atopos artistic director Vassilis Zidianakis who invited Antigoni Tsagkaropoulou to design and implement #TextMe_FluffyLibrary, an unusual library/ a participatory installation/ a collective fairy tale. Antigoni’s work merges imaginary and real worlds, childhood memories and adult life and is influenced by feminist and queer theories.

#TextMe_FluffyLibrary occupies the rooms of Atopos CVC, incorporating in the main artwork the rich book collection of the organisation, which consists of more than 2.500 art and visual culture books. The project combines the logic of a large-scale installation with impromptu performances, collective storytellings, plush sculptures and furry costumes. Fluffy Library is an age-and-genderfluid cuddly environment that creates an otherworldly reading and playing area for both young and old.

#TextMe_FluffyLibrary also operates as a workshop that will produce an unconventional fairy tale. Antigoni Tsagkaropoulou, in collaboration with other artists, scientists, story-tellers, educators and the general public, will create the story of ‘Fluffy’. Fluffy, also known amongst scientists as Flufiella Chimaerica, is a symbiotic creature that occupies and inhabits the entire top floor of Atopos CVC. What we know so far is that it eats books from the library and digests them into knowledge through its fuzzy cavities. Besides Fluffy, visitors will get to meet a series of monstrous, hybrid letters – D, for a dragon princess, P for a little masculine (pixie) fairy, M, for a hairy pink mermaid, H, for a horse with breasts and beard, and many more– that will be constructed during the course of the exhibition and will inhabit and reclaim their places inside books, stories and narratives. Fluffy and its co-habitants, will produce a fairy tale that will celebrate alternative narratives around identity, gender and human relations.

Fluffy Library is a meeting point of alternative narratives and actions around identity, gender and co-existence upon a huge hybridic, fluffy creature. All the events, that are happening inside Fluffy are co-curated and organized by Antigoni Tsagkaropoulou in collaboration with other individuals, artists, educators, friends etc.

- 12 October 2018 - Official Opening + Girlz Live Acts
- 21 November 2018 - Rhinestone Cowboi
- 25 November 2018 - PopTektonism // Vulnerable Monsters
- 02 December 2018 - The Real Athens Queer DIY
- 13 January 2019 - Drag For Kids
- 25 January 2019 - Deviant Monsters
- 14 February 2019 - Fluffy in love

#TextMe_Lab is the academic programme taking place parallel to the Fluffy Library activities. The Lab aspires to transform ATOPOS space into a research center with a series of lectures, discussions, workshops, performances and small exhibitions. All events focus on hybrid languages arising at the intersection of text and other artistic media. Programming themes include: 20th century visual poetry, spoken word performance, the relation between poetry and sound art, and contemporary linguistic phenomena, such as internet pop-culture and new media, and the relation between words and screens. #TextMe_Lab is curated and co-ordinated by Fil Ieropoulos

#TextMe_Lab program:
- 27-29 April 2018 - PokemonPoetry. (performance, workshops)
- 02-07 May 2018 - Aimée Le - Reading, Silence, Slogans. (open studio, various actions)
- 12 May 2018 - SPOONS IN HAIR, WINGS ON GLASSES, SOUNDS ON NOTEBOOKS - Tribute to Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven aka Baroness. (workshop,presentation)
- 18 May 2018 - Memes and online discourse in Greece. (panel, discussion)
- 02 June 2018 - Andriana Minou -"Dream-mine". (performance and Interactive Installation)
- 16-18 June 2018 - Film Poetry Festival & Symposium in collaboration with the Greek Film Archive. (screenings, discussions, workshop)
- 09-16 November - On clarity between velocity and duration. Crumbs that Chondros and Katsiani left behind to find their way. (presentation, exhibition, discussion)
- 01 December - Lena Platonos, queer readings / tribute (Greek National Opera Alternative Stage, SNFCC)
- 07-13 January - Roland Brauchli & Eleanor Vonne Brown / The book as a work of art, approaches. (open studio, various actions)

23 April, 2018 to 23 April, 2019
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ΑΤΟPOS CVC, Salaminos 72 str., 10435 Metaksourgheio, Athens 104 35, Tel: +302105242004, +302108838151, info@atopos.gr, www.atopos.gr, www.text-me.gr

Hospitality Sponsors
KTIMA EVHARIS | www.domaine-evharis.gr
CITRUS | www.citrus-chios.gr
FIMI DRINKS | www.drinkfimi.gr

Supporting Creativity
NEON | www.neon.org.gr

With the support of
Athens Culture Net | www.athens2018.gr
Founding donor Stavros Niarchos Foundation

As part of
Athens 2018 World Book Capital | www.athensculturenet.com

Organization / Production: 
ATOPOS CVC
Venue: 
ATOPOS CVC
Duration: 
23 April 2018 - 22 April 2019
Hours: 
Thursday & Friday : 14:00 - 20:00, Saturday & Sunday: 12:00 - 18:00
Tickets: 
Free entrance
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23/04/2018 to 22/04/2019
 
The countless aspects of Beauty

The countless aspects of Beauty

Exhibition

An inexhaustible source of inspiration and cause of deeply felt emotions, Beauty, is visually perceptible in the ancient works of art, constituting an ever changing picture across the history of human creation. The new temporary exhibition of the National Archaeological Museum «The countless aspects of Beauty» brings out the different versions of aesthetics within variegated social and cultural contexts from the Neolithic period up to late Antiquity, making the best of the exceptionally wide chronological spectrum covered by the collections of the National Archaeological Museum. Three hundred and forty antiquities from its rich collections, in combination with contemporary digital applications, offer an aesthetic feast and promise a journey through time full of aesthetic gratifications.

