As part of this year’s Edinburgh Greek Festival, Syn Festival Edinburgh presents the group exhibition “Imagine the Sounds” at the Filmhouse Gallery, Edinburgh from 27 November 2016 until early January 2016.
The exhibition takes as its starting point the relationship between moving image and sound. Since the breakthrough of its introduction after the era of silent cinema, the sound has been an essential element of cinematic works since the earliest stages of the inception of film. Drawing inspiration from this year’s films the exhibition examines sound and ultimately music, as a powerful, universal modality of communication. The exhibition also seeks to the explore the role of the auditory not only as a complementary, but also oftentimes crucial narrative device, and more importantly an agent of cultural, social and political meaning-making and engagement.
Artists: AmanDa Armao, Giorgis Charalambidis, Chrysa Karagianni, Eva Koliadi, Eleni Laparidou Photography, Stergios Magriotis, Ursula Mestre, Vasilis Mitrakas & Silvia Peluso.
How have people who have moved from Spain and Greece to Scotland since the 1960s experienced their migration? This interactive, admission-free evening event aims to offer a welcoming environment for participating migrants to discuss emotions and experiences linked with their stay in Scotland. The event, organised by the Institute for Transnational and Spatial History of the University of St Andrews in partnership with the Edinburgh Greek Festival and Syn Festival Edinburgh includes an open discussion centred around migrants’ narrations, poetry and short films by Ursula Mestre and Pam van de Brug. We would also like to thank Maria Fanourgiaki (Institute of Cell Biology, University of Edinburgh), Hispanic Arts Scotland and the Settled in Glasgow Oral History Archive for their advice and support.
You may access the event’s webpage here: http://transnationalhistory.net/between/
Short films to be screened at the event: “Home is” by Pam van de Brug. A multi-screen video showing people who have moved to Edinburgh from overseas, in conversation with each other, exploring the complexity of the notion of home, and also of identity. Their discussions highlight that leaving your home to begin a new life in another country is a unique journey for anyone who undertakes it.
Moreover, “Insânia” by Ursula Mestre, a Portuguese visual artist born in 1987 and based in Edinburgh. For more about her work, please visit the following webpage: https://www.behance.net/ursulamestre
Greek Shadow Theatre continues a two hundred year old tradition. With Ottoman references combined with locally developed characters, at its peak, it was established as the most popular form of entertainment with an audience of millions. The social role and the influence it has on modern Greek art, have given Greek shadow Theatre a unique place among theatre traditions. Karagiozis, the protagonist, is an authentic folk hero and the depiction of the folk spirit which continues to cure with laughter audiences of all social classes and ages.
PRIOR TO THE PLAY THERE WILL BE A 15 MINUTE TALK (IN ENGLISH). PUPPETEER ATHOS DANELLIS WILL DISCUSS THE ORIGINS, SOCIAL ROLE AND FUTURE OF GREEK SHADOW THEATRE.
Important Note: The performance will be in the GREEK language but a summary of the plot and a description of play’s characters will be included in the introduction talk (which will be in English).
Play: Alexander the Great and the Cursed Snake
Plot: This, once, great and rich country suffers from a heavy curse that has been cast into despair the lord and the people. A terrible beast, a giant dragon has closed the cave from where the great river begins. The country risks being destroyed, crops wither, the people and animals suffering from thirst. The Lord announces that the person that will rid the place of the cursed snake will marry his beautiful daughter and will inherit his property and his office. Karagiozis and Hadziavatis starring on stage and display all typical types of Greek Shadow Theatre.
Live Music: Boozoolia the band
After the end of the play, Boozoolia the band will be on stage for another hour of Rebetiko Music.
TICKETS: Adults £6, Students & Children £4, Children (< 5 y/o) Free Entrance.
(Tickets will be available at the venue before the beginning of the show.)
All revenues of the event will be donated to Edinburgh Greek School.
For the second consecutive year Edinburgh Greek Film Festival (Edinburgh Greek Festival) is collaborating with Syn Festival Edinburgh through hosting the visual arts exhibition, titled Crossing Borders. The exhibition explores the idea of borders in human life, as well as what has caused people to cross them from the dawn of human history. The exhibition will take place at the Filmhouse Gallery, from 1 until 22 December 2015. The opening reception will be held on Tuesday, December 1 at 6.15 p.m..
The exhibition attempts to provide food for thought and provokes constructive discussion by presenting a contemporary perspective on immigration, cultural diversity and interaction; on demarcation, boundaries, barriers and frontiers as well as the human need to overcome them and take the step forward into the unknown, the forbidden, the unimaginable, or ‘simply’ the future.
The twelve participating artists present themes and imagery arising in an environment in continuous flux, renegotiation and often unrest, in order to engage and sensitise the audience to the timeless -but still ever poignant in our day and age- issue of movement and migration.
Artists: Amanda Armao, Spiros Borbas, Oana Calin, Sandra Franco, Dafni Kalokairinou, Chrysa Karagianni, Eleni Laparidou, Despina Nissiriou, Paraskevi Papagianni, Chris Patelis, Manel Quiros & Kristian Zara.