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.

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.

Color Fest Thessaloniki, the day to live and love as a child again!

The “Day of Colors” is a celebration of joy, organized by the group SFINA. According to the organizers, it is a day dedicated to human communication, life, love, and unity. This year Balkan Hotspot is joining SFINA in their 7th annual “Day of Colors” in Kalamaria.

Silent demonstration against vandalism

This week, the 4th of July at 6 o’clock in the evening, the citizens of Thessaloniki gathered for Holocaust commemoration after vandal attacks. The Holocaust Memorial at Eleftherias square was disgraced on July 27th just after protest between Greece and FYROM agreement. Vandals threw black paint and left a tag with Golden Dawn name on it, unfortunately, the Israeli flag was destroyed as well.

Action Art and the Art of Storytelling

Action art is a non-profit company founded in 2009 by Rodanthi Dimitressi in Thessaloniki. The aim of the company is the promotion of the “Intangible Cultural Heritage”. They want to encourage young people to participate in the artistic process and cultural creation through various activities and programs.

While staying in STAY HYBRID HOSTEL

“Whose hotel is this? It’s a hybrid hostel, baby. Whose hybrid hostel is this? Zeid’s. Who is Zeid?” Introducing this special interview by a quote from Quentin Tarantino’s all time classic seems very proper, because the Stay Hybrid Hostel is exactly one of those places where high respect for pop-cultural nerdism meets affordable comfort and love for the eco-friendly architecture. All of these flavours could be also traced within the personality of Zeid Horani, who is one of the owners and founders of this uniquely chilling place.

Comic book workshop in Babylonia

It was one of those warm evenings of early May when the temperature outside is warm enough for short-sleeved clothes and unexpected rain makes the air smell of the freshly bloomed flowers and trees. At this lovely spring time, our cultural manger Lia and me decided to organize a comic book workshop in order to initiate the blooming of visual ideas also in some minds of the people in Thessaloniki.