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 53rd 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 53rd Dimitria promises you a unique experience. A charming journey full of surprises. The 53rd Dimitria is your Dimitria and it awaits you.

The Artistic Committee

Futured Events

November

06Oct(Oct 6)10:0020Jan(Jan 20)13:00Alexander Iolas: The Heritage Curated by: Thouli Misirloglou, Director MMCA(October 6) 10:00 - (January 20) 13:00 MACEDONIAN MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART

Price

Admission €4 Regular €2 Concessions, Free (for special groups)

Event Details

He has been characterised as one of the most influential people of the visual arts from 1950 onwards; however, he has not been duly recognised in Greece, in contrast to the recognition he receives abroad.
His significant contribution to international art can be briefly summarised by the number of galleries he founded, his promotion of artists all over the world, the unstoppable momentum of his activities, his crucial role in the establishment of the European Surrealists in America, as well as that of many other young artists. A close friend of his until the very end, Andy Warhol, was discovered by Iolas.

Thirty years after his death, the exhibition-tribute to Alexander Iolas, the largest that has been organised to date in honour of this patron of the arts, is being held at the ideal time and in the ideal place: in Thessaloniki. This is where traces of his benefaction survive through his contribution to the foundation of the first centre for contemporary art in Greece, which then evolved into the first museum of contemporary art, the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art.

Duration 6.10.18 – 20.01.19

Opening hours
Thursday 10:00 – 22:00,
Friday 10:00 – 19:00,
Saturday 10:00 – 18:00,
Sunday 11:00 – 15:00

Collaboration Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art

Time

October 6 (Saturday) 10:00 - January 20 (Sunday) 13:00

Location

MACEDONIAN MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART

Egnatias 154 (TIF-Helexpo) T: +30 2310 240002

17Oct(Oct 17)08:0031Dec(Dec 31)14:00Giorgos Tougias (invoking and recalling subtraction) Curated by: Nikos Mykoniatis(October 17) 08:00 - (December 31) 14:00 Vafopoulio Cultural Centre

Price

Free Admission

Event Details

“Works of abstractive painting create reductions without strict cultural formations, creating images in fluidity and gradually cancelling the rationalised perspective. Thus, “episodes” of spiritual awakening occur, which are caused by an exceptionally nuclear, even primitive, calling. Incomprehensible whispers “invoking the gods” (Thucydides, History 7.71.3) transform into phonetic images, which are produced using colours with painting as a base, delivering art to untamed fingers, like erratic writing. A type of painting similar to addressing the divine, which resides deep inside, in an eternal effort to calm the inner restlessness, so as to provide an extension to moments of peace, as space expands into the endless, the incomplete. However, gradually, as though due to some need, the fullness of time arrives for images to take on dimensions. So the unformed is recalled for the sake of normalcy and structures are produced, either from the relationship of points, or because of the way in which they are juxtaposed. This new way is defined by principles and the person applying them becomes a constructor, a mason, and a creator.

Giorgos Tougias, in the 60s, created works that produce a unique and essential personal idiom of abstraction, the result of an inner expression, in the shape of the shape of an open invocation. Tougias then recalled this artistic practice, deciding to design his painting world according to architectural terms, critically and with a delicate irony. The works produced are strictly geometrical. They have clear outlines and their straight and narrow paths describe exactly the design event of absolute tranquility and stillness. In the 70s, during a period of intense experimentation regarding the relationship of the artist and his media, Tougias left behind the canvas, which meant “designing” the work directly in three-dimensional space.

Giorgos Tougias was without a doubt a pioneer, fully comprehending abstraction as a process of recalling and he remained a pioneer, as by recalling his artistic practices he served creation and not the avant-garde”. Nikos Mykoniatis, September 2018

Collaboration
Directorate of Vafopoulio & Cultural Foundations, Department of Vafopoulio Cultural Centre

Duration 17.10–31.12

Opening hours
Weekdays 08.00–20.00
Sat. 08.00-14.00

Time

October 17 (Wednsday) 08:00 - December 31 (Monday) 14:00

Location

Vafopoulio Cultural Centre

5, Vafopoulou Street 2310 424 132

19Oct(Oct 19)09:0030Dec(Dec 30)14:00CABADAKIS: honoris causaA retrospective of Kyriakos Cabadakis, curated by Alexandros Cabadakis, Yolanda Papanikolaou(October 19) 09:00 - (December 30) 14:00 CULTURAL MULTIFUNCTIONAL SPACE OF THE FORMER HAMIDIYE SCHOOL OF ARTS AND CRAFTS –ISLAHANE

Price

Free Admission

Event Details

One of the most important sculptors of the younger generation in post-war Greece, internationally recognised with a rich catalogue of work, Kyriakos Cabadakis is among the most prolific artists in Greece, with compositions that adorn outdoor spaces, and public and private collections, in Greece and abroad.
The exhibition will include famous and unknown works from all of the artist’s periods, as well as the sculptor’s workshop. An art workshop will find a hospitable home in the former Workshops of the Arts and Crafts School. Sculpting wood and casting metals, at some point in the past, in the same space, the boarders of the School learned a craft. Sculpting wood and casting metals, Cabadakis, in his workshop, created Art. The moulds, the dies, and the tools of the School will coexist both with the corresponding early creations of the artist, as well as with his completed pieces. An exhibition that initiates you to the materials, before their final form, the process, before the result, the quest and the destination of a piece of art.

