Athens insider 138 / May 2018

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Encounter of Youth: the Colors of Peace

WHAT: Mexican artists Alfredo ‘Libre’ Gutierrez and Jaime Carbo join Greek artists Nikos Neskes and SimpleG to convert a tram into a moving gallery. Using street art as a powerful communicating tool to promote cultural dialogue and artistic exchange between Greece and Mexico, the artists will also dress four walls of the Eirini metro station in the...

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How Kypseli championed change

Pre-Christmas shopping somehow just became even more fun. Score Greece-inspired, socially-vested pieces at knockout prices at the recently-refurbished historic Kypseli Municipal Market – the first of other collective social entrepreneurship markets that the Athens Municipality intends to promote. A project one hopes that will trigger othe...

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What to do in Athens this October

From Shakespeare, rock n’ roll history, Mexican muralists, French street culture, Jewish relics, craft beer exhibitions, wine fests and so much more. National Theatre Live: King Lear WHAT: British icon Ian McKellan graces the screen with his acclaimed performance of King Lear in the Shakespeare play of the same name. The moving...

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Meet Market

WHAT: Athens has much to be proud of when it comes to local entrepreneurs, and this two day ‘nomadic marketplace’ celebrates just that. The Meet Market is the perfect place to discover authentic Greek designers, artists, and businesses, not to mention a plethora of street food, live music, children’s activities, and interactive games with take-home...

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What does Athens taste like? A melting pot of Tongues, Temperaments, and Terroirs

What would a city taste like? Would such a terroir be an amalgam of those of the more definable neighbourhoods that surround it? So would Exarcheia taste different from Kifissia or Kolonaki, and the taste of Athens be a sum of its parts? Or might it have a distinctive quality that—for different reasons—represents a break from expectations? ...

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Life’s a Beach

Greek summer all by itself can become a reason for existing and makes up for all the inconveniences experienced, not only in this specific country but also on the whole of this irrational planet: lying under the sun with no other stress and worry than the next plunge may permanently open the gates to another state of mind, even for the st...

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Vouliagmeni’s discreet allure

Vouliagmeni promises island magic, alluring glamour and great dining options but its real charm lies in its off-grid beauty. Wedged between the craggy shoulder of the Hymettus and the inviting turquoise sweep of the Saronic, this coastal suburb just 20 kilometres off the city centre, is all the more precious for what it has managed not to...

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The Cigar Report

Smoking a cigar – while not everyone’s thing – always makes a strong statement. Athens remains a city where cigar lovers can still inhale the pleasures of the moment, whether at regular cafes or at elegant bars over polite conversation. Julie-Anne Amiard takes her pick of Athens’ cigar-friendliest addresses – from new hotels to rooftop ba...

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