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A walk through the Museum with an archaeologist

A walk through the Museum with an archaeologist

Gallery Talks

Evening walks through the Museum exhibition galleries, making unanticipated stops and various discussions, together with an Archaeologist-Host.

1 July, 2016 to 25 December, 2020
Info: 

For registration, please refer to the Information Desk at the Museum entrance on the same day. First-in first-served.

Venue: 
Museum's exhibition areas
Language: 
English, Greek
Duration: 
60 minutes
Hours: 
English: every Friday at 6 p.m. / Greek: every Friday at 8 p.m.
Tickets: 
The gallery talk is free of charge. Only the general admission fee to the Museum is required.
Special remarks: 
Credit cards are accepted
Wheelchair accessible
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01/07/2016 to 25/12/2020
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A walk through ancient Olympia

A walk through ancient Olympia

Digital Projection

This programme provides a complete tour to the sacred site of ancient Olympia in the 2nd century BC. Monuments and sacred buildings come to life, enabling visitors to participate in the events and the rituals of the Olympic Games and to learn about the history of the city: the temple of Zeus, a model of Doric peripteral temple with magnificent sculpted decoration, the Heraion, the oldest monumental building of the sanctuary, dedicated to the goddess Hera, the Gymnasium, which was used for the training of javelin throwers, discus throwers and runners, the Palaestra, where the wrestlers, jumpers and boxers trained, the Leonidaion, which was where the official guests stayed, the Bouleuterion, where athletes, relatives and judges took a vow that they would upheld the rules of the Games, the Stadium, where most of the events took place, the Treasuries of various cities, where valuable offerings were kept, the Philippeion, which was dedicated by Philip II, king of Macedonia, after his victory in the battle of Chaeronea in 338 BC.

1 March, 2017 to 31 December, 2022
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A complete digital tour in English to the sacred site of Ancient Olympia in the 2nd century BC.

Venue: 
Tholos
Language: 
Greek, English
Duration: 
1 h
Hours: 
13:00
Tickets: 
7€-12€
Special remarks: 
Parking
Reservations are accepted
Credit cards are accepted
Wheelchair accessible
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01/03/2017 to 31/12/2022
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A Walk Through Ancient Miletus

A Walk Through Ancient Miletus

Virtual Reality

The city of Miletus on the western coast of Asia Minor, one of the most important cities in Ionia, comes to life again in the Virtual Reality production
“A Walk Through Ancient Miletus”. This production, in the special environment of immersion of “Tholos”, uses some new technical characteristics, which allow the development of multiple directions of digital life in the virtual space and not a predetermined course.

4 September, 2017 to 31 December, 2022
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Starting again in September, guided tours are offered in Greek & English for groups.
At the Virtual Reality programme there is a tour at the meninsula and the city of Miletus, as it was 2,000 years ago. Visitors can explore the virtual city and learn about the most important public buildings. Starting from the gate at the Port of the Lions, they enter the sanctuary of Apollo Delphinios. Then, they visit the Ionian Stoa, which housed the stores of the city, the Hellenistic Gymnasium, the North Agora and the Bouleuterion, being able to see even the details of the buildings' architecture. They can “fly” over the city for one last panoramic view of the perfect city planning design, or even “dive” into its port.

Organization / Production: 
FOUNDATION OF THE HELLENIC WORLD
Venue: 
Tholos, Virtual Reality Theatre
Language: 
Greek
Duration: 
30-50 min
Hours: 
Projections offered only by appointment for groups
Tickets: 
5-12 euro
Special remarks: 
Parking
Reservations are accepted
Credit cards are accepted
Wheelchair accessible
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04/09/2017 to 31/12/2022
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Dinosaurs at Dusk

Dinosaurs at Dusk

Digital Projection

Dinosaurs at Dusk is a 44-min show produced by Mirage3D for digital dome theatres. It is presented at "THOLOS", the Virtual Reality Theater of Hellenic Cosmos.
A learning adventure of a father and his teenage daughter Lucy, who share a fascination for all things that fly.
You’ll travel back in time to meet the pterosaurs and the ancestors of modern-day birds: the feathered dinosaurs. Lucy and her father navigate from continent to continent, looking for clues about the origins of flight.
When time runs out they experience first-hand the cataclysmic “last day” of the dinosaurs.
Science content includes topics such as continental drift, proper motion of stars, asteroids and impacts, extinctions and the convergent development of flight among species.

