Athens Insider Summer 2021

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Memories of Easters Past

As we embark on a more muted Easter period for the second year running, best-selling Athens-based author Sofka Zinovieff evokes the intense emotion, glorious paradoxes and vivid imagery of a more typical Easter in Athens. Few would dispute that Easter celebrations are the most intensely beautiful and emotional events in the Gr...

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The Deadly Charms of Naxos

When it comes to switching up the carefree trope of the sun-drenched Greek island, mystery writer Jeffrey Siger regularly gets away with murder. In his latest page-turning thriller – A Deadly Twist – Siger has planted the fertile island of Naxos – fabled home of Dionysus - firmly in his cross-hairs. Here, the Manhattan-Mykonos-based scrib...

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Athens’ Philhellenism Museum shines a light on how the Greek Cause resonated around the world

A newly founded Philhellenism Museum opened its door in March 2021, just in time for the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the start of the Greek War of Independence, shining a light on the vital role played by foreign playwrights, poets, painters, nobility and ordinary people who believed in the Greek cause. This new ad...

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Why you should read Roderick Beaton’s Greece: Biography of a Modern Nation

As the world celebrates the 200th anniversary of Greece’s revolution, Athens Insider recommends a mandatory reading of Roderick Beaton’s Greece: Biography of a Modern Nation. Beaton treats Modern Greece as a biographical subject, a living entity in its own right,  and encourages us to take a fresh look at a people and culture long celebra...

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Breaking The Silence One Doll at a Time

The powerful dolls of Greek sculptor Ioanna Paraskeva speak for those women and girls who can’t. Through her ‘I am Not a Doll’ Project – the conceptual artist hopes to create a bridge between children and adults, allowing them to break down taboos about brutal topics – from domestic violence and rape, to sexual harassment and cyber abuse ...

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The Spirit of Philhellenism

“Byron shows us what Philhellenism is. It is quite simply a transformative love affair,” writes John Kittmer, who – just like Lord Byron – fell head over heels for Greece on his first visit as a young man.  In this heartfelt paean to Greece, the former British ambassador distils the enduring essence of Philhellenism, past and present. ...

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Epetios: A hatrick of celebrations

WHAT: ArteVisione’s third group exhibition, curated by the indefatigable Iris Criticou, celebrates three milestones: the third anniversary of ArteVisione’s presence in the Athenian artscape, the 200th anniversary of the founding of the Greek state and a reminder we could do without – the first anniversary of the pandemic that has usurped our lives ...

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