The program of 20th Antiracist Festival Athens

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Discussions at the 20th Athens Antiracist Festival

What stays the same and what changes in the face of those from above? How is Fortress Europe being transformed and what is happening on the islands and detention camps in “new” Greece? How are those from below and the Left organizing, fighting, and responding? Where and how are life, dignity, and solidarity winning? Many issues are opened up at the 20th Antiracist Festival. Find below the programme of the main and self-organized discussions per day. All discussions begin at 19.00.

Friday 30th June

1. From the anti-colonial struggles of the 20th century to the “new European colonialism”: challenges and resistances

Speakers: Peter Ηudis (academic and writer), Tasos Koronakis (Networking for the Radical Left), Despina Paraskeva (ARAN)

Coordination: Irini Gaitanou (Κ-Lab)

2. Refugee housing squats, self-organization, communities of struggle

Speakers: Ahmad Aga Hossaini (Refugee Accommodation Space City Plaza), Mimi Antonopoulou (Notara 26 Housing Squat), Vanessa Bilancetti (ESC, Rome), Mario Neumann (Blockupy, Berlin)

Interventions by: Solidarians and residents at refugee housing squats

Coordination: Nasim Lomani (Network of Social Support to Migrants and Refugees)

3. From Italy to the United States to Greece: feminist struggles and experiences

Speakers: Marina Montanelli (Infosex/ESC-Non Una Di Meno, Rome), Irini Dafermou (Participant in Kamia anohi/Zero Tolerance), Nantina Vgontzas (Women’s Strike initiative, New York)

Intervention by: Alexia Tsouni, To Mov/Purple

Coordination: Kiouri@

Saturday 1st July

1. Global crisis: beyond the “extreme center” and the nationalist backtracking in Europe and the United States

Speakers: Dimitris Kousouris (historian), Seraphim Seferiades (academic), Anita Zsurzsán (antifascist movement, Budapest)

Coordination: Loukia Kotronaki (Network for Political and Social Rights)

2. The “new Greece”: apartheid on the islands, detention camps, blackmails and deportations

Speakers: Behfar Mahdipor (Iranian refugee, Refugee Accommodation Space City Plaza), Dina Reppa (Primary Coordination on the Refugee Issue), Thanasis Kourkoulas (Sunday School for Migrants)

Intervention: Giannis Boutselis, legal professional – Greek Ombudsman

Coordination: Ermioni Frezouli (Solidarity Chios)

3. Common goods and creative resistance at the time of the memoranda

Speakers: Stavros Stavridis (academic), Despina Spanoudi (member of ecological movements), Tonia Katerini (Unifying Initiative against Auctioning), Giorgos Velegrakis (Kokkoi – Red Ecological Movement)

Coordination: Antonis faras (ONRA – Anasynthesi/Recomposition)

Sunday 2nd July 

1. We want Federation: the politics of reunification of Cyprus

Speakers: Grigoris Ioannou (Left Initiative “We Want Federation”, Nicosia), Orhan Eronen (Dayanışma, Lefkoşa)

Coordination: Adamos Zachariadis (journalist)

2. Against Fortress – Europe, wars and security policies. Solidarity without borders

Speakers: Iasonas Apostolopoulos (rescuer on the shores of Libya), Apostolis Fotiadis (journalist – writer), Dimitris  Sarafianos (Lawyer – LAE/Popular Unity), Giannis Efstathiou (Internationalist Antiwar Movement – Spartacus Network)

Coordination: Giorgos Maniatis (Refugee Accommodation and Solidarity Space City Plaza)

3. Employer crusades and neoliberal middle ages: make the impossible possible

Speakers: Apostolos Kapsalis (researcher, INE/GSEE), Olivia Tziouvara (Attack), Dimosthenis Christopoulos (Media worker’s union, Rosinante), Chara Karagiannaki (G400), Giorgos Charisis (POE-OTA)

Coordination: Dimitris Mantzoukas (lawyer)

4. From the trial of golden Dawn to the pogroms in Aspropyrgos: nazi activity and antifascist struggle

Speakers: Thanasis Kampagiannis (civil action counsel at the trial of Golden Dawn), Eleftheria Koumantou (journalist – Golden Dawn Watch), Javed Aslam (President of the Greek Pakistani Community)

Coordination: Aggeliki Valsamaki (Antifascist Coordination)

Self-organized discussions: 

Friday 30th June

Discrimination towards former addicts: against social hypocrisy

Speakers: Vicky Kanata, Marina Manta, Giorgos Kritsiligos

Coordination: Katerina Matsa (president on the support organization “18 ano”)

Saturday 1st July

Layoffs in telecommunications and militant trade unionism

Speakers: Anna Aslanidi (trade unionist Vodafone), Sofia Theodoropoulou (trade unionist Victus)

Coordination: Dimitra Loukarea (Panhellenic Trade Union Wind-Vodafone-Victus)

Sunday 2nd July

Pan-european mobilization for the right to abortion

Speaker: Sonia Mitralia



Polytechnic kitchen at the 20th Athens Antiracist Festival

The friendliest table in Athens, the table of the 20th Athens Antiracist Festival, will be set with flavours from many different parts of the world. Migrant/refugee cooking will once more take centre stage during the three days of the festival, as refugees and migrants, men and women from Asia, Africa and the Middle East will prepare savoury and sweet traditional dishes from their homelands.

