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It’s a wine story!

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After a summer full of great music and theatre events, Greece welcomes winter season with a lot of events, plays, concerts and much more surprises that keep cities live and full of colours.
On Sunday 14th a unique opportunity to meet wine producers from all over Greece but also from other countries too, and try their spirits came up in the heart of Athens at the Cellier wine fair, organised by Cellier spirit store.
Located at Hilton hotel, one of the most historic venues in Athens, people could visit the fair all day.
There were more than 20 greek producers, each of them at its own stand with different wines, ready to explain and answer visitors’ questions.
A very well organised event, the 13th Cellier wine fair gave the absolute experience of fine drinking!
Congratulations to the organisers and the wine producers!

April in ATHENS: What is so special

A lot of people have talked about the special colour of light in Athens. Others like Athens because of its history. Personally speaking, my own special thing in Athens is walking at Aiolou Street towards the Acropolis. The combination of the central hipster life with the amazing view of Erehteion Temple constitutes the absolute life snapshot of Athens. But what is so special in spring in Athens?

A lot of people tend to identify places by the archaeological sites, the museums or the nature of the area. Athens, though, apart from all the antiquities and the great food, has an extra special thing to identify the city especially in spring.

Despite the fact that in Athens centre one won’t see parks with great ponds, it has it one kind of ‘green statement’ . All pavements from the very centre to the green suburbs are full of tangerine trees.

All year long they give a bit of natural life in the grey city. But in spring, the city is like being again full of Christmas decorated trees with all the orange tangerines giving colour to all the city.

What is special with this image is not the image, but the smells and the feeling. In April Athens transforms to a city full of smells like orange blossom due to the trees. The sun and the cool breeze and the little cafes with seats outside give a unique experience to the visitor with an unforgettable….waft

Last but not least to this trip in town full of fresh flower smells, is the visit to Athinas Street. It is one of the oldest commercial streets downtown. Having the central meat and fish markets running there for decades, as well as the market of spices, the street has a unique identity all year long. In spring Athinas Street one could say is the prettiest street in Athens. It transforms to a street full of beautifyul flowers that smell amazing! The street is full of lilacs from both sideways and it is like walking in a long arcade full of colours and odours that make you dream. At the end of the walk one lookup to the sun with the clear blue sky, the shining sun (which is not too hot in spring) and the unique of the Acropolis. And all this makes visiting Athens in spring so special J

Asaf Avidan @ Megaron: A real one man show.

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A solo concert which was no solo at all with an audience of around 1600 people!

In the fully crowded Alexandra Trianti Hall at Megaron Concert Hall, Asaf Avidan once again was back in Athens to perform his amazing songs with his unique voice, leaving speechless  the great number of people that came to see him on Friday 16th .

The artist from Israel shocked the audience presenting himself with no band, no extreme background lights, no dancers, just himself at the huge stage stage of Megaron, having his guitars and music machines, creating live new beats and sounds.

The audience could not stop showing their love and appreciation at the end of every song!

The singer, as if born in that stage, was really cool, talked to the crowd, made jokes, created live music beats and showed how talented and devoted he is to his art.

After watching this show, one could understand that music is Asaf Avidan’s way of expression of his feelings and that he would do it even if people would not loved him, and would just leave him in the shadow of the music industry.

It is extraordinary how powerful and captivating is this man on stage, with his rock Americana music rhythms, playing on his very own his songs for two hours non stop in front of such a large audience. He was so devoted extroverting and living the lyrics of each song as if he was performing just for himself in his room with no one looking at him. He performed new and old songs. His music magnetized the audience’s attention with no one wanting to leave the room at the end.

Megaron showed a very contemporary face hosting an event like this. A very creative music performer that showed how artistic is creating and performing music. We hope to see him in Athens again soon and that Megaron will continue embracing so great shows.

8o Πανόραμα Επιχειρηματικότητας και Σταδιοδρομίας

Με μεγαλύτερη συμμετοχή από κάθε άλλη χρονιά το 8o Πανόραμα Επιχειρηματικότητας και Σταδιοδρομίας έλαβε χώρα στις 9-10-11  Μαρτίου.

