Salonika at the Pictures

A weekend of Greek film

Dates

27th  – 31st October 2021

Location

Salonika

Price

£690 per person

Salonika at the Pictures

What can we learn about any country’s history and culture, passions and traumas, politics and betrayals through its films? Answer: a great deal! Greece is no exception and there’s nowhere better to do it than in Salonika, home of a renowned annual international film festival, centred on the magnificent Olympion theatre in Aristotleous Square. To be sure, in this exciting new study-tour we’ll be watching through clips, or in whole, some very contemporary but also older, classic masterpieces by major Greek auteurs. But they’d be no point in immersing ourselves in a long weekend of film if we didn’t do it in the environment from which it came. So film viewing and discussion will be interspersed with forays into the heart of the city, linking what we are seeing on screen with an array of historical events, not least the Asia Minor Catastrophe(1919-23),Katochi (occupation), Holocaust, civil war and years of the junta (1967-74). The fact that we’ll be there on ‘Oxi’ day (October 28), one of national wartime commemoration should add to the sense of history. Salonika, rich in its own human drama, past and present, is intensely filmic. It also happens to be overflowing with gastronomic delights, its ouzerias in particular perfect venues for further discussion and ample doses of rembetika, the perfect musical companion to much of our viewing.  

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Price includes

  • Four nights
  • Three star, twin bed hotel accommodation
  • Breakfast and three other main meals
  • All advertised walks, talks and workshops
  • Price does not include flight to, or from Greece, or transfer from airport
  • Single room supplement

Tour Leaders:  Virginia, Mark and Ellie

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Key Information

Dates

27th – 31st October 2021

Location

Salonika

Price

£690 per person