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An Opera Gala to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the death of Maria Callas

Cellia Costea, Myrto Papathanasiou and Christina Poulitsi: three of the Greek National Opera’s most renowned international sopranos here honour the memory of the great Maria Callas, the Greek diva who brought to her roles a unique, personal aura – forever changing how they would be perceived and interpreted. The three sopranos will perform pieces from Callas’ most celebrated roles, such as: “Norma”, “La Traviata”, “Turandot”, “Aïda”, “Tosca” and her incomparable “Medea”. Featuring the orchestra and chorus of the Greek National Opera. On the 13th & 14th of September.

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Béjart Ballet Lausanne - in memory of its creator

The well-known Lausanne Ballet (30 years after its founding in 1987 and ten years after the death of its founder, Maurice Béjart), with a troupe of 50 dynamic dancers performing to a variety of musical genres, will present Béjart’s most important choreographies. These performances comprise a hymn to the art form and to one of its greatest masters, who left a brilliant legacy of over 5 decades of unflagging creativity, during which he also founded three schools of dance, including his most famous, “Béjart Ballet Lausanne”. During these two performances, on Sunday and Monday, September 17 & 18, the Ballet’s new Artistic Director Gil Roman will present his recent addition to Béjart’s famous repertoire.

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“Amyntas” in memory of the great director Spyros Evangelatos

One year ago, on July 8, 2016, Spyros Evangelatos directed a work which he himself had discovered, a pastoral comedy by George Mormoris, a physician, philosopher and poet from the island of Kythera. This play, written in 1745, captivates the audience with its charm, romance and dreamlike atmosphere, which alternates between nightmare and poetic farce. The work played to an enraptured audience a year ago at the Herodion and is now being presented again by the late director’s daughter, Katerina Evangelatou, for a single performance only – on September 26.

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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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