Athens insider 138 / May 2018

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Joan Leigh Fermor: More than A Muse

A compelling exhibition at the Benaki Museum pieces together a powerful portrait of Joan Leigh Fermor, long overshadowed by her singularly talented husband Paddy, as a talented professional photographer. The exhibition curates vivid vignettes from the places and people Joan loved. United by art, Joan and Paddy Leigh Fermor found love in Greece. As...

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African Festival 2018

WHAT: A riot of exotic sights, sounds, tastes and smells awaits once more at this year’s African Food, Music & Folk Art Festival, as nations from across the continent share their customs, culture and traditions. The weekend festival is a wonderfully lively family day out with African-influenced crafts, games, goodies and music, organized by ...

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Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival 2018

WHAT: Greece’s biggest Jazz Festival turns 18 this year with a week-long celebration of smooth sounds, international acts and infectious spirits. Boasting attendance records of up to 30,000 over the past couple of years, the Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival returns again this summer for its 18th year of jazz promotion. In 2017, the event hosted ...

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Richard Ashcroft headlines Release

WHAT: A red-hot double bill as Richard Ashcroft and Rag’n’Bone Man headline the first day of Release Athens 2018. The former The Verve frontman has stepped in to appear at the first day of Release Athens 2018 on May 31 after London Grammar recently cancelled their Athens appearance due to the ill health of lead singer Hannah Reid. For the fir...

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Costas Varotsos: The Sculpture Poet

WHAT: See the cutting edge steel and glass creations of the globally-hailed sculptor, Costas Varotsos, best known for his Athenian landmark ‘The Runner’. Curated by Takis Mavrotas, “Costas Varotsos: The Sculpture Poet”  showcases new work by the acclaimed artist whose emblematic pieces have now taken root all over Europe and America. Entrance fe...

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Made In Beer Festival

WHAT: Three cheers for beer at this merry three-day festival that celebrates the recent creative explosion in Greece’s beer industry. Make the acquaintance of dozens of domestic and foreign brewers whose products are not distributed in Greece at great prices, sample fresh beer brewed exclusively for the festival, and visit the largest Beer Bar buil...

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George Condo at the Cycladic

WHAT: Encounter the fractured portraits and aggressive imagery that have made George Condo one of the most vital figurative sculptors in America at his first major solo exhibition in Greece. The showcase will include paintings, sculptures and drawings spanning his 40-year career, with a catalogue to be published on to mark the occasion. In the 1...

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14th Athens Digital Arts Festival

WHAT: Ponder the unknown future of the looming “Technological Apocalypse” as the 14th Athens Digital Arts Festival screens its winning entries under the theme Singularity Now from artists from all over the world. Entrants were invited to explore through their digital contributions the idea that humanity has now entered an unpredictable “event ho...

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Ingmar Bergman Festival

WHAT: Re-visit the most important works of Ingmar Bergman –the great “poet with the camera” – as part of global celebrations for the 100th anniversary of his birth in 1918. The Swedish Institute in collaboration with the Swedish Film Institute, the Embassy of Sweden in Athens and the cinemas Astor and Andora, will host digitally-restored screenings...

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London Grammar cancel Athens gig

Disappointing news for fans of London Grammar. The much-loved indie pop band have had to pull out of headlining at this year’s Release Athens 2018 Festival on May 31 due to lead singer Hannah Reid's health. Release Athens 2018 have made the following announcement: “In the coming days, there will be developments on the subje...

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