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This weekend on events > in Athens October 6, 2007

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Mama Africa Festival > Athens > today Saturday
The Mama Africa Festival will reach its peak on Saturday, with live shows by Max Romeo, One Drop Forward, Michalis Tzouganakis and others, at the Petra Theater. The event further includes performances, African delicacies, exhibitions and much more.
At the Petra Theater, Damari Petroupolis, Athens, tel 210 5012402.

Nature Regrowth Event > Athens > today Saturday
The Bafi refuge in Parnitha will host a one-day conference on the Natural Farming method with clay seed-balls and how they can be planted on Greek mountains this Saturday, starting at 10.30 a.m. The method was launched by Japan’s Masanobu Fukuoka.
For information call 210 2469050 and 210 3833168.

Documentary Festival > Lavrion > to October 9
The 10th Mediterranean Documentary Festival will kick off at Lavrion’s Technological Park on Saturday. Apart from screenings of Greek and foreign films, the festival further features a concert by Savina Yannatou on Saturday, exhibitions and a discussion.
For information call 210 8253065 and 210 5033050-2.

All things Brazilian in Cyprus > Fourth Brazilian Film Festival September 30, 2007

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The Film Festival will present six films from the contemporary Brazilian film industry at the Weaving Mill in Nicosia throughout the coming month. All films will be screened with English subtitles, with a great mix and match of genres to suit all tastes.

If you fancy a tragically romantic story, then go along to watch O Maiaor Amor do Mundo, The Greatest Love of All, directed by Carlos Diegues and awarded best film at the Montreal Film Festival in 2006. Born in a favela from an unknown mother, an astrophysicist working in the United States named Antonio returns to Brazil with the aim of finding his true roots. Suffering from an incurable disease, he discovers the reality of Brazil but also finds love in the arms of a girl from the favela. Violent and tragic at the same time, this film takes the audience through a roller coaster of emotions in a non stop search for the comprehension of the human soul.

If you’re in the mood for watching a documentary, then don’t miss a film dedicated to one of Brazil’s most famous songwriters and poets, Vinicius de Morales (1913-1980). He wrote some of the most memorable Brazilian poems of the 20th century and the lyrics of dozens of the best bossa nova and samba songs like ‘Garota de Ipanema’ and ‘A Felicidade’. The great appeal of the Vinicius documentary is the way it is intimately directed by his ex-son in law, experienced filmmaker Miguel Faria, and is co-produced by his daughter Susana.

Spending, drinking and marrying wife after wife, nine in total, there is not a single dull moment in this greatly deserved homage to his life. Sit back and enjoy archive footage of the man in action, interviews with his partners, friends and family, on-screen recitation of some of his best poems, and musical numbers played live by Brazilian stars.

Brazilian Cultural Month > October 2 until October 25 > 4th Brazilian Film Festival with six film screenings from the contemporary Brazilian Film Industry. The Weaving Mill, 69-71 Lefkonos Street, Phaneromeni, Old Nicosia, tel 22 762275.

October 16 > Piano Recital with Arnaldo Cohen with works by Levy, Gnattali, Braga, Villa-Lobos and others. PASYDY Auditorium, Nicosia. 8.30pm. Tel 22 663871.

October 25 > Opening of contemporary at exhibition by Anna Maria Maiolino. Opens October 25, 8pm, until December 15. Pharos Centre for Contemporary Art, 24 Demosthenis Severis Avenue, Nicosia, tel 22 663871.

October 26 > Brazilian Contemporary Music with Ive Mendes. Half Note Music Club, Corner of Saripolou and Socratous Street, Limassol. 10.30pm. £10 including one drink. Tel 25 377050 and 96 531315.

A Brazilian book month will also be organised within the framework of events, organised in association with the Moufflon bookshop, showcasing the richness and diversity of Brazilian culture. Books will be available from the Moufflon Bookshop in Nicosia and at all venues of the Brazilian Culture month.

For further info visit www.thepharostrust.org or call 22 663871.

