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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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Athens Authentic Marathon, a photo essay

It might have been a different race - but the glorious spirit of the Marathon lives on! Photographer Nikos Karanikolas' compelling images capture the passion, drama and essence of the famed 26.2-mile Athens Marathon, that traces the original route run by Pheidippides from Marathon to Athens. Intimate, fascinating portraits of runners from...

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Sofka Zinovieff unpacks Athens

Acclaimed author and Athens-based anthropologist Sofka Zinovieff delves deep beneath the surface of Athens in a podcast series that’s designed to decode our captivating capital. In an exclusive interview with Athens Insider, she takes us through cemeteries and bustling farmer’s markets. Your podcast series Athens Unpacked laun...

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Leonard Cohen’s Greek destiny: It was the promise of a suntan that brought him to Hydra

Who knew that a random conversation with a bank teller on a dreary, dank September afternoon in London would have such a profound impact on a young writer’s destiny? A superficial exchange about the clerk’s unusually dark tan led to Cohen hopping on a plane to Athens and heading out to Hydra. Hydra promised the life Cohen had craved: spar...

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Farewell Mikis!

Not firearms or empty threats. Mikis Theodorakis used the power of his words and his music to rebel against the oppressive junta regime in his native Greece. He passed away on September 2, 2021, to a hero’s farewell. A living legend, he was known world-over for his catchy score for Zorba the Greek, a film that captures the gen...

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