ALL GREEKS FESTIVAL

Immerse yourself in the gripping world of Greek tragedy at dawn from 1 May to 23 June. Welcome to ALL GREEKS FESTIVAL, the indispensable free city festival full of cultural fireworks.

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Parade

Parade of Fire and Abundance / Prometheus bound

VIERNULVIER and many partners
Wednesday 01.05.24
De Krook (start)

The Parade of Fire and Abundance  opens ALL GREEKS FESTIVAL, a celebration dedicated to Dionysus and Prometheus.

Uur: 09:00
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Together with arts centre VIERNULVIER, several urban partners and artists, NTGent opens the ALL GREEKS FESTIVAL with the colourful, carnavalesque Parade of Fire and Abundance. Like the procession that opened the theatre festival in ancient Athens, this parade is dedicated to Dionysos, the Greek god of tragedy, of abundance and rapture, of wine, lust and disorder. A great celebration for all Ghentian satyrs and bacchantes.

Walk along with all the festival participants! Sing and dance with the choirs of laGeste and Mais Quelle Chanson! The procession takes us from the central library De Krook, where the tragedy scripts are kept, to the agora of Sint-Baafs. In front of the city theatre, the festival officially kicks off with the lighting of an Olympic flame, which later travels to all districts of the festival.

At dawn (5:30 am), even before the Parade, performance artist Ruben Mardulier depicts the myth of the rebellious titan Prometheus. Under the rising sun, Mardulier spreads the holy fire of Prometheus all over the polis.

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Performance

Lament for the Eurovision Song Contest

Action Zoo Humain
Friday 03.05.24
Boekentoren

I ❤️ Eurosong!? Through Persians, the oldest tragedy, we test our empathy for countries in conflict.

Uur: 09:00
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Aischylos' Persians  is the oldest tragedy of all, the beginning of the Western canon. The play narrates the Greco-Persian war from the perspective of the losing camp. Out of empathy with the Persian arch-enemy or as veiled Greek propaganda? From that perspective, collective Action Zoo Humain, artist in residence at NTGent, raises a lament to explore whether the Eurovision Song Contest also has that empathetic potential. The festival upholds values like humanity and fraternisation. But in what way do we experience empathy with countries at war and conflict through that song contest today?

For ALL GREEKS FESTIVAL, Action Zoo Humain is creating an alternative version of its brand-new show PERSIANS: triumph of empathy, premiering at NTGent on 20 June.

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Parade

EXHAUST / ajax

Kris Verdonck / A Two Dogs Company
Saturday 04.05.24
Kinderrechtenplein (start)

The execution of the very last combustion engine, on the altar of ecological catastrophe.

Uur: 10:00
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Welcome to the world premiere of EXHAUST / Ajax: the execution of the very last internal combustion engine! The explosion of the heart of a monstrous truck! The death row inmate is pulled by his judges on a cart. In front of the NTGent main hall, the sentence is read and carried out. The combustion engine is sacrificed on the altar of ecological catastrophe.

Along the way, the procession stops at places where public executions took place in medieval Ghent or where the combustion engine caused irreparable damage, such as schools and busy intersections. Together with Ghentian citizens and climate action groups, the procession is burying the unbridled drive for economic growth and progress. As blinded and self-destructive as the venerable hero Ajax, the engine is succumbing to its tragic tunnel vision.

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Reflection

Beyond worship / Ifigeneia in Tauris

Various guests
Sunday 05.05.24
LUCA (courtyard)

Who do we want to worship as a Greek god today? What about our Ghentian heritage?

Uur: 11:00
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In Euripides' Ifigeneia in Tauris, the god Apollo sends Orestes to the 'barbaric' Taurians to steal the statue of the goddess Artemis with the help of his sister Ifigeneia. They are supposed to bring the statue to 'civilised' and thus 'superior' Greece.

Inspired by this tragedy, we exchange ideas about the future of Ghent's heritage. Who do we want to revere today as a Greek god or place on a pedestal as a tragic hero? What do we definitely want to preserve and pass on to future generations? What mark do our city's migration history and colonial past leave on it?

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