What’s On > in Athens September 29, 2007

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Theodorakis Orchestra Concert, Saturday and Sunday
The Mikis Theodorakis Popular Orchestra will join forces with well-known Greek singers and artists for two three-hour concerts with the parallel screening of artworks, in aid of those stricken by the recent fires, at the Herod Atticus Theater. Tickets are available at the Hellenic Festival box office, 39 Panepistimiou Street, Athens, tel 210 3272000.
At the Ancient Herod Atticus Theater, Acropolis, Athens, nearest metro station “Acropolis”.

Multiculturalism Festival in Athens > To Sunday
The Anthropos Greek Center for the Promotion of Volunteerism is organizing a mini-festival with concerts, dance, video screenings, photography exhibitions, international delicacies, workshops and more at Heroon Square in Maroussi, in collaboration with various NGOs and immigrant communities.
For information call 210.883.8914, or visit www.anthropos.gr

Guided Walking Tour of Athens > Sunday
The Friends of the Australian Archaeological Institute are organizing a guided walking tour of central Athens’s Byzantine monuments with Dr Stavros Paspalas, which will start at the Aghia Triada Church, 21 Filellinon Street, near Syntagma Square, at noon on Sunday.
AAIA, for information call 210 9243256.

Masks and marionettes at Kilkis Festival September 28, 2007

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Colorful dolls, marionettes, masks and traditional figures from 13 different countries and three continents will come together in Kilkis, northern Greece, and revive old myths and true stories at the 9th International Puppet Theater and Pantomime Festival.

For 15 days, a total of 23 ensembles from Greece, Germany, Italy, Argentina, Hungary, Canada, Brazil, India, Syria and Kazakhstan will entertain their audience with 82 performances, four seminars, 10 workshops, an exhibition of puppets and other events that will be held in the city’s Public Library, streets and store windows.

Each country represented at the festival will present aspects of its traditional local culture as well as contemporary tales through performances of pantomime, marionettes and puppets. There is a lot on the festival’s bill, from performances starring feet and legs, acrobatics, props created from trash, variety puppet shows, juggling and singing, shadow theater and plays using masks, shadows and videos.

Among these are “The Princess of Pages and the Prince of Colors” (Greece), “The Stork Man” (Spain), “9 Short Plays” (Jogesh Pantomime Academy, India), “The Story of the Girl in Blue” (Hungary), “The King’s Journey” (Germany), “Sonnet With Four Feet” (Italy and Argentina), “The Belly Button” (Canada), “Upside-down Dreams” (France), “Garbage Tales” (Brazil), “Anxiety” (India), “Golfo 2.3Beta” (Greece) and many more improvised performances.

Related Links > http://www.kilkis-festival.gr/festival/index.php

Reworks Festival > Thessaloniki September 28, 2007

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Reworks Festival > Thessaloniki, Today and Tomorrow

Thessaloniki port is hosting the two-day Reworks Festival, which features concerts, from electronica to hip hop, reggae and soul, music showcases, screenings, art installations and exhibitions, performances, happenings and more.

Reworks Festival, Thessaloniki Port, www.reworks.gr

Documentary Festival celebrates 10th anniversary September 26, 2007

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The annual event will be back at Lavrion in October > Aris Fatouros’s ‘This is London, 1939-2005’ will be screened on Sunday, October 7.

Lavrion’s Technological Park will come alive once more, as the 10th Mediterranean Documentary Festival is about to kick off. With screenings of Greek and foreign films, exhibitions, a concert and a discussion, the festival will take place October 6 to 9.

This will be the second year that the event, which started in Samos, will be held at Lavrion, at a venue that is striking in itself. Transformed by the National Technical University of Athens, the Technological Park, proudly carrying the weight of the region’s industrial history, still retains 1860-70s architecture as well as old machinery, which adds a special flavor to the screenings. The festival, organized by the Prefecture of Eastern Attica, the Union of Greek Film Directors and Producers and other institutions, promises a more relaxed and stress-free atmosphere than the usual film festival frenzy, since it comprises no competition section, as the association’s president, Nikos Kanakis, pointed out. “Our aim is to present a different kind of documentary to the ones shown on television. We want to make the audience really think about the issues the films deal with,” he said at a press conference yesterday.

