How many years has it been since you danced like you were at “Barbarella” and Autokinisi”? The legendary DJs that lifted us up 30 years ago, are at the Onassis Cultural Centre, for discussions and dj-sets to remember in the next 30 years to come!

More specifically, the Onassis Cultural Centre revives the 8s club culture through discussion with and dj-sets by that time’s best djs: DJ Petros Bratakos and DJ Nicola Lavacca (curated by: Black Athena & Yiorgos Markatas) against the backdrop of the legendary “Barbarella” disco’s dj booth.

The “DJs and club culture in 80s Greece” series, presented in the context of GR80s: Greece of the ‘80s at Technopolis, gets us in contact with what has happened from the beginning of the decade to the conversion of the “Autokinisi” disco into one of the first great clubs in the country. Live discussions with the distinguished DJs of the time, dj-sets inspired by the decade of disco against a unique installation, presented at the Centre’s exhibition hall, take us to the great Athens dance floors of the 80s.

March 17: DJ Petros Bratakos (Disco “Barbarella”)
Discussion: 20:00-21:00 & dj–set: 21:00-23:00

On March 17, the Onassis Cultural Centre welcomes Petros Bratakos, the iconic DJ of “Barbarella” disco fame, to talk about his work and play an eclectic set.
DJ Petros Bratakos charts the Athens-by-night of another time, that of the late 70s and Plaka’s “Apollon” disco, through to the heyday of the “Barbarella” disco in the 80s. Along the way, he’ll be talking about Athens’ discos and record shops, the legendary “Fire Island” in New York, the mixers and decks, beat mixing, catalogue numbers and the endless vinyl. Ground zero for Greek club and DJ culture from someone who was there, spinning discs in the DJ booth.

Nicola Lavacca is one of the most characteristic, leading DJs and tastemakers of the 80s. Lavacca produced all manner of collections, mixtapes and important remixes. On Friday 7 April, DJ Nicola Lavacca will be talking about his personal journey from Oil-Crisis Italy to the Athenian discos of 1977, his move to New York in the early 80s, and his legendary disco sets at the “Divina” and, later, the “Autokinisi”, during an open dialogue/interview with the audience. He’ll also be playing a unique DJ set at the Onassis Cultural Centre.

In the context of the GR80s: Greece of the ‘80s at Technopolis, the Onassis Cultural Centre plans and brings to life, from February 17, to April 12, 2017, a program of concurrent events, with conversations, parties, dj-sets, workshops, screenings, escape rooms, bingo nights and, of course, the Greece in the 80s at the OCC: Our photographs; Back when film had to be developed exhibition, curated by Spyros Staveris.

Planning: Afroditi Panagiotakou, Elisavet Pantazi, Konstantina Soulioti
Onassis Cultural Centre
107, Syggrou Ave.
Tel.: 210 900 5 800
Exhibition Hall 1
March 17: DJ Petros Bratakos (Disco “Barbarella”) | Conversation: 20:00-21:00 & dj-det: 21:00-23:00
April 7: DJ Nicola Lavacca | Conversation: 20:00-21:00 & dj–set: 21:00-23:00
Admission is free, on a first come-first serve basis for the conversations. Admission tickets become available an hour prior to each event.
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