Current and forthcoming Greek events in London

 Lectures/Panel Discussions 

“Recent discoveries and the new archaeological museum at Aigai”
Date: Friday 13 March 2020
Venue: Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, W1U 5AS
Details: A presentation in English by:
Aggeliki Kottaridi, Archaeologist, Director of the 17th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities.
Professor Robin Lane Fox, Emeritus Fellow of New College, Oxford and Reader in Ancient History, University of Oxford.
Organised by the Macedonian Society of Great Britain
Free entry, booking essential.
Online bookings

Where Oedipus Meets Agamemnon – Discovery of the City of Ancient Tenea
Date: Wednesday 19 February 2020
Venue: Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, W1U 5AS
Details: Dr Elena Korka, Director of the excavation project of Ancient Tenea and Honorary General Director of Antiquities and Cultural Heritage of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports who has been systematically excavating the site of ancient Tenea since 2013 will talk about the elaborate domestic complexes discovered in 2018.
Free entry; booking essential
For further information please click here.
Organised by the Greek Archaeological Committee (UK)


Date: Tuesday 04 February 2020
Venue: Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, W1U 5AS
Details: ‘Reverie’ is a journey into the subconscious; a deep dive into a world surrounded by surreal images and symbols, revealing stories of darkness, irony, fantasy and delusion. Through a narrative that follows the structure of a dream, where temporal flow is constantly interrupted, ‘Reverie’ aims to
question our certainties and threaten our established logic. Choreographers Georgia Tegou & Michalis Theophanous create powerful dance performances that inhabit highly visual environments. Influenced by architecture, sculpture and the visual arts, they use the movement of bodies to portray narratives of the human condition. The end result is a blend of contemporary dance, visual physical theatre and performance art.
Tickets £12, Hellenic Centre Members and concessions £10
Phone: 020 7487 5060 | Online bookings


The Trial Of Socrates
Date: Sunday 29 March 2020 [19:30]
Venue: Drayton Arms Theatre, 153 Old Brompton, SW5 0LJ
Details: Athens, 399 BCE. The Oracle has revealed that Socrates is the wisest of men. The poor philosopher, the man who keeps saying that all his wisdom consists in knowing that he knows nothing, the wisest of men? For too long now he has been a fly in Athens΄ well -oiled democracy, threatening public order by his incessant questioning. There is no place in the City for the subtle introspection practised by Socrates. Does he not make fun of the Gods and corrupt the aristocratic youths he teaches? He must be stopped. Thus begins one of the best known trials in history and one of the most baffling. Socrates΄ enemies want him silenced but what does the City have to reproach him with, exactly? And why does the philosopher seem to accuse himself and give his judges no choice but to condemn him?
Peter James Thomas΄ new poetic drama addresses the mystery of Socrates΄ death with humour and poetry. A complex mixture of humility, arrogance, facetiousness and brilliance. His philosopher is a rich character whose motivation is as mysterious as it is respectable. As he seizes the cup full of the fatal hemlock, we would like to stop his hand - yet what must be must be, and Socrates must die. That he should take with him a little of our trust in human wisdom and democratic values has been our tragedy ever since.
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 Book Presentations 

We Are Made of Earth, by Panos Karnezis
Date: Tuesday 24 March 2020
Venue: The Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, W1U 5AS
Details: Writer Panos Karnezis reads from and discusses his new novel, We Are Made of Earth, with author and journalist Nadia Marks.
We Are Made of Earth is a skilled blend of seductive linguistic simplicity and luminous moral depth, a timeless story of connection and disorientation, longing and self-doubt, as well as a profound comment on the emotional cost of peace and security.
Born in Greece in 1967, Panos Karnezis moved to England in 1992. He is the author of five previous books: Little Infamies (2002, a collection of connected short stories), and the novels The Maze (2004, shortlisted for the 2004 Whitbread First Novel Award), The Birthday Party (2007, shortlisted for the Encore Award 2009), The Convent (2010) and The Fugitives (2015). For further information and bookings please click here


Photo exhibition: "One World and the Climate Change"
Date: Monday 27 January - Thursday 27 February 2020
Venue: The Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, W1U 5AS
Details: A photo exhibition by multiple award winning photographer Marina Antoniou.
The exhibition includes photos from the Amazon rainforest, Antarctica and Greenland, Iceland, Greece, Africa, Europe and Asia. Some of the photos were previously presented in the Spain Biennale and received international distinctions.
Meet the Artist Thursday 6 February, 6.30pm-8.30pm RSVP
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 Children activities 

Greek Carnival Celebration for Children
Date: Sunday 01 March 2020
Venue: Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, W1U 5AS
Details: A family event where children will bake laganes – the traditional lent bread, make carnival related arts and crafts, dance the traditional gaitanaki and enjoy a fancy dress party.
Activities delivered by the Hellenic Hub.

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