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The Unknown Museums of the NKUA: The Pharmacology Museum

12.03.2020 in Health

The Unknown Museums of the NKUA: The Pharmacology Museum     How has Medicine evolved through the decades, what was the social impact, what were the positive and negative effects? A walk through the Pharmacology Museum will share the many answers to this question…   The Pharmacology Museum was founded in 2003 by the faculty of the Department of Pharmacοlogy of the Medical School of the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA), and it is housed in the Laboratories building 16 on Mikras Asias street in Goudi. While the lab departments underwent maintenance and repairs or were renovated and…

The great Greek, Georgios Papanicolaou

12.03.2020 in Health

The great Greek, Georgios Papanicolaou     “The first observation of cancer cells in the smear of the uterine cervix gave me one of the greatest thrills I ever experienced during my scientific career.”   In 1925, the cytopathologist Georgios Papanicolaou worked as a researcher at the department of anatomy of the Cornell University Medical College. While studying vaginal smears volunteered by workers at a local hospital, he identified cancerous cells for the first time in a smear from a woman with cervical cancer and confessed it was one of the most gripping experiences he’d ever had. His landmark book…

Triggering the Imagination: why children’s theater matters

20.12.2019 in Arts & Culture

Triggering the Imagination: why children’s theater matters An interview with Stefi Theodotou, playwright, director, animator   Theatre is a unique immersive learning experience for audiences of any age. There are numerous great shows around Athens to take your child to, and it is important that you do. Playwright, director, and animator Stefi Theodotou introduces her latest play, The Chair That Imagined, and explains why kids need theatre—it fires the imagination, gives them the skills and the creativity necessary to face the world, to comprehend it, and perhaps to change it too! What prompted you to get involved with productions for…

The Most Important Theater: putting children first

20.12.2019 in Arts & Culture

The Most Important Theater: putting children first     An interview with Elpida Minadaki, author and playwright   From 1896, when the well-known playwright Gregorios Xenopoulos published a volume of plays entitled “Children’s Theater,” and 1972 when actor Xenia Kalogeropoulou established the famous “Children’s Stage” and revolutionized children’s theater in Greece, to current productions, the genre has been a treasured part of the Athenian theatrical stages. Author and playwright Elpida Minadaki discusses her latest play, The Fantastic Trip of the Red Umbrella, and gives us an insider’s look to children’s productions nowadays.   What prompted you to get involved with…

Ancient Greek drama done the novel way

20.12.2019 in Arts & Culture

Ancient Greek drama done the novel way     An interview with Yiannis Hondrokoukis In a little theatre at the foot of the Acropolis, Koilon productions, a theatrical company that aims to promote Greek culture in innovative ways, has created and presents Athens’ only theatrical performance in the English language, meant for (but not restricted to, dare I add) tourists. From Homer to Aristophanes, “Medea and Other Friends I Made in Athens” brings its audience in touch with six of the most important works of Ancient Greek Drama. The producer Yiannis Hondrokoukis, the co-founder of Koilon Productions and mastermind behind…

Eleftheriart – “Powerfulness, joy, and love!”

10.11.2019 in Arts & Culture

Eleftheriart – “Powerfulness, joy, and love!”     Eleftheria Darzenta is the heart and soul of “Eleftheriart, ceramic and wood.” She is a passionate and compassionate being, both traits of character that are harder to come by than she may think. When met with challenges and hardship, her love for the world around her has been a driving force for creating her unbound (“eleftheri”) art and for giving back to society.   Eleftheria, born in Athens in 1978, fell in love with clay sometime in 2012 and has, since, taken part in many art projects, joint exhibitions, and charitable events…

O Typografos – Meze Artisanal An Interview with Chef Andreas Eftaxias

22.09.2019 in Gastronomy

O Typografos – Meze Artisanal An Interview with Chef Andreas Eftaxias     O Typografos – The Printer – once an old print shop, is now an artisanal meze restaurant, serving delicious traditional food to the hungry crowds of Metaxourgeio.   Set among Kolonos, Kerameikos, and Gazi the Metaxourgeio area had been a thriving working-class neighborhood during Athens’ dramatic growth in the late 19th and early 20th century, housing many craft shops, trade shops, and other small businesses. One of these businesses was the printing shop of Achilles Eftaxias. In the course of the past few years when renovation projects…

A Briki and Other Masterpieces

13.06.2019 in Arts & Culture

A Briki and Other Masterpieces     An interview with Nadia Tass   Nadia Tass is one of Australia’s most respected and unique filmmakers with her films being responsible for 23 Australian Film Institute awards and 68 international awards. The Greek director was born in Florina, in the village of Lofoi and migrated to Melbourne, Australia with her parents at the age of seven.   After pursuing an academic career in Arts and Education, Tass began acting and directing classical and contemporary theatre in Melbourne. Her experience as a theater director is extensive, ranging from improvised theatre and classic plays…

The Thermal Springs of Loutraki: The First “Loutropolis”

05.05.2019 in Travel

The Thermal Springs of Loutraki: The First “Loutropolis”     Loutraki’s thermal water has been established as a symbol of natural hygiene, well-being, and revitalization of body and spirit. For this reason, it has been called “The Water of Life”.   In ancient times, Loutraki was known as “Perea (beyond) Earth”. In its current location laid the ancient city of Thermes or Thermà. Thermà was known for its hot springs/baths from which the modern town eventually got its name. The waters spring from rock formations and during their journey to the surface they acquire trace elements and mineral components which…

Preveza: Where the blue Ionian and the quiet Amvrakikos meet

04.04.2019 in Travel

Preveza: Where the blue Ionian and the quiet Amvrakikos meet   The town of Preveza features neoclassical buildings, a sett-paved historic district, and a pedestrian zone along its bay perfect for idyllic walks by the water.   The region has many beaches.: There are the endless lacy coasts of Kanali and Monolithi (the longest sandy beach of the European Union) to the small turquoise coves of Alonaki and Ulysses’ Moorage/Ormos Odyssea (in Parga). Visitors can also enjoy hikes to protected areas of the forest of Monolithi, and afternoon walks to the town center where the statue of Odysseus Androutsos and…