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Dickens 2012
Thursday 29 March 2012 to Sunday 23 December 2012
Soufli, Dimitsana, Sparta, Aghia Paraskevi, Volos, Pyrgos, Stymphalia, Thessaloniki, Athens

Don’t miss the series of events we’re organising in Athens and Thessaloniki as part of the global Dickens 2012 programme – spanning over 50 countries – to mark the bicentenary celebration of the birth of this great British writer.

A film tribute with films based on the works of Charles Dickens, a rich programme of discussions, a workshop for comic artists and a wide range of other activities running until the end of the year will take us on a journey covering the width and depth of the work of this ever-topical writer, shedding light on some of the lesser known aspects of both the writer and his work among the wider Greek audience.

Scrooge: A Christmas Carol

We bid farewell to our Dickens 2012 programme and welcome Christmas with a celebratory series of screenings of the all-time Christmas favourite Scrooge: A Christmas Carol (1951), adapted for the big screen by Brian Desmond Hurst, in collaboration with the Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation (PIOP).

The film – starring the exceptional Alastair Sim in the role of Ebenezer Scrooge – is considered one of the best adaptations of A Christmas Carol and will be screened at 11.30 on Sunday 23 December 2012 at all seven museums run by the Piraeus Bank Group Cultural Foundation.

The screenings will be accompanied by a number of wrap-around events inspired by the Christmas spirit and the unique character of each museum, which will include arts and crafts activities, Christmas carol singing and biscuit making.

When: Sunday 23 December 2012, 11.30

  • Silk Museum (Soufli, Thrace)
  • Open-Air Water Power Museum (Dimitsana, Peloponnese)
  • Museum of the Olive and Greek Olive Oil (Sparta, Peloponnese)
  • Museum of Industrial Olive-Oil Production in Lesvos (Aghia Paraskevi, Lesvos)
  • Rooftile and Brickworks Museum N. & S. Tsalapatas (Volos, Thessaly)
  • Museum of Marble Crafts (Pyrgos, Tinos)
  • Environment Museum of Stymphalia (Stymphalia, Peloponnese)

Information: www.piop.gr

Comic Tales of Cities

In collaboration with Diavazo magazine and Comicdom Press

Comic Tales of Cities is a series of one-page comics inspired by the work of Dickens, in which Greek and UK comic artists (Zara Slattery, Michalis Dialynas, Christos Martinis, Ilias Katirtzigianoglou, Alexia Othonaiou, Gavriil Tompalidis) ‘converse’ with the great British writer and recount extracts from his – more and lesser known – stories.

When: May–December 2012
Where: Diavazo Magazine

Charles Dickens International Conference: Births, Marriages, Deaths

The conference will address the crucial thresholds, moments of transition, and life cycles presented in Dickens’s writings.

When:  19 & 20 October 2012
Where: Museum of Byzantine Culture, 2 Stratou Avenue, 546 40 Thessaloniki

Alternative Dickens: Tales of Two Cities

On the occasion of Charles Dickens’s bicentenary celebration, the Bald Theatre group of the School of English, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, presents its own theatrical adaptation of the novel A Tale of Two Cities.

The performance will be held in Greek and admission is free.

When:  29 & 30 May 2012, 21.00 (duration 70 minutes)
Where: Hilis Street Municipal Theatre of Kalamaria, 12 Hilis & Tripoleos Street, Thessaloniki
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Illustrating Dickens: Comic Artists' Workshop by Zara Slattery

In collaboration with Comicdom Con Athens 2012 Festival

When:  Sunday 1 April 2012, 13.00–13.50
Where: Hellenic American Union, 22 Massalias Street, 106 80 Athens
Information: www.comicdom-con.gr

Dickens on Screen

In collaboration with the Greek Film Archive, the Thessaloniki Film Festival and the National Book Centre of Greece

Athens – Screenings and Panel Discussions

When: 29 March–3 April 2012
Where: Greek Film Archive, 48 Iera Odos & 134-36 Meg. Alexandrou Street, 104 35 Athens
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Thessaloniki  Discussion: Dickens after two centuries

When:  Monday 2 April 2012, 19.00
Where: Central Municipal Library of Thessaloniki, 27 Ethnikis Amynis Street, 546 21 Thessaloniki

Thessaloniki  Screenings: Dickens on Film

When: 5–7 April 2012
Where: Thessaloniki Cinema Museum (Pavlos Zannas), Warehouse A, Thessaloniki Port , 104 67 Thessaloniki