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.

Athens Pride | Athens | June 10

The annual Athens Pride event for the LGBTQI community, celebrating equality, diversity and difference, gets under way at noon on Saturday, June 10, in Syntagma Square with body/face painting, music and dancing until the start of the parade at 6.30 p.m. The theme of this year's event is education and how perceptions can be shaped in the classroom.

Young artist's Syntagma show impresses with symbolism

Informed visitors and passers-by at Syntagma Square in central Athens were treated to a rare sight on the night of April 27, as the lights went off suddenly on the Grande Bretagne side of the public plaza, and for a few minutes the hotel's facade became a huge screen for the "BedSheets" art project, an initiative conceived and realized by a young artist.