Amalia Moutousi reads "Moonstruck" by Alexandros Papadiamantis - Εικόνα

The SNFCC readers’ theater series, entitled PARABASES/READINGS, is returning to the core of stage reading this year, drawing inspiration from Cavafy’s verse, “Voices, loved and idealized.”

Seven theater protagonists, seven “idealized voices,” comprise two-people theater companies (in collaboration with young stage directors, renowned Greek composers and/or on-stage musicians) and attempt live theatrical readings of literary texts (short stories, novels, prose), all of them landmark works of Greek literature. In this way, the series utilizes the dramaturgy of the Readings that were recorded and presented by the SNFCC during 2020-2021, attracting great interest from the public.

The texts selection was compiled in collaboration with poet Nikos A. Panagiotopoulos (December 1945 – July 2023), to whose memory the series is dedicated. 

Sunday, January 28, 17.00 | LIGHTHOUSE

Amalia Moutousi reads the short story “Moonstruck” [Oi Elapfroískiotoi] by Alexandros Papadiamantis 
Directed by Emmanouil Kontos   

“Local [Greek] literature without Papadiamantis is unfathomable.” This phrase sums up the gravitas of this great writer. The work of Alexandros Papadiamantis (1851–1911) marks the meeting point between scholarly tradition, ecclesiastical tradition and the folk tradition of Greece.

Moonstruck (1892) is one of his great masterpieces. A work that, according to Kostis Papagiorgis, “one might say was literally ‘dug up’ from deep down the Skiathian writer’s heart by his intellect to be handed over to the future.”

The event will be performed in Greek.


Nikos Kouris teams up with Mario Banushi and reads Viral Pneumonia, the only short story Zisimos Lorentzatos ever attempted to write. | October 29, 2023
Iro Bezou collaborates with Danai Spilioti and reads two pieces of prose by Photis Kontoglou: Conan the God and His Monastery, the So-Called “Submergence” and Hosanna! | November 12, 2023
Maria Skoula teams up with Kornilios Selamsis and reads the short story The Detective by Dimitris Hatzis. | December 10, 2023 
Amalia Moutousi collaborates with Emmanouil Kontos and reads Moonstruck by Alexandros Papadiamantis. | January 28, 2024
Christos Loulis reads excerpts from Erotokritos by Vitsentzos Kornaros. | February 25, 2024
Akilas Karazisis teams up with Iason Aly and reads excerpts from the Architecture of a Dissolute Life, Nikos Gabriel Pentzikis’s trailblazing work. | March 10, 2024
Anna Kokkinou collaborates with Nikos Veliotis and reads Moskov Selim, the most remarkable short story of Georgios Vizyinos. | April 28, 2024

Advance Ticket Sales Points:

  • Online on Ticket Services website 
  • By phone: 210 7234567 (Ticket Services)
  • At the Ticket Services Box Office (Panepistimiou 39, Athens)

Online tickets pre-sales (Members)
Online tickets pre-sales (Public)

Pre-sale for Members starts on 22/11 at 12.00 (limited number of tickets).
Pre-sale for the public starts on 23/11 at 12.00.

    Ticket Prices: General entrance €12, reduced €8

    Concession tickets of €8 are available to students, people aged 65+,  minors up to 17 years old, the unemployed, Persons with Disabilities along with their companion, multi-child families and residents of the Municipality of Kallithea. Children can sit with their chaperones in any zone, with a concessions ticket.

    On the day of the concert, concession ticket holders will be asked to show their ID, as well as supporting documentation (student card, unemployment card, family status certificate for multi-child parents, certification of disability, utility bill for residents of Kallithea)

    Free tickets are available to Persons with Disabilities, by contacting the call center at 210 7234567 or via email at and by showing their ID and certification of disability on the day of the event.

    Important information:

    • Doors open at 16.30.
    • Entrance will be possible up to 10 minutes before the event's commencement.
    • Pre-sale is required. No order of priority will be available on-site.
    • Entrance allowed for children aged 6+.
    • All SNFCC areas are accessible to people with disabilities.
    • For more information or clarifications, please contact the SNFCC switchboard on 216 8091000.

    This event comes under a grant by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF). Alongside the majority of its events, which are free thanks to a series of SNF grants, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center also organizes a number of events with affordable tickets, thus enriching its income sources and securing its long-term financial integrity.

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    WOW Sounds: Hania Rani


    Sunday 07/04, 21:00

    Prima Facie by Suzie Miller | Staged reading of selected scenes


    Sunday 07/04, 20:00

    Screening | Gloria: In Her Own Words