All day tribute

Happy birthday, Mr Hadjidakis

Artistic supervisor: Giorgos Hadjidakis

23 October 2018


In all venues of the GNO at the SNFCC from 17.00 until 23.00

A co-production with the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center

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Free admission

To celebrate Manos Hadjidakis’s birthday, the Greek National Opera presents a day-long tribute to the music, the words and the personality of the great Greek composer, who would have turned 93 this year. With the participation of younger and already established artists, the Stavros Niarchos Hall and the Alternative Stage and the foyer of the GNO at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center will all flood with Manos’s timeless melodies from afternoon till late in the evening, on 23 October 2018.

Unconventional and innovative, opposed to seriousness and long-established ways of seeing, a fan of ‘youth’ and a constant doubter of things, armed with his Greek and ecumenical education, Manos Hadjidakis connected works with folk music, creating a ‘new’ sound, a ‘new’ form of song whose roots lie in both the East and the West in equal measure.

I was deeply influenced by Erotokritos, General Makrygiannis, the Fix Factory, Haralambos the Byzantine, Thessaloniki’s damp climate and the unknown people I met by chance and who remained unknown throughout all the years thereafter. During the Occupation I realised how pointless music lessons were since in some underhand manner they took me away from my original objectives, which were to communicate, to give part of myself, to disappear; that’s why I stopped them immediately after the Occupation. I wrote poems and loads of songs and I practised a lot getting my views across using democratic processes, which was something that benefited me massively when I became an employee in recent years”.

The detailed programme will be announced soon.