The last weekend of November saw Thessaloniki taking a leading role in the contemporary art market all around Balkans. The city has in fact hosted the 2nd International Contemporary Art Fair in the pavilions of International Exhibition center (HELEXPO), attracting visitors from all around Greece and also neighboring countries.
The Greek refugee crisis of 2015 sharped the creativity of hundreds of volunteers all around the world to find new ways of helping who was escaping from war, violence and poverty. A shelter and a hot meal were not the only things that refugees had to struggle for once arrived in Greece. The lack of knowledge about their rights and moves to do without being overwhelmed by bureaucracy was a further element of anxiety in their already tricky psychological situation. That is how a group of European volunteers that had met in the Eidomeni Camp decided to create an alternative but not less useful form of support: the mobile info team for refugees in Greece, where the precious cargo to be donated was, specifically, information.
Children are the first thing that one notices as soon as arrived in City Plaza. An unbelievable number of children that in the Western society we are not used to seeing anymore. Inside the squatted hotel of Athens become a house for refugees there are around 170 and the youngest of them was born just some weeks ago. They are screaming, playing and jumping everywhere despite the mercury column that often exceeds the 40 degrees during the Greek summer.
One of the most inspiring events held in town last month was the 3rd Thessaloniki Recycling Festival, a subject that needs to be taken more and more into consideration if we want this world to be a better place for next generations.
It is Monday morning and the blue sea appears again among the white clouds from the heights of Agios Pavlos. For the last two days Thessaloniki has been under a dense fog, but suddenly the sun came back to shine.
However this is not an usual beginning of the week, this is the first day of the 7th week before the Orthodox Easter Sunday, that means it is the Clean Monday. In this day the tradition wants people to go out having picnics in the country-side and flying kites in the sky.
In this uncertain beginning of spring, there is an alternative way to spend a Sunday afternoon in town. The exhibition “Divided Memories 1940-1950” is organized by the Goethe-Institut and the Jewish Museum of Thessaloniki in the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art.
During the 1940s Greece was first subjected to a brutal Nazi occupation, and then laid to waste by three years of civil war. Though the hard times didn’t keep the artists of the time from painting. On the contrary, the turbulent period served as inspiration to dig inside the darker aspects of mankind.
by Silvia Bartolotti Summer is coming quickly in Thessaloniki and suddenly it’s the time to inaugurate our beautiful balcony with a view over the sea just in front of the Olympus mountain. Three or fuor birthdays give us the opportunity to organize a party for at least 25 people: the amazing sunsets of May, good […]