The Athens Festival this year is with a reduced budget and the director suggests Greece should not send a representative to Eurovision.
"I regret that all of us artists have been hiding and no one speaks about the money, approved by the government for Eurovision. It's a lot of money. We should not be represented on Eurovision based on economic and aesthetic reasons and because of our dignity. All of us must sign that at this moment we do not want Greece to send a song to Eurovision," said the director of the Athens Festival Georgios Loukos.
This year the festival, which will last for two and a half months - from June 1 to mid-August. The fans of theater, music and dance art will be able to enjoy a colorful variety of performances, although the budget of the festival is reduced by the Ministry of Culture to €4 320 000—in other words with one million Euros less than last year.
Athens Festival will begin on June 1 with the theatrical performance "Angels in America" by Tony Kushner directed by Nikos Mastorakis, which will be played on 260 Piraeus Blvd. Distinguished from the theater program are “John Gabriel Borkman" by Ibsen, directed by Thomas Ostermeyer, which will be played on June 24-27, and "Streetcar” by Christoph Varlikofski based on the play by Tennessee Williams “Streetcar Named Desire". The leading role in "Streetcar" will be played by the talented Isabelle Huppert in the role of Blanche DuBois, a the performance will be played on July 2-5 again on 260 Piraeus Blvd. The theatrical play "Demons" based on the novel by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, which lasts for about 12 hours, is directed by the great Peter Stein and will be shown on July 3 and 4.
Choreographer-acrobat Martin Chimerman and DJ-composer Dimitri de Pero combine their skills in music, circus, dance and visual arts on June 10-12. Interesting will also be the video installation of the famous South African William Kendridzh.
Wuppertal Dance theater will deliver two performances "Agua" and "Nefes" in memory of its founder and researcher of the movement of emotion Pina Bausch. The surprise performance at the festival is "Othello" by Thomas Ostermeyer, which will make its world premiere at the stage of Epidaurus on August 6 and 7.