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Elefsina Gets into Gear as “European Cultural Capital 2023” with Aeschylia Festival

ATHENS — The Aeschylia festival at Elefsina will open on August 22 this year, following the annual festival's cancellation in 2020, with highlights including a sculpture show by Andreas Lolis and a dance performance by Omma and dancer/choreographer Josef Nadj.

The festival, which is a tradition 47 years long, will conclude on September 26, and will include concerts, plays, and screenings at an open-air cinema. The projects by Lolis and Nadj are part of the city's contribution to its upcoming designation as "Cultural Capital of Europe" for 2023.

Lolis, who specializes in marble sculpting, uses the theme of a salvage excavation to set up eight marble works in the area behind the theater of the Old Oil Factory (Paleo Eleourgio). The pieces express aspects of the city's history, which goes back to Ancient Eleusis, home of Demeter's Mysteries, and he hopes they will become a permanent exhibit.

France-based Nadj, well-known and loved by the Greek public, will bring eight dancers to the stage from Mali, Senegal, the Ivory Coast, Burkina faso, Congo-Brazaville and the Democratic Republic of Congo, forming a single body on the theme of "our ability to see what is before us, so we may be able to see better what lies deep within us, in a common fate".

The Aeschylia will also include seven concerts with well-known Greek singers like Fotini Darra, Dimitra Galani, Natassa Bofiliou and Yiannis Kotsiras, as well as eight plays, most based on ancient tragedies.

"Art has a surface that is visible and one that is deeply hidden," general artistic director for Elefsina 2023 Michalis Marmarinos said. "This is like Elefsina. If you visit, you will meet secret aspects of it from which you won't disengage easily." He added that the festival's uniqueness lies in presenting original art works.

– For more information on the festival, see https://aisxylia.gr

Omma – Teaser from Atelier 3+1 / Josef Nadj on Vimeo.

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