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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…

“The Soul’s Song” by George Leonardos

28.12.2017 in Arts & Culture

“The Soul’s Song” by George Leonardos   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.   Being an avid literature reader and having read hundreds of novels, I don’t remember being more gripped by a book – so as to read 388 pages in one day – as I was when I read “The Soul’s Song” (first published in 1997 by Livanis Publications). From the moment I opened this novel by George Leonardos, I couldn’t stop reading it! The book’s heroine, a…

“Daughters of water” by Filomela Lapata

26.12.2017 in Arts & Culture

“Daughters of water” by Filomela Lapata   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.   The novel “Daughters of Water” narrates the story of four women, all members of the same family – women with common roots but with very different personalities and lives. Aikaterini Chatzigianni (known in Braila as “the lady”) Natalia Patrikiou (nicknamed “the witch” for being surprisingly beautiful), Antonia Manolatou and Filomela Lapata. Having fiery temperaments, they all lived their lives with outbursts, passion and love. The lives…

Emmanuel Rhoides (1836-1904)

21.12.2017 in Arts & Culture

Emmanuel Rhoides (1836-1904)     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.   Greek Letters would be definitely poorer without the contribution of Emmanuel Rhoides, an author whose works were a milestone for 19th c. literature. Rhoides was born in 1836 on the island of Syros to a rich merchant family. He spent most of his youth abroad – in Germany, Romania and Italy – studying history, literature, and philosophy. Rhoides spoke several European languages as well as ancient Greek and…

Alexandros Papadiamantis (1851-1911)

19.12.2017 in Arts & Culture

Alexandros Papadiamantis (1851-1911)     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 hermit, a recluse, an occultist… Alexandros Papadiamantis was the ascetic figure of the 19th century literature movement in Greece; a “monk in the world” and the “saint of the Greek belle letters” as subsequent writers and critics used to call him. Few authors influenced the 20th century Greek literature as Papadiamantis did. He was born in 1851 on the island of Skiathos, located in the western part…

“The Little Mariner”, Odysseas Elytis

14.12.2017 in Arts & Culture

“The Little Mariner”, Odysseas Elytis     Athens, Greece has been selected as World Book Capital 2018 by UNESCO. In celebration of this designation, we’re sharing some of our favourite authors and books.   The Little Mariner (1970-74) by Nobel Prize winner Odysseas Elytis is one of my favorite, most interesting reads. Some critics debate that somehow this collection did not have the same impact most of his other poems did. It is definitely a more mature work of his and the ways he manipulates poetic language in it can be somewhat perplexing. Elytis alternates between prose and poetry, using…