Friday, 24 January 2014

Athens Street Art Festival 2014

Every Saturday until the end of June 2014, thirty European and thirty Greek Street Artists ask us to meet them at Spata, Athens, to join them in drawing the Smart Park, industrial buildings, storehouses as well as other public areas in various municipalities of Athens. The event, starting on Saturday, January 25, will be accompanied by music and other street happenings.


The first activities will take place at Smart Park, within the frame of the interactive event “Le Mur Athens” (The Wall). During this event, the artists along with visitors will be drawing on a Bill Board of 2,000 x 4,000 meters.

On Saturday, January 25, the Greek artist LUNE 82 will “transform” his own wall within the frame of Le Mur Athens. LUNE 82 has been drawing graffiti since 1996. He is influenced by French, German and Austrian street art. His works are inspired by nature.

Various actions have yet to be announced for this multifaceted festival with the eloquent title Crisis [?] What Crisis [?] which, after last year’s success, is organized for the second time. Moreover, from March to June 30, European artists are expected to visit Greece and in cooperation with 30 Greek artists, draw more than 300 graffiti.

The festival will include activities in public places, artists exchanging views with the public, theoretical discussions about the meaning of art in times of crisis and issues arising from it, Stencil Workshop for children under the guidance of artists, street photography exhibition and work exhibition of the artists participating.

The festival aims to:

-show Greece, despite the crisis the country faces

-to highlight the difference between Street Artists who exercise social criticism through their signed works, opposed to the anarchy of anonymous complaints expressed through graffiti, which most of the time seem to pollute public buildings

-to examine the way in which artists nowadays respond to messages and symbols of an urban environment.

ATHENS STREET ART FESTIVAL is organized in collaboration with the Athens School of Fine Arts.

Thursday, 23 January 2014

10+1 Well-Known Greek Words

Every year, millions of tourists come to Greece for vacation in an attempt to get to know the Greek culture for which they have heard so much about.

When taking a stroll through the city of Athens, Greece, or an afternoon walk on the Greek islands, we always hear tourists speaking, or rather attempting to speak Greek, poking fun at their funny accents. You see, Greek is not an easy language to learn, write or speak…

Which are the most common words used by tourists?

Every tourist traveling to Greece is obligated to learn the word “souvlaki” and many have heard of it before they even step foot in Greece. All tourists know that Greeks like to eat well and the top foods they ask for are “tzatziki” and the famous “mousaka.” Another word they usually learn and shout out day and night, sober or not, is “kalimera” (goodmorning) and “yia sou” (hello). For Greeks it’s funny to hear these words spoken from foreigners simply because everyone speaks with their own country’s unique accent.

During the high touristic season, shop owners put on a show for tourists, which usually involves dancing. On these occasions the word of the day is “opa”. Seeing as tourists are usually more polite than Greeks themselves after a transaction in a tourist shop, they usually use words such as “efharisto” (thank you) or “parakalo” (you’re welcome). Even though Greeks are famous for their romantic spirit, tourists don’t stay put when it comes to love. When wandering the streets late at night, one can hear them saying “s’agapo” (I love you). That is how they show their appreciation to Greek women.

Greek and Latin have greatly influenced other European languages. Words used in various professions such as medicine or psychology derive from Greece, since ancient Greeks were the first to ever talk about them. In English-speaking countries for example, there are many common use originally Greek words such as “politician” and “ecologist.”

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Monday, 20 January 2014

Oldest Readable Tablet in Europe Found in Greece

Michael Cosmopoulos, professor of the University of Missouri- Saint Louis (UMSL), is returning the oldest written text of Europe on a ceramic tablet, to Messenia, northern Greece, the place where he excavated and brought it to light.

Mr. Cosmopoulos has been working in that area every summer for the last 10 years. His team which consisted mostly of students and volunteers, are about to live an unprecedented experience.

Mr. Cosmopoulos found the tablet in summer 2010. His discovery of the ceramic tablet in Linear B writing, about 3,500 years old, has changed the educational and bureaucratic history in the western part of the world.

As Mr. Cosmopoulos described, the tablet was found in an ancient trash-can in which he had set fire to burn some garbage. The plate, saved by accident from the fire, constitutes the greater surprise of this long-lasting program.

Tablets in Linear B writing were mostly used in Mycenaean palace as accounting archives. This fact raises questions as to the usage of the plate which have yet to be answered.

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Promote Greece Photo Contest

Dear Greek Promoters, our first photo contest for 2014 is underway. Upload up to 4 Greece related photographs, gather likes and be the winner of our contest. Click here to enter the competition.

Best of luck and thank you once again for your support!