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Athens World Music Festival

The «Athens World Music Festival», organized for the second consecutive year, from 15 to 19 July 2013, the City of Athens Technopolis. Under the special theme titled “PIIGS” artists from 5 European countries, Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece, Spain-branded as the last year for budgetary debt, show the great musical wealth of their countries.

The “PIIGS” will have the opportunity to show how culture and music is an important pillar of both European and world music and cultural tradition.

This year’s participants: Portugal (Andre Maia Band, Cristina Branco), Italy (Encardia, Nueva Compania di Canto Popolare), Ireland (Realta, Altan), Greece (Kristi Stasinopoulou & Stathis Kalyviotis “Greekadelia”, Mario), Spain (Xarnege, Lenacay).

Artistic Director: Maria Strofalis

Program:

• Monday, July 15th – Portugal

Andre Maia Band

The Andre Maia Band adapts and plays Fados and music from Portugal. The Fado is the expression of the Portuguese soul. The sense of mystery and melancholy of this music was born in Lisbon (Portugal), are the elements that ensure Fado in a prominent position on the so-called “World Music”.

The Andre Maia Band are the André Maia: singing, Zaitidou Effi: kanun, Xenia Tseligas: bayan (accordion orchestra), Alexander Kapsokavadis: guitar / lute, Kostas Stavropoulos: contrabass.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MyHn-J6zlGY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yBgqkOs6Hgk

Cristina Branco

The voice of Christina Branco is taxidiariki. Just feel ‘complacency’, ‘puts bow to other ports “to find” new skin »• new skin and saying mean young street musicians, new musical concepts, new challenges. The search for new musical horizons seems to be the concept that characterizes her career Cristina Branco.

The anxiety and the search for new roads can be seen from the beginning of her career. It was evident in Ulisses [Ulysses], on Abril [April], on Não há só tangos em Paris [There’s More to Paris than Tangos], again at Alegria [Joy]. The Cristina Branco describes this continuous search as “the adrenaline rush of being alive.”

The Alegria is not an album about hope, but does not deny that there may be hope.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPKb517YDU4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUVgDdNQEYg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhaiq_hf2vg

• Tuesday, July 16 – Italy

Encardia

The encardia, the peculiar and completely attractive this music collective, is at this time one of the most visible and prestigious in the country and internationally Greek forms of world music. Devoted to the rich traditional and energetic music of Southern Italy, with the convincing their expression and performance of music, our music traveling in remote villages of Calabria, in the beautiful Salento region and in all those places that still speak Gkrekanika and other local dialects. Main characteristic of the shape the relationship you develop with the respective public of their concerts. The group was founded in 2004 to describe a enviable story so far that includes nearly 500 live performances throughout Greece, but also France, Germany, Algeria, Switzerland, Cyprus, but mainly in Italy itself and five highly successful albums.

In March 2012, the film Angel Kovotsos (production G. Poulidis) entitled encardia «Stone dancing” and on the trek the group in the areas of Greek-speaking villages of Italy, won the audience award at the 14th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival and displayed foreign festival and in theaters across Greece since November 2012! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ID63jr-V-kU

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MgyTRfxOrtU

Nueva Compania di Canto Popolare

The “Nuova Compagnia di Canto Popolare” was created in 1970 to promote the traditions of the region of Campania (region in southern Italy with its capital Naples). The phenomenal success of the Spoleto Festival in 1972 and 1974 was the start of their international career. Since then, the “Nuova Compagnia di Canto Popolare” have participated in the most important music festivals in Europe and beyond, as in Edinburgh, Helsinki, Berlin (Festwochen), the Théatre des Nations (Caracas 1977, Hamburg 1979), Buenos Aires ( Coliseum), the Festival of the Fiandres, Zurich, Strasbourg (Mozarteum), Paris (Théatre de la Ville), Athens, Israel, Spoleto (USA), Sydney (Opera House), Hong Kong, Singapore, the Schwetzingen Festspiele (1990) , Tokyo (Sogetsu Hall), Cologne (Opera), Sao Paulo (Sesc Pompeia 2001), Sofia (Sala Bulgaria 2001), Belgrade (Kolarca 2002), London (Riverside Studios) Munich (Herculees Saal) and many others.

