22-06-2009: City of Athens launches “Cultural Summer 2009”

The City
of Athens, via
its Cultural Organisation, invites one and all to join a major celebration this
summer featuring 586 events that will take place in squares, open spaces and
theatres throughout the city. The events harmoniously combine traditions and
contemporary ideas and offer something for everyone, including residents,
children and visitors to Athens.

 

The basic
components of the "Cultural Summer 2009" programme are European Music Day featuring
27 events, the Culture for All programme with 430 events, the Athens Festival
with 118 events and the 7th Athens International Dance Festival with 12
performances.

 

Culture for
All

The Culture for All events, which
began on June 18 and will run through September 21, make up an extensive
programme which is taking place in 88 squares and open spaces in seven City
Districts in collaboration with all City Districts and local associations.

 

Apart from the events which have
already begun within the framework of European Music Day, the programme
includes concerts featuring various music genres (art song, popular song, folk
music, rock, pop, etc), theatrical performances and film screenings for people
of all ages, Greek dance and Karagiozis puppet theatre.

 

This summer the programme will bring
to life heroes we love and grew up with, such as Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Donald
Duck, Sleeping Beauty, Nemo and others for youngsters, as well as timeless
Greek comedies such as "Santa Tsikita", "Despinis eton 39", "Thanassakis o
Politevmenos", "Lysistrati", "Alimono stous Neous", "O paras ke o foukaras".
Also, the traditional Karagiozis puppet theatre will appear once again
throughout Athens.

 

Apart from the abovementioned
events, outdoor exhibitions featuring canvas duplicates of paintings by Yiorgos
Iakovidis, Yiorgos Roilou, Michalis Economou, Angelos Yialinas and others whose
work appears at the Municipal Art Gallery, as well as the works of Greek engravers,
will take place for the first time in an effort to familiarize the public,
particularly young people, with distinguished Greek artists. These exhibitions
will be held throughout the summer at Syntagma, Monastiraki, Kotzia,
Klafthmonos, Thissio, Fokionos Negri and Lambrini Square, among others.

 

Additionally, the forgotten barrel
organ, an instrument much loved by the Greek people as it accompanied their
dance and celebrations for decades, will be revived in Athens neighbourhoods.

 

The main aim of the Culture for All
programme is to promote all forms of art and culture, paying tribute to
tradition but also promoting today's art forms, and offer quality cultural
stimuli to all Athens citizens, because culture should not be a privilege
restricted for the few but available to all people.

 

Athens Festival 

This year the Athens Festival will
take place at four locations: the Attiko Woods Theatre, in collaboration with
the Athens-Piraeus Super-Prefecture; the Dora Stratou Theatre; the Roman Agora
and the Kolonos Open Theatre, where well-known and beloved names from all
genres will make an appearance and offer citizens a cool note each evening with
top-class performances which promote the richness of domestic cultural
offerings.

 

This year the 3rd Attiko Woods
Festival will host 71 events of high artistic quality at a newly-renovated
theatre from July 2 to September 17.

 

The Dora Stratou Theatre will open
its gates on July 1, where events will be held every Wednesday and Thursday (10 in July and 4 in September), while the
Kolonos Theatre will host 30 music and theatrical performances from August 19
through September 18. Finally, the Roman Agora will host
three events on July 6, 24 and 29.

 

The Athens Festival events programme
is rich and varied: theatrical productions for people of all ages from the
National Theatre, the National Theatre of Northern Greece, the Art Theatre, the
Serres, Kozani and Crete municipal theatre companies, while various renowned
artists will appear on stage, including Thymios Karakatsanis, Spyros
Evaggelatos, Yiannis Bezos, Petros Filippidis, Kariofylia Karabeti, Lydia
Koniordou, Stelios Mainas, Yiorgos Partsalakis, Yiorgos Kimoulis, Dimitris
Piatas and Pavlos Haikalis.

 

We will be taken on a
musical journey by Stamatis Kraounakis, Maria Farandouri, Filippos Pliatsikas,
Lavrentis Maheritsas, Thanos Mikroutsikos, Mimis Plessas, Yiorgos Hatzinasios,
Tania Tsanaklidou, Eleni Tsaligopoulou, Iro, Antonis Loudaros, Eleni Peta,
Christos Nikolopoulos, Anastasia Moutsatsou, Sokratis Malamas, Maryo, Fivos
Delivorias, Sophia Vossou, Stelios Rokkos and many others.

 

The Cultural Organisation, which
aims to make culture available to all citizens of Athens and performances
accessible to the general public, stages the events at the Attiko Woods Theatre
and Dora Stratou Theatre and offers free admission or tickets at minimal cost,
while those held at the Roman Agora and the Kolonos Open Theatre are all free
of charge.

 

Starting
time
 

  • July and August 21:00
  • September 20:30

 

Ticket
pre-sales

  • City of Athens Cultural Centre (50 Akadimias St) Monday to Friday
    10:00-17:00 (tel 210 3612920)
  • "Technopolis" (100 Pireos St)
    10:00 to 22:00
  • Attiko
    Woods Theatre only on the day of the performance from 17:00 to 21:00.

 

Seats are not numbered for performances which are free of charge, though
an admission pass must be obtained from the theatre box-office before the start
of the performance.

European
Music Day
 

European Music Day, which is being
co-organised with the MESO organisation, celebrates its 10th anniversary this
year and continues to grow and develop. This year the number of performance
venues has increased and new partners have joined the event. It will host more
than 180 groups at 27 locations. Events began on June 21 and will peak on June
23.

 

7th Athens International
Dance Festival

Each year, from July 1 to 15, Technopolis
hosts the most interesting and established dance troupes of Europe, the United States and Greece. Trends and creations are
all presented with the aim of promoting the art of dance to the Athenian
public.

 

This year the Cultural Organisation
presents a dynamic programme featuring big names such as Käfig, Rasta Thomas, Haris
Mantafounis, Wim Vandekeybus and others, while it has also organized a
photography exhibition, master classes, an OKTANA Dance Theatre performance,
summer cinema and dance film screenings.

 

Artistic Direction: Margo Perdiki

 

Information

  • City of Athens Cultural Centre, tel: 210
    3621601 - 210 3630706
  • Citizens Helpline: 1595

 

 

Date: 
Mon, 22/06/2009 - 03:00

    Contact

    Athens City Hall
    63A Athinas St, Kotzia Square, Athens 10552, Greece
    Tel: +30 210 3722001
    Administration Building
    22 Liossion St, Athens 10438
    Tel: 1595

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