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Sleepless in Athens


Enjoying one more summer night, right before the end of August, the SNF DIALOGUES met up at one of the most iconic spots of Athenian nightlife, Mavili Square. Everyone enjoyed themselves in good company, while listening to music, drinking and eating street food.

Well-known lovers of the city center graced us with their stories and their music in an imaginary stroll through the capital’s nightlife, past and present. Konstantinos Tzoumas, Actor, Radio Host and Author, with his endless sense of humor and characteristically delightful style, described the atmosphere of Athenian nightlife dating a few years back, and discussed with us the new pulse of the city, which does not cease to satisfy all tastes. Eva Theotokatou, Radio Host, DJ, TV Presenter—born and raised in Athens—talked about the city center, where everyone returns to find themselves at the heart of the events that take place in a “city that radiates life.” Evi Sidiropoulou, Radio Host and DJ, born in Thessaloniki, recalls the first time she deejayed in downtown Athens in 2007, in a more carefree city during the years before the economic crisis. Kostas Leivadas, Composer, Lyricist, Singer, told the story behind the famous song “Σαν να μην πέρασε μια μέρα” (as if not one day has passed), which was inspired years ago at the very same spot, in Mavili Square. Giannis Oikonomidis, owner of the “Canteen at Mavili Square,” took us through the history of the iconic landmark for all night owls in Athens. Lastly, journalists Stavros Dioskouridis and Panagiotis Menegos, widely known as Laternative, shared their favorite Athenian corners and experiences with us, while playing music that kept everyone energized until even after the end of the event.

The Dialogues are curated and moderated by Anna-Kynthia Bousdoukou.

*The opinions expressed by DIALOGUES participants are solely their own and do not necessarily represent the views of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) or the SNF DAILOGUES team. Speakers’ remarks are made freely, without prior guidance or intervention from the team.


Wednesday 28 August 2019
22:00 EET


Mavili Square
The SNF DIALOGUES stayed up late for a summer’s night out at the center of Athens.



Kostas Leivadas

Kostas Leivadas

Singer - Songwriter
Giannis Oikonomidis

Giannis Oikonomidis

Owner of the "canteen at Mavili Square"
Evi Sidiropoulou

Evi Sidiropoulou

Radio Host, Dj
Eva Theotokatou

Eva Theotokatou

Radio Host, Dj, TV Host
Konstantinos Tzoumas

Konstantinos Tzoumas

Actor, Radio Host, Author