On Saturday, October 6th, we organized a children's workshop at Skaramagas Refugee Camp based on "The Crimson Rose" by Plato Rodokanakis and inspired by Oscar Wilds’ story "The Nightingale and the Rose". The latter was a favorite short story of the main character in Rodokanakis's book and the coast of Skaramagas was the site of Rodokanakis's final chapter. Employing physical theater techniques, we narrated the story and created with the kids a handcrafted rose garden and transformed ourselves into birds and insects, bringing life into our creation.
This was the first of a series of artistic events tracing the work of Greek writers in the city of Athens, reinforcing the connection of Athenians with literature, through experience, in addition to highlighting specific sites through books. Each event contains a collective action, voicing issues of daily city life related to time.
The event took place at Skaramagkaw Refuggee Camp and was not open to the general public due to camp regulations.
Co-ordinator for the activity Rea Zekkou, Anna Magoulioti
Special thanks to Caitlin Plunkett, Lars Bremnes Ese, Juan Joho, Mattia Carbone, Atef Al Khodary, Margarita Pitta.
It is part of the #UrbanDig_Ushakova artistic project of Ohi Pezoume company.
The program of "Athens 2018 - World Book Capital" is realized due to the support of its donors and supporters. The Major Donor is Stavros Niarchos Foundation. Gold Donors are the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation and CORE Construction. Institutional Donors are the Onassis Foundation, the Wellfare Foundation for Social and Cultural Affairs, Athanasios Laskaridis Charitable Foundation and the Greek Collecting Society for Literary works. Valuable contributors are Aegean Airlines, Athens International Airport "Eleftherios Venizelos" and Urban Rail Transport S.A.