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Athens: Metro & Culture

Athens: Metro & Culture

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One of the unique characteristics of the Athens Metro is the fact that its construction was actually the vessel for the execution of large-scale archaeological excavation works. More specifically, in the framework of the Metro construction, the greatest archaeological excavation in the Athens area was carried out (spanning over an area of 79000m2), which revealed more than 50000 ancient articles.From the early planning stages of the Project, the Ministry of Culture warned the designers about the massive presence of antiquities laying within the subsoil of Athens, as well as about the restrictions dictated by the obligation to preserve these antiquities. Thus, during the project’s design and construction phases, the necessary provisions and modifications were made. The excavation, preservation, transportation and display of the ancient finds fall under the competency and the combined effort of three entities, i.e.: ATTIKO METRO A.E. (AM) which is the Project Owner, OLYMPIC METRO Consortium (OMC), which constructed the Athens Metro Base Project, and finally the Ministry of Culture (MoC), which, according to the Greek legislation, has the responsibility and the supervision of all archaeological activities. The competent archaeological departments of the MoC supervised all phases of the archaeological works, while ATTIKO METRO funded all archaeological excavations, while it also coordinated, in cooperation with the various contractors, all involved Authorities and Services.Today, the ancient articles are in public display for the first time in six prestigious Metro Stations, inviting thus every rushing passenger, either Greek or foreigner, to examine and admire them.The most significant archaeological excavations were performed during the first phase of the Project’s construction in four Metro stations located in the Historic Center of the city of Athens: SYNTAGMA, KERAMIKOS, MONASTIRAKI and AKROPOLI Stations. Over twenty archaeological excavations in stations and ventilation shafts were carried out in total. The depth of the archaeological “layers” varied between 0.5m to 7.0m; however, certain “hydraulic” structures, such as wells, ducts, reservoirs and aqueducts were revealed at greater depths, i.e. from 15.0m to 45m. The antiquities revealed were recorded in detail and were surveyed using modern techniques under the scientific guidance of the concerned Services of the Ministry of Culture (MoC).

There follows a brief presentation of the archaeological finds revealed in the four stations of the historic center:

In SYNTAGMA Station, a sculpture foundry dating from the Classic Era, a cemetery dating back to the sub-Mycenaean and the Byzantine times, baths complex dating back to the roman times, a section of the Peisistranian Aqueduct, the bed of Iridanos River and the ancient road leading from the gates of the wall to the municipalities of Messogaia.

Near KERAMIKOS Station, a section was revealed of the most significant cemetery of the ancient city of Athens. 1200 graves dating back to the beginning of 7th century BC up to roman times were examined. Moreover, the two burial grounds, dating back to the beginning of the Peloponnesian War, constitute a significant archaeological find. The western surrounding wall of the cemetery, remains of the workshop of ceramic art and the bed of Iridanos River were also revealed.

Another significant archaelogical site revealed through the construction of MONASTIRAKI station. Τhe embedded bed of Iridanos River is one out of the most significant finds of MONASTIRAKI Station. It was confirmed that the area had been in constant use from the Mycenaean Era up to modern times. Buildings, workshops, graves and a variety of water supply and sewage systems were revealed. For the Metro construction in the area of MONASTIRAKI, archaeological excavations were carried out and residential remains came to light dating back to the 8th century BC (Geometric Era) up to the 19th century AD.The basic axis of the town planning in all eras was Iridanos River. Iridanos River had its springs at the foot of Lycabettus, it run through Athens and flowed into Ilissos River. The course of the river was incessant and used to increase during heavy rainfalls. During the Post-Classical Ear (5th – 4th century BC) large conglomerate stones delimited the riverbed, 2.60m wide. Two paths, on the north and south-hand side, set the limits of the building line for the buildings, which commenced to be built on either side of the river. In the era of Adrianos Emperor (117 to 138 AD) Iridanos River was covered with a vault made of bricks, then it was backfilled and turned into a sewer. A large retaining wall was built at the northern boundary of the river in order to retain a wide gallery or a road, while the building line receded by 4.50m. The buildings belonged to private citizens, workshops and warehouses. The remains were dated based on numerous and various finds: marble sculptures and architectural members, mosaic floors, wall paintings (fresco), decorative graved plastering, pots and coins, metal and bone-made objects.

