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Cinema under the Stars

Nothing defines the beginning of Greek summer as open-air cinemas do. Every neighbourhood has one – some as old as the history of cinema, perched on a rooftop with a view of the Acropolis; others, more recent entrants, right on the water set to the music of sailboat masts swaying in the summer breeze; still others surrounded by perfumed g...

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Paul Chan in Athens

The New Yorker once described him as a “deep-thinking American making art out of shadows”. Now, Athens audiences can soon encounter for themselves the cerebral creations of Paul Chan that combine fashion with physics when he presents a body of new and recent works – Odysseus and the Bathers – at the Museum of Cycladic Art. Cha...

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Fashion at the Cycladic Museum

Fashion and art’s natural synchronicities are being celebrated in an exciting new alliance between the Museum of Cycladic Art and 14 of Greece’s top design stars. As part of the fashion project, Cycladic Forms, leading fashion brands including Deux Hommes, Angelos Bratis, Zeus & Dione and Di Gaia have each created a unique...

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George Condo at the Cycladic

WHAT: Encounter the fractured portraits and aggressive imagery that have made George Condo one of the most vital figurative sculptors in America at his first major solo exhibition in Greece. The showcase will include paintings, sculptures and drawings spanning his 40-year career, with a catalogue to be published on to mark the occasion. In the 1...

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Ingmar Bergman Festival

WHAT: Re-visit the most important works of Ingmar Bergman –the great “poet with the camera” – as part of global celebrations for the 100th anniversary of his birth in 1918. The Swedish Institute in collaboration with the Swedish Film Institute, the Embassy of Sweden in Athens and the cinemas Astor and Andora, will host digitally-restored screenings...

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A new Durrell novel set in Greece

“You should see the landscape of Greece. It would break your heart.” -- Lawrence Durrell The canon of Lawrence Durrell – the cherished English poet, Grecophile and author now back in vogue thanks to the popular television series The Durrells – is about to be expanded by one, 28 years after his death. Admirers of Durrell, whose bes...

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Going dotty over Yayoi Kusama

Many consider that her colour-popping, dizzying creations influenced Andy Warhol.  Without doubt, the avant garde Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama was a forebearer of the Pop Art movement. The still-spritely 89-year-old with the signature flaming wig has exhibited hallucinatory works such as “Infinity Nets” and her "Dots Obsessions" series (Kusama feti...

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Say Cheers… to 12 Original Greek Beers

In Greece for the summer and want to drink like a local? How about trying one of the many indigenous born-and-brewed beers? Athens Insider plays beertender and rounds up a few of the coolest beers to try this summer. From Athens to Peloponnese, Crete or Santorini, Greece prides itself in a whole range of lagers, ales and beers bursting wi...

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Canvassing our City

Yannis Dramis, a born and bred Athenian, re-discovers his native city as he captures Athens’ spray-canned facades where nightly, young artists such as “Sonke” vie for recognition, credibility and space on the city’s walls. “I have always liked to walk through decadent parts of the city, places, where ‘normalcy’, or a sense of ...

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