The Municipality of Athens is offering internet users the chance to enjoy a wide selection of cultural programs and shows online – right from the comfort of their home.
“This is a difficult time for all of us,” Athens Mayor Kostas Bakoyannis said in an announcement, referring to the coronavirus pandemic.
“We wish to support culture and make sure that every resident in the city is able enjoy and participate in cultural activities… Culture and arts are a sanctuary as well as a way of expression and communication,” he added.
Through its online platforms, the Athens Municipality offers access to a number of cultural venues and programs:
City of Athens Technopolis
The website of the City of Athens Technopolis offers a virtual reality tour of its “160 years made in Greece” exhibition, which features rare texts, images and objects that reveal the history of Greece’s industrial evolution from 1857 until today.
The website also offers a tour around the premises of Athens’ Industrial Gas Museum and its digital collection; video games for children, as well as access to “Athens for All”, the Municipality’s Sunday workshops. For more information press here.
The website of Innovathens, the municipality’s hub dedicated to innovation, is offering online seminars, workshops and live streaming discussions on entrepreneurship and new technologies, marketing and administration.
Furthermore, internet users can observe speeches of scientists from all over the world that have participated in previous editions of the Athens Science Festival. For more information press here.
Athens Culture Net
The Athens Culture Net, the Municipality’s cultural network supporting the work of cultural organizations and groups, has gathered information on exhibitions, collections, digital tours, seminars, movies and performances that are organized by its members. This information is now accessible through Athens Culture Net’s website and facebook page.
Theater & Music
The City of Athens Culture, Sports and Youth Organization (OPANDA) offers online access to some of the latest performances of the Olympia Municipal Theater – “Maria Callas”. Among them are “The Merry Widow” of Franz Lehár, as well as “La belle Hélène” and “Orpheus in the Underworld” by Jacques Offenbach.
OPANDA’s website presents a number of concerts and shows of the Municipality’s Music Ensembles.
The organization also supports book authors through a social media campaign titled “Athenian Book Routes: Stay home with the authors”. Dozens of Greek authors have, thus far, sent video messages offering information about their books, also making suggestions on how to spend time at home. These videos are available on social media.
For more information (in Greek) visit the website of OPANDA here.