The SNFCC Christmas World comes to life - Εικόνα

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On Friday, December 1, at 19.00, the SNFCC Christmas World comes alive, energizing the entire city into the rhythm of Christmas. 

The glamourous celebration, hosted by Nandia Kontogeorgi, kicks off the Christmas celebrations, with 80 plane trees flooding the Canal with light and the Festival of Light Installations setting Stavros Niarchos Park aglow. The setting of the ultimate Christmas walk in Athens is complemented by the Ice Rink at the Canal, offering a high-end track for endless swirls virtually on the water, and the Fountains powering up the Christmas experience with color and imagination.

Like every year, the meeting point is the Agora, where the El Sistema Greece Youth Choir sets the tone of the evening with traditional carols from various parts of the world. After that, Mwenso and the Shakes come straight from Harlem, New York City, to stir up the audience with a special Christmas program titled “Afrofuturistic Christmas Wonderland.” An exuberant musical performance, sprinkled with Christmas glitter and all-time classic hits such as “Santa Claus Is Coming to Town,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Winter Wonderland” and “Silent Night,” to name a few.

This is a holiday concert that takes place in cooperation with the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York, as part of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation-Lincoln Center Agora Initiative, a collaboration that reimagines and reactivates cultural engagement in public spaces through “Twin Agoras” at Lincoln Center and the SNFCC.  The event will be broadcast in the lobby of David Geffen Hall at Lincoln Center, live streamed on the SNFCC website, Facebook page and YouTube channel.

The December 1 celebration will also be broadcast live by ERT2. 

Michael Mwenso & the Shakes
Intense, exuberant and “colorful” — this is how most people describe the experience of a concert by Mwenso and the Shakes, who gained widespread notice in 2019 with a widely traveled show honoring Jazz Age artists who lived and performed in 1920s Harlem, such as Duke Ellington. 
Mwenso and the Shakes are a unique troupe of global artists who have been presenting a musical performance that merges the highest form of entertainment and artistry. All members of Mwenso and the Shakes are migrants — from Sierra Leone, London, South Africa, Madagascar, France, Jamaica, and Hawaii — who live permanently in Harlem, New York City, and their music draws the imaginary line connecting the jazz and blues tradition with African and Afro-American culture.
Inspired by the style and musical legacy of Fats Waller, Muddy Waters, James Brown and many other legends of American music, Michael Mwenso leads a truly electrifying performance where reggae meets afrobeat and hard bop meets the “muddy” funk of the 1970s.
Friday, Dec. 01, 19:00
Free Admission

The SNFCC Christmas World comes to life thanks to an exclusive grant by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation.

See also

Saturday 23/12, 18:30

Christmas Stories at the Lighthouse | Burger Project – En Dynamei Ensemble, Santa’s Postal Workers


Monday 25/12, 20:00

Cosmos: ERT National Symphony Orchestra - Papageno's Holidays


Friday 01/12, 17:00

Light Installations Festival at the Stavros Niarchos Park