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Pame Theatro!

With nearly 300 theatres and 2000 shows being staged annually, Athens boasts more theatres per capita than any other European capital - proof that the art form is alive and well in the land of Sophocles and Aristophanes. Athens Insider investigates the Athenian’s fascination for drama and revisits some of the capital’s most endearing venu...

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How to Get Lucky (And Stay Lucky!) in 2020

After the bumpy ride of 2019, we could all do with a little more luck in our lives this year. Ancient customs that claim to elevate your Γούρι (Gouri) – your luck - are still widely practised, especially around New Year. Here are the most popular ways to usher in good luck and fortune for 2020. Plus, Insider shares a few trusty Greek tips...

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An ode to Greece

Alicia E. Stallings’ name resonates within Athens’ literary community where Greek writers and poets quote her sharp and hybrid verse. Shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry earlier this year, Stallings has been living in Greece for 20 years, where ‘the immediacy of contemporary Athens collides with enduring reflections on motherhood...

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Christian Zervos & Cahiers d’Art

WHAT: Described as ‘one of the great unknown figures of art history’, Christian Zervos, publisher and critic of Greek origin, founder of the avant-garde journal Cahiers d’art (1926- 1960) and the gallery and publishing house of the same name, which among other things had the exclusive rights to publish and promote the paintings of Pablo Picasso, wa...

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Artist Helen Zughaib: Art of Displacement

Washington-based Lebanese artist Helen Zughaib’s recent exhibition at the Tsichritzis Gallery (as part of FAME, Female Artists from the Middle East) captures the geometry, colour, and the blinding light of the Middle East. Her powerful narrative on women and displacement touched President Obama so much that he chose her artworks to gift t...

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6 Reasons to visit the Goulandris Museum

Local Pangrati-resident Elena Panayides suggests six compelling reasons to visit the brand-new Basil and Elisa Goulandris Foundation’s Museum of Modern Art. Come for the art, stay on to hone a few skills, savour smart meals with lots of vegan options at the super-stylish restaurant, or just sit on the steps to contemplate the remarkable t...

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A Cultural October fest

An embarrassment of riches as far as the cultural offerings in the city go this October. Athens Insider curates must-see events, exhibitions and festivals to elevate your spirits this autumn.    Cultural Connections WHAT: On first inspection the Aegean Sea and the Qatari Desert don’t seem to have much in common. But in his p...

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ART on the Islands

Exhibition by Kiki Smith Slaughterhouse on Hydra WHAT: The DESTE Foundation’s Project Space at the Slaughterhouse on Hydra island will feature a site-specific exhibition by Kiki Smith. Kiki Smith is a West German-born American artist whose work has addressed the themes of sex, birth and regeneration. Her figurative work of the late 1980s and ...

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Pop goes the world

Argentine artist Marcelo Zabellos, currently exhibiting at the Mamush Gallery, offers an exuberant, colour-drenched commentary on the quotidian. How much of your art is informed by the aesthetics of the media powerhouses you have worked with - Disney and MTV? Although my art incorporates strong elements of a variety of media ty...

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