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Eleftheria Kotzia: Making magic with her guitar…

05.07.2018 in Arts & Culture

Eleftheria Kotzia: Making magic with her guitar…     “Eleftheria Kotzia holds the stage with the sort of presence I have not seen for a while. She has a robust character mixed with a quiet sensitivity .You could say it is something like the voraciousness of Julian Bream combined with a feminine delicacy of control, an alluring combination – all infused with the pizzazz of Greek spirit”. Classical Guitar (Purcell Room – London).   Born in northern Greece, in Alexandroupolis, Eleftheria Kotzia studied guitar at the National Conservatory in Athens, the Conservatoire National Supérieure in Paris, and finally at the…

The Meraki People Project A Legacy of Prosperity…

28.06.2018 in Arts & Culture

The Meraki People Project A Legacy of Prosperity…     Interview with Christina Gardikioti, Founder and Director   MERAKI is the love, skill, perseverance and creativity put in all inspired activities from the smallest task to the biggest accomplishment. The Mission of the Meraki People Project is preserve and share the nature and cultural heritage given to mountain Parnonas and its people with the rest of the world by rebuilding Greece to its greatness locally…   Christina Gardikioti, founder of the Merkai People Project was born in Greece – a 60’s child still a child at heart. She left Greece…

The ARChive of Contemporary Music Preserving History, One Song at a Time…

10.05.2018 in Arts & Culture

The ARChive of Contemporary Music Preserving History, One Song at a Time…     The ARChive of Contemporary Music (ARC) contains more than three million sound recordings. That’s 90 + million songs. They have preserved copies of each version of every recording, in all known formats, and have electronically catalogued more than 400,000 sound recordings and digitized 200,000 with their partners the Internet Archive – more than any other public, university or private library in America!   Politismos Museum had the opportunity to speak with Bob George, the co-founder and director of the ARChive of Contemporary Music. George is deeply…

Gazi: Athens nightlife and cultural epicenter

10.04.2018 in Arts & Culture

Gazi: Athens nightlife and cultural epicenter     Gazi was named after its neighboring gas installations, which started operating in Athens in 1857. François Théophile Feraldi, a French businessman, undertook the work of lighting in Athens with gas.   Today, Technopolis-Gazi (is a lively area, with one of the most popular night scenes in Athens. Even after the factory closure, “Technopolis” is an epicenter of Athens and Gazi still produces light, the light of civilization. “Technopolis” is one of the capital’s most recognized cultural sites. It all started in 1986, when Melina Mercouri, then Minister of Cultural Affairs, added the…

Six Decades of Greece through the Lens of Robert McCabe

29.03.2018 in Arts & Culture

Six Decades of Greece through the Lens of Robert McCabe     Robert McCabe was born in Chicago in 1934 and grew up in the New York City area. His father worked for a picture newspaper in New York, and as the result of the gift of a Kodak Baby Brownie McCabe started taking photographs when he was five.   His first photographs of Europe were the result of a trip in 1954 to France, Italy, and Greece while he was an undergraduate at Princeton. His images have been displayed in the US, UK, Belgium and Greece.   Tell us…

160 Years Gazi, an industrial past turned into a cultural present

06.03.2018 in Arts & Culture

160 Years Gazi, an industrial past turned into a cultural present     The Industrial Gas Museum launched in 2013 aiming to showcase and protect the old Athens Gasworks factory area, also known as “Fotaerio” or “Gazi”. Exhibitions and events had already been held in the facilities since 1999, slowly building its reputation as a renowned culture hub, the “Technopolis” of the City of Athens.   Back in 1857, the French businessman F. T. Feraldi was appointed the task of providing gas lighting to the city. The businessman was granted permission for the production and distribution of gas for a…

World Book Capital 2018 – Athens, Greece

09.01.2018 in Arts & Culture

World Book Capital 2018 – Athens, Greece   In September of 2016, Irina Bokova, the Director-General of UNESCO, named Athens World Book Capital for 2018 on the recommendation of the programme’s Advisory Committee. The city of Athens was chosen for the quality of its activities, supported by the entire book industry. Official events begin in April of 2018 – be sure to join the mailing list and keep apprised of all the wonderful activities scheduled!   The aim of the World Book Capital program is to make books accessible to the city’s entire population, including migrants and refugees. Members of…

Where to read in Athens…

04.01.2018 in Arts & Culture

Where to read in Athens…     Greece, the foundation of western civilization. The arts, science, philosophy, democracy and so much more. And the great city of Athens hosts some of the finest libraries in the world where you can go and read about all these topics and so much more! From the classics to comics, you’ll find it all on these wondrous shelves…   French Institute’s Library (31, Sina St, Kolonaki, tel 210 3398650) More than 40,000 French books and a large collection of CDs and DVDs. Free to students and open to the public for 30 euros per…

Alki Zei

03.01.2018 in Arts & Culture

Alki Zei   Athens, Greece has been selected as World Book Capital 2018 by UNESCO. In celebration of this designation, we’re sharing some of our favorite authors and books.   A pioneer and a treasured representative of Greek contemporary literature, Alki Zei has provided readers with a selection of books based on her personal experiences transformed into fiction. Born in 1925 in Athens, Alki Zei spent her early childhood in Samos. She studied philosophy, drama and scene writing while leading a life infused with political action and activism. Zei spent a significant part of her life as a political refugee…

Wildcat under glass

02.01.2018 in Arts & Culture

Wildcat under glass   Athens, Greece has been selected as World Book Capital 2018 by UNESCO. In celebration of this designation, we’re sharing some of our favorite authors and books.   One of the most remarkable novels of Alki Zei, “Wildcat Under Glass” was published in 1963 and has been established as a defining example of modern Greek juvenile literature ever since. Set on a Greek island during the 1930’s, the novel narrates the life of a family whose reality changes as the nation falls under the rule of a Fascist dictatorship. As the story is told through the eyes…