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The Virtuous Cycle of Greek Culture

Deputy Minister for Contemporary Culture Nicholas Yatromanolakis speaks to Sudha Nair-Iliades on the soft power of contemporary culture and of reimagining the way forward to cultural sustainability. You’re the first Deputy Minister of Contemporary Culture. Why was the office created?   It has to do with the fact that contem...

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A Nomad’s Soul Finds a Home in Greece: the John Craxton exhibition at the Benaki Museum

It’s hard to deny that there’s something about Greece that delights the natural born nomad’s soul, and the British painter John Craxton was no exception. Finally deserting the icy drawing rooms of post-war Britain, Craxton first arrived in Greece in 1946, aged 23, unsure what he was looking for or what he would find. He was already known ...

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Curious about which wines will make it into the 50 Great Greek Wines list?

Wine writer, wine consultant and wine educator Yiannis Karakasis ΜW has been sharing his love for Greek wine around the globe. An authority on the history, grapes, people, places and methods behind the wines, he speaks to Athens Insider about the 50Great Greek Wines Awards to be held in May. We are as curious to find out which Greek wines...

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Smyrna: a poignant tale of loss and belonging

100 years on from of the Destruction of Smyrna, an epic and powerful film tribute entitled ‘Smyrna’ premieres in Greek cinemas on December 23. Elena Panayides speaks to actress Nedie Antoniades about her emotional voyage embodying the role of Angelica, from its successful two-year theatrical staging in Athens, to the ambitious, internatio...

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The Modern Mythic Worlds of Nick Mamatas

A Hugo and Shirley Jackson Award nominated novelist, short story writer and essayist, Nick Mamatas' latest book The Second Shooter hits the shelves wherever books are sold this month. The dark, tightly-plotted and uproariously funny novel is a deep dive into strange conspiracy theories, social media and social strife in America. The Secon...

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Talismans and Portals, Alexandros Georgiou’s dispatches from another world at Rebecca Camhi Gallery

Alexandros Georgiou’s Prince in a Blue Crown at Rebecca Camhi Gallery doesn’t just push boundaries, Cara Hoffman observes, ‘these are dispatches from another universe; a psychic excavation, a revelation.’ Georgiou is a spiritual magpie and the canvas is a tangle with the talismans he has collected; animal heads, maps, biological diagrams.  ...

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