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A statue of Lord Byron at the Benaki Museum in Athens. Photograph: Why Athens | Photo stories in Athens Greece

City Life: Culture, Trends, People 

What is Athens?

We explore the culture, trends and people that make up modern Athens today. With new ideas and an entrepreneurial spirit, Athens is in the midst of a start-up movement. Our Athenian Stories and Video sections uncovers this new way of thinking that seems to be growing, spurring dynamic change in and around the city.

  • Elena Syraka jeweller

    Designer Elena Syraka draws from Greece’s ancient history for inspiration

    Elena Syraka created her first pieces of jewellery while at school, without realising this would ultimately be her calling. After studying at the Veloudakis Fashion School in Athens, she went on to ESMOD in Paris, where she decided to focus on jewellery design. Her official debut into the field was in 1995 and about a decade later, she decided to focus exclusively on fine jewellery. Her designs balance between opposite elements, such as the masculine and the feminine, the strict and the fluid.

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  • Kostarelos Cheesemakers Why Athens

    Kostarelos: three generations of cheesemakers

    The Kostarelos family cheesemaking business began in 1937 in the keen hands of Kyriakos Kostarelos. Today, brothers Kyriakos and Nikos, are the equally capable third generation, who have stepped up to continue the legacy. Striking the perfect balance between old and new production techniques, they are successfully producing a large variety of high quality dairy products, that are attracting the attention of those who are serious about cheese.

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  • Ancient Greek Meze Why Athens City Guide

    Greek meze and the evocative flavours of Greece

    Enjoying Greek meze is a treasured eating experience in Greece and a way of life that can be traced back to ancient times. It’s a perfect and uncomplicated way to catch up with friends over a few plates of simple tasty food and letting the wine or spirits flow. Eating meze is not an appetiser…

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  • Greek Olive Oil best

    The new generation of Greek olive oil

    A new generation of Greek olive oil producers are determined to capture the attention of international markets to ultimately convince buyers that Greek is best. Although it is undisputed locally, Greek extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) hasn’t been able to gain the same cachet that its Italian and Spanish competitors have been able to achieve….

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  • Queen Calliope Karvounis Athens

    Greece is light for Queen Calliope

    Internationally accomplished Greek photographer Calliope Karvounis bestows some light on troubled Greece through her latest book Children of the Light.

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  • Greece Year Zero Movie

    Greece Year Zero

    Greek-Canadian filmmaker Dannis Koromilas reflects on a sometimes heartbreaking journey in making his latest film, Greece Year Zero, an essay film documenting the last 100 years of Greece's modern history to give perspective on the Greek crisis.

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