2013 have already appeared in various shows around the world, as ksi in two performances at the International Music Festival in Cartagena, Colombia, where they played in front of 3,000 people and the show was broadcast live on television. Their program includes tours of all major cities in Luxembourg, Germany and Italy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49GSJ542bfw

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEhdarFzOsU

• Wednesday, July 17 – Ireland

Realta

The Réalta have a lively, enthusiastic and respectful approach to traditional Irladiki music. Raised on the music of The Bothy Band, Planxty and other such classic shapes, this complex from Belfast manages to capture the time value of traditional music and infuse this data from other music venues.

Using dual Irish bagpipes, Irish flutes, guitar and bodhrán (traditional drums), this polyorganic trio presents an enchanting program of dance music combined with storytelling and traditional songs. Their music incorporates a youthful quest that blends perfectly with strict attention to detail in the execution.

In live performances, the Réalta enchants the audience with enthusiasm, energy and passion of their music.

Their first album titled ‘Open The Door For Three’ was released in September 2012.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSuGy0AJWWo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GcFaZVx2c1s

Altan

The traditional folk band Altan is one of the protagonists of the revival of Irish music at home and abroad. Famous for dynamic double violins and timeless a cappella performances of old Celtic songs, the sounds Altan specialize in the dynamic style of the area of ​​Donegal, which stands for kilts musical influences bearing.

Her father Mairead, o Francie Mooney, was a leading figure in the preservation and promotion of music violin Donegal, which Altan made popular around the world. The traditional sounds of Donegal have a distinct Scottish connotations, mainly because of its long exchange of workers migrating between Scotland and Donegal and the inevitable involvement of local musicians. The quick, odd, sharp routes bow and triple staccato characterizing violinists of Donegal are the heart of the dynamic sound of both ionizing playing the Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh and Ciaran Tourish. This basic sound of Altan flanked by his accordion Dermont Byrne and dynamic sound of percussion played by Ciaran Curran, and Daithi Sproule.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNfPRUkXJ7Y

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-7Sp1IkBzs

• Thursday, July 18 – Greece

Kristi Stasinopoulou & Stathis Kalyviotis “Greekadelia”

Kristi Stasinopoulou: voice, bendir, Indian harmonium

Stathis Kalyviotis: lute, live looping, electronics, vocals

Christy Stasinopoulou is singer-songwriter songwriter for many years pursue its own, independent course in Greek music and song. Stathis is a composer, arranger, multi-instrumentalist. Together they have released 5 albums that stood abroad. Since then, along with their band traveling and playing in international music festivals and venues in Europe, America, Canada, Brazil, etc. In most of these very important festival is the only Greek representative of our country, the music and our language.

In June 2012, the company engleziki Riverboat Records of World Music Network released the fifth album of Kristi Stasinopoulou and Stathis Kalyvioti, entitled Greekadelia, this time includes remixes Greek folk songs from various regions of Greece. For two months in a row in August and September, Greekadelia is at number one of the World Music Charts Europe. Has gotten rave reviews from newspapers such as the Guardian, the Independent, the Financial Times, the magazine Folk Roots, magazine Songlines etc.

Christie & Stathis playing songs from their latest album Greekadelia, including electronic-acoustic covers of traditional songs and their own songs from their previous album, Yfantokosmos, Ichotropia, The Secrets of the Rocks and Taxidoskopio.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sq74VwFk8N0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nnIYHVoTEE

Mario

One of the most expressive representatives of rebetika and folk song, Mary, was born in the Russian Thessaloniki.The mother of the Farasa Cappadocia (central village was a large region of Southeast Cappadocia stretched over the mountain ranges and highlands of the Taurus and Anti-Taurus) arrived refugee in Greece in 1923 and settled in Plati Imathia. Her father hails from Korino Katerini.

Mary “baptized” in the music of the 13’s singing and playing the accordion next to her father, who was also a musician. Since then serve with exemplary consistency and passion singing next to the most important performers of rebetika and folk song. He has toured in most Greek cities, in many European countries and the USA. Touching and deeply human Maria is considered the last authentic representatives of a style that draws on the human experience and avoids spurious imitations and innovations.

