Athens Insider Summer 2020

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A foodie’s Lenten glossary

With an array of Lenten treats on offer, the 40-day pre-Easter abstinence feels more like indulgence than penance. A quick Insider guide to learning Lenten terms and dos and don’ts For Greeks, even fasting is all about food! In fact, Lent reflects the rich culinary repertoire of the country, relying heavily on seasonal veggies...

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How to celebrate Ash Monday Like a Greek

With so many Ash Monday dishes to try, this Lenten holiday feels more like indulgence than penance. But what exactly is Ash Monday, or Clean Monday as it is also known? What are you supposed to spend the day doing? And, most importantly, where can you go for delicious meatless food? We’re here to answer all your questions. SOME ...

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All You Need to Know About “Tsiknopempti”

Greeks do not need much encouragement to eat meat. And neither do we (apologies to all our vegetarian friends!). The tradition of “tsiknopempti” – literally Thursday Grill – is very much alive in Greece in 2020. Here’s what you need to know about this special day. When does it take place? On the Thursday of the second week of C...

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‘A Thousand Ships’ by Natalie Haynes

Cyprus’ ‘Project Season Women’ will be presenting a staged reading of Natalie Haynes’ novel ‘A Thousand Ships’, directed by Magdalena Zira and Athina Kasiou, on February 22nd 2020, at the British Museum in London. By Elena Panayides The best-selling novel retells the Troy myth, that has huge cultural significance for Western c...

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Pame Theatro!

With nearly 300 theatres and 2000 shows being staged annually, Athens boasts more theatres per capita than any other European capital - proof that the art form is alive and well in the land of Sophocles and Aristophanes. Athens Insider investigates the Athenian’s fascination for drama and revisits some of the capital’s most endearing venu...

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How to Get Lucky (And Stay Lucky!) in 2020

After the bumpy ride of 2019, we could all do with a little more luck in our lives this year. Ancient customs that claim to elevate your Γούρι (Gouri) – your luck - are still widely practised, especially around New Year. Here are the most popular ways to usher in good luck and fortune for 2020. Plus, Insider shares a few trusty Greek tips...

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An ode to Greece

Alicia E. Stallings’ name resonates within Athens’ literary community where Greek writers and poets quote her sharp and hybrid verse. Shortlisted for the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry earlier this year, Stallings has been living in Greece for 20 years, where ‘the immediacy of contemporary Athens collides with enduring reflections on motherhood...

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