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NTNG - Lazaristes Monastery
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Owner description: Sokratis Karantinos Stage and Experimental Stage, both at Lazaristes Monastery, belong to the National Theatre of Northern Greece, one of the biggest theatre organizations in Europe. Its activity extends to cultural sectors such as education, literature and the arts through exhibitions, conferences, festivals and so forth. NTNGʼs annual artistic programme combines in-house productions, co-productions with other theatres, tributes and exchanges with important theatre organizations, as well as guest performances from Greece and abroad.
Reviewed 27 October 2016

I have been living abroad, specifically in the UK, for that last 16 years and had the opportunity to visit some of the greatest cultural venues in the world. The Lazaristes Monastery, or Moni Lazariston (in Greek), could be compared with one of them. Situated amongst old fashioned buildings without architectural inspiration, the newly renovated theatre stands out of the... crowd.

From the staff, who have been particularly helpful, willing and informative, to the communal areas, such as the café and the lobby, this national theatre is great. The vast majority of the plays are in Greek, and –according to my experience– surtitles are not provided, unless specified in the programme.

Nevertheless, even the non-native speakers would be exposed to the attractive peculiarities of the Greek culture through each and every play. The cast is comprised mostly by permanently employed actors of the National Theatre of Northern Greece, with the odd add-on of a famous actor, due to their exposure in TV.

The most expensive tickets wouldn't cost more than £20pp, which makes the visit rather affordable.

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Reviewed 27 July 2013

George Costakis was a driver of the Greek and later the Canadian embassies in Moscow. He started to collect forbidden and forgotten Russian avantgarde artists works during the '50 and displayed them in his appartement,which became during the '60 - '70 the meeting point of intelectuals and foreign diplomats.
When he emigrated to Greece in the late '70, he was forced to donate half of his collection to the Soviet Union. The most important works of the other half, which he was allowed to take with him, are on display in this monastry in Thessaloniki. Amazing and unexpected valuable collection, where one cen see Rodchenko, Arhipenko, Malevich, Popova, El Lissitzky etc.
The collectio could be put much more into value by a better publicity and by an audio guide.

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Reviewed 29 December 2011

i usually watch concerts there during spring-summer,great not too big arena and the building is wonderful and a very nice hotel across the road. the only bad thing is the difficulty of getting there,bad quality and narrow road.

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