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The 1st Iberoamerican Festival of Literature in Greece, (Festival LEA - Literature in Athens) opens in Athens on Wednesday at the «Technopolis»  and runs through Saturday, organised by the Intercultural Center of the City of Athens, the Cultural Magazine Sol Latino, the Institute for Intercultural Development, The Institute of Migration Policy, and The Greek-Colombian Association.

Festival LEA’s slogan is: "Three languages, three voices, one heart", making reference to the Spanish, Portuguese, and Greek languages, and honors three authors: Nobel Prize winner Gabriel García Márquez representing the Spanish language, Nobel prize winner José Saramago representing the Portuguese language, and well recognized in the Iberoamerican world Petros Markaris for the Greek language.

The activities during the Festival are geared towards public of all ages who will have the opportunity to get to know the richness of the Latin American, Portuguese, and Spanish authors. They include book presentations, artistic performances, fiestas, documentary screenings, workshops and round-table discussions.

The artistic performances include concerts by the great Greek singer who pioneered Latin music in Greece, Aliki Kagialoglou, the Argentinean soprano Daniela Toberig, the beautiful Cuban voice, Yammi and her group Joel and La Cucaracha, the charismatic Cuban singer Manolo Vega, the fantastic Uruguayan singer Janeth Capuya, and the unique Mexican singer Martha Morelen.

Also, the Latin Club ‘Enzzo de Cuba’ will hold a party every night, featuring the DJ’s Association ‘Salsa Amigos’, and professional dancing groups such as Amor Latino and Salsa Caliente. Every night dance groups will provide spectacular shows with great flavor and choreographies, the Academy of Tango will transport you to Buenos Aires’ streets, the Spanish group ‘Sentimientos’ will presente to you Spanish Flamenco, and the group ‘Abada Capoeira’ will take spectators to the mystic Brazil.

For poetry lovers LEA will also have a space with the Spanish poet Juan Vicente Piqueras, an original contemporary Spanish voice, the Greek poet Konstantinos Vadrachanis, the artist and Cuban poet Yoel Soto, and the Portuguse actor Andre Maia.

The Festival is under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture, the embassies of Argentina, Venezuela, Brazil, Cuba, Spain, Mexico, Uruguay, Panama, Peru, Portugal, Chile, and the Honorary Consulate of Colombia in Greece.


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