The GNO Learning & Participation department in collaboration with the Alternative Stage consolidate their presence and present for the 2019/20 season a rich programme of artistic and participatory learning activities for children, teenagers, young people, primary and secondary education schools, adults, people over 65, amateurs and professional artists from Athens and across the country, thanks to an exclusive donation from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation [] .

The Alternative Stage and the GNO venues at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center turn into a cohesive, flexible, experimental and sustainable space for artistic novelty and research, where a network of renowned artists/educators reintroduces opera, ballet and music theatre to the wider audience.
In October 2019 Manuel de Falla’s masterly puppet opera El retablo de maese Pedro sets out on its journey through 20 cities of Northern Greece, while at the same time the Intercultural Choir and Orchestra of the Alternative Stage return in November for a new cycle of intensive rehearsals and concerts. The music, movement and speech workshop cycle in the Korydallos, Diavata and Eleonas Penitentiaries is expanded with the addition of the Nigrita Penitentiary. The GNO Rehearsal Building in Kallithea echoes from the melodies and songs of the Guitar Express and 65+ Chorus programmes, inviting new members aged 65 and above to join them. The explosive Drum Works return for a third consecutive year to the GNO and fill the streets and squares of Athens with the deafening sound of their percussion.

The artistic programming of the GNO’s Learning & Participation department culminates with the inauguration of the first intercultural youth opera hub in Europe. Co-OPERAtive: An intercultural and collaborative opera hub for young people, the project that won the 2019 Fedora Prize for Education, will serve as a vehicle for artistic expression for a mixed group of sixty young Athenians and unaccompanied minor asylum seekers aged 14-18 from across Attica.

Artistic coordinator: Eva Karterou
Production director: Kallirroi Papadopoulou
Artistic collaborators: Ann-Kristin Sofroniou, Christina Spanou

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