Migrant Kitchens 2017 – savoury dishes 

EGYPT Falafel, Koshari (macaroni, rice, lentils, topped with spicy hummus sauce)

ETHIOPIA Traditional pie with chicken mince and vegetable sauce

AFGHANISTAN Mantu (4 meat or vegetable dumplings) topped with yoghurt sauce, Κabeli (rice with lamb and vegetables), potato vegetable pie

ZIMBABWE chicken curry with green-yellow-red rice, beef burger with potato salad

IRAN Falafel, chicken with rice and saffron

CAMEROON beef with spinach and rice, chicken with plantain, greens and sauce

KURDISTAN Falafel, lahmajun, çiğ köfte

MADAGASCAR Nem (vegetable patties with red sauce and rice), chicken with ginger, spices, and rice

MALAYSIA Fried rice with prawns and/or chicken and 2 spring rolls

MOZAMBIQUE Beef with curry and rice, coconut chicken, rice and pap (corn puree)

NIGER egg fried in dough, fired rice with chicken

NIGERIA (Nigerian Women) Rice with chicken and sauce, akara (skewers with black eyed beans, salad and pita bread)

SOUTH AFRICA Cod in curry sauce and rice

SENEGAL Υassa (chicken with caramelized onions and rice), maffe (rice with peanut butter and lamb)

SUDAN Κapsa (chicken with rice, nuts and carrot), tamia (yellow split pea patties in pita bread with vegetables and tahini)

ΤΑΝΖΑΝΙΑ Beef with vegetables, rice and chapatti bread, potato croquettes


PHILIPPINES Spring rolls with noodles

Migrant Kitchens 2017 – sweet dishes 

EGYPT classic and filled baklava, kanafeh, syrupy sweet with semolina and coconut

ZIKBABWE coconut and caramel ice cream

CAMEROON banana and sugar doughnuts

NIGERIA Bougatsa, fruit salad

NIGER sweets with coconut or coconut and honey

SUDAN syrupy sweets

Raki mezze from “Rakadiko” and dishes from the “El CHEF” Collective Kitchen will not, of course, be absent from the festival.



The concerts on Friday 30th June

A powerful beginning on the first day of the 20th Athens Antiracist Festival, rapping with favorites from the hip hop scene

• Vevilos

• Stichoima

• Twinsanity

• Taburo Bota

• Renovatio

On Decks: Dj Magnum, Dj Micro

Yet the concerts on Friday do not end here. The first night of the festival will be complemented by the well-known, unique, melodic sounds of

• Cheimerinoi Kolymvites (Winter Swimmers)

The concerts on Saturday 1st July 

The second day of the 20th Athens Antiracist Festival will be a rock day:

• Last Drive

• The Big Nose Attack

• Mr. Highway Band

• Puta Volcano

Saturday’s concerts will continue with:

• Vietnam

• Babis Batmanidis Co\m/pany

The concerts on Sunday 2nd July

On the third and final day of the 20th Athens Antiracist Festival, we will travel through alternating pop soundscapes, from dreamy to dark, on a magical musical journey, at the end of which we will reach…Ikaria!

• Σtella

• The Callas

• Man from Managra


And on the first (Ikarian) violin:

• Nikos Fakaros

The concerts at the migrant communities stage 

Where the sounds of rock and hip hop meet the music and dance traditions of the world

Friday 30th June 

• Rose Wood

• Music from Iran and Afghanistan

• Jusu Foli Africa

• Martha Moreleón & Los del Sur

Saturday 1st July

• Mandela Girls

• New Groove

• The Kings Band

• Clover Très

• From A to Z

• Radio Sol

Sunday 2nd July

• Las Galoperas de Atenas – Dance from Paraguay

• Dance and song from the Kurdistan Cultural Centre

• Μc Yinka + dj Breatstrike

• Tribal West – African Drums

  • Los dos o Mas


Info:   20th Athens Antiracist Festival: 30th June, 1,2 July 2017 – Goudi Park

Entry: 5€ per day | 10€ for all three days

Discussions begin at 19.00

Concerts begin at 21.30

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