Athens Insider Summer 2020

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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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Christian Zervos & Cahiers d’Art

WHAT: Described as ‘one of the great unknown figures of art history’, Christian Zervos, publisher and critic of Greek origin, founder of the avant-garde journal Cahiers d’art (1926- 1960) and the gallery and publishing house of the same name, which among other things had the exclusive rights to publish and promote the paintings of Pablo Picasso, wa...

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Artist Helen Zughaib: Art of Displacement

Washington-based Lebanese artist Helen Zughaib’s recent exhibition at the Tsichritzis Gallery (as part of FAME, Female Artists from the Middle East) captures the geometry, colour, and the blinding light of the Middle East. Her powerful narrative on women and displacement touched President Obama so much that he chose her artworks to gift t...

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