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The exhibition which charmed and moved both public and experts in New York, which transported to the “New World” the ancient Greeks’ world of emotions – which also highlighted our country’s outward focus and ability to successfully export culture – this exhibition has now returned to its birthplace, to the internationally acclaimed Acropolis Museum to enrich our lives with the wealth of our ancestors’ emotions.

129 artefacts display and express emotions which astound and delight

22 Greek and 8 foreign museums (among them The British Museum, The Louvre and The Metropolitan Museum of Art) have loaned 129 key pieces from their collections for this exhibition, which manages to convey, through painting and sculpture, the emotional lives of gods, demigods and humans of every age and social class: men, women and children. The exhibition, which received rave reviews in New York, here displays the same pieces within a different spatial and architectural context, creating an enormous spiral which unwinds in shades of red, deepening or growing lighter according to the intensity and depth of the emotions, in juxtaposition to grey, which symbolizes the world of thought and reason. At their centre- sculptures depicting Erotic Love and Desire reflect a powerful, blinding light, like the emotions themselves.

To the 19th of November

The exhibition, which opened in the heat of summer and will conclude before winter arrives, is divided into 5 emotional units: the art of emotions or how emotions are depicted in art; where our emotions are expressed (home, in public, the battlefield, sacred places and cemeteries); emotions when they come into conflict with each other; uncontrolled emotions and the emotions which armed Medea and that paradigm of Greek heroes – Achilles. Finally, the spoken word completes the exhibition through 11 videos which briefly narrate the history of the respective artefact or picture, helping the visitor to understand the story of the emotions. After all, what would we be without emotions?

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For its seventh summer season, from June to September, The Athens Open Air Film Festival will be jointly hosted by the City of Athens’ Organisation for Culture, Sports and Youth. The unique appeal of this festival resides in its selection of films, all of them classics in their categories and genres. But what makes this festival even more special is the choice of venues for the films’ projection: archaeological sites, small tree-lined squares, beaches and museum courtyards. Famous, beloved Athenian neighborhoods and gathering places become open-air cinemas for a single evening, imbued with the magic of the silver screen.

The programme for August

On Friday the 18th of August, in the pine-scented Panaitoliou Square of Nea Ionia – in the historic preserved monument with the distinctive architecture in the heart of the Alsoupoli neighborhood – the British Gothic classic “The Wicker Man” by Robin Hardy will be shown in its original version for the first time in Greece. On Wednesday the 23rd of August, the Festival brings the legendary film “A Passage to India” by David Lean to the National Archaeological Museum. And on Friday the 25th of August, Hector Babenco’s “Kiss of the Spider Woman” will be shown across from the Acropolis Museum on the pedestrian thoroughfare Dionysiou Areopagitou. All screenings in August will begin at 8 p.m.

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In order to spread an understanding and love of astronomy to a wider audience, especially young people, The Institute for Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Applications and Remote Sensing has created a Visitors Centre at its facilities on Mt. Pendeli. In order to fulfill the Institute’s educational mission , the Visitors Centre hosts seminars, talks and nighttime observations using its historic Newall refracting telescope, while it also produces educational films on various astronomical subjects, which are presented to visitors during these organized tours.

The nighttime tours of August

From June until September, the Visitors Centre offers nighttime tours which involve presentations geared for the general public, films, observations with the telescope and uranography (mapping the heavens). During the rest of the year, the Centre organizes morning and midday tours focusing on observation of the sun. For the month of August, nighttime tours have been scheduled for Friday, August 4 & 11 and for Sunday, August 6 & 13.

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One of Verdi’s most important operas is brought to life by the world’s leading singers – in one of the most beautiful open-air theatres of antiquity. Il Trovatore is presented by the Greek National Opera under the baton of Miltos Logiadis, the maestro and artistic director of the Athens Concert Hall, and here features such world-famous performers as: Walter Fraccaro, Cellia Costea, Dimitri Platanias and Yelena Manistina.

The Melodrama of Romanticism

The plot of Il Trovatore, replete with unexpected twists and passion, is expressed through the exquisite melodies in all of its musical parts – in the arias, duets and choruses which, both individually and together as a complete work, are well known even to those who may otherwise be unfamiliar with opera. Il Trovatore is truly one of the world’s most widely known and deeply loved operas.

An impressive production

Il Trovatore was first performed at the Herodion five summers ago, when it scored a resounding success. This summer, the artists who will be performing the leading roles, along with the rest of the production– sets, costumes and lighting – are preparing to reprise that earlier triumph, filling the Herodion for all four performances on July 21, 23, 25 and 27. In Italian, with Greek and English subtitles.

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