More precisely, the exhibition narrative unfolds in four parts:
In «Aesthetica Aeterna» we see on display selected objects of everyday life that record the continuous alternations and different facets of aesthetics in human diachrony. «The beautiful and the desirable» attempts an essential approach to the aesthetic preferences of the ancient societies on the basis of what the ancient Greek myths reveal about beauty and the archaeological finds that relate to clothing, hairstyles and beautification. The third part titled «Focusing on the Body» illustrates the expression of beauty in the visual rendering of the human body from the Neolithic period to historic times. At the end, «The endless quest» aims at the aesthetic contemplation on the significance of the beautiful and its value for humans.
Among the age-old secrets of Aphrodite that are presented in the exhibition, the world of perfumes takes a special place. In collaboration with the Korres Company, there were created perfumes inspired from information recorded in the ancient sources.
The exhibition, throughout its duration, will encompass an array of experimental workshops. Scientists, artists and artisans from Greece and abroad, will offer their specialized knowledge to exemplify for the visitors experimental approaches regarding weaving techniques of the Neolithic period, garments of the Aegean world in the second millennium B.C., such as the Mycenaean costumes, the colorfulness of ancient sculptures and the depiction of the Beautiful through the ancient Greek music.

8 August, 2018 to 31 August, 2019
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Opening hours (summer schedule until 31/10): Monday 13:00-20:00, Tuesday-Sunday 08:00-20:00

Language: 
Greek, English
Duration: 
December 2019
Hours: 
Monday 13:00-20:00, Tuesday-Sunday 08:00-20:00
Special remarks: 
Credit cards are accepted
Wheelchair accessible
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08/08/2018 to 31/08/2019
 
from the forbidden city: imperial apartments of Qianlong

from the forbidden city: imperial apartments of Qianlong

Exhibition

A rare exhibition on China's Emperor Qianlong (1711-1799) is going on display at the Acropolis Museum, with a first time presentation to the public of remarkable artifacts representing over 100 years of Chinese culture of the 18th century.

One of the most renowned emperors in Chinese history, Qianlong (Qing Dynasty, 1644-1911) is the Emperor who reformed China, doubled its size and population, tended to the well-being of its citizens and nurtured the arts and letters with passion. He remained on the throne for sixty years (1736-1795) leaving his personal mark on the art of China.

This Acropolis Museum exhibition design was inspired directly by the buildings, colors and forms of the Palaces of the Forbidden City. The exhibition boasts 154 exquisite works of art, ceremonial robes, furniture and functional objects from the Emperor's private apartments in the Palace of Many Splendors (Chonghua Gong) where, as he himself wrote, he spent his youth and drew inspiration for his subsequent plans for the successful management of his vast country.

On first entering the exhibition the visitor meets the Emperor's embroidered gold ceremonial attire and the huge portrait that depicts Him immediately after his ascent to the throne. The Empress’ impressive ritual dress follows, and immediately after, the complete presentation of the Imperial throne with all its accompanying furniture and accessories. A next display presents the tea services used by the Emperor and his guests, his poetic texts and theatrical costumes from the private performances held at the Palace.

The Room of Fragrant Orchids that follows reveals the heated bed of the Imperial couple, wall screens with rare floral decoration and ornamental works of art of the Emperor’s personal choice. Two large exhibits, a second brocaded throne with accessories and the Emperor's study decorated with white jade plaques come after, and it at this desk that the gifted leader spent many hours of his day writing texts about his country's beauties, human relationships and the proper exercise of royal powers.

The exhibition ends with exceptional Buddhist artworks of precious materials: ritual vessels, tributes and great proverbs, but dominating are the statues of the young Buddha, the third Dalai Lama and a Buddhist missionary, demonstrating the predominant role of Buddhism in the Emperor's life.

The exhibition “from the forbidden city: imperial apartments of Qianlong” is organized in cooperation with the Palace Museum in Beijing as part of the cultural program set forth by the Hellenic Ministry of Culture for the “Year Greece-China”.

The exhibition aims to draw the western world closer to a deeper appreciation of Chinese culture, revealing its distinctive qualities during the glorious period of Emperor Qianlong's reign.

14 September, 2018 to 14 February, 2019
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Gallery talks
Every week, visitors have the opportunity to enjoy this rare exhibition together with Museum Archaeologist-Hosts.
English: every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, at 11 a.m.
Greek: every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, at 1 p.m.
Duration: 60 minutes
Participation: For registration, please refer to the Information Desk at the Museum entrance on the same day. Limited number of visitors per session. First-in first-served.
The gallery talk is free of charge. Only the admission fee to the temporary exhibition is required (3 euros).