2 March, 2019 to 31 December, 2022
Organization / Production: 
HELLENIC COSMOS
Venue: 
Hellenic Cosmos Cultural Centre
Language: 
Greek
Duration: 
45"
Hours: 
-
Special remarks: 
Parking
Reservations are accepted
Credit cards are accepted
Wheelchair accessible
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02/03/2019 to 31/12/2022
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Plato's Cave

Plato's Cave

Theatre

Join us for a playful stroll from the Ancient Agora to the Herakleidon Museum. Walk with us through the alleyways of Thissio while Hesiod’s poem Theogony unfolds. Follow our actors to Herakleidon Museum’s yard to play the Plato’s Cave allegory. Enjoy a private tour of the Museum’s exhibits. Form a circle and dance to the ancient rhythms. Live the myth! www.thegreekstory.com

Walk with us through the picturesque alley’s of Thissio and get ready for the myth of Theogony to be replayed before your eyes. Our stroll will lead to the museum Herakleidon. There, you will be treated with “nectar” (cold herbal tea), before the main act – “The allegory of Plato’s Cave” – unfolds. Through this experience you will gain a deeper understanding of the allegory. We will help you see beyond the shadows, towards the true essence of being.

Such an apocalypse calls for an ancient greek dance! Let’s celebrate life… in a dancing circle! Sit back, reflect and discuss, with ancient Greek sweets (ancient recipes: of course ;-)).

Now let’s leave the magnificent pebbled courtyard of the museum and see what the first floor has to offer us…”EUREKA”. This exhibition “Automata” presents reproductions of famous automated ancient machines, which were used to predict physical phenomena or just to impress others. Our actors will showcase the use of the most known specimens, such us the walking robot of Hero and Philo, and the Antikythera Mechanism. Let us show you how diachronic the ancient wisdom is and how you can savour the best of it.

The event is written and directed by the well-known theatrical director Nikos Amoyntzas. Our greek master and author Eleni Orithia Koulizaki has curated the details of the event to ensure the historical accuracy of the participatory play. The event is produced by Effrosyni Charami and Nikos Amoyntzas.

Inclusions
Water, cold herbal tea, sweet treats
Entry/Admission – Museum Herakleidon
Departure & Return
Departure point: Central Athens, Thissio metro station (green line)

Meeting Point: Thissio metro station
Return point: Herakleidon Museum, Iraklidon 16, Athina 11851. The Museum is in walking distance from Thissio metro station (green line).

Departs on Monday, Tuesday, 5:30pm June, July, August of 2020
Departs on Monday, Tuesday, 3:30pm May, September of 2020

Additional Info
Confirmation will be received at time of booking. This event is appropriate for teenagers over the age of 14. Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair.
The play will be held in English, a basic knowledge of the language is required.
Recording (audiotaping or videotaping) during the performance is not allowed.
There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if group capacity is not met or due to rainy weather. In the event of such an occurrence, you will be offered an alternative or a full refund.
This group activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers.

Plato’s Cave event is held for the causes of ΕΝ.Π.ΑΝ. (Associations for Culture & Development)

Cancellation Policy
All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

4 May, 2020 to 29 September, 2020
Info: 

Join us for a playful stroll from the Ancient Agora to the Herakleidon Museum. Walk with us through the alleyways of Thissio while Hesiod’s poem Theogony unfolds. Follow our actors to Herakleidon Museum’s yard to play the Plato’s Cave allegory. Enjoy a private tour of the Museum’s exhibits. Form a circle and dance to the ancient rhythms. Live the myth! www.thegreekstory.com

Organization / Production: 
ΕΝΠΑΝ
Venue: 
Herakleidon Museum
Language: 
English
Duration: 
2,5
Hours: 
Departs on Monday, Tuesday, 5:30pm June, July, August of 2020, Departs on Monday, Tuesday, 3:30pm May, September of 2020
Tickets: 
110 euros per person
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04/05/2020 to 29/09/2020
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Anthropocene On Hold

