To the north of the Greek Riviera lies the region of Argolis, where ancient Mycenians had their stronghold in the time of the Trojan War, and where the remarkable ancient theatre of Epidaurus hosts performances of Greek drama every summer as part of the Athens and Epidaurus Festival. With a new artistic project that combines visual art with performance, art critic Eleni Varopoulou seeks to reactivate the land of Argolis as a cultural destination, and revive the once successful Argos Festival. The initiative "Diethnis Topos" (International Place) will take place this July in Argolis, at local abandoned factories, in the town of Argos and ancient Mycenae, hosting the first Industriale in a series of future events in Greece and other countries.
For the Argolic Industriale exhibition, eleven Greek artists were invited to participate with artworks that interpret the site's history and industrial past. According to the curator of the programme Eleni Varopoulou, this interdisciplinary and site-specific project turns towards nature, the historic locations and the creative exchange between social and cultural groups. The project also involves a series of music, dance and theatre performances, to take place in historically charged venues such as the Ancient Theatre of Argos and the archaeological site of Mycenae, with a particular focus on the work of seminal Greek composer Iannis Xenakis. Argos and Mycenae are situated approximately 1,5 hours from Porto Heli, and 30 minutes from Nafplio.
“Argos and Mycenae are two cultural landscapes with a sublime character, that have been a constant source of inspiration for contemporary artists, as well as locations for a productive meeting between the local and the peripheral with elements from ‘elsewhere’ and from abroad.”