Εxhibition catalogue
The exhibition is accompanied with a three-language catalogue (Chinese, Greek, English). It is available for purchase at the Acropolis Museum Shops.

Venue: 
Temporary Exhibition Gallery, ground floor
Language: 
Chinese, Greek, English
Duration: 
14 September 2018 – 14 February 2019
Hours: 
Monday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Tuesday to Sunday 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., Friday 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Tickets: 
Tickets are available for sale at the Museum’s Ticket Desk. Admission fee: 3€
Special remarks: 
Credit cards are accepted
Wheelchair accessible
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14/09/2018 to 14/02/2019
 
Sundays guided tours at the Industrial Gas Museum with free admission

Sundays guided tours at the Industrial Gas Museum with free admission

Museum tour

Along with the experienced people of our Museum, we follow the gas production line, ‘listen’ to the workers’ stories, touch the machines that until recently filled the city with power and light.

14 October, 2018 to 28 April, 2019
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*For adults and families

October 2018 - April 2019
When: Every Sunday
Time: 11 am
Meeting point: Central chimney

*Bookings and more info
T. +30 2130109325, +30 2130109300
gasmuseum@athens-technopolis.gr
www.gasmuseum.gr

Hours: 
11:00
Tickets: 
Free Admission
Special remarks: 
Wheelchair accessible
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14/10/2018 to 28/04/2019
 
Nikos Kazantzakis’ Winged Horse

Nikos Kazantzakis’ Winged Horse

Theatre

MEGARON FOR CHILDREN – THEATRE

3 November, 2018 to 21 April, 2019
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Megaron for Children presents a never-before published fairy story by Nikos Kazantzakis in an exciting theatrical adaptation by Vassilis Mavrogeorgiou. A fairy story penned by the imagination of the Cretan writer, it’s a journey to the magic of the Far East, for children and adults. The story unfolds engaging the little viewers, evoking in song a world populated by kings and princesses, magicians and dervishes, pedlars and caravans.

Director: Vassilis Mavrogeorgiou
Theatrical adaptation: Andri Theodotou
Music: Nikos Kypourgos
Set designer: Thaleia Melissa
Costume designer: Ifigeneia Daoudaki
Movement director: Elena Gerodimou
Lighting: Stella Kaltsou
Fight choreographer: Thanos Dermatis
Assistant director: Chryssa Vakali
Scientific advisor: Nikos Mathioudakis

Featuring performers:
Michalis Vrettos, Thanassis Dovris, Orfeas Zafeiropoulos, Michalis Koilakos, Irene Konstantinou, Sotiris Mentzelos, Giannis Bisbikopoulos, Grigoris Poimenidis, Giorgos Tsourmas, Giorgos Fountoukos, Thanassis Halkias, Stelios Hatzigeorgiou

- For children aged 5+
- Seats are not numbered

Daily shows for schools and groups
Information + 30 210 8668572 – 210 8665144 (tel & fax)

Organization / Production: 
Kazantzakis Editions
Venue: 
Children's Stage A' New Exhibition Hall
Hours: 
11.30 , 15.00
Tickets: 
General admission: € 12
Special remarks: 
Parking
Credit cards are accepted
Wheelchair accessible
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03/11/2018 to 21/04/2019
 
Tonight we improvise - a production based on a theme of Luigi Pirandello

Tonight we improvise - a production based on a theme of Luigi Pirandello

Theatre

Tonight we improvise a production based on a theme of Luigi Pirandello
Translation, direction & adaptation: Dimitris Mavrikios

From: 11 November 2018
To: 24 February 2019

A play by Nobel laureate Luigi Pirandello is once again paired with music by Oscar-winning Manos Hadjidakis, this time given new impetus by director Dimitris Mavrikios and conductor Nikos Kypourgos. The multi-faceted director Dimitris Mavrikios, who has an in-depth knowledge of Pirandello’s works, brings the Sicilian dramatist to the Greek National Theatre.

A theatre company is attempting to adapt Pirandello’s own novella, Leonora, addio!, for the stage. The lack of a script creates ambiguity between the actors, who identify so much with their roles that they dispense with the director in order to live the lives of the characters that they are playing!
The power of the creation over the creator is a dynamic that is essential for art, and especially for Pirandello. The play, which is the third in his ‘theatre in the theatre’ trilogy, investigates his favourite theme of the confusion between the imagination and reality.

Pirandello is not only an extraordinary writer whose works continue to be performed with undiminished success all over the world; he is also a great European intellectual and profound political thinker.

