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The project

The Project 1.4.α/11 titled “Festival of Cultures” is part of the annual program 2011 of the European Integration Fund for Third Country Nationals and comes under Priority 1 which focuses on the “Implementation of Actions for the practical enforcement of the “Common Basic Principles for Immigrant integration policy in the European Union” and specifically under Action 1.4/11 for the “Promotion of Inter-culturalism as a fundamental mechanism of integration of legally residing third country nationals in the host society”. According to the given specifications, “Festival of Cultures” will take place in three cities in Greece and will include music performances, cultural exhibitions, radio-transmitted narrations and a theatre show, with the involvement of migrants in all production stages. The production company G. Lykiardopoulos & Co - Highway Productions in association with S.P.A.M.E. (Cultural Society of Albanian Migrants in Greece) has been assigned to implement the project after an open call of proposals that was launched by the Greek Ministry of Interior. The project’s budget is co-financed by the European Union and National Funding by 75% and 25% respectively.

 

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Narrations

Radio is a great medium of communicating and promoting the Festival of Culture ideals.

 

Open Call: Would you like to share your journey? Do you find yourself in Greece making a new beginning away from home? Send us your narrations and give your story a chance to be heard.

 

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Contact

Theatre

Katerina Berdeka

 

Music

Meri Kumbe, Panagiota Ksydi

 

Visual Arts

Tefta Bejko

 

Narrations

Eda Gemi

 

Press Office

Vaso Vassilatou

 

Supervision

Marilia Stavridou

 

Information

Highway Productions, Festival of Cultures

 

Visual Arts

Painters and photographers from different countries will display their works inspired by the idea, the feeling, the dream or nightmare of emigration, the picture of a foreigner in a strange country, the effort to maintain the bonds with a legacy left behind and the struggle to fit in. The artists’ works will be exhibited in special locations in all three cities, while there will be an open call to professional and amateur artists of all ages to paint or take pictures, inspired by our exhibitions and their works will be included as well.

 

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Theatre

The main contributors of the theatre show that will be presented at the Thisseion theatre in Athens from the beginning of February are director Enke Fezollari and production manager Katerina Berdeka. Actors participating in the show are Androniki Mertiri (from Albania), Vefi Redi (from Albania), Kostis Siradakis (from Greece) and Stefanos Muagie (from Uganda). The creative team also includes the dramatologist Natali Minioti, the assistant director Marianthi Grammatikou and production designer Asi Dimitrolopoulou. The rehearsals included teachings on ancient Greek tragedy, through the dramaturgical analysis of selected tragedies, with a clear focus on the theme of Xenos, the outsider, the emigrant. The creative team studied texts from the ancient tragedies Ekavi, Troades, Eleni, Ifigenia en Avlidi, Ifigenia en Tavris and Andromache, and finally decided to present Ekavi, enriched with personal narrations, poems and texts from established authors from each actor’s country and songs performed live on stage with the use of traditional musical instruments. All three languages (Greek, Albania and African dialects) will be heard in the show.

 

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Music

Festival of Cultures will be realized in Athens, Thessaloniki and Iraklion, Crete, in May and June 2013 and will include music performances by professional and amateur artists from emigrant communities in each city. The final concert schedule will be finalized in April, when the final performing list will be announced including musicians from different kinds of musical styles (classical, traditional and electronic). Our goal is to combine young music groups that produce modern music with more conventional performers who reproduce the traditional sounds of their counties, thus attracting a wide variety of audiences of all ages.

 

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