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What is the MIRfestival 2012?

MIRfestival is a satellite, a system in orbit, parallel to other systems, like the Soviet (and later Russian) orbital station it shares its name with. Passing by artists, creators of ephemeral and unique works, stop on MIR for a while to emit their signal before they continue their trip in time and space. MIRfestival is situated on the cutting edge of the new creation, on the provocation of the unexplored, on the violence of birth, on the acuteness of claim.

MIRfestival is happening in the city, securing a breathing space for the artistic creation.

A space where people do have an identity, but what they do does not bear a label. Where no one tries to persuade the others that what they do is “this” or “the other”, because what is more important is the fact that they create and because they have something urgent to transmit. MIRfestival is happening where the experiment takes place, where the arts meet, where encounters happen, where thought on reality is being produced.

The city is the system in which MIR operates.

The planet is its natural environment (in Russian MIR means “world” and “peace”).

MIRfestival welcomes experimental and adventurous creation at the meeting point of arts: performing arts / live media / image. It enables meeting between artists of different provenance and between artists and the audience. It is a place where artists share their vision of the world and of the reality with audiences ready to make a shift, to question their views, to be propelled to new horizons and to see new realities emerge.


Entrance is free to all the events of MIRfestival 2012 – December 7 – December 12, 2012 at the Acropolis Museum.

However, the number of places is very limited, so please contact us to reserve.


By Athensguide

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