Athens Insider Summer 2020

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How to change your luck in 2021!

After the rollercoaster ride of 2020, we could all do with a Hercules-sized helping of good luck in our lives this year. Ancient customs that claim to elevate your Γούρι (Gouri) – your luck - are still widely practised in Greece. We share some trusty Greek tips for courting Lady Luck all year long. Charmed: The Gouri Throug...

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Choose Love…make a difference!

In October 2020, the Athens Comic Library commissioned artist Yorgos Konstantinou, a Greek-Catalan-Berliner, visual engineer artist and activist to create comic illustrations inspired by the wonderful work that Choose Love, an online platform run for and by refugees, does to support the families they work with. The result: a joyous explos...

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Rebetiko: Music of the Outlaws

Everyone knows bouzouki music: it’s the sound of cliched touristic Greek entertainment, heard on debauched, ouzo-soaked nights in tavernas across the world. Few, however, know about this music’s ancestor. Its name is rebetiko: a hairy, uncouth, underground sound that arose from the hash dens, cabarets, brothels and prisons of fin-de-siècl...

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Bouzouki: The sound of Greek music

The tempo that builds in the bouzouki gives a real sense of the underlying raw emotion, of ‘rebetiko’s’ illegal past and its gentrification by the greats of modern Greek music, Vassilis Tsitsanis, Manos Hadzidakis and Mikis Theodorakis.The bouzouki is Greece’s siren call. To hear but a few bars is to instantly conjure raki-fueled nights a...

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