CARNIVAL

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Funky local music collective the Burger Project injects some Carnival fun into this year’s bleak festive season with a special show for the entire family on Saturday, March 13.


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A joint ministerial decision states that those who fail to comply with a government decision to ban Carnival festivities as part of a broader drive to avert the spread of the coronavirus could face a two-year prison sentence. The decision, signed by Health Minister Vassilis Kikilias, Citizens’ Protection Minister Michalis Chrysochoidis and Interior Minister Takis Theodorikakos, was issued after several groups in the western port of Patra, the traditional hub of the country’s Carnival festivities, issued announcements saying they would continue with planned events.

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Carnaval La Land, a special event featuring musical theater, flash mobs, Afro-Brazilian percussion, samba, tango and many more surprises, will be happening in Syntagma Square on Friday, February 28.


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The Hellenic Children’s Museum will be hosting a workshop on carnival masks for youngsters aged 3-12 and their families on Wednesday, February 26, in the context of a series of events organized by the City of Athens dedicated to Greek Carnival celebrations.

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The Athens Wind Orchestra will be performing a free open-air concert in Monastiraki Square in downtown Athens on Tuesday, February 25, in the context of the city’s Carnival celebrations dedicated to youngsters.

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Cafe Aman Istanbul musicians and singers Stelios Berberis and Pelin Suer return to Athens with the famous Baklahorani, the Carnival celebrated by the Greek community in Istanbul with bawdy masked parades that ended up in the famous district of Tatavla.


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The City of Athens Philharmonic Orchestra performs outside the Zappeion Megaron building in the National Gardens on Saturday as the capital kicks into Carnival gear. As of last week, Athens is hosting more 60 festive open-air events for everyone, young and old, around the city until March 2 when the Carnival season peaks on Clean Monday. Events include concerts, parades, revivals of traditional Athenian Carnival customs, treasure hunts, and lots of singing and dancing. [Technopolis/ANA-MPA]

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Kids aged 3 to 12 are invited to put on their Carnival costumes and join the games, creative activities and educational events that are being organized by the City of Athens at Zappeion. 



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Costumes are encouraged at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center on the main day of the Greek Carnival, on Sunday, as the celebrations at the SNFCC will include live music, displays by dance professionals and DJ sets.

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The City of Athens has organized a morning of fun and entertainment at its Technopolis cultural complex, with activities, arts and crafts workshops, costume-making and a parade.

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Organizers of the Patra Carnival, an annual event series in the western port city that is hailed as Greece's biggest celebration of the festivities in the runup to Lent, are eyeing a spot in the Guinness World Records this year.


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A cultural association from Skyros showcases carnival customs of the central Aegean island in an event at central Syntagma Square in Athens on Saturday. With carnival season officially under way, the Athens municipal authority, among others, has organized free events drawing on Greece’s diverse local traditions. The three-week season includes children’s activities, concerts, theatrical performances, talks and other events to be held in the central districts of the capital, including Monastiraki, Petralona, Kypseli and Thisseio. [InTime News]

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Dancers dressed in traditional Greek costumes stand on a stage at Syntagma Square in central Athens, on Friday. The folk group also encouraged members of the public to join in traditional dances in the square in front of Parliament, as part of a series of events being organized by the City of Athens to celebrate the Carnival period, which ends on Sunday, February 18. [Stelios Missinas/Eurokinissi]