Anthropocene On Hold

Visual Arts

ANTHROPOCENE ON HOLD: PCAI’s online group exhibition opens on May 14, 2020

20 international visual artists address the impact of a global pandemic on art ecosystems and earth’s resilience and sustainability

James Bridle, Ionian Bisai & Sotiris Tsiganos, Matthias Fritsch, Kyriaki Goni, Markus Hanakam & Roswitha Schuller, Hypercomf, Rindon Johnson, Evi Kalogiropoulou, Lito Kattou, Bianca Kennedy and the Swan Collective, Marcin Liminowicz & Trang Ha, Charly Nijensohn, Kosmas Nikolaou, Ira Schneider, Andrew Norman Wilson

14 May, 2020 to 31 December, 2020
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The Anthropocene (/ænˈθrɒp.əˌsiːn) was popularised as an environmental term at the dawn of the 21st century by Paul Crutzen, the Dutch Nobel laureate and pioneer on atmospheric chemistry; it constitutes a proposed geological epoch that starts with the beginning of the first important human impact on Earth's geology and ecosystems, including climate change caused by human activity.

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organisation officially declared the outbreak of a new virus, under the name covid-19, a pandemic. The invisible threat has taken its toll on human life and safety, as well as global economy and collective action, forcing isolation or restricted access to public areas as precautionary measures. Vacant, desolate streets and cities in the midst of social distress, financial uncertainty and climate crisis, echo the urban void and the urgency to remain vigilant and socially alert.

During the unsettling times of a global pandemic and national lockdowns, which seem to have emerged out of dystopic fiction, what does it mean for earth and the anthropocene to remain on hold? Which are the challenges and the environmental concerns that are raised for an artist? How can social distancing and quarantine reshape artistic practices and environmental narratives? In which ways can covid-19 impact environmental crisis and our general perception of the issue?

In response to this unprecedented and urgent situation and its toll on the planet’s well-being and safety, PCAI, on the occasion of the Anthropocene On Hold exhibition, has invited 20 international visual artists to address the gravity of a global pandemic and its impact on art engagement and production as well as earth’s resilience and sustainability. James Bridle, Ionian Bisai & Sotiris Tsiganos, Matthias Fritsch, Kyriaki Goni, Markus Hanakam & Roswitha Schuller, Hypercomf, Rindon Johnson, Evi Kalogiropoulou, Lito Kattou, Bianca Kennedy and the Swan Collective, Marcin Liminowicz & Trang Ha, Charly Nijensohn, Kosmas Nikolaou, Ira Schneider, Andrew Norman Wilson participate with new works in PCAI’s first online group exhibition curated by Kika Kyriakakou; an ongoing digital project that will be hosted on PCAI’s YouTube Channel (youtube.com/channel/UCKThYXergdup6X4g6ndTC2w) from May 14 to December 31, 2020.

MORE ABOUT PCAI

Polyeco Contemporary Art Initiative (PCAI), was founded in 2014 by Athanasios Polychronopoulos, Polyeco Group Executive Chairman, as a means to increase environmental awareness through contemporary art and video. The organisation implements its objectives though three areas of activity: its mainly commissioned-based Art Collection, its Projects and its Support. Since 2018 PCAI has been a member of the International Association of Corporate Collections of Contemporary Art IACCCA and it has been awarded for its art projects, educational programs and partnerships on many occasions. Kika Kyriakakou, PCAI’s Artistic Director, initiated in 2019 through an open call the organisation’s artist-in-residence programme focusing on the interaction between contemporary art and environmental consciousness. The selection committee, consisting of Hans Ulrich Obrist, Serpentine Galleries Artistic Director, Krist Gruijthuijsen, KW Institute for Contemporary Art Director, and the PCAI Directors, chose artists Rindon Johnson and Lito Kattou to participate in the residency programme taking place in 2020.

