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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.

Karagiozis Puppet Shadow Theater

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.

Karagiozis Greek Shadow Puppet Theater

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 Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) covers an area of 210,000 sqm.

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

Designed by the architectural firm Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW), the SNFCC is a multifunctional urban complex that includes new facilities for the National Library of Greece, the Greek National Opera, and the Stavros Niarchos Park.

Renzo Piano envisaged the SNFCC rising out of the ground like a dislodged piece of the earth’s crust. As a result, an artificial hill is constructed and the roof of both the library and the opera house is emerging from it maintaining the slope. The library is lower and the ‘hill’ concludes with the opera house. The roof of the library will be covered with ground material. On top of the opera house, there will be a canopy supported on thin steel columns. According to Piano, "the canopy represents a cloud hovering over the highest point of the hill"

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

It is a recreation destination as it offers environmentally sustainable education, arts, playground and an interesting architectural structure.

The National Library of Greece
The nearly 24,000 m2 (235,000 sq. ft.) building combines traditional with technological innovation, conservation with information and communication. A nationwide digitization project helps make heritage materials available to the public and offers access to the Library’s various collections. Connectivity with other libraries both nationally and globally allows the Library’s users access to material abroad that is relevant to Greece or Hellenism. In addition, a Business Center provides the public with an active hub for enterprise, knowledge, and innovation, offering computer workstations, laptops, and wireless connectivity.

Holdings include over 4,500 manuscript codices from the 9th to the 19th century and a rich variety of important historical documents and archives.

The Greek National Opera

 National Opera in Stavros Niarchos Foundation

Covering an area of 28,000 m2, the new premises of the Greek National Opera can only be compared with the most modern opera houses in the world. The high aesthetics and acoustics, as well as the installations of the Main Stage (Stavros Niarchos Hall, 1400 seats), bolster a high-calibre artistic program. Furthermore, the Alternative Stage (400 seats) is a hub of research and creativity in the field of education, community and contemporary artistic creation, with special emphasis in all forms of the musical theater.
More info and scheduled performances 

The Stavros Niarchos Park

StavrosNiarchosFoundation Park

The Stavros Niarchos Park, a modern Landscape Architecture project has been designed in accordance with the principles of sustainability, ecosystems and the alternations of a place that is in constant evolution. It is a welcoming and open space, with plantings and a character that reflects the Mediterranean landscape.
Every Thursday at 13:00 there is a guided tour in English language.
Meeting point: Visitors Center (Evripidou & Doiranis, Kallithea)
Tour Duration: 90 '
Number of participants: 20 people

Please note
*The tour involves continuous walking down the Stavros Niarchos Park and the use of stairs. Estimated walking distance is calculated at 1 km.
*The tours at the Stavros Niarchos Park will be conducted under sufficient weather conditions.
*Τhe Stavros Niarchos Park is fully accessible for people with disabilities. For further information please check

Renting a bike
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center Bikes is a short-term bicycle rental service for children and adults able to use a bicycle.

There are 50 adult bikes available distributed across the three bike stations around the SNFCC (Visitors Center, Agora, Rear Agora) and 25 kids' bikes at the Visitors Center. (fifteen 20-inch bikes for children aged 5–8 and ten 24-inch bikes for children aged 9–13)
The SNFCC Bikes have three speeds and are equipped with hub dynamo powered headlight and taillight, bell, saddle with adjustable height, short-term safety lock and basket for carrying light objects along.
Hours of operation are 09:00-21:00 daily.
Registration 3€
Rate per hour (€3/5/10/20 prepaid pack options) 1€

Μore info about bicycle rental

How to get there

For convenient access to and from the SNFCC, transportation by shuttle bus is available daily to visitors, free of charge. A minibus bearing the SNFCC logo departs from Syntagma Square (intersection with Ermou Street), with a stopover at the Syggrou-Fix Metro station (Syggrou Avenue), and arrives at the south side of the SNFCC Canal (near the GNO building) and vice versa.

On Sundays, from 10.00 to 13.00, the shuttle bus runs only from Syggrou-Fix to the SNFCC and vice versa, due to the scheduled changing of the Presidential Guard in front of the Hellenic Parliament. In the event of special traffic regulations the schedule of shuttle bus, might be modified accordingly.
See the time timetable and other ways

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Funded by the Eugenides Foundation, a scientific and educational institution, Athens' Planetarium is south eastern Europe's largest and most technologically advanced scientific cinema.

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The 280 seat domed venue takes visitors on a 3D virtual trip around the galaxy narrated in English as well as Greek. With its 150 projection systems, displays of space, planets and stars appear across the entire hemispherical ceiling, entirely immersing you in the film.

Athens Platenarium Eugenides Foundation

Current shows include titles such as 'Evolution', 'The Mystery of Life' and 'Space Garbage'. Check out the calendar of screenings to see what's new on the website. In addition to the space viewings, they also show historical films about Ancient Greece and current IMAX movies. The venue has disabled access with ramps and lifts to all floors as well as specially designed seating areas.