First came on stage singing and Derveniotis Virvou. He was fortunate to sing next to Marcus Vamvakari 1967. For many years appeared to Thessaloniki with the Chondronako and Christos MiGs. 

In 2009 released the cd «Mario – 50 Years path”, a live album that contains some of the most iconic songs of rebetiko as the course of Marios.

Among other contained the best rembetika of Thessaloniki (“The green mill”, “The bloke stands”, “third Thursday spaghetti” etc.), great rembetika Vassilis Tsitsani (“Like outcast,” “Tonight on beaches” ) and songs-suggestions such as “God Almighty.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=583nKNDsJec

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r09HjQB3RiA

• Friday, July 19 – Spain

Xarnege

The word Xarnege, or Sharnègo comes from gaskoniki dialect and refers to the villages located on the border between the French province of Gascony and the Basque country and where the inhabitants speak Basque and Gascony. The band of Xarnege combines many elements common to both cultures.

The Gascons musicians Joan Baudoin (has played with shapes VERD E BLU, UN PAS UN SAUT), Lucia Longué (PAKOPOLEN, DUS MOTS DE LETRAS, BAAL) and Simon Guillaumin (PAKOPOLEN, PASS’AIRES, ROCK’N’TRAD, PARAULAS DE BAL, BAAL) join forces with Basque musicians Juan Ezeiza (GANBARA, EURITAN BLAI, LANTZ) and Josean Martin Zarko (GANBARA, ALBOKA, EURITAN BLAI, LANTZ) and create this exceptional ensemble that seeks the union and regeneration traditional music of their hometown of Biscay and the Basque Country.

The traditional music from both sides of the western Pyrenees, and from Bearn, Navarra and the Basque Country is the repertoire of songs, dances and sounds of Xarnege. The Gascony and the Basque Country, besides being geographically close, share many cultural elements and music is one of them.

Traditional dances branles, gavottes, jauzis, segidas, polkas, rondeus, mutchikoak and waltz and the music that accompanies them interpreted, therefore, uniquely personal way, to form a joint expression of two peoples with different modes of communication, and whose relationship between them is not known to the general public.Versions of the same song interpreted differently by different instruments, in different languages ​​and having different dance steps, but the spirit remains the same.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAC4jSkpiV4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRv2k7zIDsI

Lenacay

The Lenacay show the RYMA, their first album and the start of this adventure. A disc is a musical journey without limits from the roots of flamenco in uncharted horizons.

This exercise is a musical experiment that moves between flamenco and different forms of musical expression, and also some experimental electronic content. Send a groundbreaking call for an unforgettable journey of the senses.The name of this extraordinary shape comes from the joining of two words in Romany, ie dialect of Spanish gypsies:

 LEN: the life course

ACAY: look

The combination of two words creates a broader sense it represents the most musical and physical aspects of life: A LOOK AT STATE OF LIFE

(That continuous learning)

An innovative time travel that combines flamenco roots in tandem rhythm, melodies rumba, funk bass and dancing flamenco.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1r501sDzKUc

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ceieeBdwEGk

 

“Technopolis” City of Athens : Piraeus 100, Gazi, 210 3475518, 210 3453548

press@athens-technopolis.gr

Access:

Metro Station “Kerameikos” Trolei: No. 21 (from Omonia), Attitude “Coal gas,” Buses: 049, 815, 838, 914, B18, C18, Attitude “Coal gas’

Start time : 21.00

Ticket price : 10 € daily, 25 € five days

Date:

Mon, 15/07/2013 – 21:00 – Fri, 07/19/2013 – 21:00

Ep’ Avli, neo-classical gem

Most people visiting Athens Old Olympic Stadium never venture up the narrow staircase to the far left of the Stadium (as you face it). It’s a shame, since those who do will be rewarded with the chance to walk along one of my favorite hidden streets in Athens. The path that starts when you reach the top of the stairs offers an interesting tour through Athens architectural history:  Here a quintessentially Greek Cycladic home exists adjacent to post war multi-family 2 flats, elegant 80’s buildings neighbor charming neo-classical single family homes (there’s even a Cat house – ruled by a large orange and white Tabby).  The road isn’t too long, as it dead ends at Archimidous street and it’s here you’ll find a beautifully restored neoclassical home that now houses the Greek restaurant, Ep Avli.

