Macedonia : The Russian avant-garde in the Olympus Festival

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Until October 14, 2012 the 41st Olympus Festival will host in the Centre of Mediterranean Mosaic of Dion the exhibition under the title “The Russian avant-garde in Olympus Festival. K.M.S.T.presents a panorama of the Kostakis’ Collection”.

This highly interesting exhibition has been organised by the State Museum of Contemporary Art (K.M.S.T.) in collaboration withOlympus Festival Organisation (OR.FE.O.).

This rich collection, in property of K.M.S.T. since 2000, includes artworks of the Russian avant-garde, one of the most important art movements of the early 20th century.

In this exhibition the visitor can admire exact copies of the collection’s most representative works, archive, photographic material and documents exhibited in chronological order. There is also a hall dedicated to the collector George Kostakis.



The Feasts of the Muses in 1972 being its precursor, the Olympus Festival was transformed through its course of time to a contemporary cultural institution, which counts thousands of friends and stands high for its aesthetics and the completeness of the cultural events it presents every summer. Within its long presence in the artistical events of northern Greece, the Festival recollects important moments and splendid unforgettable shows of greek and international artists. Great creators, big theatre actors and important artistic groups have honoured the Olympus Festival and have marked it as a cradle of civilization for the whole region.
With passion and imagination, the Olympus Festival continues its journey in alliance with the unalterable by the time conditions it has set and invites everybody, this year as well, to short escapes from the daily routine in the beautiful Pieria. With vigour and verve, the Olympus Festival climbs one more summer on the Castle of Platamon to gaze at the big blue of Thermaikos Gulf and strolls around the archaeological parks of Dion, Livithra and Pydna. Right there, works of man – unique musical and theatrical performances – invite all guests to magic and dreamy nights under the star-spangled sky of Pieria. The Festival has for many years been the top cultural event of Pieria as well as of Macedonia and Thessaly, with impact all over Greece and international perspective. The events of the Festival take place at locations of historical and archaeological importance, such as the Ancient Theatre of Dion, the Castle of Platamon, ancient Livithra, the Byzantine Temple of the Assumption of the Virgin in Kontariotissa and others.
The Olympus Festival contributes το the development of the cultural and economic life of the Prefecture of Pieria, as it attracts a lot of visitors from the nearby areas, especially the neighbouring prefectures of Larissa, Thessaloniki, Kozani and Imathia. During its long and continuous operation, the Festival has hosted many internationally renowned artists (i.e Milva, Nana Moushouri, Goran Bregovic, Sezaria Evora, Luz Casal) and other nation-wide artists (i.e. Alexiou, Dalaras, Marinella, Frangoulis, Hadjiyiannis, Farantouri), various artistic events (i.e. painting exhibitions, theatrical costumes, mosaics) and  remarkable theatre performances (i.e. National Theatre, Karolos Koun Art Theatre, State Theatre of Northern Greece, Municipal Theatres).
Since 2010 the festival  has established the institution of the honoured country and collaborated with the great cultural centers and museums of these countries (Louvre Museum, Salvador Dali Foundation, the Cervantes Institute and the Cultural Center of Russia).
Responsible for the implementation of the events is the Olympus Festival Organisation, a non-profit “vehicle of culture”, whose members are men of letters and representatives of all all the fields of the local life and authorities.

By MacedonianUprising

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