Cavafy Goes to School

Let’s explore Cavafy’s poetry, through technology, through our movement and our pencils.

NOV 2018 - MAY 2019
For secondary school students
What are your feelings when you read a poem? To taste classical literature in a different way, we fill our hands with color, release our body and play with technology.
Cost: Free admission
Who says we can’t read Cavafy differently? To get closer to his work, we turn the music up, and perform Ithaca as a choreography. We write our own verses, and draw the Laestrygones and the Cyclops; actually, we may meet them in the schoolyard, on the interactive map we just set up. Through three creative workshops, poetry and other arts blend in and we learn how to express ourselves unrestrainedly.

In the workshop “A poem, a picture, an edition”, we create our own handmade illustrated editions. Cavafy used to do the same: he would go to the printer’s, lay out his own single-pages, and distribute them to people. In the workshop “Verses and movement” we build a strong group and make a collective choreography. And in the workshop “Electrified Poetry”, we prove how contemporary Cavafy can be: we perform him with video, image and digital installation.


“A poem, a picture, an edition”
Alexia Othoneou: Illustrator
Danae Siozou: Poet

“Verses and movement”
Candy Carra: Dancer/performer
Samson Rakas: Poet/publisher

“Electrified poetry”
Dimitra Ioannou: Poet/publisher
Kostas Diamantis: 3D Graphics and game developer, media administrator

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Αddressed to:
Secondary school students

November 2018 – May 2019

Cavafy goes to school is a one-week programme, completed in five three-hour sessions. The workshops will be taking place after the regular school day.

Free admission

Application and Evaluation:
Schools in the region of Attica have to apply at: till the 12th of October 2018. Indication: “Cavafy Goes to School (Athens)”. 
Applications must include the workshop title, the number of students, and the school website. Replies expected by the 25th of October 2018. An interview with the persons running the programme at each school, is necessary for the evaluation. Each school may host only one workshop. Applications will be processed on a first come first served basis. 

Other regions
Regional schools have to apply at till the 26th of October 2018. Indication “Cavafy Goes to School (regional)”. Applications have to be submitted by the region’s Secondary Education Departments (SED), and must include the number of schools in the region, the number of students and school websites. Replies expected by the 2nd of November 2018. Only one region will be selected to host the programme. The SED of the selected region, as well as the local school representatives, will have to decide which regional schools are going to host the workshops. Applications will be processed on a first come first served basis. 

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