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Happy Birthday Exhibition in honor of Giorgos Lappas (1950-2016)

2016 was marked by the loss of, among others, one of the most important Greek sculptors of the 20th Century, Giorgos Lappas. A rich collection of recent and, for the most part, unknown works of the artist have been catalogued by the artist’s widow Aphrodite Liti and are now on display in the central building of the Benaki Museum – in a setting which presents the course of Greek culture, from antiquity to the modern age.

From his workshop to the Benaki Museum

“How would the artist have displayed his works, and how should they be displayed today?” This unanswerable and vexing question led to the placing of his works in the linear arrangement used by the artist himself in his own studio, challenging the viewer to consider what lies “between” the works and to view them as frames in a cinematographic scene.

Installations, sculptures and small works

The exhibition, whose title is taken from a series of sculptures labelled “Happy Birthday”, presents important installations, sculptures and smaller pieces in aluminum created during the final years of Lappas’ life and artistic career. The entirety of these approximately 250 works demonstrate the breadth of his experimentation, the various paths he forged – as well as his narrative methods and style. The exhibition was curated by: Aphrodite Liti, Dakis Ioannou, Paulina Kosmadaki and Giorgos Tzirtzilakis.

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Lara Fabian appears in concert at the Olympic Athletic Center of Athens (OAKA) on September 21

The announcement alone is newsworthy. With passionate interpretations, a voice that effortlessness spans three octaves and a personality that captivates millions of people the world over, soprano Lara Fabian is coming to the Main Tennis Court at the Olympic Athletic Center of Athens for what promises to be a magical evening. The grand Diva of the modern musical scene will sing a wide selection of her most popular hits, including: Je suis malade, Adagio, I will love again and Je t’aime. The concert begins at 9:00 p.m., and you should definitely be there for this rare event.

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Saint Etienne on Friday, September 30 at the Gagarin

At the beginning of the ‘90s, the group ruled the world of grunge – until the funky, sensuous voice of Sarah Cracknell, their tender renditions, romantic lyrics and skilfully blended elements of swing, soul, dub and ‘70s rock produced a new musical form: pure pop. Characteristically British Saint Etienne, with Sarah Cracknell’s mesmerizing voice, won the hearts of both British and international audiences with their historic albums Fox Base Alpha, Tiger Bay and dozens of singles from a career total of eight smashing albums. See and hear them live at Gagarin 205 Live Music Space on September 30.

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PRINTMAKING AT THE HERAKLEIDON MUSEUM

The art of handmade relief print, reborn and with a fresh look, returns to the studios of rising new talents and established artists as well. Eight of these creative standouts living and working in Athens have joined forces for a group exhibition entitled “Contemporary Print Art from Athens”. The exhibition, curated by Michalis Arfaras, is being organized in collaboration with the Athens School of Fine Arts and will last until the 18th of September, with guided tours by the artists themselves.

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THERE’S A FULL MOON TONIGHT…

Full moon, Thursday, August 18, 2016. The swollen summer moon of August, featured in a thousand songs and poems, will light up the most beautiful spots in Greece, which will remain open to the public and treat visitors to music, dance and poetry – and to natural beauty bathed in moonlight.

Archaeological sites open to the public

Archaeological sites and museums throughout Greece, at the initiative of the General Directorate of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage, will remain open for full-moon festivities and performances from August 17 through Sunday August 21 – depending on the area and site – so that visitors can enjoy these sites and monuments of civilization in a way that can never be forgotten.

Music, dance, exhibitions and guided tours – under the light of the full moon

Jazz in the forecourt of the Archaeological Museum of Brauron; the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion – open for strolling under the full moon; a concert of traditional music at the café garden of the Numismatic Museum; music, dance, guided tours and exhibitions of ceramics and sculpture at the National Archaeological Museum; a concert by the renowned soprano Sonia Theodoridou at the Archaeological site of Eleusina… these are just a few of the dozens of cultural events taking place in Greece this summer under the light of the August moon.

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