Save Embros in Greece Culture is Under Threat


Petition Background :

On the 11 November 2011 Mavili Collective – a group of artists and theatre makers – occupied the disused building of Embros theatre and proposed an intense programme of activities.

The occupancy installed itself as a “re-activation” and proposed initially an intense twelve-day programme of activities bringing together artists, theoreticians, dance/theatre makers, architects and the general public. As Mavili Collective (2011) states in the manifesto that was sent to press and public: ‘This re-activation is not a proposition of a “better” model of production and management but is a proposition of re-thinking, responding and re-making.

This model emerges from the current lacks and shortfalls of our system and attempts to interrogate the global changing landscape at this moment in time.’ During the last year in Embros, in Athens over 500 artists, theoreticians and practitioners presented work; ranging from emerging artists and students to university professors and established practitioners, working across multiple disciplines.


Dear Friend an colleague,

The deserted Embros Theatre in Athens re-activated by an artist’s occupation is going to be closed down and privatized.

In November 2011, Mavili Collective reactivated the historical disused theatre building of Embros and proposed an intense programme of cultural activities.

In the year since the re-activation over 500 Greek and foreign artists, academics, theorists and activists have presented work that drew large audiences. All these events were free to the public. The occupation re-constituted Embros as a public space for exchange, research, debate, meeting and re-thinking.

The company retained by the new Greek goverment with the purpose of “reforming” the use of national assets in order to “modernise” the Greek economy, has demanded Mavili evacuate Embros immediately. Their intention is to rent the building privately for an as yet unspecified use.

The termination of a free cultural space and community centre appears particularly questionable at a moment when the Greek state seems unable to financially support cultural practices or to create social structures to support it’s citizens through the current crisis.

A letter of support has already been countersigned by over 600 people from the Greek cultural sector and other fields but in order to save Embros we need your help.

Please sign the petition here or send us an email at stating your name and your profession.

Without your support Embros will be closed down in a week, on Thursday 25th of October.
Thank you very much

Mavili Collective //

For Official Public letter of response (in Greek) go here:

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