TIFF Encounters: Yannis Veslemes, director of Field Guide to Evil

From the 1st till the 11th of November, the Thessaloniki International Film Festival (TIFF) took place. Balkan Hotspot was there to talk to some of the movie makers. This third and final article is about our encounter with Yannis Veslemes, one of the directors of the movie The Field Guide to Evil.

World AIDS Day: Thess Checkpoint

Tomorrow, the first of December, is World AIDS Day. On this day, we raise awareness about HIV and AIDS. To highlight this day, we interviewed two employees, Amalia and Vasilis, from Thess Checkpoint, the HIV prevention centre in Thessaloniki. They told us more about their work and stigma around HIV and AIDS in Greek society. We also got tested for HIV ourselves to see how the process goes.

TIFF Encounters: Mark Samsonovich, animator for We the Animals

From the 1st till the 11st of November, the Thessaloniki International Film Festival (TIFF) took place. Balkan Hotspot was there to talk to the crew involved in the making of some of the movies. This first article is about our encounter with Mark Samsonovich, the animator for We the Animals (2018).

Bi Visibility Day: celebrating sexual diversity

Today it is Bi Visibility Day, also known as International Celebrate Bisexuality Day. The day was established in 1999 and takes place every year on the 23rd of September. The day is used to make bisexual people more visible and to celebrate the bisexual community. In this article, I discuss the history of this day and why it is important.

Greenwave Festival Thessaloniki 2018: Mission Zero Waste

From the 13th to the 16th of September, the Greenwave Festival will take place in Thessaloniki. The main goal of the festival is to encourage a more ecological way of living. Two of our volunteers talked to one of the organizers for some more information about the festival and the movement behind it.

World Suicide Prevention Day

Today it is World Suicide Prevention Day. Many of the articles on this blog are light and about fun things, but at times, it is also important to discuss serious topics. Therefore, I want to tell you about this day and about what you can do to help people who are struggling with mental health issues and suicidal thoughts. The main aim of the day is to raise awareness about suicide prevention.

Queering the Map: mapping LGBTQ+ spaces in Thessaloniki and around the world

We live in a highly digital age. For many people, large parts of their lives take place on the internet. Still, a lot of our lives also take place in physical space. The internet gives new opportunities to explore this physical space. Queering the Map is an online initiative that does just that: it maps the experiences and stories of LGBTQ+ people.

International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition

Today it is International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition. UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) first declared this day in 1998. The purpose of the day is, as the name says, to commemorate the tragedies of the slave trade. It also intends to break the silence around slavery and the slave trade.

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

Today, the 9th of August, is the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples. This day is about centering the indigenous peoples of the world. The United Nations has identified indigenous peoples as one of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable groups of people in the world. In Europe, the Sami people are the only recognized indigenous population. In this article, I will tell you a bit more about this day and the Sami people.