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Aida by Giuseppe Verdi. Aida with the Greek National Opera. Aida in the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. Three worthy reasons to make you watch one of the most emotionally powerful operas by Verdi, who, through his music, fought for the principles of democracy, justice, and advocated the rights of the weak and the wronged.

Participants in the production of GNO

The music of Aida, minimalistic and strong, touches the lovers of opera and carries away with it even those who do not have similar musical experiences. Aida premieres June 10 and for four performances in total; it is a new production of the famous opera festival of Taormina, conducted by Myron Michailidis and Elias Voudouris and directed by the festival manager Enrico Castiglione.

The best choice for great beginnings

Aida, that was chosen by the Greek National Opera in 1958 for the opening of the Olympia theatre, premieres at a special time juncture coinciding with the grand-opening of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center. Leading roles in the four performances are held by distinguished Greek and overseas monodists, including the celebrated Cellia Costea, Anda-Louise Bogza, Aris Argiris, Tasos Apostolou etc. With Greek and English subtitles.

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The announcement was enough to be an event of its own. One of the most important artists and intellectuals worldwide, the Chinese Ai Weiwei will exhibit 25 pieces of his work at the Museum of Cycladic Art.

A brief Who is Who

A visual artist, architect, author, cinematographer and political activist, a critic of the way the Chinese government practices its policies on issues concerning democracy and human rights, Ai WeiWei bridges the new and the old bringing them closer. He uses materials well-known since antiquity and he applies them to convey his own political messages of today having man as his focal point.

An exhibition with dual aim-target

Ai WeiWei set up his workshop in Lesbos, the island that bears witness to an unprecedented, ongoing migration crisis and he created one more piece of artwork, inspired by the museum’s permanent collection. This way, the museum becomes the ideal place to host the first exhibition of the artist in our country, while it contributes enthusiastically to the radical artist’s initiative to offer 10% of the exhibition’s revenue (sales and sponsorships) to Non Governmental Organisations of his choice which through their activity contribute to the finding of solutions for a better quality of life.

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She raises her children with endless love, she side-steps her own needs in favour of her children’s, she devotes herself to the greatest role of her life, she consciously and uncomplainingly sets her child’s upbringing as priority, putting this way her own cornerstone for a better future.

A Pavlova at Vienna Café to remember the time we were children

It is this mother we celebrate at Vienna Café and we offer her a Pavlova, the "homemade" traditional dessert, which drudges up memories of play, carefree moments with cream smeared on lips and fingers and juicy strawberry colouring permanently our clothes and memories.

The dessert many argue about its origin

According to the Australian site "goodfood", Pavlova has its roots in America and England rather than Australia and New Zealand, which up until now were claiming it as their own. It owes its name to the superb Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova, who in 1926 visited Australia for one of her famous performances. However, it appears that the conception and the creation of the dessert are to be found at the other end of the Atlantic, in America. Already from 1911, there are references to a dessert with meringue, strawberries and cream as its main ingredients. Nevertheless, experts agree that Pavlova took a whole new dimension in Australia and New Zealand; it was tried in hundreds of variations and not unfairly, became their national dessert!

In Vienna Café the Pavlova has come to stay for the whole month

We are going to celebrate mother’s day with a Pavlova, reminding to all, mothers and offspring, the sweet, plush bosom of our one and only... mum!

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Easter Sunday

On Easter Sunday morning or in the afternoon, we celebrate the "Vespers of Love" with the reading of the Holy Gospel.