The Rootless Roots project: book presenation, animation, exhibition
The Itinerant Library of the Network for Children’s Rights #15
EDO (here): theatrical and musical workshop Performance

Upcoming Events

«Qualified under 18» 1st International Athens Film Festival for Children and Adolescents

The 1st Athens International Children’s Film Festival is founded to support and spread the creation of intelligent film making for children and teenagers. 75 films in 22 different languages with the participation of 30 countries, guest, prizes, book readings and workshops are some of the features of the festival. Athens 2018 World Book Capital-City of Athens collaborates with the festival organizing book reading events. Friends of the Festival and supporters of the "A book a day" slogan, read fairy tales and stories to the young participants of the festival. Children and teens will have the opportunity to find a rich collection of books at the specially transformed foyers of the Athens Music Hall. The books, which after the festival will be donated to the Municipal Children's Libraries of City of Athens, are kindly offered by a number of publishers. The foyer readings: admission free Information on the 1st International Children's & Adolescent Film Festival of Athens and the program can be found at www.athicff.com & www.megaron.gr. We will be waiting for you with many "cinematic" readings! Organizer: Athens International Childrens Film Festival, Megaron Athens  Section: Books and the Arts

“The Blind Girl and other poems” dramatized presentation

Presentation of ‘ The Blind Girl and Other Poems’ a poetry collection by Eleni Vafeiadou within the framework of Athens World Book Capital 2018/ City of Athens. "The Blind Girl and Other Poems" is a personal journey that explores through poetry, the world , the inner self, relationships, love, life, dreams, nature and diversity. The blind girl showed me the way ... ... as if the eyes of her soul guided her are some of the verses of the poem that appears in Braille on the back cover. It is the ‘other view’, the one that can lead us to a more beautiful world ... ... imagination begins a journey to change the world with her paint brush Eleni Vafeidou, is a graduate of the Athen’s Agricultural University and Educational Technical School. She has worked mainly as a teacher in Secondary Education. She is engaged in literature, theatre, cinema and painting. She’s a founding member of HeterArt and she is volunteering to 'Reading to the Others' NGO. ‘The Blind girl and other poems’ is her first poetry collection, soon to be included in the amelib audio library collection. The book will be presented in a panel discussion with Athena Vogiatzoglou, Associate Professor of Modern Greek Literature at the University of Ioannina and the writer and artist Kostas Karousos, President of the Greek Literary Society. There will be a dramatic presentation with the musicians Luminita Macavei, violin, Nikos Efstratiou guitar and the performers Depi Mavropoulou and Melina Mastrantoni. The presentation is organized by the ‘Reading to the Others’ and ‘HeterArt’ NGO’s supported by Social Dynamo-Bodosaki Foundation. With a central axis selected verses of the book, the common visions of 'Reading to the Others' and 'HeterArt' will be presented. Vision of 'Reading to the Others' is the equal access to knowledge and literature with live narrations and audio books. HeterArt proposes communication through art for socially diverse groups and continues the cycle ‘... the arts otherwise ...’ which started from artspace 'Myrtillo’ and was announced at the inauguration of the Park for the Child and Culture by the Mayor of Athens in February 2016. It presents the educational programmes 'piano4all' and 'art2tech' through pages of selectedbooks. 'Reading to the Others' and 'HeterArt' have co-sponsored the 'stream vs steam' event. It has been requested to cover the presentation from blod.gr Short description: Feeling the empossed back cover of the book "The Blind Girl and Other Poems" of Eleni Vafeiadou, the NGO’s "Reading to the Others" and "HeterArt"initiate us, through poetry and music, to the 'other glance' of a universal world. Event at the artspace 'Myrtillo' on the 7th of December 2018, within the framework of Athens Work Book Capital, supported by the Social Dynamo- Bodosaki Foundation. Organizer:  NGO’s: ’Reading to the Others’ and ‘HeterArt’ and the support by the Social Dynamo-Bodosaki Foundation Section: Celebrating Reading Free entrance

Museopedagogical programs in cultural spaces – “Plato’s myths”

Educational activity attempting to induce children to become acquainted with the myths of Plato’s “State” and the elements of his philosophy through entertaining as well as educational ways. Groups of 15 children [8 to 12 years old] Organizer:OPANDA Section:Educational Activities Participation: Free Registrations at 210 5142138 (09:00 - 16:00)

The Greek Revolution through literature

Ιn the framework of the series of events "1821: Appeals to Today" organized by the National Historical Museum on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the Revolution of 1821, on Saturday, December 8, an open discussion will take place in the Central Hall of the Museum on " Revolution through Literature ". Participants include Ismini Kapandani and Isidoros Zourgos. The discussion will be co-ordinated by the journalist and writer Tasoula Eptakoyili. Organizer: National Historical Museum  Section: Contemporary Narratives More information / bookings: tel. 210 3237617, 210 3237315 Free entrance