11 November, 2018 to 24 February, 2019
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Production Team:
Translation, Adaptation, Direction: Dimitris Maurikios
Composer: Manos Hadjidakis
Set design, Assistance in adaptation: Dimitris Polychroniadis
Costume design: Niki Psychogiou
Musical arrangement, adaptation & orchestration: Nikos Kypourgos
Sound design & orchestration: Stathis Skouropoulos
Lighting: Lefteris Pavlopoulos
Movement, Choreography: Valia Papachristou
Associate director: Manolis Dounias
Assistant director, Assistance in adaptation: Maria Vardaka
Second assistant director: Eva Oikonomou-Vamvaka
Dramaturg: Eri Kyrgia

Filmed scenes
Director: Dimitris Mavrikios
Director, Director of photography, special effects: Angelos Papadopoulos
Editor: Ioanna Spiliopoulou

Cast: Konstantinos Arnokouros, Giannis Artemisiadis, Michalis Artemisiadis, Maria Vardaka, Alexandros Varthis, Giannis Voyiatzis, Dimitris Kakavoulas, Dimitris Mavrikios, Giorgos Benos, Lili Dalanika, Rania Ekonomidou, Eva Oikonomou-Vamvaka, Stefanos Papatrechas, Gioulika Skafida, Nektarios Farmakis, Lydia Fotopoulou

Appearing in the filmed scenes: Nikos Karathanos
Song: Lili Dalanika, Rania Ekonomidou, Stefanos Papatrechas

Surtitles in English: Every Friday, Saturday & Sunday
Info: https://www.n-t.gr/en/events/repertory/apopse-aftosxediazoume

Venue: 
ZILLER BUILDING - MAIN STAGE
Hours: 
Wednesdays 7pm, Thursday, Fridays and Saturday 8.30pm, Sunday 7pm
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11/11/2018 to 24/02/2019
 
Fighting for Peace: Greece – Italy – Spain in the 1980s

Fighting for Peace: Greece – Italy – Spain in the 1980s

exhibition

With posters, pictures, specialized publications, articles and further documentation from public and private collections from Greece and abroad, the exhibition reveals the multidimensional aspect of peace protests in Southern Europe of the 1980s.

15 November, 2018 to 31 March, 2019
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The exhibition presents the antiwar movement in Southern Europe, through a multilayer historical retrospection of the 1980s. The aftermath of the devastating Second World War and the emergence of the Cold War saw thousands of people rallying around the cause of peace and disarmament, thus becoming the core of massive political activism and building new ideological and political identities. During the nuclear weapons crisis peoples not only in the South but also in the whole Europe, attempted to review their past, present and future; their strong mobilization against the installation of new nuclear weapons in Europe depicted the rapid social, cultural and technological transformations of the time that concurred with the wide spread fear of nuclear devastation. This fact gave global impetus to a massive and strong antiwar movement, in close relation with other movements of the time, such as the youth, the feminist, the trades unions, the environmental, which affected profoundly societies and political agendas.

Duration: 
November 2018-March 2019
Hours: 
Daily: 9.00-16.00, Thursday & Friday 9.00-20.00, Weekend 10.00-15.00
Tickets: 
Free entrance
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15/11/2018 to 31/03/2019
 
Bubble Jam

Bubble Jam

Theatre

Daniel Wetzel (Rimini Protokoll)

The interactive installation “Bubble Jam” leads a group into an experiment with itself. On this digital stage, the characters don’t exist in space, but on our screens. We follow and respond to their messages. Who is it on the other end? And who are we in this cloud?

24 November, 2018 to 21 April, 2019
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“Who is on the other end of the internet and what are the processes between us when communicating online?" Asking this question, Daniel Wetzel, founding member of the internationally acclaimed Rimini Protokoll, sets up an interactive installation for the peers of YouTube; for those who use messengers despite the age restriction; for the upcoming generation of digital natives.
 
We, as is usually in theatre, meet in the same space, yet this time a large part of the stage design has been converted into code. An interactive play and an experiment among us, Bubble Jam invites its visitors to act as members of a cloud that explores itself. How are joint decisions made? What happens when algorithms enter that process? And who or what do we “like” and “follow”?

 

CREDITS
Concept and Direction: Daniel Wetzel
Written by: Daniel Wetzel, Nikolas Hanakoulas, Giorgos Panagiotakis
Space: Dido Gkogkou
Light: Guy Stefanou
Software system design and implementation: Dimitris Trakas (ViRA)
Graphics: Dimitris Trakas, Renia Papathanasiou (ViRA)
Sound design and programming: Lambros Pigounis
Script editors: Andreas G. Andreou, Kostis Kapidakis
Project coordinator: Nikos Voyatzis
Trainee: Kristin Brechler
Assistant space designer: Iliana Kaladami
Assistant sound designer: Stefanos Siminelakis
Consultant-psychologist: Florentia Bakomitrou
Production management: Juliane Männel (Rimini Protokoll), Yalena Kleidara (Apparat Athen)
Technical director (Rimini Protokoll): Martin Schwemin
Photo © Stavros Habakis 
In the code: Andreas G. Andreou, Dimitris Trakas
In the crowd: Nikolas Hanakoulas, Kostis Kapidakis 
Special thanks to: Daphne Aidoni, Alexandra Bousiou, Sebastian Drews, Barbara Ehnes, Martha Foka, Dimitris Kalakidis, Marilena Katranidou, Eleni Kolovou, Arianna Kontopanou, Dimitris Lianos, Aimilia Panagiotaki, Victoria Panagiotaki, Jean Peters, Ilias Pantazis, Michalis Papantonopoulos, Natasha Tsintikidi, Mary Voyatzaki, Zoi Wetzel

Produced by: Onassis Stegi and Rimini Apparat
Co-producer: The Cultural Schoolbag Norway / DKS Asker (Asker municipality)
 
Using technology and elements that have been developed for the Rimini Protokoll Project “Dreaming Collectives. Tapping Sheep”, written by Daniel Wetzel and Ioanna Valsamidou  (Staatstheater Dresden and others, 2017).

