From the time when Otto was made “King of Greece” (Convention of London, 1832) and the Regency years to this day, the area around Victoria Square has witnessed major events that marked the history of modern Greece. A closer look demonstrates that some of these events are linked to milestones in the evolution of Greco-German relations over time as well as to emblematic landmarks in the area.
Furthermore, in the second half of the 20th and in the early 21st century, the Greeks who left the area after WWII as well as part of the emigrants of the current economic crisis seem to share with the Syrian and Afghan refugees of Victoria Square a vision of Germany as a latter-day “Promised Land”.
How have the traces of the multifaceted Greek-German relations been integrated
into the urban landscape and the collective memory of the Athenian Victoria Square area?
How can we "read" today and how can we capture these traces
with the help of audiovisual media?
What stimuli can they offer to the younger ones, Greeks and immigrants, living in the area?
Can we, as individuals and as communities, co-shape a contemporary narrative
in our multinational neighbourhoods?
The program “Next stop: Victoria | Nächste Station: Victoriaplatz” (#NextStationVictoria) sought to address these questions, while offering Victoria residents and visitors the opportunity to get to know the neighborhood better, to reflect on issues of coexistence and preservation of collective memory, and to express themselves in a creative way.
Curation, Implementation, Communication
Victoria Square Project
Concept & Coordination
Angeliki Tseliou, Project manager, Education & Culture
Photography workshop, Audiovisual media
Maria Leonida, Head of Programs, KARPOS
History – Architecture walking tours
Irini Gratsia, Coordinator, MONUMENTA
Student groups coordination
Angeliki Ilia, Principal
2nd General Lyceum of Athens - “Theo Angelopoulos”
Dafni Gavrili, Principal & Anta Smilani, Educator
Athens Gymnasium of Intercultural Education
Victoria Square Project
KARPOS, Center of Education & Intercultural Communication
MONUMENTA, a nonprofit civil company
for the protection of natural and architectural heritage in Greece and Cyprus
World Human Forum
The training program “Next Station: Victoria” is co-financed by the German Federal Foreign Office through funds of the German-Greek Future Fund.
Supported by the European Forum for Freedom in Education.