The excavation survey in ACROPOLIS Station carried out over an area of 2500 m2 showed that this area had been used since the end of the 3rd millennium BC up to the Byzantine times. A few graves of the Middle-Helladic and Post-Helladic Era, houses, workshops, roads and baths were also revealed.

Apart from the four stations located in Athens historic center, significant finds were also encountered in other locations as well, such as:

in EVANGELISMOS Station: an ancient cemetery with the cemetery surrounding wall, a Peisistranian duct and a road;
in PANEPISTIMIO Station: an ancient cemetery

Significant antiquities were also found in the ventilation shafts, i.e.:

in “Irodou Attikou” Shaft: a roman house, a cemetery and hydraulic systems;
in “Amalias” Shaft: a roman bath of significant importance;
in “Mitropoleos” Shaft: significant building remains;
in “Petmeza” Shaft: a cemetery dating back to the Classic up to the Byzantine times, as well as a room supported on columns;
in “Fokionos” Shaft: a building dating back to the roman era and Byzantine storing facilities;
in “Thissio” Shaft: a building dating back to the Post Classic times and workshops;
in “Ermou – Arionos” Shaft: workshop areas and hydraulic systems;
in “Iachou” Shaft: an ancient cemetery;
in “Assomaton” Shaft: a building of significant importance.

The boring of the tunnels was performed under constant archaeological monitoring and brought to light several ancient wells hiding significant archaeological finds, as well as a section of Adrianion Aqueduct. Apart from the collection and preservation of hundreds of thousands of archaeological articles in the store houses of the Ministry of Culture, the detachment, maintenance and new placement of heavy building and other remains found listed for preservation and requiring to be displayed, except for the six exhibition areas configured in six stations, constitute a significant and original project. Moreover, archaeological finds were also detached and placed anew in “Petmeza” Shaft, in Syntagma Square and in EVANGELISMOS Station. In “Amalias” Shaft, a roman bath was preserved and sheltered. In Monastiraki, an archaeological site with Iridanos River embedded bed, integrated in the Station, was preserved.

Finally, significant archaeological displays were transferred from Syntagma excavation site to Zografou University Campus, where an open-air exhibition of antiquities covering an area of 2000m2 and a small museum were created.

In all twenty-eight stations of the Athens Metro currently in operation, the “hidden” city and our cultural heritage are revealed through the coexistence of significant archaeological finds with works of art of contemporary Greek artists. This effort did not commence, of course, from a contractual or a legal obligation of ATTIKO METRO S.A., but it is the outcome of the particular importance that has been given to the quality of life in the capital.

Concurrently with the creation of special areas for the display of the most important archaeological finds, ATTIKO METRO S.A. implemented (for the first time in a Greek Public Transportation Project) an “art program”, i.e. works of art created by distinguished Greek artists grace almost the total of the Athens Metro Stations.

Worldwide famous Greek artists, taking into consideration the multiple possibilities offered by the network, created works of art for each station and today the richness of our cultural heritage is displayed in the New Metropolitan Railway of the city.

Concurrently, in order to give the possibility to highlight the ideas of younger artists, ATTIKO METRO S.A. announces art program related tenders for specific stations and until the present day, three works of art have been integrated to the network.

The art program will continue to be implemented in the new stations of the Athens Metro extensions, as well as in the Thessaloniki Metro Base Project.

font: attikoMetro

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what’s up in athens? 24-30 september 2010

Friday

24 September

“Tell a story” 35 young, independent designers presenting their collections for ‘Spring – Summer 2011 and turnkey lines for winter 2010-11. Clothes, accessories, jewelry and designer items from Akira Mushi, Euangelia, Ioli Michalopoulou, Psarokokalo, Meet the Cat, Matalou @ home, Kristina Apostolou, Carpe Diem, Hysteria Asteria, etc. It operates boutiques from earlier collections of the designers.

Free admission Place: Stavlon Club Address: Iraklidon 10 Thissio 09:00 p.m.

Saturday

25 September

“European Heritage Days” designed in 1991 by the Council of Europe to strengthen and enhance dialogue and exchanges in the cultural field between European countries. Free admission for public museums and archaelogical sites.

