Current and forthcoming Greek events in London


Imag(in)ing the ancient Greeks in early colonial Mexico: An interactive dialogue between Pre-Columbian Mesoamerican and Western European cultural legacy and artistic tradition
Date:Friday 18 January 2019
Venue: Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, W1U 5AS

An illustrated presentation by Dimitrios Roussos and Dr. Elizabeth Baquedano.
Satyrs have intruded into the Aztec courtyard. Centaurs find themselves in combat with jaguar and coyote warriors during the Chichimec Wars. Mexico, 16th century. Visions of an ambiguous present; images narrating the history of a twisted past; artists mediating while bridging the cultural gap between two contemporary ‘Others’; a chromatic palette -the shades of which, reflect diverse expressions of artistic experimentation and shape a visual entrance into an unknown world.
Blending the survival of a long indigenous tradition with the entailments of a newly-acquired social and artistically embellished experience, Dr Elizabeth Baquedano (UCL) and Dimitrios Roussos (UCL) present a topic which untangles geographic and period boundaries and heads towards the portrayal of multiple realities in the aftermath of the ‘Conquest of Mexico’ through the prism of visual culture; realities where the ‘old’ merges with the ‘new’, at a time when Aztec gods and rulers stand vis-a-vis ancient Greek gods and heroes and declare them as their cultural contestants.

To διαχρονικόν μέγα μήνυμα των τριών Ιεραρχών: Ύφος – Αρετή – Παιδεία – Ηθική και Πολιτική στην Κοινωνία – Τhe Diachronic Message of the Three Hierarchs’
Date:Thursday 31 January 2019
Venue: Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, W1U 5AS

Lecture with Professor Konstantinos Niarhos, University of Athens, organised by the Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain.

Symbols of Cosmic Descent in Byzantine Imagery
Date:Wednesday 6 February 2019
Venue: Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, W1U 5AS

A lecture by Dr Richard Temple of the Temple Gallery.
This lecture will contemplate the Hesychast tradition of early Christian monasteries and its significance in the traditional art of icon painting.
The contemplative or Hesychast tradition of the early Christian monasteries, drawing on universal traditions of knowledge including Gnostic and Neo-Platonist spirituality, encouraged practices that could lead to mystical insight. The ‘revival’ of Hesychasm in the 14th century coincides with the development in icon painting in the period known as the Paleologan Renaissance. A distinctive new style and mannerisms have established that set the tone for the next three hundred years, echoes of which can still be found in some 19th-century Russian icons.

Ancient Invisible Cities
Date:Tuesday 12 February 2019
Venue: Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, W1U 5AS

Joint presentation for the Anglo-Hellenic League and the Society for the Promotion of Hellenic Studies
Prof. Michael Scott (University of Warwick) will be talking on the making of ‘Ancient Invisible Cities’.

Wagner on Greece
Date:DFriday 22 February 2019
Venue: Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, W1U 5AS

An illustrated lecture by Helena Matheopoulos.

Throughout his adult life, Wagner felt a huge admiration for the Greeks and was decisively influenced by their mythology and drama, especially Aeschylus and his Oresteia Trilogy. (Agamemnon –Choeforoi–Eumenides). Indeed the conception and structure of The Ring (Der Ring des Nibelungen) as a Tetralogy (in which we follow the consequences of the characters’ actions and their impact on the prevailing world order through four separate operas), was inspired by this Trilogy, while Wagner’s depiction of the Gods bears obvious similarities to their Greek mythological counterparts: Wotan echoes the philandering Zeus, Fricka the wronged and perpetually nagging Hera and so on.

Phone: 02075639835

Email: 136 Hermes Street- and the painter George Pol. Georghiou
Date:Friday 01 March 2019
Venue: Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, W1U 5AS

An illustrated lecture in English by Rima Outram


"Phaedra I—"
Date: Monday 18 - Saturday 23 February 2019
Venue: Τristan Bates Theatre, 1A Tower St, London, WC2H 9NP
Details: Phaedra I—, written and directed by Avra Sidiropoulou, is Athens-based Persona Theatre Company’s new international project, which brings together artists from Greece and the U.K. The show opens at Tristan Bates Theatre in central London, playing for a limited run (18th-23rd February 2019).

This is a solo multimedia portrayal of a modern-day Phaedra, the legendary wife of King Theseus, who falls hopelessly in love with her young son-in-law, Hippolytus. In this version, she bears all the ambiguities of a restless, contemporary woman, who oscillates between the desires of the flesh and the attraction to the void, as she suffocates in her socially imposed roles within the ruins of a decaying metropolis.

The production’s use of 3-D mapping, video projections and minimalist aesthetics yields a highly poetic visual trip through Phaedra’s stations of personal and public history. The performer embodies all the characters of the ancient myth passed onto us by Euripides, Seneca and Racine. Taking on their speech, Phaedra is also in constant dialogue with her digital selves, becoming Aphrodite, Theseus, Hippolytus, the Chorus and the crisis-ridden City itself. Struggling to escape the existential fatigue that plagues her, she ultimately emerges as a palimpsest of voices, images and memories.

A haunting, multi-sensory rendering of the insatiable desire for motion and for love.

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Under the stars – Οι κάτω απ’τ’αστέρια’
Date: Wednesday 6 March 2019
Venue: The Tabernacle Theatre, Notting Hill, 34-35 Powis Square, W11 2AY
Details: Late 80s, early 90s. Small Greek town on an Aegean island. Menia and Nickolis go to the same school, spend their summer holidays together, dream together, fall in love ‘for ever’. Years go by but between them, there is a wild fire burning.
What will happen when they meet again?
"Under the stars" is the bittersweet story, which takes place on a Greek island, between two young people who leave their timeless mark on each other. The final showdown of two lovers trapped by their choices.
Written by Tilemachos Tsardakas with Lila Baklesi and Konstantinos Bibis
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MANI / Μάνη – Painting the Southern Peloponnese: In the Footsteps of Patrick Leigh Fermor
Date: Tuesday 12 February - Monday 11 March 2019
Venue: Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, London, W1U 5AS Details: I was always fond of John Craxton’s cover illustrations for Patrick Leigh Fermor’s travel books, but had not really understood the longstanding connection between these two men or their mutual love for Greece until Ian Collins’ retrospective exhibition and monograph on Craxton in 2011. It unveiled a remarkable series of luminous paintings, many in tempera, that seemed to distil the essence of Greek landscape and life (Cretan in particular). Their linear form owes much to Modernism, but also to the close study of Byzantine painting and the mentoring of Greek painter Nikos Hadjikyriakou-Ghika, a lifelong friend to both Craxton and Leigh Fermor. This creative fellowship played out during the second half of the 20th century moving between their homes on Crete, Hydra and the Mani peninsula and has just been celebrated in an exhibition called ‘Charmed Lives in Greece’ at the British Museum earlier this year.

For opening hours during the exhibition call The Hellenic Centre, as the space may be booked for private events.

Phone: 020 7487 5060


An evening with the poet Titos Patrikios
Date: Sunday 10 March 2019
Venue: Hellenic Centre, 16-18 Paddington Street, W1U 5AS
Details: The Greek Library of London, in collaboration with the Poetry Office (Γραφείον Ποιήσεως), organise the honorary event «Poetry Finds You», which is dedicated to the life and works of Titos Patrikios.
The multi-faceted work of the award-winning poet will be showcased through a selection of poems both in English and Greek. The projection of relevant audiovisual material accompanied by piano music will present his life and work in a meaningful way.
The poet himself will attend the event and will participate in conversations with the public, allowing his readers the opportunity to discover aspects of his multilayered personality.

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