For teenagers 12+ years old with or without parents

Venue: 
5th floor - Young Theatre Workshop
Duration: 
1 hour and 10 minutes
Hours: 
Evening performances for the public: Saturday & Sunday | 19:00 & Morning performances for schools: Thursday & Friday | 11:00
Tickets: 
5-12 €
Special remarks: 
Parking
Reservations are accepted
Credit cards are accepted
Wheelchair accessible
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24/11/2018 to 21/04/2019
 
A Brief Guide for Prospective Tightrope Walkers

A Brief Guide for Prospective Tightrope Walkers

Puppet Theatre

Stathis Markopoulos (Ayusaya Puppet Theatre)

Jumping-in-the-air-and-gravity-defying puppets come to meet you and tell you their big secret: “Nothing ties you to the ground; dance, you shan’t fall!”

30 November, 2018 to 31 May, 2019
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A modern, lyrical puppet theatre for all ages, with live music and a revolutionary mood; it’s this year’s original ‘away offsite performance produced by the Onassis Stegi for high-school students, teachers and other special audience groups, such as inmates, senior citizens, the chronically ill, people in rehabilitation centres, people with disabilities and everybody who is unable to access the arts easily, or is in remote areas.

We are all tightrope walkers, hence worthy of attaining freedom; this is what Jean Genet seems to be telling us in his famous lyrical manifesto “Le Funambule” (“The Tightrope Walker”, 1955), which has inspired this performance by the Ayusaya Puppet Theatre.

Puppet players, musicians and dancers give life to hand-made puppets. Drawing inspiration from Genet’s instructions to the tightrope walker Abdallah Bentaga, to whom he dedicated his allegorical essay, our troupe invites us to discover the craftsman-artist inside us all and respond to the challenges he sets us in the art of living.

CREDITS
Direction-set design-constructions-puppets-: Stathis Markopoulos (Ayusaya Puppet Theatre)
Dramaturgy: Vicky Georgiadou
Movement: Antonis Koutroumbis (Plefsis Group)
Original Music: George Kastanos
Cast: George Kastanos, Vassilki Maltsaki, Stathis Markopoulos, Anneta Stefanopoulou, Maria Fountouli
Executive Production: Delta Pi 
Produced by: Onassis Stegi 
The performance is based on the translation by Christoforos Liontakis of Jean Genet’s “Le Funambule – Le Condamné à mort” (“The Tightrope Walker – The Man Sentenced to Death”), Ekdoseis Eikostou Protou (21st c. Editions), Athens, 2016.

Venue: 
Outside the Onassis Stegi
Hours: 
11:00-13:00
Tickets: 
Free entrance | Reservation and more info: T. 213 017 8002, Email: education@sgt.gr
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30/11/2018 to 31/05/2019
 
THE UNWRITTEN LIBRARY, AN EXHIBITION TRILOGY | Part 2: After Babel

THE UNWRITTEN LIBRARY, AN EXHIBITION TRILOGY | Part 2: After Babel

Exhibition

The second part of the trilogy focuses on books and texts through their physical, hybrid, or intangible reality.

5 December, 2018 to 10 March, 2019
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Objects of desire and main characters in new fictions, books generate enchantment and emotion through the exhibits. They cross paths with the vision and other senses. Through processes both linguistic and conceptual, they open an ambiguous, often hermetic space of reading. The viewer-reader crosses its boundaries to go beyond knowledge and meaning, sometimes even beyond writing itself, into uncharted aesthetic territories.
Works on view will include paintings, sculptures, installations, and video installations, artists’ books, and web art, some of which will be new productions.

Organization / Production: 
Megaron-The Athens Concert Hall, Athens 2018 World Book Capital
Venue: 
Main exhibition space, Project Space and other Megaron areas
Hours: 
Tu-We-Thu-Fr-Sun 12:00 – 20:00 | Sat 12:00 – 22:00
Tickets: 
Normal € 5, Reduced € 3 Group tickets (15 people or more): 3 € / person | every Wednesday 15:00-20:00: free admission
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05/12/2018 to 10/03/2019
 
Crete. Emerging cities: Aptera – Εleutherna – Knossos

Crete. Emerging cities: Aptera – Εleutherna – Knossos

Museum

The Museum of Cycladic Art (https://cycladic.gr/) , the Regional Services of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports (Ephorates of Antiquities of Chania, Rethymno, and Herakleion) and the Region of Crete (https://www.crete.gov.gr/) are co-organizing the exhibition entitled “Crete. Emerging cities: Aptera ― Eleutherna ― Knossos. Three ancient cities revived” from 12 December 2018 to 30 April 2019. This is a multi-faceted exhibition with rich audio-visual aids, including screens, maps, and innovative technologies.

