Where: Lange Reihe 75, 20099 Hamburg
Read more: http://www.koppel66.de/
It was my first visit to Koppel 66 and I was already witness to a world premiere. Theatrikon e.V., an organization founded in Hamburg to stage Greek drama in Greek, was celebrating their very first German-Greek event. The program included a reading of poems by Jannis Ritsos, a poet shamefully neglected by the German literary world. Interspersed throughout the readings were several renditions of popular Greek music, particularly by Mikis Theodorakis. While remembering the faint scent and taste of retsina from my last voyage to the Peleponnese, Ritsos‘ words unfurled, ascending the steep walls of the hall where we were sitting. The hall, two stories high and lined with galleries, used to be a factory and now accommodates several studios and workshops spanning the whole range of arts and crafts. The building is rather beautifully situated in a surprisingly green backyard, to be entered through a small alleyway opening its muzzle among the plethora of shops and restaurants along Lange Reihe in St. Georg. The atmosphere of Koppel 66 is captured by a few lines of Jannis Ritsos which read: “It is not, my brother, that we sing to elevate ourselves from the people, we sing to bring the people together.” Koppel 66 is a fantastic spot to bring people together and discover some gem like Ritsos. Upcoming events include exhibitions and music performances.