Current and forthcoming Greek events in London



 Theatre 

The lie (Το ψέμα)
Date: Saturday 07 October 2017 [17:30 & 20:30]
Venue: The Shaw Theatre, 100-110 Euston Rd, Kings Cross, London NW1 2AJ
Details: It is with a great pleasure and excitement to announce the collaboration between Prosopa Events and Athinaika Theatra.
The first of many initiatives is "The lie", one of the most successful theatre comedy shows in 2016-2017 in Greece is coming to The Shaw Theatre in London on Saturday 7th October 2017 at 17:30 & 20:30.

This hilarious comedy “The Lie” stars some of the most well known and beloved actors in Greece. Thodoris Atheridis, Smaragda Karidi, Myrto Alikaki and Konstantinos Kappas will find out how a little lie can disturb the life of two couples.

“THE LIE” - Το Ψέμα
Written by Florian Zeller
Directed by Thodoris Atheridis

The story:
One evening two couples meet for a dinner. Alice and Paul have been friends for years with Michel and Lauren. Alice saw Michel kissing with another woman…. Will she tell Lauren about it? What will happen by the end of the night?
A comedy for everyone who is looking for the truth, but they would really prefer a lie. It’s tricky to tell the truth, when the truth has become one with the lie. ​

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The Killing of the Revellers Rapsody X by Homer – Play with English and Modern Greek Surtitles
Date: Saturday 30 September 2017 [11:00 & 19:00]
Venue: Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, W1U 5AS
Details: Staged as a one-act, 50-minute long drama, ODYSSEUS. Red Rhapsody X revolves around one actor playing a range of roles – Homer the narrator, Odysseus, his son Telemachus, Athena the goddess dressed as Mentor and several suitors. The actor accompanies the spoken language by an improvised phorminx – a string instrument made of wire strings attached with magnets. The result is a primitive acoustic experience. Like in ancient drama, there are no octaves, only tetrads.
ODYSSEUS. Red Rhapsody X uses contemporary theatrical and technical means – industrial sounds and percussion, inspired movements and a rain-machine – to stage the end of the saga for modern audiences. Homer’s poetry is performed in its original rhythmic form while overtitled in English allows spectators to follow what’s literally said. However, the aim of the show is to confront viewers with a highly physical performance and breathe life into an otherwise dead language. ​
Meth’odo’s work is unique and rare as it performs Ancient Greek Drama in the original language based on the metric laws of Poesies. Complex and musical in its tone, the original dramatic language melts sound and meaning in a way that urges audiences to feel rather than think. The acoustic result could be close to how drama was experienced in ancient times, an issue that is still researched by dramatologists and linguists today. Meth’odo’s approach is experimental. As such it does not aim at accurately reconstructing ancient drama. The group stages ancient dramatic texts as a visual-acoustic and kinesthetic experience for modern 21st century audiences. The theatrical and musical means used draw from percussion, improvised instruments, masks, contemporary and traditional body movement venues. ​
Booking essential: 02075639835 or press@helleniccentre.org.




 Lectures 

Constantine the Great, Founder of the Byzantine Empire Ioannis Kapodistrias, Founder of the Hellenic State
Date:Friday 22 September 2017 [19:00]
Venue: Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, W1U 5AS
Details:
Ioannis Kornilakis has brought into publicity at least 137 unpublished epistles by Ioannis Kapodistrias. Free entry; booking essential: 02075639835 or press@helleniccentre.org. The event, hosted at the Hellenic Centre, is under the auspices of Archdiocese of Thyateira.

“An evening dedicated to Aristotle”
Date:Thursday 26 October 2017 [19:00]
Venue: Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, W1U 5AS
Details:
Three letures dedicated to Aristotle:
“Aristotle's tomb at Stageira: an archaeological revelation"
An illustrated lecture in Greek by Archaeologist Kostas Sismanidis (English translation available)
"Aristotle on emotions and values in decision making"
An illustrated lecture in English by Professor Theodore Scaltsas
"Aristotle: An inspiration for our health and being?"
An illustrated lecture in English by Dr Eleni Tsiompanou
Booking essential: Telephone: 07904 086677 or E-mail: sec@macedonia.org.uk
Organised by the Macedonian Society of Great Britain

Nikos Kazantzakis: a retrospect, 60 years from his death
Date:Monday 09 October 2017 [19:00]
Venue: Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, W1U 5AS
Details:
The Anglo-Hellenic League presents a lecture by Professor Roderick Beaton on ‘Nikos Kazantzakis: a retrospect, 60 years from his death’. All welcome. Entrance free; but please register with info@anglohellenicleague.org. Donations welcome.

