From popular songs to great poets, episode 6 of Athens Unpacked looks at the central place of poetry and music in Athenian life. Both the Asia Minor refugees’ rembetika and the traditional dimotika, ‘folk songs’ have influenced today’s creators and performers. The great composers, Theodorakis and Xatzidakis used the work of Nobel-prize winning poets lyrics
From ancient philosophers and open-air cinema to protest marches and street dogs, this episode ponders on the penchant for protesting, and also how much of Athenian life happens outside. © Thomas Gravanis Photo: Lara Papadimitriou Photo: Michalis Kamakas Photo: Lara Papadimitriou Photo: Lara Papadimitriou
Acclaimed author and former anthropologist Sofka Zinovieff unpacks her adopted home, Athens, to help you excavate the multi-layered Greek capital. By Amanda Dardanis Want to scratch beneath the surface of a city? Who better to ask than a former anthropologist? Especially one who has spent two decades living in said city; bringing up her
Join us as we Unpack Athens in our brand new Podcast Series By Amanda Dardanis “All cities are complex but Athens has an especially tangled character—it’s both spectacularly ancient and undeniably modern.”—Sofka Zinovieff, author. Athens has more layers than a moussaka. As the city reopens to tourism again this month, we
From Farmers’ markets to kite-flying picnics, this episode looks at food, tastes and smells in Athens.
Few Athenians are so-called ‘True Athenians’ and the city often seems like a collection of villagers, refugees and outsiders.
From Bavarian grand plans to “part-exchange” building schemes. When Greece became an independent nation state in the 1830s, King Otto arrived with his Bavarian entourage. They introduced beer… and planned a new Athens inspired by ancient aesthetics. Sofka meets architect Lazaris Zaoussis at the neoclassical Academy to discuss this city of dreams. During the 20th
From a little-known hill to a hidden tunnel. Sofka introduces the series and herself: a British writer and one-time anthropologist, she’s an adopted Greek with a Russian name. We visit an unfamiliar hill – the Tourkovounia. Former US diplomat and archaeologist Brady Kiesling gives a sense of Athens’ geography – an urban sprawl surrounded by