Feast of culture from the 10 new EU members

The «New EU Borders» festival, organized by the municipality of Athens, opens today in collaboration with the embassies of the new EU members, and will run to June 8. The aim of the festival is to get the public acquainted with the cultures and histories of the incoming EU members. Each embassy will hold a separate exhibition as well as organize lectures, concerts, film screenings, dances and tastings of local delicacies. Today, each embassy opens its own art exhibition. Estonia, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia and the Czech Republic will all display works of art, cinema, traditional costumes, photography and jewelry. These exhibitions can be visited daily, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., until June 8. Tomorrow marks the beginning of the various activities organized by each embassy, with the opening events held by Cyprus, including lectures and a concert by Marios Tokas. On Wednesday, Poland presents Slavvomir Mrozek’s theatrical play «The Immigrants» as well as traditional dances and food, and on Thursday, Slovenia night, local delicacies and wine will be available, in addition to traditional music and projections about the country. On Friday, Hungary holds performances of different traditional dances, film screenings, concerts of renaissance music and delicacies with wine, while on Monday, May 26, organized by the Czech Republic, there will be film screenings (Jan Hrebejk’s «Cosy Dens» and Filip Renc’s «Rebels»), as well as traditional food, beer and music. Events taking place from June 2 to June 4 are being jointly organized by the embassies of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, and include a Baltic Countries Business Forum, a fashion show, a jazz concert, traditional dances and screenings (cartoons, documentaries and films including Gyrtis Luksas’s «Lunar Lithuania» and Aigars Grauba’s «Dangerous Summer»). On June 5, Slovakia holds a concert and the screening of Juraj Jakubisko’s «Sitting on a Branch, Enjoying Myself.» Traditional delicacies and drinks will also be available, while on June 6, Slovenia is holding a musical and dance performance, «Improvisation.» June 7, in another joint presentation by Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, is film day: cartoons, a documentary, Kristijonas Vildziunas’s «The Lease» and Sulev Keedus’s «Georgica» will be screened throughout the day. The final day of the series, June 8, is dedicated to Malta, and will include the screening of a documentary, a contemporary dance show and traditional drinks. All events are being held at Technopolis (100 Pireos, Gazi, tel 210.346.7322), both indoors and outdoors. Admission is free.