Whether you dine inside one of the former homes’ parlors or on the terrace roof garden, a meal here usually starts with a complimentary meze, perhaps a homemade lentil salad or a

Before you order they serve a small treat, usually a salad with lentil which is absolutely tasteful and suitable as a starter. Then I would suggest you order one of the handmade pies and the tenderloin with katiki (a soft cheese) and dried tomatoes, it is my favorite! All the dishes and appetizers are tasty and valued for money. The service is very friendly.

The terrace has view toward Ardittos Hill and it is the idyllic place to get some cool air during the long, hot summer nights. But in the winter the terrace is covered so that you can still have that outdoor feeling indoors …

Ep’ Avli  Around € 15 person
14 Archimidous | Pagrati| +30-210-701-4836
From 13:00 daily

Athens & Epidaurus Festival 2013

The Herodion – Herod Atticus Theater

June 7, 9, 11 & 13 – Greek National Opera presents Wagner’s Flying Dutchman 

June 14 – Guiseppe Verdi’s Requim

June 22 – Patti Smith

July 1 – Diana Krall

 

July 15 – 16 – Theatrical reading: Eleni by Evripidis – presented by Vasilis Nikolaidis

 

 

 

Epidaurus Festival 2013

 

The Epidaurus Festival runs from early July to the end of August this year, and  includes 2 ancient tragedies, a satirical drama, 2 Aristophanic comedies, a Menander, an experimental performance with extracts from three tragedie,  and a surprise …

July 5 & 6, 2013
Medea, Evripides favorite tragic heroine – directed by Spiros Evaggelatos.

July 12 & 13, 2013
Dionisis Savvopoulos, this time not only with music, but all directing Ploutos (Wealth).

 

July 19 & 20, 2013
The Cyprus Theatre Organisation presents Samia 

July 26 & 27, 2013
The State Theatre of Northern Greece presents in the Peace by Aristophanes

August 9 & 10, 2013
The National Theatre presents the Cyclops by Euripides, directed by Basil Paspavasileiou [2 & 3.08], and Trachiniae Sophocles directed by Thomas Moschopoulou

August 17, 2013
In celebration of August Fifteenth Holiday:  A surprise – the National Theater, under the direction of Nikos Karathanou, will present a lively production of the legendary Golfo at the ancient theater.

August 23 & 24, 2013
The Patras Municipal Regional Theatre brings the presents  the Trojan Women by Euripides 

 

August 31, 2013
The Festival ends with an experimental performance based on excerpts from three tragedies.

 

 

 

 

Athens Festival and Epidaurus Festival Tickets

Ticket Prices for the Athens Festival and the Epidaurus Festival

In order to be informed about the ticket prices you can visit the Program section of the Festival website and check the schedule.

Prices and the

advance booking date for each event are posted on this website.

How to Book Athens Festival Tickets

You may book your tickets for Festival events in three ways:

Online, using your credit or debit card

By telephone, using your credit or debit card

In person, a


Advance booking begins three weeks prior to each event.
t Festival Box Offices or from the PAPASOTIRIOU Bookstores and the PUBLIC Stores by purchasing a voucher.

Online Bookings for the Athens and Epidaurus Festival

Credit card bookings entail ticket purchases and not ticket reservations.

Tickets can be purchased on-line until 2 pm on the day of the performance.

Buying your tickets online allows you to select your seats, according to price and availability.

You may also buy season tickets, where available.

 

Tickets can be collected from:

Festival Box Offices (Monday – Friday: 9:00-17:00, Saturday: 09:00-15:00)

directly from event venues (sales start 2 hours before the event. During the first hour tickets for all the events are sold, while the second hour you can only buy tickets for the performance of the day).

A courier service is also available (at a charge of €3,5 per call out – The service is available only for Greece).

 

To book tickets online click here.

