Radio Bridge Καλημερα, this is Athens

View of Athens: The veracity of Greek myths
View of Athens: The veracity of Greek myths | Photo: Piet Theisohn

How is the crisis impacting everyday life of people in Athens? What is the prevalent mood there prior to the early elections? Hope? Resignation? And what does it mean for the nation’s arts? Radioeins and the Goethe-Institut are exploring these questions and building a radio bridge to Greece.

Until Thursday, 17 September, the RBB channel Radioeins will be broadcasting live from the courtyard café of the Goethe-Institut in Athens. The correspondents will conduct interviews and give daily accounts of life in Greece’s capital city in audio reports and short videos. At first glance, it seems that Athens’ arts scene is successfully defying the crisis, but what impact has the economic decline really had on artists and their work?

Back in April two Radioeins reporters broadcasted from Athens with support from the Goethe-Institut’s division of Film, Television and Radio. The themes were capturing the mood from the taxi, how the Greek people view Germany and the situation of the refugees in the Mediterranean.

This time the focus is also on the people. Radioeins reporters will provide insights into the real lives of the Greek people and their diverse connections with Germany. They will report on nightly club life and about how a new young arts scene is becoming established in defiance of all vicissitudes, which manifests itself in performances, actions, rebetiko music and graffiti art. They will also examine the truths behind “Greek myths:” How many people really don’t pay taxes? Are Greece’s pensions really higher than Germany’s? And after the wave of privatizations how much of Greece belongs to its people?

Another topic is the current refugee problem in Europe, which affects Greece in particular due to its proximity to the Mediterranean. Radioeins host Nancy Fischer will talk with prominent musicians and artists, business people, politicians and people on the street about how to exit the crisis. In addition, local musicians will be given the opportunity for brief performances in the courtyard café of the Goethe-Institut, for example the band Locomondo performing a reggae version of Udo Jürgen’s classic hit Griechischer Wein.

For this collaboration with Radioeins the Goethe-Institut Athens, which is the institute’s oldest office abroad, will be both the host and broadcasting studio, a place for interviews and live music, for conversations between Greeks and Germans. Four programmes will be broadcast altogether every afternoon between four and seven o’clock. The Film, Television and Radio division, which initiated the project, will accompany the programme with blog posts, photos and videos on the Goethe-Institut website. Please follow the comments below this article.

In the Berlin and Brandenburg area, for four days on the radio listeners can experience how it feels for the people in Greece to be faced by new daily challenges. The programme will also be streamed live worldwide.

By the way, the first Radio Bridge was broadcast prior to the Football World Cup in autumn 2013 from the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo.