CULTURE

Cabaret extravaganza visits Athens tonight

In a cabaret extravaganza, well-known French company Lido will visit Greece for the first time for a single performance at the Athenaeum Inter-Continental Hotel tonight. The colorful show is part of the celebrations for the 120th anniversary of the foundation of the Franco-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The Lido, «the world’s most famous cabaret,» was founded in 1946 by Joseph and Louis Clerico, who took over a popular 1920s venue and whose decor was inspired by Venice’s famous Lido beach. The success that followed brought about the need for expansion, hence the company moved to another, larger venue in 1977. From its foundation to this day, Lido has successfully staged 25 revues. Tonight’s show, which will last for one hour, has a surprise program and will feature 19 male and female dancers, as well as the leading singer. «I am very glad to be in Athens. It is very rare for Lido to travel out of France, but the celebration of the Chamber’s 120th birthday was an excellent occasion. We created a new revue especially for this show, keeping Lido’s main elements: the artists, the music and the stage sets. We thank all those who helped us create this show, so that the Greek public has the pleasure of seeing Lido and will then maybe want to come and see it in Paris as well,» said Lido’s artistic director, Pierre Rambert, at yesterday’s press conference. The performance will start at 9 p.m. For reservations and ticket information, call the Franco-Hellenic Chamber of Commerce and Industry on 210.362.5545/516 and 210.363.7013/581.