Hours: 
00:00-23:59
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14/05/2020 to 31/12/2020
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Robert McCabe - Katerina Lymperopoulou: ‘’The Last Monk of Strofades’’

Robert McCabe - Katerina Lymperopoulou: ‘’The Last Monk of Strofades’’

Exhibition

Under the Auspices of H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou and His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew

On Wednesday 13 May 2020 the Benaki Museum welcomes the exhibition Robert McCabe – Katerina Lymperopoulou ‘The last monk of Strofades’. Since museums in Greece remain temporarily closed, a video marks the opening of the exhibition, offering to public an online experience through unique shots of the works and the exhibition space. As soon as museums reopen and until September 27, 2020 the exhibition will welcome visitors at the S. & E. Costopoulos Gallery at the Benaki Museum of Greek Culture.

While museums in Greece remain temporarily closed, the public may experience the exhibition through unique shots of the works and the exhibition space at benaki.org/Strofades.

14 May, 2020 to 27 September, 2020
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The exhibition refers to the history of a monastic complex (a fortified monastery) of unique historical, architectural and cultural significance dating back to the 13th century. This complex dominates a secluded corner of the Ionian Sea, a small island – just one-third the length of a typical airport runway. It is the islet of Stamfani in the Strofades complex. Despite its diminutive size, the island has a unique history and preserves rich flora and fauna, thank to its remarkable geological features.

Today, this monumental complex poses a huge challenge for Greece. Decisions must be taken promptly. The monastery is in critical condition, with an urgent need for restoration after two catastrophic earthquakes. The next one could spell the end of it. The island has strong links with St Dionysios, who served as a monk starting in 1568 and at his request was buried there. But in 1717 his relics and the seat of the monastery were “temporarily” transferred to neighboring Zakynthos after the monks were slaughtered during a brutal raid.

Could the complex come to life again as a functioning monastery?

Photographs selected by Robert McCabe and research by a team of experts organized by Katerina Lymperopoulou bring the island and its issues to life. The exhibition is in a sense a tribute to the last monk of the Strofades, who maintained the complex basically alone for almost 38 years and was a compelling but lonely voice for its restoration. In addition to Stamfani’s human history the exhibition will illuminate its remarkable and unexpected rôle in the natural world as an important migratory bird station and the site of one of the most significant forests in western Greece.

Venue: 
Benaki Museum of Greek Culture
Language: 
Greek, English
Duration: 
14/05/2020 - 27/09/2020
Hours: 
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday:10:00-18:00 Thursday:10:00-00:00 Sunday:10:00-16:00 Closed on Tuesday
Tickets: 
€ 8, € 6 Benaki Museum membership provides free admission. More information at benaki.org/support.
Special remarks: 
Credit cards are accepted
Wheelchair accessible
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14/05/2020 to 27/09/2020
 
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Τhe School of Athens: Venice Architecture Biennale 2018

Τhe School of Athens: Venice Architecture Biennale 2018

Exhibition

Rafael’s fresco “The School of Athens” is an ambition; a utopian vision of a free, open, informal, and common space for learning. It is an in-between space. Neither inside nor outside, not quite a room, but also not simply a space for circulation. It is not a classroom, and yet we see scholars and students debating, teaching, and studying.

3 September, 2020 to 11 October, 2020
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Although we typically think of learning taking place in the classroom, educators and architects have recognized for thousands of years that learning also takes place in the space between; in the hallways, on the stairs, at the café, in the quad – the spaces we call the academic commons. Socrates taught in the Agora. Plato founded his Academy in the olive grove outside of Athens and often taught while walking. Medieval colleges were organized around a communal courtyard and 20th century universities are filled with generous circulation corridors that double as informal learning spaces.

The School of Athens exhibition showcases physical models of seventy different academic common spaces from across history and around the world, both realized and unrealized. All models are printed at the same scale - 1:200 - and show only the portion of the university that we have identified as the academic commons, excluding all of the other closed spaces like classrooms and offices. By no means canonical or complete, this work is an ongoing and evolving research project – an ever expanding spatial atlas of the architecture of the academic commons.

Curated by NEIHEISER ARGYROS, The School of Athens at the Benaki Museum continues and expands the research exhibited at the Greek National Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale and forms a collaboration between students of the National Technical University in Athens (NTUA) and the Architectural Association (AA) in London.