Kyriakos Cabadakis (1938-2003) was born in Drama and raised in Thessaloniki. He studied sculpting and engraving at the Fine Arts School at the State Museum of Contemporary Art in Berlin, where he lived and worked for fourteen years. In 1975 he relocated to Thessaloniki permanently. Influenced by German expressionism, he created sculptures, engravings, and woodcuts, which he presented at a number of solo and group exhibitions.
The human form was a dominant theme in his work, while his attempt to create visual-painting impressions was evident. In his last works, the form is somewhat lighter and characterised by a significant reduction in mass, in order to develop new relationships between the piece and the surrounding space.
In the context of the exhibition a specially designed educational programme will operate for pupils. Communication: 2310.206.910 or 2310.213.800. Head of Education: Areti Kondylidou

Duration 19.10-30.12

Opening hours
Mon.–Fri. 09.00-14.00
Opening 20.00

In cooperation with the Modern Monuments & Technical Works Service of the Ministry of Culture and Sports

Time

October 19 (Friday) 09:00 - December 30 (Sunday) 14:00

Location

CULTURAL MULTIFUNCTIONAL SPACE OF THE FORMER HAMIDIYE SCHOOL OF ARTS AND CRAFTS –ISLAHANE

3 Elenis Zografou Street, Evangelistria

December

06Oct(Oct 6)10:0020Jan(Jan 20)13:00Alexander Iolas: The Heritage Curated by: Thouli Misirloglou, Director MMCA(October 6) 10:00 - (January 20) 13:00 MACEDONIAN MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART

Price

Admission €4 Regular €2 Concessions, Free (for special groups)

Event Details

He has been characterised as one of the most influential people of the visual arts from 1950 onwards; however, he has not been duly recognised in Greece, in contrast to the recognition he receives abroad.
His significant contribution to international art can be briefly summarised by the number of galleries he founded, his promotion of artists all over the world, the unstoppable momentum of his activities, his crucial role in the establishment of the European Surrealists in America, as well as that of many other young artists. A close friend of his until the very end, Andy Warhol, was discovered by Iolas.

Thirty years after his death, the exhibition-tribute to Alexander Iolas, the largest that has been organised to date in honour of this patron of the arts, is being held at the ideal time and in the ideal place: in Thessaloniki. This is where traces of his benefaction survive through his contribution to the foundation of the first centre for contemporary art in Greece, which then evolved into the first museum of contemporary art, the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art.

Duration 6.10.18 – 20.01.19

Opening hours
Thursday 10:00 – 22:00,
Friday 10:00 – 19:00,
Saturday 10:00 – 18:00,
Sunday 11:00 – 15:00

Collaboration Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art

Time

October 6 (Saturday) 10:00 - January 20 (Sunday) 13:00

Location

MACEDONIAN MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART

Egnatias 154 (TIF-Helexpo) T: +30 2310 240002

17Oct(Oct 17)08:0031Dec(Dec 31)14:00Giorgos Tougias (invoking and recalling subtraction) Curated by: Nikos Mykoniatis(October 17) 08:00 - (December 31) 14:00 Vafopoulio Cultural Centre

Price

Free Admission

Event Details

“Works of abstractive painting create reductions without strict cultural formations, creating images in fluidity and gradually cancelling the rationalised perspective. Thus, “episodes” of spiritual awakening occur, which are caused by an exceptionally nuclear, even primitive, calling. Incomprehensible whispers “invoking the gods” (Thucydides, History 7.71.3) transform into phonetic images, which are produced using colours with painting as a base, delivering art to untamed fingers, like erratic writing. A type of painting similar to addressing the divine, which resides deep inside, in an eternal effort to calm the inner restlessness, so as to provide an extension to moments of peace, as space expands into the endless, the incomplete. However, gradually, as though due to some need, the fullness of time arrives for images to take on dimensions. So the unformed is recalled for the sake of normalcy and structures are produced, either from the relationship of points, or because of the way in which they are juxtaposed. This new way is defined by principles and the person applying them becomes a constructor, a mason, and a creator.

Giorgos Tougias, in the 60s, created works that produce a unique and essential personal idiom of abstraction, the result of an inner expression, in the shape of the shape of an open invocation. Tougias then recalled this artistic practice, deciding to design his painting world according to architectural terms, critically and with a delicate irony. The works produced are strictly geometrical. They have clear outlines and their straight and narrow paths describe exactly the design event of absolute tranquility and stillness. In the 70s, during a period of intense experimentation regarding the relationship of the artist and his media, Tougias left behind the canvas, which meant “designing” the work directly in three-dimensional space.

