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Culture loses its gloss in winter

When the leaves start to fall in Greece, it is as if bright lights are slowly going out. But added to the fading sunlight and shorter days is the dearth of cultural events compared to summer, when there is a wealth of choice around the country. Summer performances are something of a gala occasion, attracting wide public interest and long queues for tickets. Winter slowdown Of course, in winter, the open-air amphitheaters, both ancient and modern and an indisputably major attraction, are closed. Yet there is also a more general problem that has to do with Greece itself, its society and cultural education. Winter means an end to summer festivals, there are no theaters large enough for certain performances, no decent opera house, not even a theater or other venue large enough for a concert by a major pop star, as in every other European country. Greece is very much a «province» of Europe, with few opportunities for local talent to generate major events or for its public to enjoy cultural events – particularly in winter. And talented artists and cultured audiences exist, as has been repeatedly been shown.