Culture & Subculture in Piraeus

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Piraeus in Painting – The City through the Eyes of Famous Artists

Over the years, Piraeus’ cultural and historical background, its picturesque neighborhoods and, of course, the multicultural scenery that only a port can provide, have been an unfailing source of inspiration for great painters of different styles and topical interests. A tribute to Piraeus in painting would not be complete without mentioning the most important 20th century Greek painter, Yannis Tsarouchis. A highly sensual painter, deeply influenced by the ancient classical ideal as expressed by Renaissance and Baroque and by the Byzantine art that represents the oriental side of the Greek … < Read More >

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Trouba – The Piraeus World Notorious “Neighborhood of Love”

In strict academic terms, one could describe Trouba as an old Piraeus neighborhood of ill repute, a quarter full of brothels, opium dens and – mostly illegal – gambling clubs. Yet, such a definition, although true, strips the place of the dark glamour, the historical background and the cultural heritage it unquestionably possessed. For someone, like me, who is too young to know or to remember the place in its prime, vague images and scattered words come to mind when trying to put my hometown’s dazzling, colorful past on paper: cabarets, whores, gamins, movies, potheads, sailors, lights, brothels, songs are only … < Read More >

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Piraeus in Music and Cinema – The City through Songs and Movies

Piraeus is definitely one of the cities that can take pride in having lots of songs written about it. To begin with, for Piraeus has been written one of the best known and more recognizable songs in the world. And this is no other than “Never on Sunday” music theme. Written by an emblematic figure of the contemporary Greek music, Manos Hatzidakis, the song was sung by Melina Merkouri who starred in Dassin’s film “Never on Sunday”, and won the Academy for Best Song. It was the first song whose lyrics weren’t in … < Read More >

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Rebetiko – The Music and its People: Majestic, Controversial, Unique

Rebetiko is the music developed in the early 20th century in Greece, mainly in big ports, such as Piraeus, a city identified with rebetico songs, Thessaloniki, Volos, Patras, and gradually expanded throughout the whole country. Influenced and enriched by the music tradition brought to Greece by the Greek refugees who came to the country after the Greek-Turkish war and the Asia Minor Catastrophe in 1922, rebetiko songs, which can be defined as urban folk songs, are the backbone of the modern Greek music tradition. For many … < Read More >

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