ATHENS – When visiting Greece, budget some time for the many free events – concerts, lectures, etc. in the squares, bookstores and universities – where you can experience things not available in the United States – especially on holidays and other special days.
Apropos of UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, marked annually on June 26, the Ianos bookstore in Athens Center presented a concert of musical settings of poems of Akis Panagoulis, a hero to many Greek-Americans – and a name usually only known to younger generations from the streets named after him all over Greece.
Panagoulis was jailed and tortured for his 1968 attempted assassination of Greek dictator Giorgos Papadopoulos.
Paschalis Tonios presented ‘’Τα ματωμένα Τραγούδια – Bloodied Songs’’ comprised of his musical settings of Panagoulis’ poetry. The performers included the band Romiosini and singers Kalliope Vetta, Leonidas Myaris and Andreas Maistratos – actor Nititas Tsakiroglou was the narrator.
The Children’s Chorus of Dimitris Tipaldou was a soulful touch.