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Greek public buildings to turn off lights for environment campaign June 4, 2007

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Lights at the Acropolis and other city landmarks and public buildings will be switched off for 10 minutes Tuesday to observe the United Nations’ World Environment Day.

The Culture Ministry said lights at the ancient site would be switched off at 10:00 p.m. (1900GMT). Greek government buildings, parliament and Athens’ City Hall will also switch off lights, along with illumination at the city’s Lykabettus Hill. Greek embassies abroad will also observe the lights-out.

«We are encouraging members of the public to join us and turn out lights at the same time … we are in contact with the grid operator to measure the effectiveness of this effort,» said campaign coordinator Kritonas Arsenis.

The Greek initiative follows a five-minute lights-out in Paris on Feb. 1, when lights at the Eiffel Tour were dimmed and Athens and other European cities also turned off lights. The Hellenic Society for the Protection of the Environment and the Cultural Heritage, a nonprofit conservation organization, is leading the June 5 initiative.

Related Links >
Environment campaign: www.diktioaigaiou.gr

World Environment Day: www.unep.org/wed/2007/english/


Celebrate European Music Day 2007 in Greece June 4, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Movies Life Greek, Music Life Live Gigs.
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Dozens of musicians and bands from around the world are coming to 8 Greek cities to celebrate European Music Day. Now in its 8th year, the celebration will last 3 days from June 21-23 in Athens, Gianitsa, Trikala, Katerini, Ioannina, Serres, Volos and Livadia.

This year, the celebration is expected to be the biggest and the best. Over 90 international artists, more than ever before, will travel to Greece for the celebration, and more than a hundred Greek musicians will perform.

New York rapper, Beat Assailant, who currently lives and works in Paris and is one of the biggest names of the hip hop scene, will be in Athens for the first time ever for this year’s Music Day. Since his first album release, “The Hard Twelve” in 2003, Beat Assailant has enjoyed critical acclaim and has worked with some of the biggest hip hop artists like Outcast, RZA, mc Solaar and Danger Mouse. With overtly political lyrics, part of the true hip hop roots, and with jazz, electro and Afro-Brazilian elements in his sound, he is expected to give an incredible live show along with his eleven-member band.

In Athens, center stage will be Syntagma Square, where music fans will enjoy an indie pop/rock sound from emerging and well-established Greek and international bands. In Kolonaki, Sina Street will ‘close’ to traffic for the first time ever to host music and other cultural events, while Kotzia and Klathmonos Squares repeat as main stages for Music Day.

The complete schedule of events and locations will be announced soon. For more information visit the website www.musicday.gr

1st Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art June 4, 2007

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Under the general title “Heterotopias,” the State Museum of Contemporary Art is organizing the 1st Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, May 21 through September 30, 2007.

More than 160 artists from all over the world will be featured in several exhibitions in 26 different sites throughout the city of Thessaloniki. A full program of the exhibits, openings, exhibition spaces, and times is available at www.thessalonikibiennale.gr.

The title of the Biennale is borrowed from a lecture by Michel Foucault, who referred to real spaces, or islets, where people follow specific rules that make them feel out of tune with their daily life. The exhibitions will highlight contemporary Heterotopias and juxtapose the real and the virtual worlds, with a view to the new spaces of the future.

The 1st Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art will also feature a series of seminars, discussions, educational programs, and parallel activities, such as film screenings and performances.

For more information, please contact the State Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki at 2310 589140-42, or info@greekstatemuseum.com.

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“Her(his)tory” at the Museum of Cycladic Art June 4, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Arts Exhibitions Greece, Arts Museums.
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For the first time ever on its premises, the Museum of Cycladic Art is hosting a video exhibition.

The exhibition, called Her(his)tory, runs from June 4 through September 29, 2007 at the Stathatos Megaron, Vasilissis Sofias Avenue and Irodotou 1 Street, Kolonaki, Athens. The second part of the exhibition, presenting several new video installations, will open on September 5, 2007 in the newer wing of the Museum, 4 Neofytou Douka Street, Kolonaki, Athens. 

Her(his)tory addresses the major issues faced by contemporary society. It features artworks that examine, sometimes poetically, sometimes humorously, themes like the evolution of culture, the roles of women and men in contemporary society, and the role of the artist and visual expression in the broader cultural whole.

The Museum will display this contemporary video art alongside ancient objects from its permanent collections, a juxtaposition that is sure to arouse new questions about the origin of human culture and its contemporary evolution.

Related Links > http://www.cycladic.gr/imagesherhisstory/

First Contemporary Art Biennale Of Thessaloniki June 4, 2007

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First Contemporary Art Biennale Of Thessaloniki > Heterotopias >

Thessaloniki, a historically extrovert city and cultural meeting place, has the ability to become a repository for new ideas on art from countries traditionally associated with art as well as from geographical locations that have limited access to Europe, financial, cultural or institutional limitations.

Furthermore, as a European city strategically located, Thessaloniki has the ability to encourage the coexistence of often contradicting cultural identities and provide the grounds for constructive discourse to its representatives, East-West.

