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).
This diet is called the “Warrior Diet” and it was originally created by Ori Hofmekler. The whole concept of this diet is based on the theory that cavemen in prehistoric age were used to eat just once a day because during the rest of the day they were busy “hunting down the dinner”.
This is what you can see when you enter a building that you don’t know, and you don’t even know if you’re allowed to come in. Before the students came back to school, this is what the engineering university of Thessaloniki looked like.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tandem is a project focusing on language as well as cultural exchange. Hosted by the Balkan Hotspot volunteers on a weekly basis, everybody is free to join. The goal is for people to learn about different languages, cultures and meet new people.
It has already been a week since I’ve arrived in Thessaloniki. I have just seen a few places but I feel like I am going to spend a really good time here. Here are some of my first impressions.