Athos Photo Exhibition

2014-10-22 18.19.29The Cultural Centre of National Bank of Greece is hosting for a few more days the amazing photo exhibition of Stratos Kalafatis – ATHOS.

This photo exhibition presents a unique inside view of Mount Athos, that especially if you are a woman, you will never have a chance to see in this lifetime.  The exhibition is hosted in a magnificent old mansion with great history, known as Villa Kapantzi.

In case you don’t know anything about Mt Athos, let me tell you that Mt. Athos is a self-governed Greek Monastic State which constitutes the center of Eastern Orthodox Monasticism.  For more than 1,000 years, males (and only males) have arrived  to the mountain, changed their names and lived in isolation, devoting themselves to prayer.

2014-10-22 18.17.45Stratos Kalafatis devoted many years and numerous trips there, to complete this demanding project. The result can be seen in this exhibition and also in the photography book that was just published.

I have to tell you that I was very privileged to see this work a year ago, since mr Kalafatis was my photography teacher.

Don’t miss the chance to visit this unique photo exhibition till October 24th.  After that it will travel to other greek cities, Berlin, Germany and various other locations all over the world.


Action Field Kodra 2014 – I Need a Hero


Action Field Kodra is an annual art event taking place each September in the east part of the city in a former military camp.

Action Field Kodra 2014 is focusing on the theme of heroes and the heroic example with a spirit of introspection towards historical narration, archaeological reserve and national imaginary.

Stated more as a question than a request or affirmation, I Need A Hero will attempt to conduct an experiment in real-life conditions. By inviting artists to submit complete sets of artistic expression through solo exhibitions and to produce new works in collaboration with the curatorial team of Kodra –and always continuing emphatically the institution of Fresh for young artists– Action Field Kodra is not claiming anything more than to leave a collective imprint, one more valuable matter among others.

Detailed Program 

WHAT – I Need A Hero – Valubale Matters In Valuable Times

WHEN – 12/09 – 28/09/2014

WHERE – Barracks of ex-military camp Kodra

Exhibitions hours – Sun.-Thur.: 18:00-22:30 Fri. & Sat.: 18:00-23:00


t1metamatic:taf is a well known multicultural space in Athens that very recently opened it’s sister place in Thessaloniki !

I discovered it by accident this weekend, since it is hidden in an old building off-valaoritou area.

They informed us that they had just opened a week ago and we were very happy for the new discovery !

What is it ? It is a bar and also art space.

t2As you can see there is already an art exhibition at the front space.  The building itself is really amazing and the whole atmosphere very relaxed and post modern.

metamatic:taf Thessaloniki is located in the cultural and entertainment center of the city at an abandoned until recently listed building at Edessis street. It aims to be an independent establishment implementing events related to all forms of artistic production, open and accessible to the public all year round, seven days a week.

Through practices that strengthen people’s participation and solidarity, all members of the community and especially young people are given the opportunity to implement and present their creative ideas, thus contributing to the formation of the city’s cultural policy and identity.

More info

Where: 5 Edessis str., Ano Ladadika

Philoxenia Tourism Exhibition

philoxeniaPhiloxenia, is Thessaloniki’s official tourism exhibition on the world tourism market, currently in its 29th edition.

The organisation of this year’s event aims at increasing both its quality and quantity, calling all agencies and major actors involved in tourism to enter constructive partnerships and welcoming new proposals and ideas that will enrich the event.


OPENING DAY: 21/11/2013
CLOSING DAY: 24/11/2013

 THURSDAY 21/11 – SATURDAY 23/11:

SUNDAY 24/11: 11.00-18.00

SATURDAY 23/11: 15:00 – 20:00
SUNDAY 24/11: 11.00 – 18.00
TICKET: 5,00€

Photography Exhibition – Of Ink and Light: a look into the soul of spanish american literature. Daniel Mordzinski


Until the 24th of October you have the chance to visit a photography exhibition of famous writers, hosted at an unusual space, as part of the Dimitria Festival.

Photo Exhibition at Bensouan Han

Photo Exhibition at Bensouan Han

Daniel Mordzinski, was born in Buenos Aires in 1960, and is considered the writers’ photographer.

This is something that has earned him various roles, from war correspondent, to a photojournalist based in France and author of more than ten travel guides. Over the last 30 years he has photographed every writer and great thinker that he could get his hands on, which has had him closely follow the evolution of literature over these last three decades.

Mario Vargas Llosa himself even said that, to say that Mordzinski has photographed authors is simply not enough, but rather he makes profound and respectful interpretations of their personality as is reflected in the features and characteristics of his photos.

The Argentinian photographer has photographed writers such as Jorge Amado, Martin Amis, Paul Auster, Francisco Ayala, Mario Bendetti, Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortázar, Gabriel García Marquez, José Saramago and Mario Vargas Llosa.

