Dourgouti Island Hotel
Friderikou Smith 16 , 117 45 Athens

Dourgouti, a former slum neighborhood needed some momentum. Shielded off by a wall constructed for the Olympic Games in 2004, and a hotel that literarily turned its back towards the neighborhood. Artist collective UrbanDig initiated the Dourgouti Island Hotel project. The project brings people to the Dourgouti neighborhood, and with it attention to its societal problems. By tours accompanied by a map rendered by the artists, visitors can rate the places on smell, touch, sounds, and sight. The results are used for research on the neighborhood. The walks are part of a larger organized neighborhood festival, including theatre, dance, exhibitions, and music. The festival ran in 2014, but much of its program still runs in 2015, go check it out.

 

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