Venue: 
Benaki Museum / 138 Pireos St.
Language: 
Greek, English
Duration: 
03/09/2020 - 11/10/2020
Hours: 
Thursday - Sunday:10:00 - 18:00, Friday - Saturday:10:00 - 22:00
Tickets: 
€ 7, € 3,5 Benaki Museum membership provides free admission. More information at benaki.org/support
Special remarks: 
Credit cards are accepted
Wheelchair accessible
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03/09/2020 to 11/10/2020
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Costas Tsoclis: Painting. Limits and Transgressions

Costas Tsoclis: Painting. Limits and Transgressions

Exhibition

In early September, The B. & M. Theocharakis Foundation inaugurates its new visual arts period with the retrospective exhibition of the renowned creator Costas Tsoclis, in view of the artist’s 90th birthday.

“Costas Tsoclis”, writes the exhibition’s curator, Takis Mavrotas, “is amongst the leading conceptual artists, and his profound insight leads him, approximately since 1955 until today, to the transformation of the real into the imaginary and of the invisible into the visible, for he relentlessly attempts to master a personal expression of plasticity imbued by poetical tension and philosophical power. Bold and brave, he struggles with the principles and the limits of painting in order to complete his multifaceted oeuvre that reflects his perceptive spirit. His work is characterised by constant evolution, high technical precision and semiotic density, probably because the simulacrum of its significance renders his work unique through the dissimilarity of its morphoplastic hypostasis; unique with regard to art, unique in terms of the emotions it triggers to the spectator. Hence, Tsoclis earned his place amongst the pioneers of contemporary art, with an immense set of semantic tension through paintings, installations, structures, performances, assemblages and video projections that corroborate his words: ‘Art is not meant to render the human being unhappier, but to redeem him.’”

8 September, 2020 to 8 November, 2020
Info: 

EXHIBITION CURATOR – CATALOGUE EDITOR
Takis Mavrotas
ASSISTANT CURATOR
Marina Miliou-Theocharakis
EXHIBITION COORDINATION
Evangelia Efthimiadou
COMMUNICATION
Marina Kampouroglou
Anna Georgiadou
EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
Irene Alexandrakis
Anna Plessa
TRANSLATION
Dimitris Saltabassis
Marina Miliou-Theocharakis
CONSTRUCTIONS DESIGN
Dimosthenis Kristalis
ART PHOTOGRAPHY
Thalia Kibari
ARTIST’S PHOTOGRAPHY
Harris Papadimitrakopoulos
Marina Miliou-Theocharakis
Chrysanthi Koutsouraki
ART TRANSPORT AND INSTALLATION
Swift Art Services
GRAPHIC DESIGN
Thymios Presvytis
Thodoris Anagnostopoulos
(Peak Design)

Hours: 
10:00 - 18:00
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08/09/2020 to 08/11/2020
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Visions of Hope

Visions of Hope

Exhibition

Group exhibition by 21 teenage, refugee photographers in cooperation with the non-profit organization Faros.

15 September, 2020 to 30 September, 2020
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“Visions of Hope” was created by a group of 21 refugee photographers, aging between 13 and 17 years old. This exhibition is the result of the photography workshops, which ran at Faros’ shelter. Faros’ staff psychologist and photographer, Artemis Milona, used photography as a means of therapy and personal expression during her meetings with the children.

The goal of the exhibition is to raise awareness about the challenges and the lasting psychosocial trauma refugee children face after fleeing war and persecution.

Since March 2020, the Hellenic American Union and the Hellenic American College partnered with non-profit organization Faros in order to give to Faros' youth access to higher education.

Organization / Production: 
Hellenic American Union, Hellenic American College, Faros
Venue: 
Hellenic American Union, Hadjikyriakos-Ghikas Gallery
Hours: 
Monday-Friday: 12:00-21:00, Saturday: 10:30-14:30, clοsed on Sunday
Tickets: 
Admission is free, observing all the prescribed safety measures.
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15/09/2020 to 30/09/2020
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Katerina Katsifaraki "Dwelling"

Katerina Katsifaraki "Dwelling"

Έκθεση

Katerina Katsifaraki’s art revolves around the concept of perpetual motion. Ephemeral dwelling, roots and uprooting, the ceaseless moving from place to place, taking notice of the ostensibly unimportant and giving prominence to the fleeting are at the epicentre of her work.

