A rich festive program for young and old, parties, music and dancing are included in the Foundation’s festive events
Like every year, Halloween brings on Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) lots of music, dance and imaginative activities for children, in a rich festive program. On Sunday, February 26, a street band with Afro-Brazilian percussion, a brass band and a rock’n’roll band will rock Stavros Niarchos Park with their rhythms, while on Clean Monday, February 27, the SNFCC welcomes Lent with a spring mood, live sounds from the Greek musical tradition and, of course, the established flying of the kite.
The events for the Halloween and Shrove Monday most of them are held with free admission thanks to the donation of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).
Here are the activities of the festive two-day event in detail:
Sunday, February 26
- Halloween in Stavros Niarchos Park with a street party flavor, disguises and lots of music
Every year, the Carnival at the SNFCC gives us an occasion to escape from the established and ourselves, as the message of this particular celebration dictates. Especially this year, beloved bands unite the ritual of the Halloween party with street culture. Dance rhythms, interactivity and unique happenings, “disguise” Stavros Niarchos Park, setting the tone for a Sunday different from the others.
First, the multicultural percussion band Bloco Swingueira conveys her explosive energy with rhythmic performances in various parts of Stavros Niarchos Park.
At the same time, in Xefoto, from 12:00 to 13:00, the brass band Hasta Brassta spreads positive vibes with arrangements of famous songs, while, from 13:30 to 15:00, the band Hermaphrodite’s Child brings rock’ n’roll of the 50’s and 60’s in today, with the corresponding dress and spirit.
- Vassilis Gerodimos, Here Faros! Hidden with Masks
The SNFCC, steadily investing in the education and contact of children with art, includes in its program this year a new artistic action: From October, on the last Sunday of each month, children aged 4 to 12 have the opportunity to create a collaborative work of art with the guidance of renowned visual artists, broadcasting “Edo Pharos!”. In the area of the Lighthouse, there is already an art installation curated by the artist of the month, who then welcomes the children into the work and guides them in its development. In February, the artist of the month is the visual artist Vassilis Gerodimos. The children, with simple materials, make masks, hide behind them and, with the music as a guide, move the large landscape into the space creating a happy celebration. The project will be open to the general public after the workshops from 19:00 to 20:00. Tickets: 5 euros.
- Art workshop for children: “The carnival of animals otherwise”
(11:30-14:00, Mediterranean Garden, Stavros Niarchos Park)
On the occasion of Camille Saint Saëns’ well-known work “The Carnival of the Animals”, the children create shadow boxes that function as microcosms-rooms, in which the animals, having been transformed into fantastic colorful creatures, pose as other heroes of a story with a pop mood and aesthetics. Design-implementation: Michalitsa Kozakopoulou, visual artist – pedagogue. Workshop support: Dorina Fountoulaki, artist-ceramist. Free entry on a first-come, first-served basis.
Clean Monday, February 27
- Koulouma in Stavros Niarchos Park
For one more year, the SNFCC celebrates Koulouma with a concert that honors Greek music and dance tradition. On Clean Monday, from 12:00 to 15:00, the professor of Ethnomusicology Lampros Liavas organizes and presents in the clearing of Stavros Niarchos Park a great celebration, with traditional sounds and rhythms and entitled “Let the dance go!.. .». Carnival merry-go-rounds, kalamatianas, kangelias, chamikas, Epirotian pogonisias, Macedonian syrta, Thracian zonaradikas, political butchers, Smyrnaian karsilamades and island balls, alternate with an open invitation for the audience to dance. The tone is set by the leading violinist Nikos Oikonomidis with the singer Kyriaka Spanou, as well as the Company of Dimitris Kotsikas together with the Halkina of Kozani and the singer Ilias Gako.
Knowing as few people the codes of our traditional music, through studies, academic papers and also trekking in every corner of Greece, Lambros Liavas invites us to celebrate the Carnival in the traditional way. Participating with groups of traditional dancers are the “Koudunatoi” and “Glentistades” from the Association of Mesopotites of Lesbos “The Rebirth” (edited by Kostas Pipinis), as well as the Folklore Dance Club “Horopideia” (edited by Vassilis Karfis-Maria Ziaka).
– Visual activity for children: “The Land of Birds”
On Clean Monday guys they paint in the SNFCC Market. On the occasion of the painting “The Land of the Birds” by the artist Spyros Vassiliou, colored birds and flying objects are printed on the paper creating a world of fantasy-ode to freedom, in an artistic collective action. Design-implementation: Michalitsa Kozakopoulou, artist-pedagogue. Workshop support: Dorina Fountoulaki, artist-ceramist. Free entry on a first-come, first-served basis.
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