Telephone Bookings

 

Tickets can be purchased over the telephone using a credit card.

Call Centre Sales Personnel: Tickets can be purchased from call centre sales personnel until 2 pm on the day of the performance.

 

Telephone Booking Centre: +30 210 – 32 72 000

Opening Hours: Through a telephone operator: 09.00-21.00 daily (including Sunday)

 

Tickets can be collected from Festival Box Offices, or directly from event venues. A courier service is also available (at a charge of 3,5 € per call out – The service is available only for Greece).

 

“In-Person” Bookings: Box Offices

Downtown Athens

39 Panepistimiou Street, inside the Pesmazoglou Arcade

Opening Hours: Monday – Friday: 9:00-17:00, Saturday 09:00-15:00

 

Odeon of Herodes Atticus

Dionysiou Aeropagitou Street, Makriyianni

Opening Hours: 09:00-14:00 and 18:00-21:00 Daily

 

Ancient Epidaurus Theatre

Argolis Prefecture, Peloponnesus

Opening Hours): Monday – Thursday 09:00-14:00 and 17:00-20:00, Friday – Saturday 09:30-21:30

Archaeological Site & Museum Hours in Athens

I’ve always been hesitant to publish something as rapidly changing as opening hours for pretty much anything in Greece.. but since it is an often asked question and I happen to have current information … current at the moment I’m writing that is! I thought I’d share what I’ve found …

Opening hours as of May 2013

The Acropolis Archaeological Site hours (not the museum!)

 

Monday through Friday 8:00 AM until 7:00 PM

Saturday and Sunday and Holidays 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM

 

Acropolis Museum hours

 

Tuesday thru Sunday 8:00 AM until 8:00 PM

The cafe & restaurant stays open until 10:00 PM on Fridays

Closed on Mondays

 

Ancient Agora hours

 

Daily from 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM

 

Temple of Olympian Zeus

 

Monday-Sunday: 08.00-15.00

Acropolis and Acropolis Museum hours … Spring Summer 2013

Acropolis archaeological site hours – as of the end of April 2013)

Monday – Friday 8:00 AM until 7:00 PM

Saturday – Sunday & most national holidays 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM

The site will be closed on Greek Easter Sunday (May 5, 2013)

Open on Easter Monday (May 6, 2013) from  8:00 AM until 3:00 PM

Acropolis Museum Hours – as of spring 2013

Opening hours

1 April – 31 October:
Tuesday to Sunday: 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Monday: Closed

1 November – 31 March:
Tuesday to Thursday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Monday: Closed

Closed: 1 January, Easter Sunday, 1 May, 25 and 26 December

Holy Week Hours:

– On Friday 3 May 2013 the Museum will open from 12 noon to 6 p.m. 
Gallery Talks on the “Archaic Colors” will take place at 4 p.m. in Greek and at 5 p.m. in English.

– On Saturday 4 May 2013 the Museum will open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Gallery Talks on the “Archaic Colors” will take place at 1 p.m. in Greek and at 2 p.m. in English.

– On Easter Day, Sunday 5 May 2013 the Museum will be closed.

– On Easter Monday 6 May 2013 the Museum will be closed as usual.

 

 

Athens & Epidaurus Festivals 2013

P1080901The schedule for the 2013 Athens & Epidaurus Festivals in Greece will be announced in mid-May.

“Athens Festival” events, which take place around Athens at vanues like the theater under the Acropolis: the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Peiraios 260, and Megaro Musiki (Athens Concert Hall) as well as elsewhere will begin on June 3, 2013 and run through July 15.

The 2013 Epidaurus Festival will take place weekends (Friday and Saturday) from July 5, 2013 until August 24, 2013.

Tickets are scheduled to go on sale beginning May 15, 2013. Bookmark this page for updates or visit us on Facebook. 

Catch the silver screen under the light of the silver moon

outdoor movies in athensOne of my favorite summer evening activities in Athens is the outdoor cinema. Most Americans are familiar with our version  the drive-in theater – but in Athens you don’t need a car to enjoy the silver screen under the light of the silver moon.

