Today 11 of November 2011 Mavili Collective occupied the historical disused theatre building of Embros, deserted and left empty for years. We aim to re-activate this space temporarily with our own means and propose an alternative model of collective management and new contemporary forms of creative work. For the next 11 days Mavilli will reconstitute Embros as a public space for exchange, research, debate, meeting and re-thinking. To read full text: here
The deserted Embros Theatre in Athens re-activated by an artist’s occupation is going to be closed down and privatized. 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.
Click here to read some of the messages of support for Embros.
Please sign the petition here SAVE EMBROS in Greece: Culture under threat Petition or send us an email at email@example.com stating your name and your profession.
Embros is still open.
On Thursday 25th October 2012 Mavili Collective refused to hand over the site to the bailiffs of ETAD. A large group of people gathered outside from early morning and successfully stopped the closing of the space by the police and ETAD. The Embros general assembly that followed on the same day created working groups and the Embros Occupancy has now opened up to an extended collective of artists, architects and the general public.
On Tuesday, October 30th 2012, ETAD sent a new eviction order. This time personally to Mavili Collective members as responsible for the occupancy. According to our lawyers opinion the bailiffs and the police can come with orders and close the space at any point from now on.
Despite the fact that there is no statement of interest from any public or private enterprise regarding taking over the running of Embros and although ETAD declares that it is “sensitive to the needs of the local communities” (23/10/12 reply to letter of inhabitants and Mavili collective). ETAD has declined any form of dialogue with inhabitants, mavili collective or other artists about the future of this space.
The general assembly on October 30, 2012, decided that EMBROS would remain open and November will be a transitional period towards a new participatory model of a cultural production space open to diverse groups and collectives.
We continue the petition and attempts of open a dialogue with Municipality of Athens and other public sectors.
Your presence and support in the new programme of concerts, discussions and activities is more vital than ever to ensure that EMBROS can continue as a space for research, arts and social practice – making a space for common good in our city.
The EMBROS Community
For Official Public letter of response (in Greek) countersigned by over 730 people from the Greek cultural sector and other fields go here: http://epistoli-prosupografes.blogspot.co.uk/
Press Material: here
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To watch live the 12day temporary re-activation or what is happening now in Embros check out our archival space: here
Mavili Collective is committed to produce nomadic, autonomous collective cultural zones that appear and disappear beyond the logics of the market. To read more ==>