Athens insider 138 / May 2018

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Ingmar Bergman Festival

WHAT: Re-visit the most important works of Ingmar Bergman –the great “poet with the camera” – as part of global celebrations for the 100th anniversary of his birth in 1918. The Swedish Institute in collaboration with the Swedish Film Institute, the Embassy of Sweden in Athens and the cinemas Astor and Andora, will host digitally-restored screenings...

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How to Celebrate May Day (Protomayia)!

Tomorrow is Protomayia. Here’s how to pay tribute to the Return of Spring like a true Greek… On this Greek version of Labor Day, locals traditionally gather bright blooms from the hillsides and fashion them into wreaths for their homes, to celebrate the return of Spring – and the final victory of Summer against Winter! You’...

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A new Durrell novel set in Greece

“You should see the landscape of Greece. It would break your heart.” -- Lawrence Durrell The canon of Lawrence Durrell – the cherished English poet, Grecophile and author now back in vogue thanks to the popular television series The Durrells – is about to be expanded by one, 28 years after his death. Admirers of Durrell, whose bes...

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5 Off-Radar Athens Museums to Visit

There is no denying that the Greek capital is filled with monuments, age-old landmarks and museums worth a visit, but if you find yourself in a bit of an “ancient marble” overdose, you’ll be glad to learn that there are fascinating museums to visit that have nothing to do with archaeology. Ethel Dilouambaka rounds up five Athenian museums...

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Going dotty over Yayoi Kusama

Many consider that her colour-popping, dizzying creations influenced Andy Warhol.  Without doubt, the avant garde Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama was a forebearer of the Pop Art movement. The still-spritely 89-year-old with the signature flaming wig has exhibited hallucinatory works such as “Infinity Nets” and her "Dots Obsessions" series (Kusama feti...

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