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August full moon activities in Athens (& beyond)

The August full moon is always a special time in Greece, and 2013 will be no exception.  Already announced are concerts on Philopapou Hill and at Ancient Elefsina, and several other events are in the works which are still to be announced (this is still Greece, after all, where advanced planning is not too popular!)  But, if you youself have already planned to be in Greece on August 21 – be sure to leave the evening open for something special and unique. If previous years are an example, least 70 archaeological sites and other sites of interest – spaces,...

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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. 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...

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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...

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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 &...

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Celebrate for free day & night at the Cycladic Art Museum

  For the 6th consecutive year, The Museum of Cycladic Art celebrates with the international museum community “Day & Night at the Museum” – opening its doors to the public with free admission from 10.00 am until midnight on May 18, 2013. This year, the museum will offer: 1 | One hour tours of the museum’s permanent collection  – 6 PM, 8 PM and 10 PM Cycladic art, Ancient Greek & Ancient Cypriot art. Like each year, guests will have the opportunity to visit the permanent collections of the MCA with short interactive tours to all permanent collections. 2...

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