UNICEF bazaar promotes children's right to education

Ahead of the start of the new school year on September 11, many young students headed to Syntagma metro station in central Athens on Monday to pick up school supplies at a bazaar organized by UNICEF with the aim of promoting the right to education of children around the world. The event, which began Monday and will last until Friday, also includes a photo exhibition about UNICEF's work.

Musical Numbers | Athens | August 26

The Athens State Orchestra, with vocalists Vasia Zaharopoulou and Spyros Kleissas, will perform popular songs from musicals at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center on Saturday, August 26. The show is free of charge and starts at 8.30 p.m. A free shuttle bus service runs between Syntagma Square and the SNFCC throughout the day, stopping at the Syngrou-Fix metro station.

Louis Malle | Athens | August 18

Louis Malle's 1958 noir classic "Ascenseur pour l'echafaud" (Elevator to the Gallows), about a planned murder gone wrong, will be screened as part of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center's Park Your Cinema program on Friday, August 18. Admission to the screening, which starts at 9 p.m., is free of charge. The film is in French and will be accompanied by Greek subtitles.

Young Masters | Athens | August 9

The Austrian Young Masters Ensemble is coming to Greece for a special concert at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center on Wednesday, August 9. Fifteen members of the ensemble and a chamber orchestra will play classical selections in the free-of-charge concert at the SNFCC's Lighthouse venue.

Athens, an oppressive city

The other night, I was noticing the crowds of foreign tourists in Athens. Areas between Monastiraki and Syntagma were packed, and I had to jostle through crowds on the sidewalk. The restaurants on Mitropoleos Street were packed.

Theatro Technis | Athens | To July 27

The Technis (Art) Theater is exhibiting objects of artistic and nostalgic value related to the institution's 75-year history at StoArt in the Korai Arcade off Syntagma Square. These include costumes, props, stage models, photographs of performances and from the backstage area, programs and newspaper reviews marking milestones in the company founded by acclaimed director Karolos Koun.

The downtown challenge

Police efforts to crack down on rampant crime in places like Menidi, northwest of Athens, are indeed praiseworthy.

However, there are still hundreds of reports made every day by Greeks and foreigners indicating that purse snatchers, pickpockets and all sorts of small-time crooks are the bane of many parts of downtown Athens and public transportation across the capital.