The big bang. After two years the immovable actor George Papageorgiou returns with his band, them Polkar, in Cross of the south club, where they will be located from Saturday 11 December and every Saturday for limited impressions. Polkar as a “drunk dancer singing a fake”, as a “celebration of music and the unbearable diridacht” that we should not miss. Shortly before he goes up with the “Balkans of his heart”, him Giannis Kyratsos on the electric guitar, him Lazaro Pliaba on drums and percussion, him Giannis Bello on the electric bass, him George Avramidis on the trumpet and him Michalis Karanikos on the trombone, he shares snapshots from his own Athens and responds to ATHENS VOICE about his relationship with the city. “Let’s go for a walk in Athens, where everything is fine” …
The 3 things you like most about the city…
The Acropolis. The Pagrati. The chicken nuggets in Michalakopoulou.
The 3 things that if they were missing would make Athens a little more beautiful…
The movement. The dirt. The newly rich.
What was the first thing you did if you were mayor for a day?
Summer Cinema in Omonia Square.
The first job you did in Athens…
Your first apartment in Athens…
In Ano Petralona. It was a semi-basement, very beautiful inside, without much light of course. I lived quite lonely but nice there for as long as I was in the drama school of the National. In my house there was a mattress, a computer, an unspeakably small advertising fridge and a CD player playing the repeat of “Moon Safari” by Air.
Where do you live now?
In Barnabas Square in Pagrati. I have been living there for 12 years, but to be precise I have been coming and going since I was a child in the neighborhood, my grandmother Elenaki and my aunt Magda lived here. It is perhaps one of the few places in Athens where I feel a connection, a contact with the place.
The craziest Athenian story you have ever heard / lived…
The party of Kilaidoni on Lake Vouliagmeni. But what happened that night?
Your favorite Athenian sound / noise?
The old man.
What does an Athenian do?
Where else could / would you like to live in Greece?
The best slogan you have seen on an Athenian wall.
What is the best place to isolate yourself in Athens?
On the rocks of the Acropolis. You and half of Athens.
What is your favorite restaurant in Athens?
We said. The chicken nuggets.
Your biggest Athenian fear.
That I will grow old here.
Your favorite Athenian square?
In which cities abroad have you lived? A disadvantage and an advantage in relation to Athens?
I have not lived in any, but I have seen many. Let’s say Berlin is a favorite city. Its advantage in relation to Athens is its culture and respect for art and its people. The disadvantage is that the water is very expensive.
Your favorite Athenian cinema, theater, bookstore, concert venue?
Ideal, Theater of Cyclades Street, Politia, Stavros tou Notou.
An adjective that characterizes the Athenians.
An adjective that does not suit the Athenians at all.
What is the first Athenian moment you remember?
Fterou somewhere in the historic center.
How do you imagine Athens in 50 years?
With pedestrian center.
What do you miss from the Athens of your childhood?
The night that was furious.
“Athenian” words that no longer exist.
Which director would like to make a film about Athens?
Which Athenian would become the best prime minister in the country?
Peletidis, although from Patras.
The most typical Athenian movie you have ever seen.
The “Cheap Cigarettes”.
If Athens were one person, who would it be?
The best view in Athens?
The Acropolis as seen from the museum cafe.
What would you first show in the city to a foreign guest?
Syggrou at night.
A concert in Athens that you will never forget.
Prodigy at Rockwave.
Which musician is entitled to write the soundtrack of Athens?
Konstantinos Beta. He has already written it.
Your favorite walk in Athens.
Favorite car route in Athens?
Walk to Sounio.
Favorite concert in Athens?
Every live of Polkar.
What forces you and what relaxes you in Athens?
The madness in the streets forces me. The chicken nuggets relax me.