Ο χώρος του Μεγάρου Μουσικής γέμισε φιλόδοξους νέους που είναι έτοιμοι να κυνηγήσουν τα όνειρά τους και τους επαγγελματικούς τους στόχους. Γέμισε όμως και από καταξιωμένα έμπειρα στελέχη όλων των επαγγελματικών κλάδων που βρέθηκαν εκεί για να μοιραστούν τη γνώση και να δώσουν επαγγελματικές συμβουλές στους νέους,

Η επιχειρηματικότητα, ο ψηφιακός μετασχηματισμός, η καινοτομία  και ο τουρισμός είναι μόνο μερικοί από τους τομείς που κίνησαν το ενδιαφέρον των νέων και όχι άδικα. Η πρωτοβουλία του καθηγητή κ. Λαδόπουλου εμπνέει τους φοιτητές και τους δείχνει ότι σε αυτούς βασίζεται η Ελλάδα του αύριο, της εξωστρέφειας που ελπίζουμε ότι δεν θα έχει τίποτα να ζηλέψει από άλλες χώρες του εξωτερικού.

Εκτός των άλλων, οι φοιτητές είχαν τη δυνατότητα να επισκεφτούν τα περίπτερα πολλών μεγάλων επιχειρήσεων και να μάθουν πληροφορίες για τις εταιρίες, για τις επαγγελματικές ευκαιρίες που δίνουν στους νέους, για τα intern προγράμματά τους, αλλά και για τα Business Days, τη δεύτερη φάση του Πανοράματος,  όπου οι νέοι μπορούν να δηλώσουν και να επισκεφτούν τις επιχειρήσεις στα δικά τους κτίρια και να δουν από κοντά πως είναι να δουλεύεις εκεί, αλλά να μάθουν και εκτενέστερες πληροφορίες για τον κάθε κλάδο.

Η μεγάλη προσέλευση των νέων πέρα από κάθε άλλη χρονιά είναι μια ζωντανή απόδειξη ότι οι νέοι της Ελλάδας κάνουν όνειρα, έχουν στόχους και είναι συνειδητοποιημένοι φοιτητές που διψούν να μπούνε στο στίβο της αγοράς και να διαπρέψουν. Θερμά συγχαρητήρια στην διοργάνωση αλλά και τις επιχειρήσεις που στηρίζουν τέτοιες εκδηλώσεις που βοηθούν τους νέους της Ελλάδας να κοιτούν μπροστά!

 

Περισσότερες πληροφορίες για το Πανόραμα μπορείτε να βρείτε εδώ: http://www.pan-orama.org/

 

 

 

Αν η μουσική ζωγράφιζε…

Symfwnika_Zwgrafika_Soundtracks_D_Papadhmhtrioy_a_simopoulos_siteΧθες και σήμερα 07 Μαρτίου παρουσιάστηκαν στην Στέγη του Ιδρύματος Ωνάση τα ‘Συμφωνικά ζωγραφικά soundtracks’ του Δημήτρη Παπαδημητρίου , με την ερμηνεία της Κρατική ς Ορχήστρας Αθηνών υπό τη διεύθυνση του κορυφαίου Έλληνα μαέστρου Γιώργου Πέτρου.

Δύο πραγματικά μαγικές βραδιές για ακρόαση κάθε ηλικίας όπου ζωγραφική και μουσική υμνούν και υμνούνται από την καλλιτεχνική δημιουργία.

Ο Δημήτρης Παπαδημητρίου μαγεψέ το κοινό με τις δημιουργίες του με νέα ακούσματα, αλλά και το εκπαιδεύει , συνδέοντας ζωγράφους από διαφορετικές περιόδους με τη μουσική.

Με δημιουργίες που πραγματικά ζωγράφισαν μουσικά τους Ιακωβίδη, Μονέ, Πόλλοκ, Χόπερ, Μπαίκλιν, Τουλούζ-Λωτρέκ, Αϊβαζοφσκι, Ο Δ. Παπαδημητρίου ταξίδεψε το κοινό σε εποχές και μέρη μοναδικά.

Η Κρατική Ορχήστρα Αθηνών υπό την καθοδήγηση του Γιώργου Πέτρου υπηρέτησε τους μουσικούς σκοπούς του Δ. Παπαδημητρίου με άψογη ερμηνεία, φοβερό συγχρονισμό και πάθος για τη μουσική.

Ευχαριστούμε τη Στέγη που για μία ακόμα φορά έγινε σπίτι της μουσικής!

