September

Sat29Sep08:00Opening of the 53rd Dimitria Festival08:00 Thessaloniki Port Authority

Price

Free Admission

Event Details

‘Life is a sea’ Ports of the World

On an opening night that will live up to the event, an emblematic space both for the city and for southeastern Europe, the Port of Thessaloniki, will be hosting an event full of music, flavours and colours, that will unfold through events that will last more than three hours and with guests from all over the world.

The ports of the Mediterranean, hubs for the region’s history, places where ideas, cultures and populations were exchanged, celebrate in a venue the specifically designed by visual artist Marios Teriade – Eleftheriadis.

The S.O.M.TH. will participate in the opening ceremony with a concert. Participants include soloists Natasha Mare Moumtzidou (singing), Kostas Tsougras (accordion), and Panagiotis Kountouris (electone). They will present Greek and international songs on the theme of the sea and its ports, in covers and orchestrations by Panagiotis Dimopoulos. Next up in the first part of the event will be one of the main soloists of the concert, renowned Palestinian pianist and composer Farag Suleiman, who will accompany and improvise on the music of Manos Hadjidakis. The orchestra will then perform with the composer and his quartet. Faraj will adapt his compositions for the S.O.M.TH., inspired by Arabic culture and jazz tradition.
The next performance will be by Tarabband, a six-member group that was created by the Egyptian-Iraqi Nadin Al Khalidi and Swede Gabriel Hermansson. Their sound symbolically starts from the European North to end in the musical womb o the eastern Mediterranean.
There will also be a touch of gastronomy at the event through street food culture, as producers from Central Macedonia with the collaboration of the Region of Central Macedonia will offer local dishes, which the public will have the opportunity to enjoy with wine or beer. The DJ sets will provide the event with its multicultural, celebratory rhythm.

Programme:
Jacques Brel: Dans le port d’ Amsterdam – adapted for accordion and orchestra
Eric Serra: The Big Blue Overture – adapted for electone and orchestra (theme from the film The Big Blue)
Manos Hadjidakis: The sea is deep – adapted for voice and orchestra
Traditional: My little sea – adapted for voice and orchestra
Nino Rota: Amara me – adapted for voice, piano and orchestra
Manos Hadjidakis: Wide open sea – adapted for voice, piano and orchestra
Faraj Suleiman: Four compositions adapted for piano and symphony orchestra
Three Steps
A boy on a bicycle, 7pm
The Trickster Dance
Beneath The Walnut Tree

Performers:
Part 1
Natasha Mare Moumtzidou: Singing
Panagiotis Kountouris: Εlectone – adapted musical theme
Kostas Tsougras: Accordion
Manolis Koutsounanos: Drums
Panagiotis Dimopoulos: Piano – orchestrations of part 1
Faraj Suleiman: Piano
Part 2
Faraj Suleiman: piano – compositions
Faraj Suleiman Quartet
Conductor: Charis Iliadis

Starting time 20.00

Co-organised by TH.P.A.

53 Dimitria Festival Opening sponsors

Time

(Saturday) 08:00

Location

Thessaloniki Port Authority

Navarchou Votsi 4, Thessaloniki 546 25

October

Sun21Oct23:0015:09Closing Event of the 53rd Dimitria Festival23:00 - 15:09 State Theatre of Northern Greece

Price

Free Admission

Event Details

The farewell party for the 53rd Dimitria brings together everyone who participated in need for a dialogue of culture and ideas on a local and international level, in a framework open to the known and the unknown.

A city, a world, a great platform that starts in Thessaloniki, which brought to us cultures from all over the world through dozens of theatrical performances and performance art pieces, concerts and visual arts, dance, photography, film to the rich festival corpus that composed the experience of the 53rd Dimitria Festival.

At the event marking the end of the cosmopolitan cultural rendezvous, we meet for a glass of wine at the NTNG and renew our future appointment, those of us who enjoyed the events of this year’s festival and worked to realise it.

Starting time 23:00

Time

(Sunday) 23:00 - 15:09

Location

State Theatre of Northern Greece