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1904 Holiday Snaps

WHAT: If you thought taking snaps of your vacation was an activity new in the 21st century, the Benaki’s most recent collection, 1904 Holiday Snaps, might cause you to think again. British photographer Alexander Lamont Henderson did it before it was trendy in the early 1900s, and captured the social life of everyday Athenians as well as scenes from...

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Three Escapist Winter Reads

For avoidant bookworms, Anna Roins suggests you look no further than these three gems to tide over your holiday blues. The relationship problems fraught by each character in these books will pale into comparison to yours, and you will be singing Auld Lang Syne with smug superiority in no time! Most people look forward to the h...

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What to do in Athens this December

Shakespeare, Cinderella, Broadway – the world’s greatest stories and songs are flooding Athens this December along with a myriad of exhibitions and collections that will make this holiday season fly by. National Theatre Live: Antonios and Cleopatra WHAT: The National Theatre Live program successfully brings Athens yet another m...

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Leonardo Da Vinci – 500 years of Genius

WHAT: An immersive, four-month exhibition celebrating the genius of Leonardo da Vinci To write a book about Leonardo da Vinci without once using the word ‘genius’ would be a feat worthy of the French author Georges Perec, who contrived to write a book without using the letter e,” the biographer of the Italian Renaissance artist, Charles Nicholl,...

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The Co-Museum

WHAT: The Benaki Museum, the U.S. Embassy in Athens and the British Council, in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut Athen organize “THE CO-MUSEUM: Synergies, coalitions and partnerships between museums, cultural initiatives, civil society and beyond.” The Conference invites professionals from museums and cultural organizations, civil society,...

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Canadian Play “The Tangled Garden”

WHAT: Old Machine Theater presents its world premiere of the Canadian play “Tangled Garden”. Bruce Gooch and Lynn Vogt play two loners that together embark on a journey defined by luck, love, humor, and lessons learned when two humans attempt to understand one another. Take advantage of this English language piece of theater and enjoy a candid and ...

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Evzones: Behind the Seams

A peek under the 400-pleated fustanellas and elaborate uniforms worn by the elite Evzones, a real labour of love, embroidered and hand-crafted by the 10-member tailoring department of the Presidential Palace. A photo essay on a unique tailoring tradition by Angelos Giotopoulos. Often the most-photographed subjects of tourists,...

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Ziya Azazi’s “Dervish”

WHAT: A bonafide whirling dervish is a rare phenomenon. Don’t miss the chance to see an entire ensemble of them perform live this month. The Turkish choreographer has combined his two previous works “Dervish in Progress” and “Azab” into one performance inspired by Islamic mysticism and the Mevlevi order. In addition, Azazi will hold seminars on his...

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Noises Off

WHAT: Whether it’s an old favorite or your first experience, everyone needs to see the classic “Noises Off” play, originally created by Michael Frayn. A layered, clever, and absolutely entertaining meta-story that breaks the fourth wall in increasingly hilarious ways, this play within a play is a must-see. Directed by Ektoras Lygizos. For ticket in...

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