6o Open Day για τη Στέγη

Η Στέγη για 6η συνεχόμενη χρονιά διοργάνωσε Open Day ανοίγοντας τις πόρτες της δωρεάν για το κοινό. Φέτος, η γενικότερη θεματολογία των παράλληλων εκδηλώσεων ήταν ο Μάιος του ’68 και η γενικότερη κουλτούρα και επιρροές που άφησε τόσο στη Δύση, όσο και στην Ανατολή.
Η Στέγη για μία ακόμα φορά γέμισε με κόσμο κάθε ηλικίας και μας έδειξε τον πειραματικό χαρακτήρα της. Όσοι βρεθήκαμε εκεί είχαμε τη δυνατότητα να περιηγηθούμε σε κάθε γωνιά του κτιρίου και να δούμε διαφορετικές δράσεις.
Σε αυτές, ξεχώρισε το πειραματικό σύνολο μουσικής που παρουσιάστηκε από το Μουσικό Σχολείο Παλλήνης.
Ενώ η εκδήλωση διέθετε πολλές και διαφορετικές δράσεις, δεν φάνηκε να περνά τα μηνύματα της θεματολογίας που επιλέχτηκε ή τουλάχιστον όχι με τέτοιο τρόπο ώστε να τα περάσει στο ευρύ κοινό. Δημιουργήθηκαν ερωτήματα για το αν θέλει να προβληματίσει ή να εκπαιδεύσει και αν είναι για τους πολλούς που ενδιαφέρονται να αναπτύξουν την γνώση τους γύρω από τις τέχνες ή αφορά τους λιγότερους που ήδη έχουν εντρυφήσει στο χώρο αυτό και θέλουν να κάνουν το ένα βήμα παραπάνω.
Σε γενικές γραμμές, ήταν μία ημέρα που εκτέλεσε το στόχο του να περιηγηθεί ο κόσμος σε όλους τους χώρους, αλλά όχι απαραίτητα να κατανοήσει το θέμα της εκδήλωσης,
Σίγουρα αποτελεί ένα κέντρο με άριστο προσωπικό που δίνει στην Αθήνα ένα παράθυρο στη σύγχρονη και στο χώρο των γραμμάτων.
Αναμένουμε με αγωνία τις επόμενες εκδηλώσεις!

Art Attack in Erfurt!

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This weekend was the opening event of FÖN Kunstpreis #4. This is an art exhibition, open to anyone, artist and non-artist. Any kind of artwork submissions is accepted. The interesting part is that every time they choose a different location to run it with the thought of reusing old buildings and transform them to an art gallery. It was amazing to see an old beer factory being transformed to an event hall with more than 80 artworks. This year’s subject of the art exhibition was “From the diary of missed opportunities”. It was very interesting to see the different interpretations of this rather poetic title. There were installations, paintings, video art, poems and many more.

In the concept of reusing old building, there were commissioned some spaces to artists to “play” with them where people could only see the artworks from a fence without accessing those spaces (probably for safety reasons). It was unbelievable to see how the empty space with ruins could be transformed to an artwork itself by those artists!

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My ArtWork! 🙂

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For the opening of the exhibition, the space was also transformed to a live band performance venue that everyone enjoyed and ended up to a big party!

A big crowd came to support this art event! Unbelievably big! It is nice to see that despite the fact that Thuringen remains a quite closed minded society to many social issues, in terms of art, the young generations (and not only them!) are interested in art. The exhibition has three prizes and there were participations from many places in Germany and international. This exhibition was more special to me as I also send an artwork of mine, named “Hypnos”. It was a great feeling to see people appreciating my work!

The exhibition will last till November 13th. For more info please visit:

http://allesfoen.de/index.php?/kunstpreis/foen-kunstpreis-201415/

Weimar on Air!

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Through my tour in Germany , I passed fro the tiny town of Weimar. Despite its little size, it is a place with large history, that accommodated figures like Nietzsche and Schiller and was the basis for the Bauhaus art movement. In this small town of Thuringia Federal state there is a variety of coexistence of Neoclassicism, Skepticism and modernity.

My visit to Lotte Radio station made me understood that this variation of styles is also part of the mentality of the people. Located in the central Square of Weimar in a neoclassic building, radio Lotte is in the heart of the town with an amazing view and near main cultural buildings like the opera house, the museum of Bauhaus and the “Mon Ami” theatre theater that hosts more alternative events as well as youth and kids events. Anne – Sophie Lange , part of Lotte’s management team was a great host and replied to all my questions!

