Sunday, 20 August 2017



Opera-ting Greece!



BalkanTravellers.com   
2 December 2013 | Greek National Opera artists abandoned this week their traditional building and took over Athens’ streets, squares and parks, even the metropolitan metro. Driven by desire to perform and bring music to people despite the grave economic situation in the country, they decided to go creative in finding new formats to communicate their art.

Unexpected performances take place in the metro; famous national singers can be spotted to sing in public places, pop-up concerts gather crowds around variation of city landmarks.

Greek National Opera has been trying to expand in creative ways its communication with public for the last three years. It already has explored the potential of places like the port of Piraeus, the meet market - Varvakios Agora, or the Acropolis.

A hidden piano would start playing, just as a singer “accidentally” steps on the escalator, and his sudden performance creates the “wonderful chaos”, which the Opera artists hope for. Surprising concerts of this type are meant both to provide a more colorful end to the working day, and to attract younger people to the traditional performances. According to the Opera management the creative approach works and each action of this sort multiplies the new faces in the halls of this old musical institution.

 

 

Epicure


Greece
Mount Athos Area KOUZINA 2014

The most famous Greek culinary event!
With the signature of the famous Greek chef Dina Nikolaou


Mount Athos Area Kouzina is a month long annual food festival which takes place from the 15th of May till the 15th of June, attracting foodies from all over the world.
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Curiosity Chest


Balkans
Greece and Albania: In the Kingdom of Ali Pasha

While travelling through the Balkans, Morelle Smith gets to know the infamous Ali Pasha, the “Lion of Ioannina.” First through the eyes of nineteenth-century writer Dora d'Istria and then through the impressive architectural heritage he left in Albania and Northern Greece. And she falls for his charms. And how could she not, knowing how fiercely Ali Pasha treated the women who turned him down? Full Story



Useful Reads


Greece
In Sfakia: Passing Time in the Wilds of Crete (2008) | By Peter Trudgill

Crete has long been acknowledged as one of the most singular and unique parts of Greece. Its people keep a fierce hold on their traditions, customs and history. Practically a country of its own, this vast island looms over all others in Greece. Nevertheless, as In Sfakia author Peter Trudgill aptly notes in his preface, “some parts of Crete are more special than others, and Sfakia, on the remote south coast, is certainly one of those.” Full Story




Music


Greece
Unbearable Nostalgia, After Theo Angelopoulos

Eleni Karaindrou | Elegy of the Uprooting |Crammed/Dyukyan Meloman, 2006
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