26 September – 24 October 2013 / The exhibition is part of the 48th Dimitria Festival /  Curator: Miguel Fernández Belmonte

Venue: Bensouan Han (Edessis 6, Ano Ladadika, tel. 2313318212)

Opening hours: Daily 12.00-21.00

In collaboration with the Instituto Cervantes of Athens, Thessaloniki Museum of Photography and the Federico Garcia Lorca Cultural Center of Thessaloniki

The exhibition is part of the PhotoBiennale parallel program by TMP

DIMITRIA 48th edition

48th Dimitria

48th Dimitria

The big arts festival of Thessaloniki is here for the 48th time !

As you should already know if you read a bit about the history of Thessaloniki, this city is 2330 years old, so a 48 year old arts and culture festival is not that old in comparison !  Actually, as early as the golden age of Byzantium, about the 14th century AD, Thessaloniki hosted a regular spectacular “New Festival” each autumn.

In October 1966, the festival was reborn and named Dimitria after Saint Demetrios, the patron saint of Thessaloniki. There is also a big street and of course a church named after him.  The church is a must visit, but I will tell you about it some other day.

Back to our subject, the art and culture festival of Dimitria which opens tomorrow, Thursday 26th and lasts for a whole month till October 26th – the name day of Saint Demetrios and of the whole city.

The whole program can be found here, unfortunately only in greek, but if you walk around in the city, you are probably going to get your hands on a printed version with, hopefully, some info in english as well !

The official opening ceremony will be held at the morning of Sunday 29th in the open space area of the port pier, in a feast of music, dance and food delicacies !

In total you will find around 50 events: music concerts, dance, theatre, fine arts, some paid and many for FREE.  The venues are many different spots around the city.  The weather is thankfully still great to wander around and discover them so go on, explore the city and enjoy !

Update 5/10

Good news ! The festival program just came out in english


Κ.Ο.Θ. UNDERGROUNDAnother type of music event is running over the weekend besides Reworks festival. It is K.O.Θ. UNDERGROUND and as you will probably NOT understand by its name, it is hosted by the State Orchestra of Thessaloniki and the venue is Block 33.  It is an unusual venue for a state orchestra which also has an unusual program to present to its audience.

Κ.Ο.Θ. UNDERGROUND is an annual event which has become a tradition in the city over the last years and has now reached its 4th year!  Here, you will have the chance to listen to some exquisite musicians and singers.  It is a 3 day event full of music, and also some parallel exhibitions of art and photography.  The music program itself, is quite impressive and varies from greek folk, to film scores, jazz, rock, classical and everything you can imagine.

Entrance to the events is free and the program starts at 19.00 on Friday the 20th, 17.00 on Suturday the 21st, and 11.00 in the morning on the last day Sunday the 22nd.

You will find more info (in greek) on their website and their facebook page. 

4sq link for Block 33


BIENNALE 4The 4th Biennale of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki is here !

The Biennale opening will be held on September 18, with the inauguration of the exhibition “Everywhere but Now”, curated by Αdelina von Fürstenberg, Chief Curator of the Central Exhibition of the 4th Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, along with the opening the exhibitions by the “5 Museums’ Movement in Thessaloniki”, while other events and exhibitions will be inaugurated during the following months.

Over 50 artists from 25 countries – from Brazil and Cuba to Iran and India, as well as many Mediterranean countries, including 14 artists from Greece – will present their works, using all media such as paintings, sculptures, photography, video installations, films and performances.



The Central Exhibition venues are: Alatza Imaret, Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, Museum of Byzantine Culture, Geni Tzami, Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Pavillion 6 (Thessaloniki International Trade Fair area), State Museum of Contemporary Art (Moni Lazariston)

For more detailed info on the exchibitions’ dates and venues please visit their website and their Facebook page.

Action Field Kodra 2013

Action Field Kodra 2013

Action Field Kodra 2013

This is a weekend of events for the city, so today Love Thessaloniki will present to you Action Field Kodra 2013.  AFK 2013 is an international art festival, housed in a former military camp in the area of Kalamaria, with a history of 10 years behind it.  It lays emphasis on both personal and collective responsibility, as it is being shaped in contemporary history.  The festival aspires to become a platform hosting ideas that result from solidarity, collaborative spirit, and mutual support.

This year’s theme is “Walls”: When they were building the walls, how could I not have noticed! 

Seizing the opportunity of the celebration for the 150 years since C.P. Cavafy’s birth, Action Field Kodra 2013 is inspired by the poem “Walls” and based on its verses it is called upon to articulate an integral artistic speech. This speech will be undoubtedly influenced by the restructuring Greece, Europe and the Balkans are currently undergoing.

Action Field Kodra 2013 investigates the meaning of today’s Walls, which “Imperceptibly they have closed me off from the outside world“ and their consequences.

The opening was 2 days ago on Friday, but there are many events for you to attend till the 20th of September.  Have a look at their website for event details and plan your visit !


Ex military camp Kodra,
Komninon 60,
Telephone (+30) 2313 314572