Taking on the aura of Woodstock or Glastonbury, it was announced today that festival-goers will be allowed to pitch tents and camp out.
For those of you who have had a difficult time following along due to the Hellenic (Greek) language being used for almost all the internet news on Keratea, here’s a VERY brief history and rundown of what has led up to this gathering of inhabitants from the entire country.
Keratea, founded in 700-500 BC, is located in the eastern region of Attica, Greece, and is part of the Lavreotiki municipality. During the 1960’s/70’s, Keratea was mainly an agricultural region, however, during the following decade, it was deemed a region of Athens.
Being included within the municipality of Athens brought many Athenians into the area, with new housing developments continuously cropping up through today. Eventually, a four-lane highway was constructed which bridged Keratea to about an hour’s drive from Athens. This led to many more homes being constructed and secondary “exoteriko” homes dotting the seaside community.
In 1893, in a vineyard located in Keratea, they found a Kouros statue, which is one of the twelve that have been found within the Mediterranean Sea area. Most of the 12 Kouros statues were found in the greater areas of Keratea, Sounio, and Lavrio.
During World War II, a second Kouros statue, “Aristodikos“, was found by farmers.
Fast-forward to the present day:
The residents of Keratea have been at odds with the Greek government regarding their decision to place a landfill, aka “a garbage dump” in the archaeological vicinity of Keratea.
This is now the fourth month in which the residents of Keratea are battling governmental forces over the construction of a landfill. In accordance with Hellenic law, ANY site in which archaeological artifacts are found CANNOT be used for any construction purposes. Any and all digging MUST stop. The countryside is covered with areas that have become “entombed” for all to see. Although the law is strictly enforced when a resident discovers an ancient artifact, for some unknown reason, a blind eye is cast when the government itself decides it wants to build something.
But this time, things are different. People are not sitting silently on the sidelines. Road barricades have been set and the townspeople are screaming for the protection of not only their homes, but also for whatever other historical remnants will be discovered as we journey through time. They want no part in a 125-acre town dump for the 4 million people of Athens. It should also be noted that in two-year’s time, this, and other dumps, will be declared illegal by the European Union, and fines will be imposed upon the nation of Greece.
Clashes between the police and the residents have escalated to illogical levels. The powers that be march onward only to be met by gatherings of townspeople crying out for the injustice and absurdity of it all. Homes have been searched, citizens have been beaten, detained, tear-gassed… Gender and age make no difference…
Recently, amid the screams of women begging for the police to let a child go, an elderly gentleman tried to make his way home. This is what unfolded and was captured on film…
And you will barely hear a word of any of this whispered on Greek TV.