We “Myrtis: face to face with the past”

The National Archaeological Museum in Athens, Greece presents the exhibition “Myrtis: Face to face with the past,” which will run from 13 September to 30 November. It is the presentation of an important interdisciplinary achievement. The central exhibit is the reconstructed face of the anonymous 11-year-old Athenian girl who, along with the great Pericles, was one of tens of thousands of victims of typhoid fever in 430 BC.

Place: National Archaeological Museum Address: 44 Patission av. (omonia)

Sunday

26 September

“European Heritage Days” designed in 1991 by the Council of Europe to strengthen and enhance dialogue and exchanges in the cultural field between European countries. Free admission for public museums and archaelogical sites.

We “Museum of Ancient agora”

Housed in the renovated “Stoa of Attalos” within the archaeological site of the Ancient Agora, it is a veritable Museum of the History of Democracy, showcasing items linked with the development  of Athenian public and commercial life, civic emancipation and democratic institutions, from antiquity up until the birth of the modern Greek State.

Place: Museum of Ancient Agora Address: Adrianou 24 (Thissio)

Monday

27 September

“International tourism day” Free Admission for public museums and archaeological sites.
Tuesday

28 September

“Puzzle”  Pieces of the puzzle missing a love trio disconnected from the pen of Ch. Matarangas. For the novel, the author will speak C. Tzitzikakis and poet Phil. Angelis. Extracts will be read by the actor instead

Free Admission Place: Public Address: Syntagma Square. 07:00 p.m.

Wednesday

29 September

“The Circle of the Wanderings and the Images of the Travelers in Time: Photography and Painting Exhibition, part I” This special photography and painting exhibition by the Centre for the Education and Psychosocial Support of Adolescents is presented by the City of Athens Cultural Organization.Participating is the photography group of the “Travellers in Time” which is made up by 16 adolescents and young people along with their teacher, the photographer, Demetris M. Boukas presenting their work to the public which includes 63 pieces of art. Free admission. Place: City of Athens Cultural Centre, “N. Gyzes” Hall Address: 50 Academias st, METRO stop: Panepistimio. 10:00a.m. -08:00 p.m.
Thursday

30 September

“Exhibition for the celebration of the100 years of Scouting” In the framework for the celebration of the 100 years of Greek Scouting, the City of Athens Cultural Organization, after the initiative of the Archaic Studies & Publications “O Mikros Romios”, presents an exhibition of scouting memories.

Place: City of Athens Cultural Centre-“Kontoglou” Hall Address: 50 Academias st, METRO stop: Panepistimio

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Graffiti in Athens

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Graffiti in Athens is as old as the city itself. In ancient times graffiti was carved into buildings, in fact the word comes from the Greek graphi which means to write. During the Nazi occupation, the Civil War and the 1967 Junta political graffiti was common in Athens and served a purpose. Nowdays it is mostly the work of frustrated kids whose signatures all over the city seem like a cry for help to a world that does not notice that they exist. But there is also a large amount of graffiti that is good art and walking around Athens looking for it is as fun a way to spend a day as any. The best is probably on the ILPAP Building where the pedestrionized bottom of Ermou Street meets Pireos in front of the Gazi. This is the building that houses the city trolley buses and the graffiti was painted by a group of well known international graffiti artists. It has not been kept up and could use some restoration but is impressive for its size, design and colors. Other areas popular with graffiti artists are the Plaka, Gazi, Psiri and Exarchion neighborhoods as well as along the lines of the Pireaus metro.

ATHENS is not a city one normally associates with a creative street art culture. Yet, as Jerry Goldstein records in this 336-page, superbly illustrated hardback, wonderful works of street art can be found by exploring the backstreets of the Greek capital, in spaces not immediately obvious or visible. Most of the groundbreaking 410 murals and street logos in this book were produced between 2006 and 2007. As much of this artwork has since disappeared, this book is both a record of the boundless creativity of the genre and an appreciation of its artists. It will inspire and inform enthusiasts and students of street and urban culture alike and will enthral all those interested in the contemporary Greek art scene.