The creator of famous Detective Klouz comes to Athens

Jürgen Banscherus, the “father” of our favorite hero detective Klouz, comes to Athens for a one and only appearance and brings with him the latest news about detective Klouz and Mili and Magnus, the two michievious friends. Organizer: Metaichmio Publications with the support of "Athens 2018 - World Book Capital" city of Athens  Section: A world of writers

The Athens Prize for Literature: award ceremony

The Athens Prize for Literature, comprising both Greek Novels and Foreign Novels (translated into Greek) sections, is the first award ever designated in Greece for foreign works. The (De)kata literary journal (www.dekata.gr) (in Greek), edited by Dinos Siotis, has modelled some aspects of the Athens Prize after other noted awards such as the Booker Prize in Great Britain and the National Book Circle Award in the U.S. Judges will announce the names of the two award recipients and The mayor of Athens and Timos Tzannes from Mont Blanc will give the two awards, Greek and foreign novel, to the winners. Organizer: Society of dekata with the support of "Athens 2018 - World Book Capital" city of Athens Section: Celebrating Reading  

The Future as a Project | Doxiadis in Skopje

Τhe exhibition The Future as a Project | Doxiadis in Skopje presents - for the first time in Greece - the reconstruction of Skopje after the 1963 earthquake, combining material from the Doxiadis Archive and a series of architectural models of modern Skopje buildings. Two days of events will open the exhibition at the Benaki Museum-Piraeus Street. On the first day (17/12) an international conference will take place (15.00-19.30), followed by the official opening of the exhibition. Τhe next day (18/12) includes two free guided tours (17.00-18.00, 30 persons/tour) to the exhibition, followed by the presentation of the printed catalog and a roundtable discussion. Confirmed speakers (Conference): Zoran Petrovski (Museum of Contemporary Art in Skopje), Vlatko Korobar (SS Cyril and Methodius), Maroje Mrduljaš (University of Zagreb), Ines Tolic (University of Bologna), Ana Ivanovska-Jovan Ivanovski (SS Cyril and Methodius), Kostas Tsiambaos (NTUA). Moderator: Tasos Telloglou (journalist/writer). Confirmed speakers (Roundtable): Panagiotis Tournikiotis (NTUA), Dimitris Filippides (Prof. Emeritus, NTUA). Oργάνωση: Hellenic Institute of Architecture, Benaki Museum, Museum Of The Cıty Of Skopje, Konstantine & Emma Doxiadis foundation, Konstatinos A. Doxiadis Archive. With the support of "Athens 2018 - World Book Capital" City of Athens Eνότητα: Books and the Arts



Odysseas Elytis

Words of the day

Listen, listen
Who speaks to the waters and who weeps – do you hear?
Who searches for the other, who cries out – do you hear?
I am the one who cries out and I am the one who weeps, do you hear me
I love you, I love you, you hear me.

Moving library

The Moving Library aims to bring “Books Everywhere” all over Athens!

Find out its next “stops” in the neighborhoods of the city!
  • 7  December – LAMBRINI
  • 10 December – GOUDI
  • 12 December – AKADIMIA PLATONOS
  • 13 December – SERAFEIO
  • 14  December- KARAMANOU SQUARE
  • 17 December –LAMBRAKI HILL
  • 18 December – KOLOKINTHOU



For kids and the Family

10 November |  The city reads…children’s books for Museums

Educational activities aiming at presenting museum books for children and museum - related books through entertaining and educational ways with the ultimate goal: to bring pupils, teachers, parents, citizens closer to the museums of the City of Athens. This event includes reading and presentation of the child book "A Walk in the City Gallery" of Foteni Chambra & Zoe Skalidi (edition Diaplasi) For parents and children 6 - 12 years old. Organization: OPANDA, Department of Library Collections & Cultural Spaces Section: Educational Activities  

24 November |  Stories that Bring Us Together: storytelling from around the world in different languages #5

On the last Saturday of each calendar month, children and foreign visitors to Athens become an audience to storytellers. This event features tales from all over the world in Farsi, Arabic, Kurmanji, French and English. Organizer: We Need Books Section: Celebrating Reading

