11 ACTIVITIES (AND RISING)
'Feyrouz', a much loved Athenian street food joint, bundles a mix of flavors from Syria, Turkey, Lebanon and Greece in a unique an...d palette-pleasing fashion! While his mother, Feyrouz, prepares all the delicacies downstairs, Andreas will try to make you a part of his family's intriguing past. Descending from historic Antakya, a city located in southeastern Turkey, Andreas was born in Greece, introducing a fusion of tastes, music, cultures. Food (and music) lovers, you are in for a treat! Andreas will lead you to his mother's scrumptious 'lahmacuns' and 'pides' while he plays his oud.
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Achilleas and Eleni’s magic wand aspires to turn you into the bridal version of a Parisian Grande Cocotte (no offense). Their atel...ier is a turn-of-the-century haven off Kolonaki square where past and present artfully blends together to produce a result that would make even the Vera Wang aficionados reconsider their bo-bo style. Ring the doorbell, ask Achilleas where he draw his inspiration from and you’ll get an insider’s take on the Athenian Belle Epoque.
Founded in the 19th century upon the multiple layers and ruins of Plaka, this private neoclassical house features nuggets of the c...ity’s past and present, including: the section of an ancient trail still visible from the dining room; a collection of memorabilia from the Ottoman times; valuable engravings & modernist artworks; and even a hanging pocket merman. Ask your hosts about the works and deeds of the previous owner, the post-war modernist painter and scenographer Yannis Metzikov, and let them treat you at their terrace, right on the foothill of the Acropolis, where a number of makeshift performances are staged every summer under the starlit Attican skies.
Originally an Istanbulite, Nicolas knows about food and culture. His family belongs to the post-war generation of "Polites" or "Ro...mioi", the Greek-speaking orthodox populations of Istanbul, that sought a better life in the swiftly developing Greece of the 1960s. Amongst other areas in Attica, these well-to-do Anatolians settled on the seaside quarter of Phaleron, bringing along new culinary habits and trends. Join Nicolas on an easy-paced walking tasting stroll to discover the Politica deli shops and eateries of this bourgeois neighborhood of Athens.
Spiros Kontakis started off making and performing music in the 1980s. Some 25 years later he felt that he needed to re-invent his ...future as an artist and meet up with his "childish" self. He then took his pencils and started drawing images of objects and pieces of furniture, which, although static, have the tendency to move on to the next stage of their existence, obtain consciousness and eventually break free. If “form follows function” is the mantra of the modernists, then designer Spiros Kontakis makes no exception. As he clearly puts it, “we conceive the object as a work of art which does not lose its functional purpose”. Spiros’s design atelier is a welcoming space in the affluent neighborhood of Anaktora right by the national garden and the presidential palace. All his objects and furniture are manufactured in Greece and provide a fertile ground of discourse on space, aesthetics, functionality. Meet him personally and get yourself acquainted with the new generation of Greek designers and their vision.
Visit the headquarters of the Kommandatur, the Nazi police in occupied Athens, which was ran by the infamous SS units (Schutzstaff...el). Wander through what used to serve as a place of detention during the turbulent Second World War years. Writings on the walls of this short-term prison still bear the struggle of the Greek people who suffered between 1941 and 1944. Amongst them were Isaak and Rachel, the great grandparents of Ilias -the young historian who will show you around the premises of this imposing and captivating space.
Who said Byzantine art has to be stiff? Join a painting workshop by the acclaimed and inspiring artist Babis Pylarinos and learn h...ow to draw a Byzantine portrait without the use of anthibola and phototypes. Babis teaches his art at various summer schools in Greece and abroad and frequently exhibits in Athens, Paris, Moscow and Strasburg. No prior experience or special equipment is needed to join one of the classes - some jazz tunes in the background could help though.
Chocolate lovers: this is your chance! Meet Aristotelis and learn everything about his beautiful 'chocolate boutique'. Indulge int...o this dark world of sweetness not just by trying some unforgettable tastes, but also by creating your own chocolate. Aristotelis uses the finest materials to produce his trademark confectioneries, such as varieties from Venezuela, Madagascar and Peru. You will get to know more about his art during his masterclass. He will be guiding you through this journey to the dark side...
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Nesting the stars of a galloping startup ecosystem, the meandering alleyways around the Monastiraki district provide a vibrant, re...latively inexpensive and highly inspiring setting for the creative businesses to thrive. The Impact Hub is one of those places where the new face of Greek entrepreneurship is being forged. Sophie and Dimitris will introduce you to the founders in-the-making, show you around the space -an old mansion restored to its old charm- and even fix you up with prominent professionals and journalists.
E.D.W. (stands for edo - “here” in Greek) is a multispace destined to investigate, produce and highlight the tendencies of the con...temporary art and design. Situated at the heart of up-and-coming Kerameikos, this space makes use of a former car repair shop to stage various installations, workshops, 3D printing seminars etc. We’ve singled out the silkscreen printing workshop that serves as an introduction to all the equipment and techniques of screenprinting, moving from the simplest paper masks to more complex photographic stencils. There will be an emphasis on first-hand experience and experimentation.
Climb up the rusty whirling staircase of this 70s apartment building at the very heart of Athens to meet Ilias, the “hunchback” of... the Athenian Notre Dame. Born and raised in this bourgeois condominium right by the cathedral, Ilias never misses a chance to brag about his rooftop - admittedly one of the most breathtaking belvederes in town. Himself a certified historian with a family background in arts & humanities -his grandmother is a renowned printmaker, Ilias will present you Athens in a nutshell, give you insider tips on what’s on and treat you with a local amuse-bouche.