Maria Callas – 40 years from her death
Date:Monday 30 October 2017 [19:15]
Venue: Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, W1U 5AS
Details: The lecture will be dedicated to the famous soprano Maria Callas to mark forty years after her death. Helena Matheopoulos will answer questions such as what was the secret of the living legend’s artistry, why her records still outsell every other artist’s records, what makes Maria Callas a unique artist and explains her immortality.
Booking essential: 02075639835 or press@helleniccentre.org

The Geography of Cyrus in the Middle of the 19th Century – Evidence from Lord Kitchener’s Historical Map of Cyprus (edition of 1985)
Date:Monday 20 Bovemner 2017 [19:15]
Venue: Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, W1U 5AS
Details: Dr Christos Chalkias, Professor of Applied Geography in the Department of Geography, Harokopio University of Athens, will present the research collaboration between the Department and the Sylvia Ioannou Foundation, which produced a cartographic database and a web application presenting the vast range of geographical, historical and cultural information included in Lord Kitchener’s historical map of Cyprus. Supporting printed material, in both Greek and English will be available.
Free entry; booking essential: 020 7563 9835 or press@helleniccentre.org.

Cyprus Lecture: Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment – The Case of Cyprus
Date:Tuesday 05 December 2017 [18:30]
Venue: Anatomy Lecture Theatre (K6.29), King's Building, Strand Campus
Details: The under-representation of women in all fields of citizens’ activity is a well-documented fact in many countries. This presentation aims at investigating the representation of women in Cyprus with emphasis on their under-representation in positions of power. Comparisons with the situation in the other countries of the European Union will highlight the barriers women face in their attempt to enter and succeed in decision-making posts. Research-based data attest to the negative stereotypes towards and prejudices against women, the myths that prevent change and the divide between official rhetoric of equality and the policy and measures that should realize it. In this context the role of mass media and education has been investigated and their problematic approach on the issue of gender equality has been scrutinized. The presentation points to the need for the development of dialogue between men and women on the implementation of policy measures that will change the culture of inequality and naturalization of women’s inferiority.
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 Music 

A Hellenic Journey – piano recital
Date: Friday 06 October 2017 [17:30]
Venue: Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, W1U 5AS
Details: Mezzo soprano Louisa Barry, along with soprano Elena Xanthoulakis, Christiana Aloneftis and conductor Anastasios Strikos will present a repertoire including Greek and Spanish folk songs composed by Ravel, Rodrigo, Seiber, De Falla, Hadjidakis and Konstantinidis.
Bookings essential: 02075639835 or press@helleniccentre.org.

Louis Demetrius Alvanis – Piano Recital
Date: Sunday 08 October 2017 [16:00]
Venue: Steiner Hall, Rudolf Steiner House, 35 Park Road, London NW1 6XT
Details: Louis Demetrius Alvanis – piano recital. International Concert Series.
Programme includes music by Chopin, FeBland and Liszt. Tickets:
Full price: £20, £18, £15 Concessions: £16, £14, £12

Autumn Kantades Ionian Evening
Date: Friday 13 October 2017 [19:30]
Venue: Jakob’s 20 Gloucester Road SW5 4RB
Details: The Ionian Executive Committee and the President Maria Andipa will be happy to see you at the Autumn Kantades Ionian Evening; with live music by Pavlos,singing, dancing and get together, as well as a four course meal and a glass of wine.
Your contribution will help raise funds for The Children in Need, the much needed charity during this very critical financial situation in Greece.
Event information and bookings: 020 7321 4181 or ctolondon@btconnect.com.



 Cinema 

Cloudy Sunday/Ouzeri Tsitsanis
Date: Sunday 19 November 2017 [14:00 & 19:00]
Venue: Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, W1U 5AS
Details: The movie, directed by Manoussos Manoussakis, narrates the story between a Jewish girl and a Christian boy during the German occupation in Thessaloniki During World War II.
The story takes place in an ouzeria, where Tsitsanis, one of the greatest Greek composers, librettists and singers in the 20th century, works. The film is based on the book ‘Ouzeri Tsitsanis’ by George Skarbadonis.
There will be two screenings of the movie to choose from (2pm and 7pm), a live music recital will take place in between the two screenings (4.30pm).
Film Duration: 2h 5 minutes
Tickets £15, HC members £12. Bookings on 02074875060 or https://evenbrite.co.uk.



 Sport 

Basketball: Great Britain vs GREECE
Date: Saturday 19 Aug 2017 [16:00]
Venue: Copper Box Arena, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London,
Details: Don't miss out on tickets for this sizzling encounter, as the Great Britain Senior Men's Basketball team will take on Greece, on Saturday 19th August at the Copper Box Arena, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, in London.

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 Comedy 

Stand up comedy: Giorgos Xatzipavlou
Date: Thursday 12 October 2017 [19:30]
Venue: 229 The Venue, 229 Great Portland Street, London W1W 5PN
Details: Greek stand up comedian Giorgos Xatzipavlou performs in London (in Greek). Futher details TBA

Stand up comedy: Dimitris Dimopoulos
Date: Sunday 03 December2017 [19:30]
Venue: Bar Rumba, 36 Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 7EP
Details: Greek stand up comedian Dimitris Dimopoulos performs in the UK for the first time, on December 3rd. Show in Greek. Tickets £17