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.
Last weekend (May18-21), the Athens Digital Art Festival 2017 took place for another year! “Postfuture “, the theme title of this year’s festival describes long story short what one could see.
These kinds of projects prove that despite the financial and sociopolitical issues, Athens remains a city “thirsty” for creativity and new ideas!
Ti begin with, the thing that made me happy as a visitor and art lover in this Festival, was the number of visitors and the variety of people (art students, youngsters, tourists, but also families with their kids).
Two more outstanding elements of the Festival were the international character of the showcases, including pieces from all over the world (one was made by Bjork!) and the great organization of the event and the work of the volunteers(despite the long hours of work since the festival was open tall day till midnight). One could see that all the people working in the exhibition were happy about it, loved it and they were really helpful and well informed. I took the guided walk and it was very informative. It took us a bit less than 3 hours to see the exhibits in all 5 floors but it was very interesting and our tour guide knew everything by heart, she had humor and a great plan for moving in the exhibition, despite that large number of the group.
Located in the heart of Athens, in a quite new building that combines neoclassic architecture with modern lines and materials, the exhibition was easy to access and very audience friendly with all the freebies, the labs and the augmented reality games offered by the sponsor.
As far as the exhibits are concerned, each and every piece of them had a very special character and approach. What is interesting is that despite the different mediums or ways of expression, one could notice that contemporary artists, no matter what background and were they come from, have the need to showcase with their work same kind of issues and concerns like socioeconomics, environment and the question of the different dimensions that exist and that we cannot see. Thus, all the pieces were to the point of the title of the festival ”postfuture”.
Last, but for sure not least, I feel I need to talk about the floor dedicated to kids… and maybe not only the kids! There was a floor dedicated to interactive projects that invited kids to play and enjoy and older people to find the kid hidden in them and just have fun. A very educational way to enjoy technology!
Let’s hope next year we will see something as exciting as this year! It was a definite must see! Congrats to all participants, volunteers, sponsors and the organizing team!