Best if you reserve your seats in advance. Call +30 210 9469600

 

 How to get there:

Take the Metro (Red Line) to Agios Dimitrios and get off at Sygrou-Fix station. Then take Bus No.126 till station "Trapeza" you can ask the driver. In 3 min walk you will reach the Planetarium. Ticket 1.20€ per person/one way

Or you can take taxi (up to 4 persons) that should cost around  8€ one way

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To put ruins and museums into perspective, take a virtual-reality trip to Ancient Greece at the futuristic Foundation for the Hellenic World, about 2km southwest of the city centre.

Cultura lCenter Hellenic Cosmos

The Tholos virtual-reality theatre takes you on an interactive tour of the Ancient Agora or allows you to get a feel for life in ancient Athens.
The Kivotos time machine has 3D floor-to-ceiling screens with a live guide taking you through ancient Olympia and Miletus.
Find out more on http://www.fhw.gr/cosmos/index.php?id=1&&lg=_en and keep in mind that for some inexplicable reason ... the website is far below than the show!

How to get there:
Buses: 049 (Piraeus-Omonoia) stop ATHENS SCHOOL of FINE ARTS
914 (Omonoia-Piraeus-Palaia Kokkinia) stop ATHENS SCHOOL of FINE ARTS

254 Pireos street,Tavros (Next to the Athens School of Fine Arts)
Telephone: +30 212 254 0000

Winter (October 1st to June 12th).
Monday: closed
Tuesday - Wednesday – Thursday: 09:00 - 13:30
Friday: 09:00 - 20:00
Saturday: 11:00 - 16:00
Sunday: 10:00 - 18:00 /
Summer (June 13th to September 30th).
Monday: closed
Tuesday - Wednesday - Thursday – Friday: 10:00 - 15:00
Saturday: 11:00 - 15:00
Sunday: 10:00 - 15:00

Per show: Adults €5-10 / Children €3-8,
Day pass: Adults €15 / Children €12
Sunday educational programms €8,5

http://www.hellenic-cosmos.gr

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Lycabetus Hill by night

Lycabettus also known as Lykavittos is a Cretaceous limestone hill in Athens, Greece at 300 meters (908 feet) above sea level and offers a great view of the city.

Pine trees cover its base, and at its two peaks are the 19th century Chapel of St. George, a theater, and a restaurant.

The hill is a tourist destination and can be ascended by the Lycabettus Funicular, a funicular railway which climbs the hill from a lower terminus at Kolonaki. The railway station can be found at Aristippou street.

Citty view from Lykabetus hill

Lycabettus appears in various legends. Popular stories suggest it was once the refuge of wolves, (lycos in Greek), which is possibly the origin of its name (means "the one [the hill] that is walked by wolves").

Mythologically, Lycabettus is credited to Athena, who created it when she dropped a limestone mountain she had been carrying from the Pallene peninsula for the construction of the Acropolis after the box holding Erichthonius was opened.

Lycabetus open air Theatre

The hill has a large open-air amphitheater at the top, which has housed many Greek and international concerts. Among the artists who have performed at the Lycabettus theatre included Ray Charles, Joan Baez, B.B. King, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, James Brown, Bob Dylan, Paco De Lucia, Al Di Meola, John Mc Laughlin, Gary Moore, Peter Gabriel, Black Sabbath, Nick Cave, Pet Shop Boys, Deep Purple, UB40, Placebo, Radiohead, Moby, Massive Attack, Faithless, Whitesnake, Tracy Chapman, Patti Smith, Vanessa Mae, Brian Ferry, Tito Puente, Buena Vista Social Club, Orishas and Scorpions.

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Musical theatre [ 12 December 2018 – 27 January 2019 ]

A musical in a new version by Jack Thorne with original music by Thodoris Economou

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The magic of Christmas comes to the Greek National Theatre as the Marika Kotopouli Stage at the Rex Theatre extends a festive embrace to the whole family. Share in all the joy and excitement of Yuletide in a thrilling musical version of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol by the dynamic young director Giannis Moschos, who invites us into the world of dreams and the imagination, revealing the true meaning of Christmas!
Dickens’s most famous creation, Ebenezer Scrooge, is the most iconic miser in modern Western culture, and his trials and tribulations are brought to life on the stage of the Rex Theatre in a unique spectacle that will capture the hearts of young and old alike – especially those who are still able to see the world through the innocent eyes of a child.

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Scrooge believes in discipline and hard work and disapproves of Christmas. But this year he has to re-evaluate his life and the people around him when forced to confront his past, present and future by three ghostly apparitions.  Will the hard-hearted Scrooge be moved by the holiday spirit? And if he is, then who can possibly resist it?

Performances every Wednesday to Sunday and Thursday 25 Dec. and Thursday 1 Jan.
Surtitles in English in all performances.
REX THEATRE- KOTOPOULI STAGE
48 Panepistimiou Str., Centre, 105 64
210 3301881-3305074

You can buy your tickets at:
REX THEATRE
Panepistimiou 48
Tuesday: 9:00-16:30
Wednesday to Sunday 9:30-21:30
TICKET SERVICES
Pesmazoglou Arcade – Panepistimiou 39
Monday/Wednesday: 9:00-17:00
Tuesday/Thursday/Friday: 9:00-20:00
Saturday: 10:00-14:00
PUBLIC Store at Syntagma Suare
ONLINE: tickeservices.gr
For more information at ntsn-t-s.gr

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