Athens

A building that brought a slice of the Big Apple to Athens

The iconic Rex Theater on Panepistimiou Street in central Athens is inextricably linked to the development of the capital's metropolitan identity as few buildings of the interwar era are. It will close for a while this year for restoration. It was inaugurated on January 23, 1937 with a musical film. The owners worked with Spyros Skouras, later president of 20th Century Fox, to introduce films.

Brush fire in West Attica partially contained

A fire that broke out midday on Saturday in low-lying brushland near the highway linking the West Attica suburbs of Aegaleo and Aspropyrgos, had been partially contained before sundown, the Fire Service announced.

Traffic has also resumed as normal on the highway, where a section had to be closed for a few hours earlier on Saturday when the blaze got close.

Athens mayor clashes with hoteliers

The demand of the new mayor of Athens, Haris Doukas, for an increase in the fees imposed on accommodation in the capital's hotels in order to finance the increased needs for infrastructure and personnel created by the increase of tourists in the capital has triggered a confrontation with hoteliers.

Paris organizers receive Olympic flame in Athens ahead of relay

The Paris Olympics flame has been formally handed to French organizers in the all-marble stadium in Athens where the first modern Games were held in Athens in 1896.

Greek water polo player Ioannis Fountoulis, the last in a long line of torchbearers, used the flame to light a cauldron at the Panathenaic Stadium. From there, it was delivered to Paris 2024 chief Tony Estanguet.

Mytilineos contemplates international stock exchange listing

Athens-listed group Mytilineos is considering listing its shares on an international stock exchange, which could be the London Stock Exchange, within the next 12-18 months, taking into account its increasingly diversified and international geographic presence and aiming to increase the marketability of the shares for the benefit of investors.

Womanity | Athens | April 27 – June 8

Fifty-four female tattoo artists from Greece will showcase their work at the "Womanity" exhibition taking place at the HeartbeatInk Gallery (20 Botsari), a new art space in downtown Athens. The event explores themes of womanhood and humanity, questioning how women navigate and express themselves in male-dominated professions like tattoo artistry. Entrance is free.

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