Contrary to European and international laws that often hinder border-crossing, special permits, visas etc., art has no borders, it moves freely. Therefore, encouraging the discourse in art contributes to the decline of fanaticism, racism and xenophobia. Through culture, Thessaloniki can become a crossroads for religions, minorities and national confrontations. The main characteristics of the Thessaloniki Biennale are >

  • The introduction of works of art that propose new, innovative and bold aesthetics to the European art scene as a means of promoting the aforementioned discourse.
  • The presentation of artists that have little or no access to Europe, thus launching a new generation of artists previously unknown in Europe.
  • The aspiration of providing the grounds for communication between artists from different parts of the world.
  • The emphasis on important international issues and global changes and crises that influence our lives as well as our natural environment.
  • The creation of partnerships and collaborations with well-established international art institutions, in order to promote artistic exchange.
  • The formation of an interesting aesthetic discourse for Greek artists that brings them in touch with art outside of Europe.
  • Thessaloniki is a peripheral European city, something that this Biennale uses to its advantage. The distance it has from the major European art centres, large sponsors, companies or individuals that invest in mainstream contemporary art, provides it with the vital freedom to reinforce and attract innovative ideas and contribute to the essential evolution of art as opposed to recycling it.

Under the general title “Heterotopias”, the Biennale is comprised of three subsections, each with its own curator and title. The three sections will present their curators’ statements on the subject. Given their experience in particular countries or geographical regions, the three curators Jan-Erik Lundstrom, Catherine David and Maria Tsantsanoglou will also propose artists from these regions. Overall, more than 100 artists from Greece and abroad will participate in the Biennale.

It’s also worth mentioning that art historian Thalia Stefanidou will curate an exhibition with Greek artists, which will most probably be held at the Aladza Imaret space. There will also be a Children’s Painting Biennale at the Etaireia Makedonikon Spoudon, as well as a series of parallel events which will include music, dance, symposiums, workshops, outdoor installations and performances relevant to Biennale’s theme. Furthermore, the State Museum of Contemporary Art is discussing with the National Book Centre to co-organize a special tribute to art publications during the International Book Fair, as it coincides with the First Biennale. Finally, the Biennale will include an internationally renowned guest artist, whose name will be announced shortly.

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A Greek Summer full of music > feel the rythm! June 4, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Music Life Live Gigs.
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This Greek summer is full of music and fun provided by some of the biggest American bands and artists. Cum, feel the noiz! Cum, feel the rythm! Athens is calling on ya! 

From the hard sounds of Metallica to the soothing melodies of Norah Jones, there are concerts for fans of every type of music. This year, the floor belongs to ‘fresh’ artists like Pink and Avril Lavigne, but there are also some well-established names from the American music scene, like hip hop/rap group Beastie Boys and rock legend Alice Cooper.

Of the many festivals you can attend, the Rockwave Festival is the most famous. Part of the Athenian music summer for several years now, Rockwave hosts renowned Greek and international rock artists. The festival takes place at the Terravibe outdoor concert venue in Malakasa and will take place June 29 through July 7.

Fans of dance/electronic music, however, will probably prefer the Ejekt Festival, which, for the last couple of years, has been one of the best organized summer festivals.

And reaching out to a broader crowd, the Fly Beeyond Festival brings together international and Greek pop and rock icons.

Concerts are definitely a breath of fresh air for music lovers and an alternative way of having fun during the hot summer nights in Athens. Here’s a list of some of the top American artists that will visit Greece this summer and where they’ll be performing >

Saturday, June 16 > Beastie Boys, Baseball Olympic Hall, Elliniko (Ejekt Festival)
Thursday, June 21 > Alice Cooper, Lycabettus Theater, Athens
Saturday, June 23 > Evanescence, Karaiskaki Stadium, Neo Faliro
Tuesday, July 3 Metallica > Terravibe, Malakasa (Rockwave Festival)
Tuesday, July 17 > Avril Lavigne, Olympic Stadium Complex (Fly Beeyond Festival)
Wednesday, July 18 > Tori Amos, Olympic Stadium Complex (Fly Beeyond Festival) Thursday, July 19 Pink > Olympic Stadium Complex (Fly Beeyond Festival)
Wednesday, July 25 > Norah Jones, Herod Atticus Theater, Athens

For tickets >

Alice Cooper, Ayo, Evanescence > http://www.ticketpro.gr/
Ejekt Festival > http://www.tickethouse.gr/
Fly Beeyond Festival > http://www.ticketnet.gr/tickets.html
Rockwave Festival > http://www.rockwavefestival.gr/
Norah Jones > Hellenic Festival Box Office, 39 Panepistimiou Street, Athens.

Cretan rusk with tomato and olive oil June 4, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Food Recipes.
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This recipe can be served with a side of Greek olives and a chunk of Greek feta cheese.

Ingredients >
1 fresh tomato, peeled and crushed
1 barley rusk (or slice of dried, crusty bread)
Olive oil
Small piece of soft Greek mitzithra cheese or feta cheese
Oregano for seasoning

Method >
Pour the crushed tomato with its juice over the rusk or dried bread slice using only as much juice as the bread will absorb. Drizzle some olive oil over the topping and add grated mitzithra cheese or crumbled feta cheese. Season with oregano and serve.