So we hope, you, the citizens of Greece, will make it a point to stand in solidarity with your brothers and sisters of the Keratea region. This weekend’s festival promises to be … “exciting” … and only here can you … “Live your myth in Greece” …
The announced program is as follows:
FRIDAY, 8 APRIL:
°Beginning at 11 in the morning: DISPLAY OF ARTWORK AND MUSIC WITH DJ’S
°Beginning at 3 in the afternoon: Live Performances by the following bands/musicians: INNER VOICE, THE WIGS BAND, THE CROOKS, ARMADA IV, MAGIC DE SPELL, ΘΕΑΤΡΟ ΣΚΙΩΝ ΝΤΑΓΙΑΚΟΥ, ΒΟΜΒΟΙ, ΝΙΚΟΣ ΞΥΔΗΣ, ΠΑΥΛΟΣ ΠΑΥΛΙΔΗΣ, ΑΔΕΣΠΟΤΕΣ ΣΚΥΛΕΣ, ILLEGAL OPERATION, ΑΛΕΞΗΣ ΚΑΛΟΦΩΛΗΑΣ, ΓΙΑΝΝΗΣ ΑΓΓΕΛΑΚΑΣ, ΣΠΥΡΙΔΟΥΛΑ, ΕΛΕΛΕΥ, ΕΝΕΔΡΑ, NEW ZERO GOD, ΛΕΩΝ. ΜΑΡΙΔΑΚΗΣ, CHUCHO SHS, ΚΡΟΤΩΝΕΣ, D.J. BURNING SUN
THEATRICAL PERFORMANCES PROGRAM: Τσίρκο κουκουμπάγιαν: 20’ θέατρο δρόμου 15.30 (Ντίνα Καφτεράνη) (μικρή σκηνή) | Περίακοι: Θέατρο Μαρκόπουλου 10’ 18.00’ (Μάχη Δημοπούλου) (μικρή σκηνή) | Αδέσποτες σκύλες: 15’ παράσταση καμπαρέ 20.45 (νυχτερινή ώρα) (Ντίνα Καφτεράνη) (κεντρική σκηνή) | ΘΕΑΤΡΟ ΣΚΙΩΝ ΝΤΑΓΙΑΚΟΥ – ΘΕΑΤΡΟ ΣΚΙΩΝ: 20.00 (Γιάννης Νταγιάκος) (μικρή σκηνή)
SATURDAY, 9 APRIL:
°Beginning at 11 in the morning: Traditional music and dances from the ΛΥΚΕΙΟ ΕΛΛΗΝΙΔΩΝ ΠΑΡΑΡΤΗΜΑ ΚΕΡΑΤΕΑΣ, ΛΑΟΓΡΑΦ.ΣΥΛΛΟΓΟΣ ΑΠΟΛΛΩΝ, ΣΥΛΛΟΓΟΣ ΚΡΗΤΩΝ ΛΑΥΡΙΟΥ, ΣΥΛΛΟΓΟΣ ΠΟΝΤΙΩΝ ΛΑΥΡΙΟΥ, ΣΥΛΛΟΓΟΣ ΘΕΣΣΑΛΩΝ ΛΑΥΡΙΟΥ, ΣΥΛΛΟΓΟΣ ΠΕΛΟΠΟΝΝΗΣΙΩΝ ΛΑΥΡΙΟΥ, ΚΡΗΤΙΚΟ ΓΛΕΝΤΙ, ΛΑΟΓΡΑΦΙΚΟΣ ΣΥΛΛΟΓΟΣ ΜΕΓΑΡΩΝ “ΑΛΚΑΘΟΣ ΚΑΡΙΑ”, και ΠΑΡΑΔΟΣΙΑΚΟ ΣΥΓΚΡΟΤΗΜΑ ΓΙΑΛΑ
THERE WILL ALSO BE WORKSHOPS, THEATRICAL ACTS FOR KIDS AND ADULTS, CONSTRUCTIONS IN SITU, VARIOUS INSTALLATIONS AND HAPPENINGS, AND DJ’s
°Beginning at 2:30 in the afternoon: Live performances by the following bands/musicians: ΖΑΚ ΣΤΕΦΑΝΟΥ, ΗΡΑΚΛΗΣ ΤΡΙΑΝΤΑΦΥΛΛΙΔΗΣ, ΝΙΚΟΛΕΤΤΑ ΑΝΑΣΤΑΣΙΟΥ, ΧΡΗΣΤΟΣ ΤΖΙΤΖΙΜΙΚΑΣ, ΒΑΣΙΛΗΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΑΤΟΣ-ΙΣΤΟΡΙΕΣ ΓΙΑ ΚΡΟΥΣΤΑ, ΝΙΚΗΤΑΣ ΚΛΙΝΤ, ΚΑΙΤΗ ΚΟΥΛΛΙΑ, ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ ΕΜΜΑΝΟΥΗΛΙΔΗΣ, ΜΑΡΙΑ ΠΑΠΑΓΕΩΡΓΙΟΥ, ΔΑΝΑΗ ΠΑΝΑΓΙΩΤΟΠΟΥΛΟΥ, ΣΠΥΡΟΣ ΓΡΑΜΜΕΝΟΣ, ΛΑΜΙΑ ΜΠΕΝΤΙΟΥΙ, ΕΥΑ ΨΥΛΛΑΚΗ, ΜΙΛΤΟΣ ΠΑΣΧΑΛΙΔΗΣ, ΤΖΙΡΙΤΖΑΝΤΖΟΥΛΕΣ, ΔΗΜΗΤΡΗΣ ΠΟΥΛΙΚΑΚΟΣ, ΘΑΝΟΣ ΑΝΕΣΤΟΠΟΥΛΟΣ, DEUS X MACHINA, NO MIND, COMMON I (TEXNH EN ΚΙΝΗΣΕΙ), ELECTRIC LITANY, POEM, NON LETHAL, LOST BODIES, INSP-I-RATION PROJECT, SISTA JAMMAROOTS & THE OSCILATORS, ANNA MYSTIC, BAD MATHEMATICS, ΔΗΜΗΤΡΗΣ ΒΑΣΙΛΑΚΗΣ
THEATRICAL PERFORMANCES PROGRAM: Θέατρο του παπουτσιού: Παιδική παράσταση + εργαστήρι 30’ + 30’ (μικρή σκηνή) | Αστροναύτες: Η Φάρμα των ζώων παιδικό θέατρο 30’ 12.00 (μικρή σκηνή) | Ομάδα ditto – ΟΜΑΔΑ ΧΟΡΟΥ 15’ Μεσημέρι (Ιωάννα Βασιλακοπούλου) (μικρή σκηνή) | Γιάννης Κουρκουμέλης: 20’ μονόπρακτο 15.30 (μικρή σκηνή) |
Τσιριτσάντσουλες: Γεώργιος Β’ 15’ 19.00 – 19.30 (μικρή σκηνή) | Eekuipoiz: περφόρμανς – δειλινό (παράλληλη δράση με τα υπόλοιπα) (δρόμος) (Σάββατο απόγευμα, δείλι)
SUNDAY, 10 APRIL:
°Beginning at 11 in the morning: WORKSHOPS, THEATRICAL ACTS FOR KIDS AND ADULTS, CONSTRUCTIONS IN SITU, VARIOUS INSTALLATIONS AND HAPPENINGS, AND DJ’s
There will also be a bicycle race in support from Athens to Keratea, as well as a Welcome Speech from Representatives of the International Fleet of Freedom, “ΣΠΑΜΕ ΤΗΝ ΠΟΛΙΟΡΚΙΑ ΤΗΣ ΓΑΖΑΣ”-ΕΝΑ ΚΑΡΑΒΙ ΓΙΑ ΤΗ ΓΑΖΑ.
We hope to see YOU there, and we remain …
“with the rioting residents of Keratea …
because this issue with Keratea is everybody’s issue”
More info at: FACEBOOK EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT