For 10 days, from June 1 – June 10, local and international artists from Greece, Austria, Germany, US, Belgium, Cyprus, Georgia, Ireland unite their creative vitality at the 6th Back to Athens Festival, inhabiting empty spaces and buildings within the Athens Commercial Triangle. Back to Athens is an idea platform a transit-meeting place for artists in Athens.
Launched in 2012, Back to Athens Festival combines the city’s artistic community in a cultural get-together of events including visual arts, curatorial exhibitions, performances, music performances, screenings and more. Back to Athens is a public showcase of contemporary art and expression that boosts social awareness and restores the local community to the Athens City Center. This year's 6th Back to Athens is organized by CHEAPART in collaboration with the Athens Commercial Triangle and Athens Intersection cultural program, implementing an ambitious agenda of cultural events. Buildings such as the Old Paper Warehouse at 3 Chrysospiliotissis street, Vyssis & Agathonos street as well as Aeolou & Athenaidos after many years of neglect, have been re-opened and restored by the Athens Commercial Triangle Revitalization Program. My Odyssey estate at Vasiliki 1, 33 Praxitelous street, as well the building of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens at Vasiliki & Aeolou street, are important historical landmarks of modern Greek architecture ranging from 1860 through the 1930s to the 70s, that will host the exhibitions and events of this year’s Back to Athens. Back to Athens meets the Athens Commercial Triangle Revitalization Program, stimulating the motivation for returning to the City Center.
Athens Commercial Triangle Revitalization Program
The municipality of Athens has selected part of the Commercial Triangle of Athens to implement a pilot intervention program aiming at the overall revitalization of the area. In this context, it is upgrading infrastructure, pedestrianizing an area of 110 acres, redesigning cleaning and municipal police services, and renewing urban equipment, and restores the proper functioning of the area. The program of the municipality is supported by an exclusive donation from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (ISN) with the coordination of the Athens Partnership.
BACK TO ATHENS 6 / CURATED, ORGANIZED BY
Christina Pantelatou / Eva Dermitzaki
Philipp Benkert / Johannes Rips
Georg Georgakopoulos / Christian Rupp
Nota Koulouriotou / Andreas Vousouras
Eleanna Balesi / Fotini Kapiris
Macklin Kowal / Sub Rosa Space