Agia Kyriaki is Awarded in Europa Nostra 2018

Greece’s 8th Century Byzantine Church Agia Kyriaki located on Naxos island has been awarded by 2018 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards, which is, in fact, one of Europe’s top honors in the field of cultural heritage. The restoration of the Byzantine church of Agia Kyriaki has been awarded in the category of the “Conservation” for the year 2018.

The Season for Book Lovers

Recently, Thessaloniki wants to promote literature and trying to be book friendly. Some organisations are collaborating with each other to promote books and spring is the best choice for this kind of activities. The book bazaar that I have visited on 26th of April was the first book bazaar that is organised by a group of students from the faculty of law in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Presentation of Diploma Works in Alatza Imaret

Last Saturday, March 31, eight graduate students from different departments of theatre organized a unique group presentation of their diploma works inside of the Alatza Imaret, in Thessaloniki. Even though each of these students graduated in a slightly different field, all of their works were more or less connected to the theatre.

Balkan Fest 2018: music, culture and traditions

The Balkan festival is more than a special event with its folklore and traditions. It is an event where youth and elders gather together. Balkan fest is an annual event which took place, this year, in Thessaloniki, between 16-17th of February and it attracted many local people and city guests. According to the organizers, this year, the festival lasted longer and also offered more diverse music bands than before.

Lego-robot competition in Xanthi

Xanthi is a lovely city in the eastern part of Greece with fifty thousand inhabitants. On 21st of January 2018, this city hosted the first annual competition of lego-robots, inside of the Philippos Amiridis Arena. Luckily enough, USB volunteers found their way into this place in order to take some footage and explore the details of this interesting event.

Protest against the name “Macedonia”

It has been more than a quarter century and there is still no permanent solution for the discussions about the term Macedonia. Obviously, the situation has been getting worse. After the attempts of Zoran Zaev, the new left-wing Prime Minister of the former Yugoslav Republic, joining NATO with the same name as the Northern Greece, the main problem has appeared again: What goes under the identity of the term “Macedonia”?

From Thessaloniki to Athens: the story of NAR

“If you want to do something you have to put limits and spend money in a specific artwork.”

The first time I saw the name NAR, it just gave me the urge to search more about him. After a quick search, I figured out that his real name is Iakovos Volkov, that he was born in Novorossiysk, in Russia, in 1982, and that he came to Greece in 1991 with his parents. He lived in Thessaloniki for a while and then moved to Athens where he is currently living and working. When I learned that he was in Athens, I immediately bought a ticket to meet him and he kindly offered a few hours to talk with Balkan Hotspot.

A walk in the 2nd Thessaloniki Contemporary Art Fair

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.