The main program will consist of the four established thematic sections, “Political Documentaries,” “Work,” “Immigration” and “Portraits,” with films from Spain, France, Italy, Israel, Lebanon, Tunisia, Turkey, the Palestinian Authority, Egypt, Cyprus and Greece. “Critics’ Suggestions” is a brand-new section in which a film critic presents a film of his or her choice. This year, Andreas Tyros, president of the Greek Film Critics’ Union, has opted for Portuguese filmmaker Manoel de Oliveira’s 2006 drama “Belle toujours,” a tribute to Luis Bunuel and a follow-up of Bunuel’s classic “Belle de jour.” Tyros will also lead the discussion that will follow the screening. Other highlights include a new collaboration with the Videopolis Festival from Italy’s Veneto as well as the small tribute to French documentary filmmaker Raymond Depardon, organized jointly with the French Institute. Veteran Cypriot-born filmmaker Michael Cacoyannis will also be honored on the opening day.

“The foreign documentaries are recent productions. Where Greek documentaries are concerned, we try to dig out the ones that have remained hidden away in directors’ closets for years and bring them to the surface,” said the festival’s artistic director, Vassilis Vafeas. He made special mention of Stathis Katsaros and Giorgos Sifianos’s 1981 “Petrohimika” documentary, which was voted Best Film at the Thessaloniki Film Festival that year and will be screened on October 7.

As part of this year’s parallel events, Savina Yannatou and Primavera en Salonico will perform melodies from the Mediterranean as well as from across the world; last year’s festival had featured a concert by Dionysis Savvopoulos, Stavros Lantsias and Giotis Kiourtsoglou. Two exhibitions, one with large-sized film posters and another with sketches of leading Greek characters, both organized in collaboration with the Thessaloniki Film Museum, will be on display at the Technological Park and the Old Mechanics Shed respectively. An exhibition of paintings by Julia Guerrero, titled “From the Mediterranean to Latin America,” will also run at the Old Mechanics Shed.

“What we try to do, with new and old films, music and art, is bring back to life a venue that is filled with memories,” said Vafeas.

The event is mostly funded by the prefecture, but is also sponsored by various institutions, including ERT Greek Radio & TV, the Greek National Tourism Organization and the Greek Film Center among others. Plans for pre-festival events that will spread across Eastern Attica are currently under consideration.

For information call 210 8253065 and 210 5033050-2.

Related Links > http://www.lavrio-conferenceculturalpark.gr/static/index.html

What’s On in Greece > venues, concerts September 25, 2007

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THESSALONIKI > Mylos Arts Complex, 56 Andreou Georgiou Street, tel 2310 551836 and 2310 516945.
Jazz and Creative Music Meeting > Shows take place at the Xylourgeio venue and start at 9.30 p.m.
Tomorrow > Jazz by the Sax Voyage as well as Georgia Syllaiou and Thodoris Economou.
Thursday > Jazz by the Athina Sextet and the Thomas Siffling Quartet.
Friday > Jazz by the Giotis Kiourtsoglou Septet.
Saturday > Jazz by the Vicky Almazidou Trio and the Oleg Chaly Quintet.

Thessaloniki Concert Hall, 25th Martiou Street, Paralia, tel 2310 895800.
Tickets are available two weeks before each show from the concert hall box office and the Aristotelous Square box office.
Tomorrow > Gypsy melodies by Goran Bregovic and his Wedding and Funeral Band. Starts at 9 p.m.

Thessaloniki Port
Friday and Saturday
> Reworks Festival > Festival of music and contemporary art, with various exhibitions as well as live music performances and DJ sets. Tel 2310 235893.

CRETE > Aghios Nikolaos Cultural Center, Aghios Nikolaos, tel 28410 26899.
Saturday > Concert by tenor Mario Frangoulis, in aid of costume designer Andriani Neofytou.

RHODES > Days of Music Festival > For information and tickets tel 22410 27427.
Tomorrow > Austria’s Ensemble Accentus will perform Sephardic melodies from the Eastern Mediterranean. At the Panaghia tou Kastrou.
Sunday > The Transcription Ensemble will interpret transcriptions of works by Mozart. At the Panaghia tou Kastrou.
October 2 > Under the baton of Dejan Dadic, the Gratz Philharmonic Orchestra will perform compositions by Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, Sibelius, Bartok, Mozart, Max Reger and Yasushi Akutagawa. At the Palace of the Grand Master.