One city. One world.
The best way to become acquainted with the world is to bring it closer to you, to incorporate it into a fertile, hopeful and human framework. A framework that remains open to the known as well as the unknown, to everything local and everything international. A framework where the past will intersect with the present and together they will meet the future. A framework in which citizens will meet the cosmopolite hidden within themselves.
The 52nd DIMITRIA, in keeping with the promise it made to the world, is continuing on exactly that path: the path of renewal and extroversion. The path of dialogue and interaction. With the city of Thessaloniki as the starting point, it brings cultures from around the world closer to us: from Iran to Cuba, from Belgium to China, from Hungary to Ireland.
Theatrical performances, performance art, concerts, visual arts, photography and cinema; a total of 42 main events and other side events compose the festival’s core-mosaic, at the centre of which Humanity stands dominant; the absolute protagonist and simultaneous audience of its own journey; a journey that at times leads it to tragedy and at others to comedy. Humanity, which – despite having faced hardships, difficulties and failures – continues to dream and believe in a brighter future.
The 52nd Dimitria promises you a unique experience. A charming journey full of surprises. The 52nd Dimitria is your Dimitria and it awaits you.
The Artistic Committee
open eventPIANO RECITAL HANDE DALKILIC
An established virtuoso pianist, whose expressive power in combination with her exceptional technique have brought her into contact with audiences that are ever-increasing in number. Hande Dalkilic was born in Ankara and started taking piano lessons as a child. She devoted herself to music and started her academic education at 14, standing out due to her mature interpretation and broad repertoire. She has been actively recording since 2000, having recorded A. Adnan Saygun’s sonata Op. 76 as a...73 Nikis Avenue Τ: 2310 257 900Saturday 21 october 2017 time 21:00FREE ENTRY
open eventMASTER CLASS THEATRE CRITCISM
A masterclass organised in cooperation with the Hellenic Association of Theatre and Performing Arts Critics, addressed to a limited number of people who will be selected. It includes three 3-hour lessons which expound on the questions of modern theatrical criticism, both on a theoretical and practical level. Taught by: Savvas Patsalidis, Professor of Theatre Studies A.U.Th., Theatre Critic and President of the Hellenic Association of Theatre and Performing Arts Critics Zoe Ververopoulou, As....3 Elenis Zografou Street, EvangelistriaSunday 22 october 2017 from 11:00 to 14:00FREE PARTICIPATION LIMITED PLACES
open eventTHE CROSSROADS 2017 STAR THEATER BEIJING
In the spectacular opera from Beijing martial arts, theatrical performance and glorious costume design walk hand in hand with the mysterious power of pure Chinese culture. Star Theatres mark the art of the future in China, where the momentum of pioneering theatre is searching for a way out of the conventions of the political establishment. A martial arts show and opera at the same time, Crossroads is based on a seemingly simple premise: The star, Wu Sheng (a male character and exceptional mar...No 35 26th October Street Τ: 2313 318 203Sunday 22 october 2017 time 21:00€12 REGULAR €10 CONCESSIONS
open eventCLOSING PARTY OF THE 52ND DIMITRIA
The goodbye party of the 52nd Dimitria will bring together all those who experienced the need for a dialogue of culture and ideas on a local and international level, in a framework that was open both to the known and to the unknown. One city, one world, one major platform starting in Thessaloniki that brought cultures from around the world closer to us. From Iran to Cuba, from Belgium to China, through dozens of theatrical performances and performing arts pieces, concerts and visual arts exhi...No 35 26th October Street Τ: 2313 318 203Sunday 22 october 2017 time 22:00FREE ADMISSION
open eventRUSSIAN REVOLUTION BY CEZARIS GRAUŽINIS
BY NATIONAL THEATRE OF NORTHERN GREECE A performance that tries to reconstruct the first days of the Russian Revolution through the eyes of an everyday person who found themselves carried off by the wave of revolutionary momentum to change the world. Today, 100 years after the revolution broke out, the National Theatre of Northern Greece presents a contemporary performance on the concept of faith, through the eyes of trailblazing Lithuanian director Cezaris Grauzinis.2 Ethnikis Amynis Street Τ: 2315 200 200Wednesday 25 october 2017 time 21:00
open eventSLEEP, STELLA BY YANNIS ECONOMIDES
