CULTURE

Experimental Synch festival gets bigger

The Synch festival has it all: a lot of music from a broad variety of genres, interactive art created by Greeks and foreigners, experimental films and a lot of parallel events. Now in its third year, the annual event appears stronger, richer and more innovative, with one major difference being that for the first time, the three-day event will be hosted at three different venues in the capital: the Benaki Museum New Wing on Pireos Street, the Goethe Institute in Kolonaki and the Technological and Cultural Park in the coastal town of Lavrion. The suburban venue used to be the first electricity production plant in the country and was renovated several years ago to host cultural happenings. Synch’s focus, as always, is on music and this year it has invited over 90 musicians from all corners of the globe to perform in Lavrion today and tomorrow. Organizers say that the character of the event has also undergone a revamp. Now, Synch is about blending the old with the new, opening new paths in musical experimentation and melding modern trends with tradition, be it electronic with jazz or hip-hop with bossa nova. Among the highlight acts of the musical events are rap master Afrika Bambaataa, Brazilian music alchemist Amon Tobin, hip-hop duet the Audio Bullys from the UK and the singular Vienna Vegetable Orchestra. The official opening of the event was held last night at the Benaki Museum with Greece’s Constantinos Vita at the decks, presenting «Transformations,» a series of pieces inspired by Manos Hadjidakis. The film screenings are also under way at the Goethe Institute, with the two-day tribute to underground film beginning today at Lavrion. Beyond music and films, Synch also has dedicated a substantial part of its program to art this year. «Dutch Colony,» an exhibition showing at Lavrion, presents the interactive works of Edwin van der Heide, Roderick Hietbrink and Marnix de Nijs, who address the concept of linkage and interactivity. Non-Format, another unit in artistic leg of the festival, is a creative team comprising Kjell Ekhorn (Norway) and Jon Forss (UK), who initiated stunning graphics for Lo Recordings and the Leaf label, as well as serving as art directors of The Wire magazine between 2001 and 2005. Daily tickets for the Synch festival are priced at 45 euros and are only available at the venues. For more information, tel 210.638.6200, or log on to www.synch.gr.