Giorgos Tougias was without a doubt a pioneer, fully comprehending abstraction as a process of recalling and he remained a pioneer, as by recalling his artistic practices he served creation and not the avant-garde”. Nikos Mykoniatis, September 2018

Collaboration
Directorate of Vafopoulio & Cultural Foundations, Department of Vafopoulio Cultural Centre

Duration 17.10–31.12

Opening hours
Weekdays 08.00–20.00
Sat. 08.00-14.00

Time

October 17 (Wednsday) 08:00 - December 31 (Monday) 14:00

Location

Vafopoulio Cultural Centre

5, Vafopoulou Street 2310 424 132

19Oct(Oct 19)09:0030Dec(Dec 30)14:00CABADAKIS: honoris causaA retrospective of Kyriakos Cabadakis, curated by Alexandros Cabadakis, Yolanda Papanikolaou(October 19) 09:00 - (December 30) 14:00 CULTURAL MULTIFUNCTIONAL SPACE OF THE FORMER HAMIDIYE SCHOOL OF ARTS AND CRAFTS –ISLAHANE

Price

Free Admission

Event Details

One of the most important sculptors of the younger generation in post-war Greece, internationally recognised with a rich catalogue of work, Kyriakos Cabadakis is among the most prolific artists in Greece, with compositions that adorn outdoor spaces, and public and private collections, in Greece and abroad.
The exhibition will include famous and unknown works from all of the artist’s periods, as well as the sculptor’s workshop. An art workshop will find a hospitable home in the former Workshops of the Arts and Crafts School. Sculpting wood and casting metals, at some point in the past, in the same space, the boarders of the School learned a craft. Sculpting wood and casting metals, Cabadakis, in his workshop, created Art. The moulds, the dies, and the tools of the School will coexist both with the corresponding early creations of the artist, as well as with his completed pieces. An exhibition that initiates you to the materials, before their final form, the process, before the result, the quest and the destination of a piece of art.

Kyriakos Cabadakis (1938-2003) was born in Drama and raised in Thessaloniki. He studied sculpting and engraving at the Fine Arts School at the State Museum of Contemporary Art in Berlin, where he lived and worked for fourteen years. In 1975 he relocated to Thessaloniki permanently. Influenced by German expressionism, he created sculptures, engravings, and woodcuts, which he presented at a number of solo and group exhibitions.
The human form was a dominant theme in his work, while his attempt to create visual-painting impressions was evident. In his last works, the form is somewhat lighter and characterised by a significant reduction in mass, in order to develop new relationships between the piece and the surrounding space.
In the context of the exhibition a specially designed educational programme will operate for pupils. Communication: 2310.206.910 or 2310.213.800. Head of Education: Areti Kondylidou

Duration 19.10-30.12

Opening hours
Mon.–Fri. 09.00-14.00
Opening 20.00

In cooperation with the Modern Monuments & Technical Works Service of the Ministry of Culture and Sports

Time

October 19 (Friday) 09:00 - December 30 (Sunday) 14:00

Location

CULTURAL MULTIFUNCTIONAL SPACE OF THE FORMER HAMIDIYE SCHOOL OF ARTS AND CRAFTS –ISLAHANE

3 Elenis Zografou Street, Evangelistria

January

06Oct(Oct 6)10:0020Jan(Jan 20)13:00Alexander Iolas: The Heritage Curated by: Thouli Misirloglou, Director MMCA(October 6) 10:00 - (January 20) 13:00 MACEDONIAN MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART

Price

Admission €4 Regular €2 Concessions, Free (for special groups)

Event Details

He has been characterised as one of the most influential people of the visual arts from 1950 onwards; however, he has not been duly recognised in Greece, in contrast to the recognition he receives abroad.
His significant contribution to international art can be briefly summarised by the number of galleries he founded, his promotion of artists all over the world, the unstoppable momentum of his activities, his crucial role in the establishment of the European Surrealists in America, as well as that of many other young artists. A close friend of his until the very end, Andy Warhol, was discovered by Iolas.

Thirty years after his death, the exhibition-tribute to Alexander Iolas, the largest that has been organised to date in honour of this patron of the arts, is being held at the ideal time and in the ideal place: in Thessaloniki. This is where traces of his benefaction survive through his contribution to the foundation of the first centre for contemporary art in Greece, which then evolved into the first museum of contemporary art, the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art.

Duration 6.10.18 – 20.01.19

Opening hours
Thursday 10:00 – 22:00,
Friday 10:00 – 19:00,
Saturday 10:00 – 18:00,
Sunday 11:00 – 15:00

Collaboration Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art

Time

October 6 (Saturday) 10:00 - January 20 (Sunday) 13:00

Location

MACEDONIAN MUSEUM OF CONTEMPORARY ART

Egnatias 154 (TIF-Helexpo) T: +30 2310 240002