An evening at the outdoor movies isn’t merely about what’s showing on the screen. For the Greeks, going to the outdoor movies in summer is something of a cultural tradition. Once upon a time every neighborhood, every village, had its own outdoor cinema. Sometimes they were simply chairs set up in the main plateia or square, sometimes in parks, and some were elaborate venues that operated as part of a year round indoor theater. Today there are still some 60 outdoor cinemas in Athens, and a trip to one is still a family affair in my downtown Athens neighhorhood of Pagrati. Mom, dad, the kids, grandma and grandpa and maybe an aunt or uncle or two, some cousins … you get the picture. Some families pack a picnic, snacks or even mezedes and head to a park or square where outdoor cinemas screen mostly American films in English with subtitles. Occasionaly you’ll find a theater with an early screening, usually a cartoon or child focused film. These will often be dubbed, so prepare yourself for missing the whole point of the film. Your kids, of course, won’t miss a thing – cartoons speak a universal language.

Here’s a list of outdoor cinemas in the downtown area of Athens (there are more than 50 outdoor movie theaters in the Athens area, the list below are the most central:

Thissio Cinema – Thissio – 7 Apostolou Pavlou Street, south side of the Acropolis
Tel 2103470980 (If you are bored with the movie, enjoy the view of the Acropolis)

Aegli cinema – In the Zappieo Gardens (between the National Gardens and Hadrien’s Arch/Temple of Zeus

Aphrodite cinema – Gazi- 7-9, Andronikou Street,
Tel 2103425890

Aeolia Open Air Cinema – Kaisargianni (Kesariani) – Solomonidou & Philadelphias (borders Pagrati)
Tel: 210.72.42.600

Aleka – Zografos – 3rd Or. Taxiarchias Street
Tel 2107773608 (Garden with tables)

Athinaia Ericsson – Kolonaki – 20 Haritos Street,
Tel 2107215717 (Garden with tables)

Cine Pari – Plaka – 22 Kydathinaion Street,
Tel 2103222071 – Terrace with tables

Cine Psyrri – Psyrri – 40-44 Sarri Street
Tel 2103212476

Dexameni Cinema – Kolonaki – Dexamenis Sq. Across from the St George Lykavittos Hotel
Tel 2103623942

Elena Cinema – Ilisia – 47 Antifyllou Street (Hilton area)
Tel 2107789120 (Garden with tables)

Oasis Cinema – Pagrati – 7 Pratinou Street, Pagrati
Tel 2107244015 (Garden)

Palas Theater – Pagrati – 109 Ymittou
Tel 2107511868 (Early children shows often)

Riviera – Exarchia – 46 Valtetsiou Street
Tel 2103837716 (Garden with tables)

Zefyros – Thissio – 36 Troon Street
Tel 2103462677

For a complete list of outdoor cinemas and traditional year round movie theaters in Athens and the surrounding suburbs, visit the Athens Info Guide, http://www.athensinfoguide.com/nlcinemas.htm.
For a directory with this week’s movie showings in English, visit the Athens Expat Guide: http://xpatathens.com/movies

Souvenirs for Strays

easter bazaar 2013Here’s a great way to do a little good for Greece while you’re on holiday this month in Athens …

The Association for the Protection and Welfare of Stray Animals Stray.gr is hosting an Easter Bazaar on Sunday April 28th (10:00 – 20:00) at the Herakleidon Museum – 16, Herakleidon Street, Thission (Metro: Thission).

Easter is the biggest holiday in Greece, and here’s an opportunity for a truly unique memento of your travels: a special decorated Easter candle … or perhaps a book or two, there’ll also be stray.gr t-shirts and sweatshirts, jewelry and other items for sale – all to benefit the strays of Attica. (Maybe you think its off that I’d suggest a “stray.gr” t-shirt as opposed to one with the Acropolis on it? Basil and I often bring home these types of gifts – my nieces love their Archelon turtle rescue sweatshirts – and they are definitely unique souvenirs! 