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WEEK’S ART! Free Admission

24 – 25 SEPTEMBER 2010

“European Heritage Days” designed in 1991 by the Council of Europe to strengthen and enhance dialogue and exchanges in the cultural field between European countries. Free admission for public museums and archaelogical sites.

27 SEPTEMBER 2010

“International tourism day” Free Admission for public museums and archaeological sites.

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Green Design Festival

Green Design Festival in Athens, Greece is an original, open-air, open-to-all event with over 150 designers from all design-related fields are taking part, along with architects, curators and volunteers. Green Design Festival seeks to present design in all forms and applications to spark a discussion on a contemporary way of life that is friendlier towards the environment, and to help construct more positive environmental attitudes through its suggestions and the themes it addresses. The Green Design Festival 2010 will take place from 23 September to 10 October inAthens, Greece.  The festival is examining the repercussions of climate change through the prism provided by the different fields of design, and through an emphasis on models of sustainability (on both an environmental and social level). It is also employing renewable and alternative energy sources, exploring the relationship between ecological awareness and the economy, and striving to ‘redesign’ our everyday lives in a more environmentally-friendly way.The Green Design Festival 2010 is supported by the City of Athens and the Hellenic Ministry of the Environment, Energy and Climate Change and with the Grand Sponsorship of the Hellenic Postbank.

Don’t miss the Green Design Festival 2010 in Athens, Greece.

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Events in Athens – AthenStyle! 10 September to 16 September

Events @ AthenStyle

On our legendary Roof top Bar with the BEST views of Athens (this is not pretentious… come see yourself!!) welcomes you for a cold draft Mythos beer after all that sight seeing!

10th September:

Free City Walk

Meet Fabby at 10:00 a.m. at reception.

Ongoing Exhibitions

En Techno The first wave of artists participating as headliners at Entechno 2010 that is gonna take place at the heart of Athens on the 10th,11th and 12th September 2010 are from Berlin, New York, Athens, Hamburg, Paris Admission: 20 euro Place 6 D.o.g.s. Address: 6-8 Avramiotou St. (Monastiraki) until 12/09

NUDS Cycladic Sarah Lucas´creations at the Museum of Cycladic Art, Bas. Sofias and Irodotou st. (MM Evangelismos) Daily 10 am to 5 pm – Tuesday closed. 7 euro. Until 12/09

SCENES from daily life in Antiquity in Grece at the Museum of Cycladic Art, Bas. Sofias and Irodotou st. (MM Evangelismos) Daily 10 am to 5 pm – Tuesday closed. 7 euro. Until 12/09

Agonies by Ioannis Papademos In the exhibition about 35 paintings are presented, created by the artist using oil and acrylic on a canvas. His inspiration is the current social situation and the changes that society is undergoing, nevertheless sending an optimistic message through his creations. Admission Free Place: City of Athens Cultural Centre, “Gyzes” Hall Address: 50 Academias st. until Opening: Tuesday 7 September 2010, time 19:30 Monday to Saturday 10:00-20:00 and Sunday 10:00-14:00 until 14/09

Friendship through Art can change the world The Center of Arts 4 season and the Technopolis of the city of Athens invite you to the opening of the international exhibition AthensArt 2010 Free Admission Place: Technopolis (Gazi) 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. until 16/09

New Spanish artists in Athens Work of four young artists who have lived in Athens during last year Estudio Ammeba 21 Zacharitsa. Metro Fix. Until 16/09

Invisible cities Kalfayan Galleries 11 Haritos St. Kolonaki. Until 18/09

39th book festival The 39th Book Festival is a very important institution for the cultural life of the city of Athens. This year’s Book Festival is dedicated to the “Role of the Local Government in contemporary society and civilization”. Admission Free- Monday-Thursday: 18:00-22:3 Friday & Saturday: 18:00-23:30 Sunday: 11:00-22:30 Place: Zappeio Address: National Garden (Syntagma) until 19/09

A Journey to Cavafy’s Alexandria Anna Boghiguian’s watercolours act as guides, to re-read Cavafy’s poems and travel

to the magical landscape of Alexandria. Museum of Islamic Art 2 Ag. Asomaton & 12 Dipilou. Monastiraki. €5 Until 19/09

