Athens Insider Summer 2022

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Why you should read Polly Samson’s book on Hydra, A Theatre for Dreamers

A brilliant read, full of humour and spontaneity, Polly Samson’s skilled writing offers a fascinating, often voyeuristic account of the sexual jealousy, alcoholism, and bohemian lifestyle that pervaded the creative set in 1960’s Hydra. Recounted through Erica, the daughter of Australia’s tragic literary couple, writers George Johnston and...

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Alban Berg’s Lulu  

WHAT: The Athens Concert hall kicks off its ‘Stay Home’ campaign with Alban Berg's Lulu. Lulu, an opera in three acts by Alban Berg,  was adapted from Frank Wedekind's two Lulu plays, Erdgeist and Die Büchse der Pandora tells the story of a mysterious young woman known as Lulu, who follows a downward spiral from a well-kept mistress in Vienna t...

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Losing his marbles over the Marbles

Konstantin Kakanias dons an activist hat for his new exhibition using whimsical drawings and ceramic tiles laced with sardonic humour to engage in one of the world's most captivating cultural debates, the Return of the Parthenon Marbles. In the few brief meetings I’ve had with Konstantin Kakanias, it’s always been frenzied, hi...

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A Literary Labour of Love

Matt Stanley, who penned three crime thrillers under the pseudonym James McCreet, writes his tenth book, A Collar for Cerebrus, under his real name, in a style far-removed from the blood and gore of his Victorian mysteries. In a long, candid interview with Sudha Nair-Iliades, he confesses that this insightful opus is an ode to his beloved...

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Mrs. Tependris, She’s mine Bitch

Konstantinos Kakanias is back with Mrs. Tependris, his eccentric protagonist in a provocative socio-political exhibition, That's Mine Bitch, Don't Touch Her. Back Off! at the Rebecca Camhi Gallery and at The Kalfayan Gallery. In an interview with Athens Insider in 2012, Kakanias confessed how ‘growing up as a gay boy in Greece, in the ‘60...

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Konstantin Kakanias at Rebecca Camhi Gallery

WHAT: Rebecca Camhi Gallery will honor contemporary artist Konstantin Kakanias with his sixth solo exhibition. Konstantin Kakanias’ illustrations have appeared in publications such as The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, and galleries across Europe and the United States have showcased his work. Rebecca Camhi Gallery will host the next s...

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Sweet Elixirs of Life

Greece’s liqueurs are like postcards, boasting of regional distinctions and an intoxicating array of raw ingredients. Beautiful, old-fashioned bottles, traditional recipes from village and city homes, unique tastes. These are the characteristics of Greece’s unusual liqueurs. They are products that have stood the test of time, ...

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Peloponnese Wine Festival

WHAT: Acquaint your palate with the outstanding wines that hail from the vineyards of the Peloponnese as one of Greece’s most popular annual wine festivals reboots at a new inner-city venue. The Peloponnese Wine Festival, staged by members of the Association of Wine Producers of the Vineyards of Peloponnese, introduces premium wines from the latest...

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5 Islands Athenians like to keep to Themselves

As a general rule, many Athenians prefer to holiday on Greek islands that are convenient to get to – but far away from “the masses”. Amanda Dardanis lists her favourite Athenian Boltholes – all within 3 hours of the capital. (Just don’t tell too many others!) Serifos There’s been a quiet buzz building about the island of Serifo...

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