 

The Organization for the Care and Protection of Stray Animals-Stray.gr is a non-profit organization which aims to provide support to the stray animals in Greece. Since its inception in 2001, Stray.gr has helped more than 2,000 stray animals in the wider area of Attica, without the help of any state support or funding. Stray.gr offers relief and therapy, including vaccinations and neutering, to stray animals, placing priority on animals which are hurt or sick; it then promotes their adoption by suitable families. It further offers extensive advice and support to animal lovers in the country.

 

Contact details for the Media:

Myrto Xanthopoulou
6977 620737
mxanthopoulou@gmail.com www.stray.gr

 

Musical nights at the Acropolis Museum

Friday, 15 February – Friday, 26 April, 2013

The Acropolis Museumfrom 15 February to Easter, will present a series of performances with music groups from across the world, giving its visitors the unique opportunity to tour the archaic exhibition while enjoying this diverse music program from the second floor balconythat overlooks the Archaic Gallery.

Program

Design by Tasos Georgiou.

Design by Tasos Georgiou.

Friday  February 15, 2013, at 7 p.m., ‘Traditional Songs of Ireland: A musical encounter with songs of Ireland; a country with a great musical tradition. Songs will be sung in both Irish and English, addressing themes of love, migration, country life and happiness. Performance:Labri Giotto (piano, vocal) and George Tsimbouksis (guitar). This musical event is held with the kind support of the Embassy of Ireland in Greece, on the occasion of the Irish 2013 Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

Friday March 1, 2013, at 7 p.m., ‘Claude Debussy: the poet of modernism: Written between 1909 and 1913, the two books ‘Preludes for piano’ by Claude Debussy invoke the disturbed emotional climate that dominated Europe prior to the First World War. The 24 Preludes which remain ‘modern’ until today paved the way for music composers of the 20th and 21st centuries. 22 new works by contemporary composers, including G. Pesson, P. Hersant and T. Escaich were written specifically for the 150th anniversary of the birth of Debussy. Performance: Hugues Leclère (piano). This musical event is presented in cooperation with the French Institute of Greece, on the occasion of the ‘Focus Contemporary Music’ program.

Friday  March 15, 2013, at 7 p.m., ‘Musical Masterpieces from Poland: Romantic melodies from some of the most significant composers of Poland, including Chopin, Lutoslawski, Moniuszko, Tansman, Dobrzynski, Penderecki and others. Performance: Iwona Glinka (flute), Dionyssis Mallouhos (piano) and Klaudia Delmer (vocal). This musical event is held with the kind support of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland.

Friday April 12, 2013, at 7 p.m., ‘Musical Journey: Destination Spain: Authentic music works and mandolin and guitar transcriptions from the Baroque to the 20th century, with an emphasis on Spanish music, presenting new insights on their interpretation. Performance: Ana Belén Tejedor de la Iglesia (mandolin) and Yiannis Sofos (guitar). This musical event is held with the kind support of the Embassy of Spain in Athens.

Friday April 26, 2013, at 7 p.m., ‘The Flute of Pan: Greek antiquity in French romanticism: Pan’s form arises from Greek mythology as do various other forms from antiquity, identifiable in all over Europe. In France, Pan’s form is seen in the music of many composers such as Debussy, Satie, Marc, Mouquet and Roussel. Performance: Petros Stergiopoulos (flute) and Anastasios Strikos (piano).

The Acropolis Museum remains open until 10 pm every Friday and the restaurant is open until 12 midnight with a special menu based on classical and traditional recipes, giving particular emphasis on local products from regional Greece.

The magic number for any emergency in Greece or anywhere in Europe?

emergency112: The Magic Emergency Number

Imagine you are on holidays in Europe. You have an accident, you see a fire or you spot a burglary -would you know who to call for help? Now, all you need is to dial one single number: 112! The European Commission and the European Travel Agents’ and Tour Operators’ Associations (ECTAA) want to remind travelers about the 112 emergency number, which is reachable everywhere in the EU, free of charge.

This European emergency number could be a life saver, particularly for travellers who may not necessarily know which local number to dial in an emergency abroad. According to the latest Eurobarometer survey on 112, it is estimated that 5 million more people are aware of the 112 emergency number compared to the previous year.

So, in case of an emergency anywhere in the EU, remember and dial the magic number: 112! Europa.Eu: 112 in Greece

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