Athens Poetry Walk

Wednesday, 3 May, 2023

Athens Poetry Walk

Athens Culture Net of the Municipality of Athens, in the framework of the Athens City Festival*, presents a poetic walk in Athens in collaboration with Homo Ludens - Urban Dramaturgy Explorations.
"Athens Poetry Walk" is a free digital application linking poetic landmarks, which includes an interactive map, useful information, audio documents and gamification.

Specifically, the application includes:

• 26 points of poetic interest** - landmarks in central locations in Athens with busts, statues, poets’ homes and literary cafes, rich informational material, and readings of selected representative poems as well as rare audio documents curated by Dimitra Christodoulou.
• A game of knowledge and observation in a poetic walk that links 15 busts and statues of poets.
• A tribute to poetic discourse by Athens 9.84 in collaboration with the Athens Culture Net of the Municipality of Athens, where prominent Greek poets, their loved ones and representatives of the new poetic generation read famous poems.
• Video recitations of Greek Classics in Ancient Greek, a collaboration between the Athens Culture Net and Homo Ludens and the Center for Hellenic Studies at Harvard University in Washington, DC.

The application is accessible from smartphones and other digital devices by visiting with extremely low mobile data usage.

When opening the app, the user can browse the digital map, which includes 26 map pins in three different colors, by tapping on each pin and reviewing the corresponding information:
1. The blue color corresponds to historical landmarks of poetic interest.
2. The green color corresponds to current events related to poetry (updated accordingly).
3. The red color corresponds to landmarks with busts and statues of poets where the user can listen to exemplary recitations and play the game by clicking on the gamification symbol. By answering the questions correctly, he/she can climb to the top of the leaderboard and win glory and invitations for the Athens City Festival events***!

*Athens City Festival is the big festival of the city, organized by the Municipality of Athens, for residents and visitors of all ages. From the 1st to the 31st of May, Athens' neighborhoods will be buzzing with more than 200 special events. Special tours and gastronomy nights will reintroduce us to museums and cultural institutions, sports activities will energize the parks, concerts, DJ sets and events will fill with music the city's arcades and streets. In collaboration with cultural institutions, creative collectives and the artistic world of Athens.

**The following points of poetic interest are linked in the application:

1. Georgios Drosinis' House
2. A "home" for Odysseas Elytis
3. Andreas Empeirikos’ House
4. Kostis Palamas’ House
5. Giorgos Seferis’ House
6. "Zonar's" cafe
7. The poets’ meeting place at Loumidis' coffee shop
8. The "Enchanted Flute"
9. "Brazillian" literary cafe
10. Filion cafe
11. Exhibition: "Dionysios Solomos... two flames... Manolis Charos", Gennadeios Library


1. Busts of Tragic Poets - Sophocles, Aeschylus, Euripides
2. Bust of Georgios Souris
3. Bust of Jean Moréas
4. Bust of Aristotelis Valaoritis
5. Bust of Dionysios Solomos
6. Bust of Ioannis Polemis
7. Bust of Achilleas Paraschos
8. Statue of Lord Byron
9. Bust of Giorgos Seferis
10. Statue of Kostis Palamas
11. Statue of Rigas Feraios (Velenstinlis)
12. Bust of Lorentzos Mavilis
13. Bust of Angelos Sikelianos
14. Statue of Odysseas Elytis
15. Bust of Konstantinos Kavafis (Constantine P. Cavafy)

***The invitations that will be given out are:

5 double invitations for the jazz event entitled "Dimitris Katalifos & Dimitris Tsakas Quartet: Body and Dreams"
Date and time: Saturday, May 6 at 20:30
Basil & Elise Goulandris Foundation, 13 Eratosthenous St., Athens
Invitations will be sent by e-mail on Friday, May 5

6 double invitations for the event entitled "Psarogiorgis Live at the Roman Agora"
Date and time: Tuesday, May 16 at 20:00
Roman Agora of Athens, 3 Polygnotou St., Athens
Invitations will be sent by e-mail on Monday, May 15

2 double invitations for the event entitled "Savina Yannatou & Yasemi Quartet Live"
Date and time: Friday, May 19 at 19:00
Stoa of Attalus, 19 Adrianou St., Athens
Invitations will be sent by e-mail on Monday, May 15

2 double invitations for the event entitled "Chórεs Live at the Byzantine Museum"
Date and time: Wednesday, May 24 at 20:30
The Byzantine and Christian Museum, 22 Leoforos Vasilissis Sofias, Athens
Invitations will be sent by e-mail on Tuesday, May 23

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