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Long before the days of television, radio or even cinema a different form of entertainment existed In Greece, derived from folkloric traditions. It included paper or camel skin - made puppets which were handled by puppeteers who stood behind a white screen, illuminated from the back. Between the figures and the player (who was invisible), were candles or lamps that shed light to the figures and made their silhouettes visible to the audience through the cloth. Traditional puppets gave off black shadows against the white screen, but some more recent puppets have holes covered with colored silk or plastic gel materials to create colored shadows.

The main traditional - comical character in Greek Shadow Theatre is Karagiozis. Poor, hunchbacked and always luckless, he lives with his wife Aglaia and his three sons, in a cottage across from the Ottoman palace. His right hand is always depicted long, his clothes are ragged and patched and his feet are always bare. A representation of the Greek common people and their social and political struggles and he is still in a collision with everyone and everything unjust, whether it be a social or political.

Shadow theater was developed in many lands, including China, India, Persia, Indochina and Asia Minor. Karagiozis seems to have come to mainland Greece, probably from Asia Minor (Anatolia) at the 19th century, during Ottoman rule. But there are several legends as well as studies surrounding Karagiozis. Some stories say that Greek merchants brought the art from China and others say that it was a Greek who created the "legend" during Ottoman rule for the entertainment of the sultan. Yet others believe that it originated from real events involving two workers in the construction of a mosque in the city of Bursa, Turkey in early 14th century. However, it slowly developed into an art form of its own kind, acquiring a Greek interpretation which also included music, acting and social satire incorporated with traditional folklore.

30 Tripodon str. Plaka
For reservations tel: 210 32 27 507 mobile: 6948 85 24 93
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Every Sunday morning: 11:30
Show duration: 50 minutes
Shadow theater general admission: €5
Puppet theater general admission: €8 ευρώ
Puppets and Karagiozis workshop: €10 (suitable for children over 5 years old)

More information : www.fkt.gr

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The museum presents the modern history of Athens, Europe’s oldest and most famous city, since it became the capital of the newly founded Hellenic State in 1834 under the first royal couple, Otto and Amalia.
Your tour will also include many other facets of Athenian history, culture and life. Several other collections and a series of typical late 19th century- early 20th century sitting and living rooms of the Athenian aristocracy complete the different aspects of our city offered by the Museum.

Mouseio Vourou EftaxiaThe Museum has a Library and hosts in its Collections about 40.000 items ranging from antiquity to the 21st century, such as: Ancient Items, Books and Musical Texts, Byzantine, meta-Byzantine and ecclesiastical items, Sculptures, Stamps, Documents and Manuscripts, Glass, Porcelain and Ceramics, Recording Media, Metallurgy, Small Items, Memorabilia and Relics, Musical Instruments, Coins, Woodcraft and Furniture, Paintings and Engravings, Utensils, Fabrics, Embroidery, Apparel and Tapestry, Photographs and Photographic records.

Operating hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 09:00- 16:00
Saturday, Sunday: 10:00- 15:00
On Tuesdays the Museum remains closed.
The Museum also remains closed each year on the following dates: Jan. 1, Dec. 25, Dec. 26, Easter Sunday and the following Monday.

Entrance fee: € 5,00.
For pupils, students, senior citizens and groups over four persons: € 3,00.
Disabled persons: free.
For guided tours or school visits please call +30-210-3231387 & +30-210-3231397.

Address: 5-7 Paparrigopoulou str.
Closest Metro station is Panepistimio (red line). From your Athens flat apartment is about 20 minutes walk.

For more info please visit the museum’s official website 

A small but fascinating museum for music lovers, with free entrance.

musical instrument museum athensThe Museum of Popular Music Instruments “MELMOKE” is housed in an old Athenian mansion built in 1842, since June 1991 and presents the results of a half century of research and study by the musicologist Fivos Anoyanakis.

The collection of about 1200 Greek popular musical instruments dating from the 18th century to the present day are exposed mainly on the basis of their ethnological and musical interest.

The display is arranged according to instrumental types, accompanied by explanatory labels in two languages (Greek and English). Earphones beside the show – cases enable the visitor to listen to musical examples of the sound, musical range, playing techniques and combinations of the displayed instruments.

At the Museum shop, you can find excellent replicas as well as original musical instruments.

Some recitals of Greek traditional music are given in the garden of the Museum.

OPENING HOURS

Tuesday-Thursday-Friday-Saturday-Sunday: 10:00-14:00
Wednesday: 12:00-18:00
Monday: Closed
FREE ENTRANCE

Diogenous 1-3, Plaka
Athens 105 56
Tel: +030 210 3254119, +030 210 3254129

More information at athensmuseums.net

The living museum of Greek dance, since 1953.

DoraStratou dancers1A public-benefit institution subsidized by the Ministry of Culture and the National Tourism Organization under the auspices of the Municipality of Athens.
Almost daily performances of a 75 dancers group on their traditional and original costumes and jewelery, musicians and folk singers at the lovely garden theater, with 860 seats, on Philopappus Hill in Athens, opposite the Acropolis.

DoraStratouThat is a great place to spend a hot night in Athens, while getting to know folk music and dances.

For those who want to learn more about the dance and folk traditions on show the theater is also a school and offers courses, lectures and workshops of Greek dance, embroidery and culture Greek dances from all regions are taught, in English, for beginners and advanced, any time but usually from 19:00 to 21:00, after booking. Also private classes.
DoraStratou dancers2At this venue you can also find publications: over 40 LP records, 15 CDs, 15 cassettes, 7 videocassettes, 30 books on dance in Greek, English and other languages, 8 CD-ROMs, 5 DVDs.

Special events: 29-30 June, 1-3 July, 17-21 August & 1 September 2016. Please call to confirm.
Performances last 90 minutes, without intermission.
Reservations are not necessary. When no performance for rain or other reason there is a dance class with the same ticket.

Tel. +30 210 324 4395, +30 210 324 6188
Website: www.grdance.org/en

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