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Apostolis Mokas

2018/19 Volos

Apostolis lives in Volos, although he travels a lot. By day, he is an events promoter and tour manager, but he can also be found participating in almost every cultural event in his city. He studied law and then attended a course in journalism, taking this forward into creating fanzines, writing books and booking concerts via his own label (World’s Appreciated Kitsch, est. 2006). He also pushes the boundaries, touring the world with his own band, My Turn, that consumes his ‘free’ time. Since his early adult years, Apostolis is a key figure in the Volos (and Greek in general) underground music scene.

Using opportunities such as the START Fellowship Program (Germany, 2018), he is strengthening his abilities and gaining further knowledge in the field of sociocultural management. Thus, he is building his project MUSIC FOR ALL in Greece, creating a tolerant and inclusive space where events and workshops (varying from hip hop to punk rock) can take place and tearing down the wall between the artists and the spectators. His aim is to empower participation and create opportunities for people to perform and play music.

Project Progress Phase II Phase I

Phase II

Project implementation in Greece

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Duration

Dec - May

Project Title

Music For All

Music For All is a socio-cultural project aiming to increase the spread of alternative music in the city of Volos and empower young people to actively participate in the music scene. The team are all involved in the local music movement, in one way or another, and share the goals of creating new bands and helping the Volos scene to flourish through a series of workshops, concerts and other activities. We want to give a huge boost to young people to play music, form new bands and perform on stage. Definitely more than just another music project: Music For All aims to create a strong culture of unity and collaboration, and offer one more good reason to stay in Volos and make our city a better place to live in.

Phase I

Capacity building in Germany

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Duration

Sep - Nov

Project Title

Music For All

The project is communicating musical culture to poor, unemployed, migrants and social outcasts.

The aim of my initiative is to communicate musical culture to people that reside in non-central places of Volos, for example poor districts, the so called ghettos and areas that migrants live, by organizing music (mainly hip hop) events on a monthly basis for a whole period of 6 months. The main idea is to bring local artists along with a few well known Greek artists to perform in open air spaces (parks, schools, basketball courts) in front of people that regularly don't have access to entertainment means like this, and then leave the microphones and music open for those people in order to perform and sing for whatever they want.

This whole decentralisation of music events will also attract 'privileged' people (meaning people that usually have access to this kind of entertainment) that can connect with the poor, the migrants and the social outcasts. This procedure will bring together and unite a big part of the local community, that will get involved in these events.

Host Institution

Kulturzentrum Lagerhaus

Kulturzentrum Lagerhaus e.V. is a location open to urban culture innovation processes and project ideas. It was occupied 35 years ago by various cultural grassroots initiatives and the former warehouse building was developed into a living center for culture.

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