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).

Road trip – Meteora & Pelion 2018

If you live in Thessaloniki, you probably already know that during weekends you have a lot of “ESCAPE” choices. The nearest places are Halkidiki, Mount Olympus, and Kavala. But if you are ready for a long weekend trip, a good option is Meteora, which is only 3 hours away from Thessaloniki. Watch the video of our trip!

And…Action! The Thessaloniki International Film Festival

Today the 59th edition of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival starts. The Festival takes place from the 1st till the 11th of November and film highlights from all over the world are waiting for you. To guide you through this colourful spectacle, we collected some of the Festival’s highlights for you!

Life lesson: things aren't always as they seem

Tandem Stories: The life lesson

In more than eight months of living in Thessaloniki and attending Tandem almost weekly, I can say that I’ve met quite a lot of people there. People with amazing life stories, people from all over the world, travellers, students, professionals and so on. This story is however not about someone that I’ve met in Tandem, but about someone that I’ve met in front of Bord de l’eau. This person had an amazing life story, but I’ll talk rather about the life lesson that I learned that evening.

How I raced against myself and time in Thessaloniki Half Marathon

The 7th International Night Half Marathon of Thessaloniki took place on Saturday 13 of October, 2018. The organisation is the only one of its kind in Greece and includes two races. Besides the Half Marathon distance (21.095m) you can also participate in the shorter 5.000m race. In this article, I share how the race went and how the idea to participate came to my mind.

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.