Athens Insider Summer 2020

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The Coronation of Poppae

WHAT: The Athens Concert Hall follows its ‘Stay Home’ campaign with Claudio Monteverdi's classical masterpiece, The Coronation of Poppaea. One of the first operas to use historical events and people, it describes how Poppaea, mistress of the Roman emperor Nero, is able to achieve her ambition and be crowned empress. Recognising that more than ever,...

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Why you should read Polly Samson’s book on Hydra, A Theatre for Dreamers

A brilliant read, full of humour and spontaneity, Polly Samson’s skilled writing offers a fascinating, often voyeuristic account of the sexual jealousy, alcoholism, and bohemian lifestyle that pervaded the creative set in 1960’s Hydra. Recounted through Erica, the daughter of Australia’s tragic literary couple, writers George Johnston and...

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The Corona Viriade

Stuck indoors as everyone else, John Carr adds a bit of levity to our unsettling times by thumbing his nose at the Coronavirus. Coronavirus, what are you? Methinks you are the devil true, With horns and lumps and horrid things, The only thing you lack is wings. We see your picture on tv: The way you sidle up gently To ...

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Go on Virtual Visits to 5 Athens Museums

Reverse the culture shock of not being able to visit our exquisite Athens museums thanks to the wonder of virtual tours, get your fill of art and culture while entertaining your family or self with your sassy technical skills The Acropolis Museum Thanks to the Google Art Project the Acropolis Museum is showcased in high-def ima...

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Greece Healed Me

Philosopher, grecophile, born-again British pop star… Harry Lloyd – aka Waiting For Smith – is on track for the top. And he has Greece to thank for it, writes Amanda Dardanis. Five years ago, Harry Lloyd was working as a ski instructor in Courchevel when he hit a mogul and flipped during avalanche training.  In the fatef...

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What we’re loving this week on Netflix

We’re not encouraging you to reduce your isolation period to a blurry, bleary, binge session. But if you find it preferable, like Sudha Nair-Iliades, to escape to a world of period drama, a conflict zone or a money-laundering haven, than sit through Trump’s irresponsible pronouncements, here is our watched and vetted choice for th...

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A different Greek Independence Day

This Independence Day offers a rare opportunity to reflect on the ideals our forefathers strove for. The freedoms we take for granted, the fundamental values and the tenets of our society. 'Among all peoples, the Greeks have dreamt life's dream most beautifully.' - Wolfgang Goethe, 1749-1832 It is those beautifully impassio...

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Behind the seams

A peek under the 400-pleated fustanellas and elaborate uniforms worn by the elite Evzones, a real labour of love, embroidered and hand- crafted by the 10-member tailoring department of the Presidential Palace. A photo essay on a unique tailoring tradition by Angelos Giotopoulos. Often the most-photographed subjects of tourists, ...

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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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