Traditional Greek Dance Festival Every summer, Greek dancers perform at the renowned Dora Stratou Theatre to the backdrop of the Athenian Acropolis on Philopappou Hill. The dancers wear traditional costume and perform songs and dances which have been in existence for 2500 years. Dora Stratou was a Greek folk enthusiast who dedicated her life to researching, recording and preserving her country’s indigenous folk culture. With this in mind she founded a theatre, now known as the Dora Stratou Theatre, more than 35 years ago. The famous Greek painter Spyros Vassiliou helped her design it and since its launch the resident dance troupes have toured over 22 countries. Address: Amalias 26, Athens – Admission: 15 euroSat 9:30pm, Sun 8:15pm

Events in the city

Friday

10 September

“En techno” hosting  a dance marathon. This hipster multispace  bar will include Dj sets live performances and a bazaar featuring electrical equipment and clothes. Dance till you drop: is the motto.

Admission: 20 euro Place: 6 D.O.G.S. Address: 6-8 Avramiotou St. (Monastiraki)

Saturday

11 September

“Friendship through Art can change the world” International Art exibition of painting, drawing sculpturem installations ,photography, video and applications, with parallel events. Today :

– A respective resolution for the reunification of the Parthenon’s Marbles, signed by all partecipant artists, will be handed over to the Minister of culture

-Choir “Association Ideotechnon”/ Irene Photinaki and vocals from Giouli Tsangaraki

-Contemporary dance evening with choreographers and dance teachers Sonia Dumitrescu and Niki Louladaki

Free Admission Place: Technopolis (Gazi) Address: 100 Pireos St. 08:00 p.m.

Sunday

12 September

“Friendship through Art can change the world” International Art exibition of painting, drawing sculpturem installations ,photography, video and applications, with parallel events. Today :

– Children painting workshop with maria Aristova, Silvia Casilli and Kiki Bardani

-Children’s Theatre by the group theatre “Sweet  smiles”/ Giouli Tsangaraki

Free Admission Place: Technopolis (Gazi) Address: 100 Pireos St. 10:00 p.m.

Monday

13 September

“The Ark Festival. In music we trust” It’s probably the first time. So many Greek artists in one weekend likely, in our opinion, to start with the best of the new season. Today:“Rous” and “The Voyage Limpid Sound”                                    Admission: 20 euro Place: Technopolis (Gazi) Address: 100 Pireos St. 05:30 p.m.
Tuesday

14 September

“The Ark Festival. In music we trust” It’s probably the first time. So many Greek artists in one weekend likely, in our opinion, to start with the best of the new season. Today: “Maraveyas Ilegal” and “The Burger Project”

Admission: 20 euro euro Place: Technopolis (Gazi) Address: 100 Pireos St. 05:30 p.m.

Wednesday

15 September

“Friendship through Art can change the world” International Art exibition of painting, drawing sculpturem installations ,photography, video and applications, with parallel events. Today :

– Conference on “Friendship through Art can change the Worls”.

– Report and announcement of the official invitation of CA4S –athensart to Russia, for 2011 and china for 2012.

Free Admission Place: Technopolis (Gazi) Address: 100 Pireos St. 10:00 p.m.

Thursday

16 September

“The History of Unesco through its posters” The City of Athens and the Cultural Organization in collaboration with the Unesco Association for the Culture of Peace, present the exhibition “The History of Unesco through its posters”, in a complete form for the first time in Greece. The exhibition was first realized by Unesco in 2005 in Paris, in the framework for the 60th celebration of the International Organization.

Free Admission Place: City of Athens Cultural Centre, “Kontoglou” Hall Address: 50 Academias st

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EuroVoice 2010 Athens

23- 24 september 2010

Athens

What is EuroVoice?

The EuroVoice European Music Contest (EuroVoice) is an annual, interactive, televised project.

The EuroVoice is the a first Contest in Europe where the winner is determined solely by the audience. This event is designated  to pave the way for new music talent and to give the audience a real chance to express its preferences in music.

EuroVoice 2010 consists of an Internet Stage and the Super Final Stage.

During the Internet Stage Contestants upload their songs and personal information to the Contest Portal.

http://eurovoice.tv/

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