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The Greek Culture Agenda

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)                                                    Visual Arts
World Press Photo 2008, at the Athens International Airport, untill June 2. The exhibition, featuring the winning images of the World Press Photo Contest, opens officially in Amsterdam and travels to over 80 cities around the globe by March 2009.
Greek Contemporary Art, at London’s Belgravia Gallery, to May 24. Organized for the second year by collector George Stathopoulos, the London show is hosting eight Greek contemporary artists: Stefanos Daskalakis, Chryssa Verghi, Maria Filopoulou, Daphne Angelidou, Alexia Veroucas, Irini Iliopoulou, Giorgos Golfinos and Erietta Vordoni.   

One of the best collections of Egyptian artifacts in the world  is from yesterday (May 14) open to the public at the National Archaeological Museum. A bronze statue of the princess-priestess Takushit is among the most important exhibits of the collection, not to mention other extraordinary pieces such us a 3000-year-old loaf of bread or the intact bird’s eggs with the yolks rattling inside.

Modern Chinese art show at the Athens Municipality’s Technopolis multi-plex in Gazi, until May 26. Inaugurated by Foreign Minister Dora Bakoyannis last Monday, the exhibition is one of the biggest ever exhibitions of modern Chinese artists abroad, including works of art by 40 of the most representative contemporary Chinese artists. The Greek embassy in Beijing collaborated on the organization of the event.

Greek Design : 50 Years Vakalo School of Art And Design. At Benaki Museum, to June 1. The exhibition celebrates the 50 years since the foundation of the Vakalo School of Art and Design with works from 33 distinguished alumni such as Michalis Aslanis (fashion), Damianos Zarifis (set design), Yiannis Kokkos (set design), Kostas Koutayar (photography), Dora Mantzari (graphic design – Head of Visual Communications for the 2004 Olympiad), Nikos Panos (illustration), Yiorgos Patsas (set design), Rodanthi Sentouka (graphic design, emblem for the 2004 Olympiad).



From May 14 to 18, 200 composers, performers, video artists & sonic artists come together at the Art Factory in Athens for ElectroMediaWorks ’08 Festival. Its aim is to get contemporary Greek artists in touch with recent international developments in the fields and to combine the academic research with the alternative music scene.

                                                              International Museum Day

The 18th of May was established in 1977 by The International Council of Museums (ICOM) as International Museum Day. ICOM invites the global museum community to take action based on this year’s theme: “Museums as Agents of Social Change and Development.” In celebration of the day, Greek museums have prepared a series of activities including exhibitions, educational programs conferences, lectures, guided tours, as well as free admission on May 18. The Greek Section of the International Council of Museums has chosen to honour the PIOP Museums Network.

International Museum Day 2008 Programme (in Greek)



The International Science Film Festival (May 19 to 24), organized in Athens by the Center of Applied Industrial Design, includes scientific films addressed to the main public. The festival explores people’s concerns for science and technology of the future: International Science Film Festival Programme 2008


 “Theatre beyond Boundaries 2008,” from May 17 to 30 at Dimitris Horn Theatre. Organised by Attiki Cultural Company for the fourth year, the festival presents three productions: Warum – Warum (why-why) by Peter Brook, Waiting for the dream by Irina Brook, Molora by Yeal Farber.

Bob Theatre Festival at Hora Theatre till May 20. With productions by 6 different theatre groups or artists the Festival spotlights on the promotion and networking of young theatre companies.

Romeo and Juliet’ at the Pallas Theater in Athens, on May 17-18. The play will be performed by The Russian Classical Ballet of Moscow visiting Greece for the first time.