Museum initiative aims to help maintain Cycladic traditions

The Museum of Cycladic Art has launched Cycladic Identity, an initiative to preserve and highlight the character of Greece’s famous island cluster and attract donations and sponsorships, with which it will support organizations active in the islands with programs related to culture, biodiversity and intangible cultural heritage.

Erdogan exploits Hagia Sophia’s symbolic power

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has strategically utilized the symbolic significance of Hagia Sophia, once the world’s largest Byzantine cathedral, which he reconverted into a mosque in 2020, in order to mobilize his devout and nationalist supporters ahead of Sunday’s runoff vote.

Museum Day | Everywhere | May 18

It’s International Museum Day on May 18 – this year dedicated to the theme “Museums, Sustainability and Well-Being” – and institutions all over the country are opening their doors, with free entrance.

Survey finds two in five citizens don’t read books

Two in every five Greeks aged 16 years or above did not visit any cultural sites or read any books in 2022 because they were not interested or did not like them, according to a new survey published by the Hellenic Statistical Authority (ELSTAT).

Metropolitan Museum sets plan to probe collections for looted art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, facing increasing scrutiny from law enforcement officials, academics and the news media over the extent to which its collection includes looted artifacts, announced on Tuesday a major new effort to review its holdings and policies.

A French take on Athens

The French comedy series ‘Greek Salad’ (‘Salade grecque’) which has been available on Amazon Prime for a few weeks now, vividly depicts the less touristy side of Athens.

Five suspects in racist attack on art show identified

Authorities in Thessaloniki, northern Greece, said on Tuesday that they have identified five individuals from among a larger group that barged into an art gallery and demanded, with the use of threats, that the exhibition it was showing be taken down.

‘Medea’ through Castorf’s perspective

The five lead actresses in this year’s “Medea” performance directed by Frank Castorf at the Ancient Theater of Epidaurus as part of the Athens Festival: (l-r) Evdokia Roumelioti, Maria Nafpliotou, Sofia Kokkali, Angeliki Papoulia and Stefania Goulioti.

Evia film festival is back

Our trip to North Evia last year for the Evia Film Project of the Thessaloniki Film Festival stirred up mixed emotions. On the one hand, we felt sadness and anger at the obvious and immense ecological destruction caused by the massive 2021 wildfires in the area.