One year ago I decided to go after one of my long time dreams in life. Become a sailor ! I joined Nautical Club of Thessaloniki together with a friend, and took the spring summer sailing course.
I cannot describe what an amazing experience this has been. One day of sailing every weekend and also two 24hour classes towards the end. Learning to sail is not that difficult, but not that easy either.
However, living in a country surrounded by sea, I think sailing should be a school activity. It is really a shame we only enjoy our city from the land, while it is also so beautiful, if not more, as we look at it from the sea.
The club has 3 sessions of classes, spring, summer and fall, and also organises 3 annual trips for members and not. I just joined for the first time the easter trip to the Ionian sea and it was an amazing experience.
I do not know if they offer classes in english, but I guess if a group of non-greek speakers show up they can form a class. Groups are 6-8 people so I encourage you to check their webpage or drop by to check in person. This is a suggestion for long term visitors of the city only.
Where : Themistokli Sofouli 112
Fix in Art is an alternative art multi-space in the west side of the city, not far from the city centre.
It is located in an old building right next to the nightlife area of Fix. It houses concerts, dance lessons, theatre seminars, free movie screenings and a used bookstore all under one roof !
I first went there last spring after a friend suggested to go watch the classic movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and I was pleasantly surprised with this alternative art space.
The new dance season starts today so you can visit their facebook page for details on time schedule and prices. I have to tell you that this is not your regular dance class with latin and zumba. Here you can even learn how to dance Bollywood style !
I suggest you keep an eye on their page as various events come up throughout the year.
Φιξ In art
Performing Arts Venue and Other Nightlife
26th of October 15
Peirama is an activity group aiming “To inspire and equip people to explore and realize their potentials”
Their main areas of interest are :
• Organizing extraordinary workshops which address everyone.
• Staging performances, events, concerts, presentations, parties… on its own devices or in collaboration with other groups.
• Contributing by offering the venue, material infrastructure etc. for events organized by other groups.
Tomorrow they have an introduction meeting to all their new winter seminars, ranging from film and photography lessons to knitting and “how to make your own soaps and cosmetics”
I have attended seminars there in the past and they are a great way to learn something new and creative during the winter time !
Have a look at their webpage and facebook page and go to the free introduction day tomorrow Wendsday 2th at 18.30, Filipou 51, downtown Thessaloniki !
See you there !
P.S. Although most of the seminars are practical and not theoretical, some working knowledge of greek language is required. If you speak a little bit of greek your interaction with the locals will help you improve your language skills. If on the other hand you don’ t speak any, you should ask the program administrator if they can explain a few things in english for you, before joining !