CULTURE

Singer adds brushtroke to city’s canvas

Visitors to and residents of Athens, will most probably, at one point or another, have paid audience to one of the many concerts and artistic events taking place around the city during the Olympic Games. Many will have participated in the lively and refreshing give-and-take between artists and public, which has given the city such beautiful color, such an air of celebration. The guests at this ongoing party being hosted by the Municipality of Athens are many, and among them is Melina Tanagri, who is set to perform two more live concerts – her first two have already taken place – tonight and tomorrow at Santaroza Square, located just off Panepistimiou Street, across from the Titania Theater and just a short walk from Omonia Square. With these concerts, the acclaimed Greek singer will be adding her own brushstroke of color to the city’s canvas. «The atmosphere is absolutely incredible,» she told Kathimerini. «The events are so meaningful, there is variety and it is all very well organized. The Municipality of Athens has done a great job and if we consider the sheer size of the venture, everything has gone like clockwork and it is all very stylish and done in good taste. A big challenge has been successfully met and has laid the groundwork for the future.» What Tanagri is most impressed by, however, is the atmosphere that has pervaded the capital: «It’s very hard to describe, so I’ll just tell you about one occurrence. My first concert at Santaroza Square coincided with the bicycle race in the center of the city. The only way to get there was by metro, so I took it. On the way, I was approached by a lady who asked me if I was Melina Tanagri. She was actually on her way to my concert, so we ended up going together. That was so beautiful for me. As was the fact that many tourists, especially Greek Americans, wanted to meet me after the shows and wanted to know where they could get hold of my CD.»