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 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!
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.
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 […]
As the first weekend of the autumn came to Greece and the weather looked promising, we, Sacha and Filip, decided to go for a hike and check out Mount Chortiatis – one of the highest mountains in the Thessaloniki area (1.201m). They share their experiences in this article.
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.