Radio Lotte is an initiative of people that is based on voluntary work since 1999. It is a political themed radio that supports open ideas and have a strong political opinion through major issues like the Refugee issue that constitutes the biggest topic in Germany these days. Despite this clear political view to anti-racist movements and probably what we would call left wing political view, I was happy to find out that the local authorities fundraise this radio, despite the fact that probably they get sometimes critical views from this radio station I was also happy to find out that this radio in order to keep its independency, it is not commercialized (yes! Really, no adverts at Lotte radio!) and that mostly it is based on voluntary work and fundraising. That made me think how active people are in local societies and also how democratic and free opinionated they want to be. This democratic policy is also part of how the program of the radio is managed. They have weekly meetings about the issues they will focus on each week and for any special event they talk more or less altogether. The facilities are also very nice and “cozy”. I am very happy to see that this kind of initiatives is supported in Germany. Nonetheless, this whole experience of mine brought me “back to basics”, thinking of my political scince course in Panteion University and my beloved Professor George Contogeorgis. When we were talking about the perfect democratic political system, we were speaking about ancient Athens where the democratic rights were an advantage of a limited number of citizens that were also not having financial issues of their own. Thinking of that in comparison with local societies in Germany, I can see that these democratic initiatives work out as there is a basic economic growth that allows people not to have to worry about financial issues both of an initiative like a free radio as well as their own living. Thus, Initiatives and new ideas can be developed as having a basic income, allow people to develop more social based and democratic ideas.

Talking a long time with Anne allowed me to have an insight regarding the lifestyle and the life perspectives of young Germans, as well as the problems of the local societies. A big issue is the lack of openness of Germans to new, and therefore this is why refugees in a federal state with more or less 2% of foreign people living there, becomes a major issue to demonstrate for or against. Despite the lack of openness, Germans like to socialise in between their groups and communication in between people is very well based in Germany. The same view I get about book and magazine reading. Maybe it is the only country that I ‘ve seen information and news written in paper be so well evaluated. Same good opinion I obtained regarding the criteria of young Germans of which University they choose and what they want to study.

This visit to Lotte radio and Weimar enlightened me a lot regarding the history, the perceived ideas and the everyday culture of Germany. A great experience!

Another Spray on the Wall

This weekend in Erfurt , Germany, it was a very creative weekend!

On Saturday it was the celebration of Berlin’s Wall Fall. I n Erfurt, people saw walls. I may sound crazy but it was an interesting creative approach of how to spend this public holiday.

To begin with, there was taking place “the beach art project”, but it involved no beach. There was organized a graffiti- street art event where people could make graffiti under one bridge with the State’s permission. It was a real fun event! Youth, Music, drinks, kids , sand and.. spray! An amazing event that did not focused only to the age of 15-25. There were people of every age, from parent with their babies to over 50’s that came from curiosity. Even some artists had kids and pets as well! A gathering point with sunny weather and music for every taste. It was a unique opportunity to realize how the social aspect of street art has changed within the years in the society.

To be more specific, once the street art was considered from some something alternative that expresses young people, and for some pure vandalism on walls. This weekend I realized that this has changed a lot . More and more accept it as a form of Art, more and more people express themselves though graffiti and last but not least, it has no age group. As this kind of art started at least ten years ago, nowadays, there people that are over 30 and still paint , people with kids that bring them in this event and of course the young who always love spraying thinking that this makes them older and more rebellious. The identity of painting on walls keeps changing and there is an evolution to it that brings it closer to the society.

Furthermore,, in the same event, there was organized a graffiti tour in Erfurt town. Again, a big group of people from different age groups and interests gathered. There were at least 20 people and our guide had a lot of information to give not only about the existing street art in Erfurt, but also about the different kinds of graffiti and the ideology they represent. As we all know, there are spectacular art pieces that make walls of city prettier and also quick tags or ugly designs that make walls look just dirty. Our guide tried to explain the logic of different kind of pain in the streets and it was very interesting. We were also given a map entitled “OQ pant 2015” city map by Platform E.V., that shows a trip inn the city showing the art on walls of Erfurt. It includes explanations of specific art pieces and also, through this ”trip” one can realize that art is all around the streets and not just the spray on the walls!

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