GREECE IS THE WORD! The Culture Behind The Crisis

katerina-vrana-web‘Greece Is The Word!’ is a celebration of modern Greek literature and culture, a cutting-edge, creative response to the Greek crisis. Join British ‘Greek Geeks’, historian Bettany Hughes, novelist Victoria Hislop and BBC correspondent Paul Mason, as well as a pantheon of Greek stars, for a lively day of debate and performance to highlight the triumphs and tragedies of Greek life and literature.

Immerse yourself in some Greek sunshine on the Southbank, with Greek food, wine, books, music, and, to crown the evening, cabaret. Your Greek ‘holiday package’ is available for purchase for the whole day (highly recommended!) or for the three individual events. All events in English.

GREEK FICTIONS

The afternoon opens in classical style with historian and TV presenter Bettany Hughes talking about Helen of Troy and the relevance of Ancient Greeks to us today. Star Greek poet (and translator of Sylvia Plath) Katerina Iliopoulou and her stellar friends, Dionysis Kapsalis and Vassilis Amanatidis, perform and discuss contemporary Greek poetry. Then Victoria Hislop, whose ‘Greek novels’ The Island and The Thread have sold millions round the world, is joined by top Greek novelists Ioanna Karystiani and Alexis Stamatis for readings and chat about Greek literature today and the challenges facing writers in a country where the book industry is under threat.
2.30 – 4.45 pm (with interval between poetry and fiction)
Purcell Room
Queen Elizabeth Hall
£10

MEDIA MYTHS

BBC correspondent and Greek aficionado Paul Mason, the author of 2 books about the global economic crisis and the global protests (Meltdown and Why It’s Still Kicking Off Everywhere), chairs a provocative debate about the Greek crisis and the role of the media. With journalist Maria Margaronis, Dora Oikonomides and other influential Greek panellists they discuss: the truth about the Greek ‘meltdown’; the role of the media – and alternative media – in the crisis; and, what happens next for Greece?

1730- 18.30
Purcell Room
Queen Elizabeth Hall
£10

KATERINA’S KRISIS KABARET

Greece’s funniest, most famous stand-up comic Katerina Vrana hosts an evening of comedy, music, drama and literature from, and about, Greece today. She introduces a galaxy of Greek acts as diverse and stereotype-busting as Poetry Karaoke, the ‘Krisis’ as Drama; novelist Victoria Hislop reading to music; live graphic drawing to live Rebetiko music, and, a special Greek-style rendering of ‘Greece Is The Word.’

20.00- 21.30
Purcell Room
Queen Elizabeth Hall
£10

For more information visit the Southbank website