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Victoria Hislop champions Greece

Arguably Greece’s most ardent literary ambassador, Victoria Hislop sets her latest novel in Greece, this time delving into Greece’s recent turbulent past, tracing Themis’ family saga through the Occupation, Civil War, and the junta. In Those Who Are Loved, a 480-page novel, Victoria Hislop sheds light on the complexity of Gree...

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Do you remember the Pink Oleander?

Art historian Els Hanappe draws inspiration from a poem by Kevin McGrath to research into the making of an international artists’ community on the island of Hydra during mid-20th Century. Hydra 1936. Crumbling stone mansions testify to the glorious seafaring past of this long, bare and rocky island, close to Athens and across ...

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Marble Arts

Petros Marmarinos’ evocatively simple compositions captivate with their finesse and sculptural sensibility. At his workshop near the ancient quarries of Tinos, he experiments with modern, classic and unexpected creations. Every artist is drawn to a medium that is a conduit for his creativity; for Petros Marmarinos, painting wo...

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Taking cultural diplomacy to the streets

From murals at metro stations to Mayan medicine and Mexican cinema, Mexican Ambassador Daniel Hernández hopes to leave a permanent cultural imprint on the minds and hearts of Greeks. In a frank interview with Sudha Nair-Iliades he talks about trade, immigration, gay rights, and on why he finds Exarcheia’s gritty character so appealing. ...

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Save The Date: Athens Festival round-up

If ever you need evidence of the relation between artistic creativity and political engagement, look no further. With Brexit looming and as Europe craves for its lost identity, the Athens Festival serves as a prism to view the diversity and complexity of the world, provoking a dialogue between art and social reality. A round-up of the mos...

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Madrugada

WHAT: After the death of their guitarist, Robert Buras, in 2007, the band Madrugada took a hiatus, but the band is ready to make its comeback. Twenty years after their debut album, “Industrial Silence,” the Norwegian group aims to relive their glory days and share their signature melancholic sound. WHEN: April 7 at 20:00 (SOLD OUT) and April 8 a...

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“Unruly Phenomena” by Mary Cox

WHAT: American artist Mary Cox presents an exhibition of works celebrating the hardy beauty of wild-growing plants, particularly those indigenous to Attica. Using photographs as her basis, Cox magnifies the details, skews the perspectives, paints with a vivid colour palette and adds static objects like fences or buildings around the plants to refer...

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