Category: ART

Artist Ai Weiwei at Cycladic Art Museum

Prominent Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei will present his work in Greece at a unique exhibition at The Cycladic Art Museum from May 20 to October 30. The exhibition, titled “Ai Weiwei at Cycladic”, is his first and only ever hosted in an archaeological museum and will feature previous work exhibited abroad, such as […]

Greece’s entry did not make it into Eurovision final

The first Semi-Final of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest concluded on May 10 at Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden, but Greece did not manage to win a place in the Grand Final. Greece represented by Argo, who performed their song Utopian Land and competed 17 more countries for 10 places in the Grand Final. The […]

Greece considers legal action against the UK for the Parthenon marbles

As the 200th anniversary since British Lord Elgin removed marbles from the Parthenon looms, the Greek government is considering appealing to the international justice system for their return. Greek Minister of Culture Aristides Baltas told the Guardian that “we are trying to develop alliances which we hope would eventually lead to an international body like […]

Culture Minister to welcome 100 refugees at the Acropolis

The Minister of Culture Aristides Baltas will welcome 100 refugees at the Athens Acropolis on Monday. The refugees, who are accommodated at the centers of Eleonas and Schisto, will visit the ancient monuments and be guided through the Acropolis Museum. According the Ministry, the visit aims to raise international awareness over the refugee crisis. The […]

Prince death spurs tributes in purple

The life of the singer Prince, who has died at the age of 57, is being marked with purple-coloured tributes. Buildings, newspaper front pages and websites across the US and beyond have changed colour in his honour. Prince was found dead at his Minnesota home on Thursday. He became a superstar in the 1980s, with […]

Stolen Minoan kouros statue valued at 1.3 million euros

A 30-centimeter kouros statue, depicting a youth praying, and dating to the Minoan period, has been valued at 1.3 million euros, according to a statement issued by police, nearly a year after the arrest of four people in the Cretan region of Siteia on charges of illegally trading artifacts. The statue was valued by the […]

Theater and film actor Yannis Voglis passes away, aged 79

Popular theater and film actor Yannis Voglis has passed away, at the age of 79, on Wednesday morning. The actor was recently hospitalized at an increased care unit and underwent two surgeries. The hospital announced that multiorgan failure was the cause of death. Voglis was born in Athens in 1937 and studied drama at the […]

Ancient Corinth from above

The ancient city of Corinth was located in a strategic position and was the most important trade hub in ancient Greece. It was the main rival of Athens, which eventually gained the upper hand. The team of ‘Fab Drone’ produced a beautiful video showing the exact area that the ancient city was spread across. The […]

Monuments, sites to mark international day with free admission on Monday

Admission to archaeological sites and historical monuments across the country will be free of charge on Monday, International Day for Monuments and Sites, the Greek Culture Ministry has announced. Opening hours will be as usual, meaning that those monuments and sites that do not open on Mondays will remain closed. Meanwhile, the ministry also announced […]

Greek director Vangelis Theodoropoulos to head festival after Fabre resignation

Director Vangelis Theodoropoulos has been appointed artistic director of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival following the abrupt resignation of Belgian multidisciplinary artist Jan Fabre. Born in Athens in 1953, Theodoropoulos worked as an actor until establishing the Neos Kosmos Theater in 1997. The veteran director faces the daunting task of putting together a program on […]

A SYRIZA festival

Culture Minister Aristides Baltas and newly appointed Athens and Epidaurus Festival director Jan Fabre couldn’t in their worst nightmares have imagined the scale and breadth of the reaction sparked by their joint press conference to announce this year’s program of events earlier this week. It was not just the glaring absence of Greek artists from […]

Longer hours, pricier tickets at Greek museums and archaeological sites

The summer schedule for Greece’s archaeological sites and museums came into effect on April 1, meaning they will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Meanwhile, the Greek Ministry of Culture has announced a series of ticket price hikes for sites and museums including the Athens Acropolis, where general admission has now risen to […]

Pantelidis consumed excessive amounts of alcohol prior to crash

The toxicology report on Pantelis Pantelidis suggests that the popular singer had consumed excessive amounts of alcohol prior to the fatal crash in February. According to the official report, Pantelidis had 2.72 grams of alcohol per liter of blood. Experts note that this amount is more than enough to cause a black out and may […]

Chinese artist visits Idomeni border camp

Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei has visited the Idomeni refugee camp in northern Greece, where about 14,000 people, mostly Syrian and Iraqi refugees, have found themselves stranded after Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM) shut its border. Ai walked around the tents pitched in the mud during a miserable day of driving rain that […]

“Spotlight” wins Best Picture, DiCaprio gets first Oscar

Spotlight, a searing portrait of The Boston Globe’s investigation into child sex abuse in the Catholic Church, won a surprise Oscar for Best Picture on Sunday at the 88th Academy Awards. The movie, which has picked up a string of honours on its way to Oscars glory, beat rivals The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, […]