Ex Eleusinos

October 2022

July 2021

“Ex Eleusinos” (“From Eleusis”)
At the back yard of the Eleusis Railway Station, on Tuesday 29 June 2021, CHORUS presented the book Ex Eleusinos by the four Eleusinian writers Yannis Gavalas, Vassilis Iliopoulos, Dimitris Koutrafouris and Michalis Leventis – its first publishing effort.

1996, “In Eleusis”.
2021, “From Eleusis”.
“The same company, holy men, scribblers, productive and eternally greedy.” as Argyro Orphanoudaki so aptly describes them in her foreword.

The presentation of the book took place in a solemn atmosphere in the crowded garden of the Old Railway Station of Eleusis, honouring the coming together of the four Eleusinian writers and their texts.

The event was coordinated by CHORUS member, Panagiotis Giokas, an introductory speech was presented by the archaeologist Mrs. Poppy Papaggelis. The actress Maria Kastani and the social worker Marilou Milles brought people and events to life through their narratives, while the excellent musicians Yannis Villiotis, Vangelis Giannakis, Vassilis Kolovos and Dinos Hadjiordanou accompanied the event with the musical compositions of Vangelis Giannakis.

In perfect harmony with the hospitable and full-of-memories station, attendees travelled to places both familiar and unknown, creating a new relationship between the city’s present and its overall place in the world.

A city that continues to discover itself…


For anyone and everyone who wants it, the book is available at the CHORUS offices (21 Aeschylou Street, Elefsina), daily, 12-6, by calling 210 220 1691. In the near future, it will also be available in selected -physical and digital- bookstores.


Contributors

  • Production
    CHORUS

  • Authors
    Yannis Gavalas, Vassilis Iliopoulos, Dimitris Koutrafouris, Michalis Leventis

  • Intro
    Argyro Orphanoudaki

  • Photography
    George Maras

  • Photo archives
    Tsakos / PAKPPA archive, except for the drawing of B. Anima Nima

  • Guest speaker
    Popi Papaggeli

  • Narration
    Maria Kastani, Marilou Milles

  • Music composition
    Vangelis Giannakis

  • Orchestration
    Yannis Villiotis

  • Musicians
    Yannis Villiotis / bouzouki, mandolin
    Vangelis Giannakis / guitar
    Vassilis Kolovos / keyboards
    Dinos Hadjiordanou / accordion

  • Sound/image
    Christos Georgopoulos

  • Poster design
    Anastasia Tsopelaki

  • Volunteers
    Virginia Vassilakou
    Elena Drettaki
    Smaragda Pappa
    Xenia Skordas

The publication of the book Ex Eleusinos is under the auspices and financial support of the Ministry of Culture and Sports. The provision of the presentation space was a kind offer of the 2023 Eleusis European Capital of Culture.