Award-winning film director Yannis Economides, creator of ‘The Matchbox’ and acclaimed films ‘Soul Kicking', ‘Knifer’ and ‘Stratos’, the voice of young Greek cinema that surgically incises petit bourgeois behaviours and dark spots in Greek society, has written and is directing his first work exclusively for the theatre. ‘Sleep, Stella’ leads us through the luxurious villa of a nouveau riche Greek, where affluence coexists with vulgarity and relationships have the colour of money. In a family whe...2 Ethnikis Amynis Street Τ: 2315 200 200From thursday 5 october 2017 time 21:00 to monday 6 november 2017 time 21:00€15 REGULAR €13 CONCESSIONS
open eventTHE SEAGULL… THAT’S WHAT I WANTED TO SAY HASHART THEATRE GROUP
A performance on the passions of love and creativity, based on Chekhov’s ‘The Seagull’ and the writings of: Akis Dimou, George Chimonas, Laurent Gaude, Giannis Efstathiadis, Sarah Kane, Giannis Panou, Spyros Stavropoulos, Javier Marias, Henriette Vogel, as well as other important creators and authors. Faithful to the first half of its name, HashArt theatrical troupe mixes old and new material that it amasses from libraries, record collections and from within the emotional wells of its own mem...Corner of 42 Paraskevopoulou Street & Konstantinoupoleos Street Τ: 2310 869 869From saturday 7 october 2017 time 21:10 to wednesday 8 november 2017 time 21:10€12 REGULAR €10 PRESALE €8 CONCESSIONS €5 UNEMPLOYED
open eventKOUDELKA SHOOTING HOLY LAND BY GILAD BARAM
A unique cinematic look at the creative processes of legendary Czech photographer Josef Koudelka and his photographic journey through Israel and Palestine, as he searches for that fleeting moment that makes the unshakable power of the image tangible. Having come of age at the height of the Cold War era and with in depth knowledge of what it means to be on “the other side”, Magnum’s emblematic photographer was moved when he first saw the nine-metre high wall that stands in the West Bank. What ...10 Aristotelous Square Τ: 2310 378 400From tuesday 10 october 2017 time 21:00 to saturday 11 november 2017 time 21:00€5
open eventBLACK SNOW – THE DIARY OF A DEAD MAN
DIRECTED BY KOSTAS FILIPPOGLOU AND PRODUCED BY GOODHEART PRODUCTIONS A performance based on the autobiographical and incredibly funny “theatrical novel” by Mikhail Bulgakov, which he wrote at the same time as ‘The Master and Margarita’, but which he left unfinished due to his death. In his work, Bulgakov outlines a gallery of characters from theatre and the letters, grotesquely highlighted in an increasingly suffocating dance around the lonely, desperate figure of the author, who is searching...Corner of 42 Paraskevopoulou Street & Konstantinoupoleos Street Τ: 2310 869 869From thursday 12 october 2017 time 21:00 to monday 13 november 2017 time 21:00€15 REGULAR €12 STUDENTS & LARGE FAMILIES €10 GROUPS OF 10 OR MORE €8 THE UNEMPLOYED & CONCESSIONS
open eventSOTIRIS CHRISTIDIS THE PAN-HELLENIC DESIRE
[TRACES OF HELLENISM] WORKS BY SOTIRIS CHRISTIDIS FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE MUNICIPAL GALLERY The work of the popular illustrator, painter and lithographer is presented in an important exhibition at Casa Bianca, organised by the Municipal Gallery. Sotiris Christidis (1858-1940) was born in Thessaloniki, but worked in Athens. His lithography immortalised heroic moments in modern Greek history through the eyes of an authentic narrator, he moulded allegorical aspects of our ancient Greek and...180 Vas. Olgas Avenue Τ: 2313 318538, 2310 427555From tuesday 10 october 2017 time 20:00 to thursday 30 november 2017 time 20:00FREE ADMISSION
open eventMAQAMS OF BLOOD AND MAQAMS OF MILK / GIORGOS LAPPAS
The great Greek artist Giorgos Lappas, one of the most important European sculptors and professors at the Athens School of Fine Art, a consistent creator, who worked ceaselessly until his death in 2016, in a major exhibition whose title he picked. The group of works refers to the Arab term ‘maqam’, which means ‘place’ and is used in the musical terminology of the Middle East in order to determine the modal system that describes the musical phenomena. The exhibition has been curated by Aphr...91-93 Kassandrou Street Τ: 2310 278 587From friday 20 october 2017 time 20:00 to thursday 30 november 2017 time 20:00FREE ADMISSION
open eventSHARED SACRED SITES
As they have done in the past and according to centuries of practice, so it is nowadays that many Christians, Muslims, and Jews pray at sacred sites that belong to other religions. What are their interactions and in what ways do they leave a trail behind them? The existence of common sacred sites is a phenomenon with deep roots in the Mediterranean, which reveals the permeability of the borders between religious communities. The three-part exhibition ‘Shared Sacred Sites’ explores the similar...--From saturday 23 september 2017 time 20:00 to sunday 31 devember 2017 time 22:00