31 October to 2 December |  “Spiti” | Home: group exhibition of Greek illustrators

What is home for a child-for an adult who was a child? Works of 25 Greek illustrators attempting to convey the concept of home, as a house, courtyard, room, corner or headrest, charger and kaleidoscope of emotions, as a channel of messages and symbols. Hearth and warmth, base or recourse, privacy or coexistence. Home as a residence, permanent, temporary, transitional. A slowing lever in the rhythms of everyday life, a station in the variability of the modern era of mobility. Villages, cities, and apartments are increasingly common places to move from one working environment to another, from zones of destruction to hosting cultures. As the world around us becomes more and more inhospitable, the primary need for private microcosms, created and defined by us alone, is a matter of urgency. And as long as the satisfaction of this need does not stabilize spatially, the greater the nostalgia of childhood emotions, the more descriptive the vision of regaining the sense of belonging. Artists: Svetlana Vassilev, Katerina Verouzou, Claire Georgellis, Myrto Delivorias, Natalia Kapatsoulia, Christos Kourtoglou, Alexis Kyrizopoulos, Efi Lada, Michalis Kazazis, Kelly Matthia Kovo / Kelly Matathia Covo, Thanda Mimilaki, Maria Bahá , Petros Bouloubassis, Nearchos Daskas, Vassilis Papatsarouchas, Dancey Parisis, Achilleas Razis, Melissanthi Saliba, Iris Samartzis, Daniela Stamatiadis, Fotini Stefanidis, Fotini Tikkou, Sofiia Touliatou, Katerina Hadoulou, Vaso Psaraki Information: www.myrtillocafe.gr Reservations at 2110123176, 6940867480 & 6971759463, Email: myrtillocafe@gmail.com & myrtillocafe2@gmail.com Exhibition Opening: 31 October, 19:00 Parallel Events: -Meet ups with children's literature creators, focusing on their books focusing on the notion of “home” -School visits to the exhibition backed up with workshops / meetings with creators (upon request) Parallel book exhibition: "At Home" Organizer: anOtherstory-Myrtillo-Children's and Adolescent Library of the City of Athens, supported by OPANDA Exhibition duration: 31 October 2018 to 01 December 2018 Place: Myrtillo - Children's and Adolescent Library of the Municipality of Athens Organizer: Myrtillo café, supported by Athens 2018 - World Book Capital of the City of Athens Section: Book and the Arts Events in the context of the yearly theatrical and visual festival for children and adolescents "anOther Story", hosted at Myrtillo's premises

24 September to 30 April |  Books on Wheels travel to the Nurseries of Athens

Books on Wheels is an innovative program that aims to foster a book-loving attitude among children of public elementary schools in Greece, by bringing a mobile library into the classroom. BOOKS ON WHEELS “travels” to the 72 early childhood centers of the Municipality of Athens! Twelve carry - on suitcases full of new books will reach 4.500 toddlers who will have the opportunity to enjoy contact with the books and associate them with positive feelings and people they love. Information: vivliaserodes.gr, 210 6230913   Organizer: PYRNA non profit cultural organization & Athens 2018 World Book Capital Program Section: Educational Activities

10 September to 30 April |  Cities and Literature

Α presentation of selected excerpts, poems and prose, from texts of the modern Greek literature with the use of audiovisual media. The program involves and optional workshop of creative writing. Location: Piraeus Group Cultural Foundation, Angelou Geronta 6, Plaka The participation in Secondary School Teams is free upon booking. For more information: Alexandra Tranda, head of educational programs, 210 3256027  

1 August to 30 April |  anOther story: leaving and living – school activities

These activities are part of the annual, thematic, literary and visual festival for children and adolescents, hosted at Myrtillo since 2017. This year's themes are traveling, escape and home, adventure and warmth, the opposites of the known and the unfamiliar. Throughout the year myrtillo organises events and experiential activities, open to the public, with creators of children's and teenage literature based on the themes of their books. For school groups attendance please contact for booking. Location: Myrtillo, Trifylias & Lampsa, Ampelokipoi, Athens More information / bookings: www.myrtillocafe.gr, 2110123176 , 6940867480 & 6971759463 Email: myrtillocafe@gmail.com & myrtillocafe2@gmail.com   

2 June to 30 April |  «#Text Me_Fluffy Library»

Fluffy Library is a groundbreaking library that takes the form of an interactive exhibition. The ATOPOS space is overrun by Fluffy - a gigantic hybrid doll that, along with its monster-like primer, dwell in the space. Visitors are prompted to take their shoes off at the entrance and read through the primer, either alone or in the company of others. Fluffy Library will be framed by the #TextMe_Lab academic program that features lectures, discussions, workshops, performances and small-scale exhibitions by artists and adademics. Place: ATOPOS Contemporary Visual Culture, Salaminos 72 Dates & Times: Thursday - Friday 14:00 - 20:00 & Saturday - Sunday 12:00 - 18:00 Entrance: Free Organizer: Atopos Contemporary Visual Culture. With the support of Athens Culture Net Program Section: Book & the Arts



Juergen Banscherus in Athens 2018 World Book Capital!
Andri Snær Magnason in Athens 2018 World Book Capital!
Yrsa Sigurdardóttir in Athens 2018 World Book Capital!