In this week's Events & Culture Agenda: Social Media in Tourism Conference, IN-EDIT Festival Thessaloniki Edition, 11th Athens Animation Festival, Francophone Film Festival 2016, Thessaloniki Dance Festival (TDF) and ‘Links’ at the Greek National Opera, 8th Building Green Expo, MinerArt Exhibition and International Aviation Conference.

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Tourism

It’s well known that the social media is maybe the hottest issue in a company’s branding, in sales raise and improvement of customer service. However, the plenty of social networks, the constant advent of new technologies and the economic limits complicate further their strategic use. The Social Media in Tourism Conference in Athens on April 11, brings in Greece international social media experts and chooses the best Greek practices in order to respond the main question of tourism related companies: How much of time and money should we invest in the Facebook, Tripadvisor, OTAs, search machines and in the entire online presence of our company, so that we target the appropriate audience, succeed sales, attract positive reviews and build a community of repeaters & influencers.

Cinema and Music

Having set its journey off in Barcelona and with stops in numerous cities around the world, IΝ-EDIΤ Festival, the biggest music documentary film festival in the world, returns to Thessaloniki for its third edition, which will take place at Olympion Theatre from April 7 to April 13. This year, IN-EDIT brings extraordinary stories from the music backstage, moving narrations and amazing chords. For the first time, the festival will also include a separate Greek section with music documentaries produced by Greek cinematographers. The Festival is held under the auspices of the Greek National Tourism Organisation.

The 11th Athens Animation Festival starts on April 7 and will run to April 13 at the Greek Film Archive. This year, preselection juries have selected a large number of animated movies submitted from all over the world, confirming Athens as part of the high quality animation festival association. The program includes competition sections for experimental, student and short animated movies, a tribute to Piotr Dumala, a well-known-living Polish animator and a number of wortha-attending events.

Τhe Francophone Film Festival of Greece will offer the audience of Athens and Thessaloniki an exceptional selection of French and Francophone films from April 7 to April 20. Apart from a series of screenings, the audience will have the opportunity to meet French and Francophone artists that are here to present their films for the first time. Also, a number of special guests will perk up the festival with masterclasses and audience debates after the screenings.

Dance

International Thessaloniki Dance Festival (TDF) will be held on 9 and 10 April for the 2nd consecutive year at the International Exhibition Center of Thessaloniki. Six different competitions will be held in parralel (Latin, Hip Hop, Salsa, Tango Argentino, Oriental and Modern Jazz) and 1,500 dancers from 33 countries will participate, among them athlete-dancers from Romania, Russia, Britain, Germany, Italy, Serbia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Bosnia, Spain, Cyprus, Greece and others.

The Greek National Opera presents “Links,” a new work by the company’s recently appointed ballet director, Greek choreographer Andonis Foniadakis. “Links” is based on music by Johann Sebastian Bach and Georg Friedrich Handel, two composers who were born in neighboring cities in 1685 but never actually met. Through their music and choreography, Foniadakis attempts to create a landscape where the elements of imagination, the subconscious and mysticism alternate and enter into a discourse with raw realism, creating, thus, an ideal “habitat” where the two composers meet. The production features the company’s principal dancers, soloists, demi-soloists, corps de ballet and dance school students. Performances take place on April 3, 6, 10, 19, 22 and 23.

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Environment

The 8th Building Green Expo opens at the Metropolitan Expo center, next to Athens International Airport and will run to April 10. Professionals and consumers/ visitors from Greece and other countries from all over the world will have the chance to meet at this International Exhibition for Sustainability, Green Building, Renewables and Energy Saving Technologies for both existing and new buildings and built environment.

Mineralogy

The Museum of Mineralogy and Petrology of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens invites the public to visit the exhibition MinerArt and admire the artworks by ten Greek artists, which are inspired by the structure, colours and lustre of crystals showcased in the museum. The exhibition will run through April 17.

An event titled “Sunday Mornings at the Mineralogy Museum” will also be held on April 3, 10 and 17.The event includes educational activities, interactive games and guided tours for the whole family. Participants will have the opportunity to discover the beauty of gems, the particularity of meteorites, the uniqueness of fluorescent minerals, the history of Lavrio etc. Entrance is free.

Aviation

The 10th International Aviation Conference will be held on 7 April 2016, at the Amphitheater of Ministry of Infrastructure, Transport and Networks. The purpose of the event is to explore legal, scientific and economic point of public and private aviation in the context of EU rules and international practice in order to develop the market to the benefit of the public interest and entrepreneurship. This year’s conference will focus on the following key topics: Athens International Airport Technical Base and Social Entrepreneurship in the Aviation Sector.

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