«THE STONES SPEAK» in Athens
Famous heroes of tragedy and comedy, ideas and symbols that Greece bequeathed to mankind and which defined the history of thought and art over the centuries, come to life thanks to our series of theatrical and musical performances “The Stones Speak” an educational, recreational and tourist initiative that is being realized again this year by the Hotelier Association of Athens – Attica and Argosaronikos and the Athens International Airport.
For three months (July, September, October), the speech of ancient Greek philosophers, poets and politicians is presented in the form of theatrical performances in three languages (Greek, English and French) at three of the most important museums and archaeological sites of Athens: the Byzantine Museum (July), the Ancient Agora (September), the Acropolis Museum (October). Entrance is free for everyone. Our goal is to re-engage with our ancient cultural heritage (material and immaterial), while simultaneously enhancing tourism development through high-quality initiatives.
The combination of great texts with historical spaces makes the experience of the “Stones” truly unique: beginning in July at the Byzantine Museum, one of the most important in Greece, we pass to the Ancient Agora in September, the administrative, philosophical, social and economic center of ancient Athens, and finally, in October, we arrive at the Acropolis Museum, which constitutes a landmark of modern Athens and a reference point for Greek and foreign visitors.
The excerpts are interpreted by the «Delos Drama School» students, who perform with great zeal, exhibiting the touching freshness of their youthful voices. Our team focused on texts that fascinate not only those already familiar with Ancient Greek literature, but also those who first come into contact with it. Pericles’ Funeral Oration by Thucydides analyzes the ethos and ideals of the ancient Athenians, in whose city democracy was born. Plato gives us one of the most poetic descriptions of the nature of Eros in the Symposium, while Aristotle examines the character of young people who “love excellence” in his Rhetoric. Sophocles creates Antigone, an eternal symbol of love and resistance, while the prelude to Homer’s Odyssey is sung in ancient Greek.
Democracy, beauty, friendship, the collective spirit, man’s eternal search for a homeland –all precious ideas, that were first captured centuries ago and are still inspiring humanity– find in 2019 the ideal places to be heard again, as The Stones begin to Speak.
EVERY FRIDAY, SATURDAY and SUNDAY (5, 6, 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28 of July), from 11:00- 13:00, at the Byzantine and Christian Museum, 22 Vassilissis Sofias Avenue. No fee required for the performance.
The Byzantine and Christian Museum of Athens has over 25,000 artifacts in its possession: icons, frescoes, mosaics, sculptures, miniature works, ceramics, fabrics, paintings and manuscripts of the Early Christian, Byzantine, Medieval, post-Byzantine and later periods, which date from between the 3rd and 20th century AD. Their provenance encompasses the entire Greek world, as well as regions in which Hellenism flourished. The size and range of the collections and value of the exhibits makes the Museum a veritable treasury of Byzantine and post-Byzantine art and culture. It was founded in 1914.