The exhibition focuses on three of Crete’s one-hundred cities, according to Homer (hekatompolis), and their common characteristics: their establishment, acme, decline, destruction, abandonment, and demise. Cities with centuries-long history, cities that were abandoned and forgotten, but are also tangible examples of archaeological investigation using similar or different approaches.

12 December, 2018 to 30 April, 2019
Info: 

The exhibition comprises approximately 500 artefacts dating from the Neolithic (7th-6th millennium BC) to the Byzantine period (8th century AD), some newly discovered, others from old excavations, most of them never presented to the public before: statues, reliefs, figurines, inscriptions, vases, weapons, jewellery, coins, and other artefacts of various materials—limestone, marble, clay, metal (bronze, iron, silver, and gold), faience, glass, ivory, and semi-precious stones. This is the first time that so many artefacts leave the storerooms of the Antiquities Ephorates and display cases of the museums of Crete for a temporary exhibition in Athens.

Antiquities from each one of the three cities speak of its territory, public and private life, religious beliefs, sanctuaries, and cemeteries, fragments of its historical continuum. A special place is given to artefacts relating to each city’s founding myths and also to personal stories: Soterios from Eleutherna who live and died at Aptera, the young man of Eleutherna who died before knowing love, and the child buried with their toys at Knossos.

The exhibition also showcases Renaissance books and maps, including the Vincenzo Maria Coronelli’s map of Crete (1707) with its famous fruit garland inscribed with the names of the 100 Cretan cities mentioned by Homer, including the three presented here.

Language: 
English | Greek
Hours: 
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10:00-17:00, Thursday: 10:00-20:00, Sunday: 11:00-17:00, Tuesday: Closed.
Tickets: 
Admission: 7€ | Reduced admission: €3.5 | Groups of 15 or more: €5 (per person) | General admission on Mondays: € 3.5 | Entry is free for the Friends of the Museum of Cycladic Art
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12/12/2018 to 30/04/2019
 
2019 - Skalkottas year

2019 - Skalkottas year

Music

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the death of Nikos Skalkottas, the four organizations that are housed in the Athens Concert Hall call 2019 "Skalkottas Year" and organize a series of anniversary events at the Megaron Mousikis, which include, among others, concerts , discussions, exhibition, international conference, composition contest and training programs. This brings together for the first time their artistic and scientific forces in a collective course throughout the year that will give the honor to Nikos Skalkotas.

During "2019 Skalkottas Year", the Friends of Music Society with its Music Library "Lilian Voudouri", the Athens Concert Hall, the Athens State Orchestra and the Greek Composers Union , in collaboration with the Hourmouziou - Papaioannou Foundation, co-organize a series of events that aim to re-recommend us the Greek composer and the genius of his music. They also aspire to show that Skalkotas' music, exciting and unpredictable, can speak directly not only to the "connoisseurs" but also to the wider audience.

1 January, 2019 to 31 December, 2019
Info: 

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the death of Nikos Skalkottas, the four organizations that are housed in the Athens Concert Hall call 2019 "Skalkottos Year" and organize a series of anniversary events at the Megaron Mousikis, which include, among others, concerts , discussions, exhibition, international conference, composition contest and training programs. This brings together for the first time their artistic and scientific forces in a collective course throughout the year that will give the honor to Nikos Skalkotas.

Venue: 
Megaron - The Athens Concert Hall
Hours: 
-
Special remarks: 
Parking
Wheelchair accessible
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01/01/2019 to 31/12/2019
 
The artist on the composer

The artist on the composer

visual arts

The project THE ARTIST ON THE COMPOSER is a long-term collaboration between the Greek National Opera and non-profit institution NEON (www.neon.org.gr) focusing on the relationship between visual arts and opera. The project brings together leading contemporary visual artists and filmmakers with live orchestral performance.

5 January, 2019 to 10 February, 2019
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The artist on the composer

Conductor: Giorgos Ziavras
First commission: Nikos Navridis

PREMIERE 5 JANUARY 2019
5 January 2019
3, 10 February 2019

Music and Visual Arts Cycle in collaboration with NEON Organisation

Greek National Opera - Stavros Niarchos Hall
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
Starts at: 18.30 & 21.00

Soloists
Tassis Christoyannis (5/1: 18.30 & 10/2)
Dimitris Tiliakos (5/1: 21.00 & 3/2)

György Kurtág, Quasi una fantasia..., op. 27., no. 1
Gustav Mahler, Kindertotenlieder

With the GNO Orchestra
A collaboration between the Greek National Opera and NEON

Ticket price: 10 euros*
*All proceeds support the activities of the Greek National Opera

The project THE ARTIST ON THE COMPOSER is a long-term collaboration between the Greek National Opera and non-profit institution NEON (www.neon.org.gr) focusing on the relationship between visual arts and opera.

The project brings together leading contemporary visual artists and filmmakers with live orchestral performance.

Through a newly commissioned work, each artist responds to the work of a classical composer stripped of the usual operatic traditions and storytelling; open to audiences that may not have engaged with opera before.