22 September, 2020 to 9 January, 2021
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We often say that life “unravels” before our eyes. That memory is a “thread” with the potential to direct its course. That joy and peace must first “take root” in order to survive.

The photographs, videos, installations and objects of Katsifaraki, exhibited discreetly around the old textile factory, stand to confirm the metaphorical power of the thread and its relationship to nature. Through this cohabitation of images, threads, landscapes and machinery, nomadic/rhizomatic thought lays claim to our attention once again.

Duration: 
22/09/2020-09/01/2020
Hours: 
Tuesday/ Wednesday/ Thursday/ Friday/ Saturday: 10:00 - 15:00
Tickets: 
Admission free
Special remarks: 
Parking
Wheelchair accessible
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22/09/2020 to 09/01/2021
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"Truth and Lie" in photography and cinema

"Truth and Lie" in photography and cinema

Online Lectures

For the fifteenth consecutive year and for the first time online, Platon Rivellis, renowned theoretician of photography, presents a series of lectures on photography and cinema.

1 October, 2020 to 29 October, 2020
Info: 

The Hellenic American Union presents for the fifteenth consecutive year, a series of lectures on photography and cinema by Platon Rivellis. This year’s series focuses on "Truth and Lie". Due to COVID-19 restrictions and prioritizing the health and safety of the public, the lectures will be online.

During his lectures, Platon Rivellis will show excerpts from films by famous directors and examples of work by renowned photographers as well as by photographers-members of the “Photography Circle”. The theoretician will analyze the notions of “Truth” and “Lie” with relevant examples from works of photographers and directors which will serve as a starting point for the further exploration of their oeuvre.

Each Thursday of October (1, 8, 15, 22 & 29), 20:00-22:00
Completely online via Zoom
This series of lectures is open to all those interested in the arts of photography and cinema with no prerequisites.
For the entire series of lectures: 25€
For any individual lecture: 7€

For more information and registrations, click here.

Hours: 
Online
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22/09/2020
 
 
 
National Archaeological Museum - European Heritage Days

National Archaeological Museum - European Heritage Days

Virtual Tour

European Heritage Days 2020 celebrate “Heritage and Education: Learning for Life!”

Thousands of cultural sites are preparing to open their virtual doors for the first time ever as the Council of Europe and the European Union once more join forces to celebrate the annual Heritage Days.

25 September, 2020 to 27 September, 2020
Info: 

The National Archaeological Museum will display a tour guide on its website (https://www.namuseum.gr) in order to search for plants and trees of the outdoor garden in representative exhibits of the Museum Collections in the context of its participation in the celebration of European Days Cultural Heritage 2020

More information: tel.2132144856 and 2132144889

Hours: 
-
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25/09/2020 to 27/09/2020
 
 
 
 
 
 
Athens Coffee Festival

Athens Coffee Festival

Festival

The focal meeting point for professionals and coffee aficionados!
The ATHENS COFFEE FESTIVAL is a large celebration of coffee and its surrounding culture, addressed equally to industry professionals, home baristas and the general public!
From its very first iteration, in May 2016, the Athens Coffee Festival managed to become one of the world’s finest coffee festivals! The potential of its dynamic is also confirmed by the impressive number of visitors, the statements of satisfaction by participating companies, as well as the positive comments by sector professionals from Greece and abroad. At a time when the coffee market is at the height of its growth, going through its most mature phase, the Athens Coffee Festival is now a reference point for professionals, but also for the general public, interested in learning about all the innovations and market developments, from flagship espresso houses and distinguished Greek and international specialty coffee roasters.

26 September, 2020 to 28 September, 2020
Info: 

In order to meet the needs of coffee businesses more effectively, the Athens Coffee Festival takes place every year at the end of September, in view of the winter season. This year, Technopolis-Athens, in Gazi, will host the 5th Athens Coffee Festival between September 26 and 28, 2020.

Hours: 
From 10:00
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26/09/2020 to 28/09/2020
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