Official poster of this year`s TAF

Thessaloniki Animation Festival

This weekend, the people of Thessaloniki will have a wonderful opportunity to visit the Thessaloniki Animation Festival (TAF). The event celebrates animated film in all of its forms. The event takes place every year around the 28th of October, which is the International Animation Day. The NGO Addart started organising TAF four years ago. During the four days of this year’s TAF (from 18th to 21st of October), around four hundred animated movies will be screened at Makedonikon cinema and the Municipal Central Library in Thessaloniki.

7PLY Project Festival: Let’s celebrate urban culture!

During all the week at the French Institute of Thessaloniki, the urban culture was highlighted. 7PLY project is the name of this festival which exists since 2006. The objective is to unite artists, musicians and people who are interested in street art and urban culture. Workshops, a skateboarding contest, exhibition… Come with us to the backstage.

Beginnings: Balkan Beats 24

Finally, the 24th edition of the Balkan Beats magazine is online! We invite you to start this study year with ‘Beginnings’, the leading theme of the magazine. We have been working hard to collect the best experiences about life in the Balkans, festivals, global issues, sustainability and inspiring stories of luck. Read, share and enjoy!

European Week of Sport: Be Active!

IT’S TIME TO #BEACTIVE! – that’s the main slogan of the European Week of Sport. This year, it takes place from the 23rd until the 30th of September. The event started to write its history only recently. This year will be the 4th edition of this successful project. Since 2015, this initiative is trying to promote the […]

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.

Rebetiko – freedom hidden in music

Rebetiko is a popular genre of Greek urban music, which was formed at the beginning of the 20th century. In 1923, Greece was faced with the resettlement of over 1.5 million Greeks from the Asia Minor area. Greek poor class of workers had a strong contact with the refugees and their culture. The musicians of these two cultures were spontaneously exchanging musical ideas and as a result – Rebetiko was born.
By interviewing a modern Rebetiko musician from Thessaloniki, George Semkos, we found out more about this musical genre.