Unfolding inside an opera house emptied of sets and costumes, this abstract interaction is strengthened by what is left out, allowing the artists’ individual responses to push musical performance and audience in new and different directions.

The first commission is to Greek artist Nikos Navridis.

Nikos Navridis was born in Athens. He studied architecture at the National Technical University of Athens and art at the Athens School of Fine Arts, where he is a professor since 2008. His work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group shows in Greece and abroad. Selected exhibitions include: ANTIDORON. The EMST Collection, documenta 14, Fridericianum, Kassel (2017) / No Country for young men. Contemporary Greek art in time of Crisis. Bozar. Centre for Fine Arts Brussels (2014) / A Thousand Doors. Gennadius Library, Athens, ΝΕΟΝ & Whitechapel Gallery (2014) / / Between the optimism of the will and the pessimism of the intellect. 5th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art (2015) / Try Again. Fail Again. Fail Better. Aeschyleia 2013, Eleusis / The First Image, CRAC, Contemporary Art Center, Sete, France (2009) / Transexperiences, Greece 2008, 798 Space, Beijing, China / Take a deep breath, Tate Modern, London (2007) / Nuit Blanche 2004, Hopital Saint Lazare, Paris, France / Nikos Navridis, Difficult Breaths, La Caixa Foundation, Madrid, Spain (2004) and many more in Sweden, Korea, Mexico, Japan and USA. He has represented Greece in the international biennials of Venice (2001 & 2005), Instanbul (1997), Sāo Paolo (1996) and Santa Fe, New Mexico (1999).

Organization / Production: 
NEON
Venue: 
Greek National Opera Stavros Niarchos Hall / Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
Hours: 
09.00-21.00
Tickets: 
10 euros* *All proceeds support the activities of the Greek National Opera
Special remarks: 
Parking
Credit cards are accepted
Wheelchair accessible
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05/01/2019 to 10/02/2019
 
Music time machine

Music time machine

Comics lab for kids

A narrator and a comic book artist present an original educational workshop that uniquely combines music with speech and image.

Sundays
13 & 20 January, 12:30
10 & 24 February, 12:30
03 & 31 March, 12:30

13 January, 2019 to 31 March, 2019
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At each meeting the children travel to a different musical destination with the help of the illustrated storytelling. At the end of the workshop, the children become the same creators and make their own comics.

Venue: 
Multipurpose Room
Language: 
Greek
Duration: 
90 minutes
Hours: 
12:30
Tickets: 
€ 10
Special remarks: 
Parking
Credit cards are accepted
Wheelchair accessible
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13/01/2019 to 31/03/2019
 
Patridognosia: Discovering one's homeland

Patridognosia: Discovering one's homeland

Photography

A photography exhibition by Anthi Xenaki.

21 January, 2019 to 17 February, 2019
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Anthi Xenaki, through her lens, focuses on the deterministic outcome of the aspirations for a national reconstruction.

Venue: 
16 Herakleidon Str.
Hours: 
Wednesday to Sunday, 10:00 - 18:00
Tickets: 
Just with the exhibition ticket
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21/01/2019 to 17/02/2019
 
George Zongolopoulos: The Vision of Public Sculpture

George Zongolopoulos: The Vision of Public Sculpture

Exhibition

In collaboration with the George Zongolopoulos Foundation, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center is organizing the first exhibition exclusively dedicated to public sculptures, installed in Greece and other countries, by this iconic artist.

28 January, 2019 to 31 May, 2019
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The exhibition traces how Zongolopoulos’ public sculpture charges and converses with installation sites, locations in which it enters into communication with the public on a daily basis; it moreover highlights the importance of public art – all the more relevant in view of the fact that this exhibition is held at SNFCC, which aspires to redefine the citizens’ relationship with the public space.
As part of this exhibition, eight sculptures will go on display in outdoor areas in the Agora and the Rear Agora.
Twelve more sculptures – four of them for the first time – will go on display at the 4th-floor atrium of the National Library of Greece, supplemented by maquettes, constructions, drawings, videos, photos and interactive exhibits that place these sculptures in the context of the public sites where they have been installed.
The panel from Zongolopoulos’ studio, the maquette of the Monument of Zalongo and the surrounding area, and an umbrella from the life-size Umbrellas sculpture will also go on public display for the first time.
Furthermore, the exhibition features videos on Zongolopoulos’ life and work; educational programs based on the sculptor’s work will be on offer in other SNFCC areas.

