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“Rebetiko” - A Dialog Between “Rebetiko” Music and Visual Arts

Hosted by the Consul of the Athens Languages and Cultures Group
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Sun 27 Mar 12:00 - 14:00

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Rebetiko is the urban popular Greek music of the poorest classes of the first half of the 20th century. As of December Protected content , it is inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, created by UNESCO to help demonstrate the diversity and importance of this heritage.

The art exhibition Rebetiko, organised by the Culture, Sports & Youth Organisation of the City of Athens (OPANDA), aims at visualising the essence and iconography of rebetiko music, through Protected content by 50 modern and contemporary Greek artists, including Yannis Tsarouchis, Tassos and Alekos Fassianos. The exhibition will be hosted in three venues from 10 February to 3 April Protected content .

Rebetiko music

Rebetiko is basically an umbrella term, comprising several forms of music that evolved in Greece and Greek speaking parts of the Ottoman Empire during the mid and late 19th century, until they unified in the early 20th century to form the distinctive sound that is associated with the rebetiko today. It is largely based on oral tradition has been accurately described as "Greek urban blues".

As an intricate cultural concept, it is linked with music, song, dance and -especially in the past- with a particular attitude and way of life: the life of the outcast, the vagabonds and the displaced, but also of the labouring classes in large cities of newly industrialised Greece of the early 20th century.