UrbanDig for Neighborhoods:

"Dourgouti Island Hotel Project"

A collective place mapping & making program finishing with a site-specific performance

Production: "Ohi Pezoume" & UrbanDig Project

Dourgouti, Neos Kosmos, Athens

August 2015 - Oct 2016


November 18, 2019

Photo byMaria Toultsa

Ohi Pezoume / UrbanDig Project returns back to Dourgouti neighborhood, where the team started with the community projects, investing in the sustainability and impact of the programs it is launching. A neighborhood that continues to stir inspiration, ideas, desires, sense of warmth and collectivity. Four years after the Dourgouti Island Hotel show, which has been the starting point for participatory sy...

July 23, 2019

Our team, along with refugees - students of English in the "Curing of the Limbo" program of the City of Athens, made a sensory mapping walk in Dourgouti Neighborhood of Athens. This historic refugee residential neighborhood has public space vast and quiet enough to host walks where all five senses can be "open".  

During the sensory mapping walk, what facinated people was the existence of greenery...

June 17, 2019

We are honored to be contributors to the University of Chicago press book titled "Redefining Theatre Communities:  International perspectives on community-conscious theatre-making" edited by Marco Galea and Szabolcs Musca.  We contributed with a chapter co-written by George Sachinis and Dr. Zoe Zontou of Liverpool Hope University about our work with communities.   

The book, whose cover photo depicts our wor...

June 16, 2019

With this question in mind, UrbanDig Project returns to Phanοsthenous Street of Dourgouti, the historical "Armenian market" of the former immigrant neighborhood of Dourgouti - Neos Kosmos in Athens.  The group joins forces with three resident and university students, Haris, Maria and Paola. Their goal is to utilize past stories of organization, vitality and productivity as an inspiration for a better present.  Highlights from...

February 1, 2019

Dikaia Chatziefstathiou , Christos Ananiadis , George Sachinis (2018). Dourgouti Island Hotel Project: An Urban Dig Project. Universal Journal of Management, 6 , 91 - 97. doi: 10.13189/ujm.2018.060302.

Το Dourgouti Island Hotel Project είναι ένα πρόγραμμα πολιτιστικών δραστηριοτήτων που δημιουργήθηκε από το UrbanDig Project στο Δουργούτι.  Το πρόγραμμα δράσεων εκτός από πολιτιστικά προϊόντα πρότεινε νέο τρόπο βιώματος του...

March 20, 2018

The playful sensory mapping tours of Dourgouti Island Hotel Project led to a new dynamic map of the Dourgouti neighborhood.

Play with the map here

October 21, 2017

On Tuesday 24/10 from 18:00-20:30, at "Pegasus" Athletic and Cultural Center of Dourgouti, UrbanDig Project delivers to the local cultural and community groups that had an active role at Dourgouti Island Hotel Project (DIH), the neighborhood archive produced by the program.  DIH was the UrbanDig program of collective activities between 2014-2015 for cultural and social mapping of the neighborhood.  The archive constructed is n...

May 22, 2017

How can a neighbourhood-archive be turned into music? And how can this music reflect the history and essence of the neighbourhood in its turn? 

On Friday 26 and Saturday 27 May 2017 at 21:00 on the Small Stage of SGT, the stories of Dourgouti become music at a concert by the Artefacts Ensemble.

Dourgouti was the location of the Dourgouti Island Hotel Project (DIHP), the previous project of UrbanDig. It is now the place of refere...

April 25, 2017

"Persephone" by UrbanDig Project and M-word web radio is premiering at the AVDP - International Dance Film Festival on Sunday April 30th, 17:15 at the Cinema space of the Athens Fine Art School.  Persephone was inspired during UrbanDig's Dourgouti Island Hotel Project.


Choreography: Eirini Alexiou

Direction: Maria Chatzigianni, George Sachinis

Video: Maria Chatzigianni, Michail Euthimiou (M-word web radio)

Performers: Pauli...

December 18, 2016

"Dourgouti Island Hotel Project (DIHP)", an UrbanDig Project at an immigrant-housing neighborhood of Neos Kosmos, Athens, is one of the stories of Culture Action Europe's 'Tell us a Story' project. 

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Nicolina Myofa and Vaggelis Papadias, leading members of the DIHP community, published a paper based on the sensory and historical mapping carried out at the time of the project.  The article contributes to Athens So...

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