*Courtesy of Region of Epirus

Duration:
28/01 - 31/05
09.00 - 22.00

AGORA - REAR AGORA
4th FLOOR ATRIUM NLG

Hours: 
09.00-22.00
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28/01/2019 to 31/05/2019
 
Free musical education workshop: music in pregnancy. maternity and paternity

Free musical education workshop: music in pregnancy. maternity and paternity

Lectures

Educational programme for adults.
Eight seminars aimed at approaching through three different prisms, medicine, psychology and music therapy, the miracle of pregnancy and maternity and paternity.
Language: Greek

6 February, 2019 to 27 March, 2019
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Educational programme for adults

Venue: 
Lecture Hall of the Music Library
Language: 
Greek
Duration: 
120'
Hours: 
18:00
Tickets: 
50€/35€ (reduced) for all the lectures or 10€/8€ (reduced) for one lecture (two parts)
Special remarks: 
Parking
Credit cards are accepted
Wheelchair accessible
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02/02/2019 to 27/03/2019
 
Herrumbre

Herrumbre

Ballet

The first collaboration of the Greek National Opera Ballet with the renowned Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato, is a fact. The choreographer with the unique sensitivity to the weaknesses of human nature guarantees a great dance performance about the rust of the soul, titled Herrumbre (Rust).

6 February, 2019 to 17 February, 2019
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Nacho Duato

Herrumbre

Choreography: Nacho Duato

PREMIERE 6 FEBRUARY 2019
6, 8, 9, 15, 16, 17 February 2019

Greek National Opera - Stavros Niarchos Hall
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
Starts at: 20.00 (Sundays at 18.30)

Music: Pedro Alcalde, Sergio Caballero, David Darling
Scenography: Jaffar Chalabi
Costumes: Nacho Duato
Lighting: Brad Fields

With the GNO Principal dancers, Soloists, Demi-Soloists and Corps de Ballet

With the support of the Spanish Embassy and the Cervantes Institute

Ticket prices: €15, €20, €25, €30, €35, €40, €45, €60
Students, reduced: €12 / Limited visibility: €10

The first collaboration of the Greek National Opera Ballet with the renowned Spanish choreographer Nacho Duato, is a fact. The choreographer with the unique sensitivity to the weaknesses of human nature guarantees a great dance performance about the rust of the soul, titled Herrumbre (Rust).

For Nacho Duato, the starting point for this ballet was a photograph of the US-American detention camp, Guantanamo, showing prisoners fallen on the ground like animals. In his choreography, Duato transforms the images of violence spread by the media into movements. His aim here is to raise awareness of a subject that we all should care about. Why? Because it is how we treat others that ultimately defines who we are ourselves.

The succession of impressive scenes, each more violent than the previous one, with people humiliated and terrified inside a cruel prison, constitutes Duato’s grand statement against all forms of terrorism.

Duato was born in Valencia in 1957 and studied at Rambert School in London and Maurice Béjart's Mudra School in Brussels. He completed his studies at Alvin Ailey's American Dance Centre in New York and began his career in 1980 with the famous Cullberg Ballet in Stockholm. He has been a dancer and a guest choreographer with the Netherlands Dans Theater for ten years. There, he presented his first choreography in 1983, at the urging of Jiří Kylián. He served for twenty consecutive years as Artistic Director of the National Ballet of Spain, turning it into one of the most sought-after Ballets worldwide for its quality and repertory. Since 2014 he has been the general and artistic director of the Berlin State Ballet (Staatsballett Berlin), a position he will be holding until 2019, when he will be succeeded by Sasha Waltz and Johannes Öhman. His choreographies have been performed by some of the most important dance companies throughout the world, such as Nederlands Dans Theater, American Ballet Theatre, The Australian Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens, Stuttgart Ballet, San Francisco Ballet, Royal Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, Martha Graham Dance Company.

Venue: 
Greek National Opera Stavros Niarchos Hall / Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
Hours: 
09.00-21.00
Special remarks: 
Parking
Credit cards are accepted
Wheelchair accessible
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06/02/2019 to 17/02/2019
 
Thursday's meetings

Thursday's meetings

Presentation

The contemporary Greek photographers' presentations continue in February.

7 February, 2019 to 14 February, 2019
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“Thursday's meetings”, coordinated by Platon Rivellis and organized in cooperation with the "Photography Circle", aim to introduce the work of contemporary Greek photographers. The photographers, selected by Platon Rivellis and members of the “Photography Circle”, present their work, discuss about their themes, approach and artistic choices. Each presentation is followed by an open discussion with the audience.

The presentations’ schedule for February 2019 is as follows:

> February 7: Yiorgos Vogiatzakis, Nikiforos Mandilaras & Chryssa Skopeliti

> February 14: Alekos Theofanidis, Mania Benissi & Nikos Tsiforos

Organization / Production: 
Hellenic American Union, Photography Circle
Venue: 
Hellenic American Union Theater
Language: 
Greek
Hours: 
19:00
Tickets: 
Admission is free
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07/02/2019 to 14/02/2019
 
Myths and sounds of invisible travelers. Musical mythical narratives for those who can listen like children

Myths and sounds of invisible travelers. Musical mythical narratives for those who can listen like children

Music

Second trip: France
Musical works by French composers.
Narration: Stelios Pelasgos

9 February, 2019 to 10 February, 2019
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Musical works by French composers.
Narration: Stelios Pelasgos

Venue: 
Multipurpose Room of the Music Library of Greece "Lilian Voudouri"
Language: 
greek
Duration: 
90 minutes
Hours: 
19:00
Tickets: 
€ 10, €8
Special remarks: 
Parking
Credit cards are accepted
Wheelchair accessible
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09/02/2019 to 10/02/2019