"Stay in Synch!": Performing Cosmopolitanism in an Athens Festival

  • Vassiliki Lalioti National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Faculty of Music Studies
Keywords: electronic music festivals, Greece, performance, cosmopolitanism,

Abstract

Synch is an electronic music festival that takes place in Athens every summer and brings together people of various cultural origins and musical and aesthetic interests. As a total performance event, Synch becomes a site of complexity, polyvocality and hybridity; a site which allows participants to create and express cosmopolitan attitudes of openness for others, people, ideas and experiences. Adopting an anthropological/ethnographic perspective, this paper moves beyond distinctions between elite vs. ordinary and consumer vs. ethical cosmopolitanism, and investigates Synch as a site where local and trans-local aspects of life and a set of socio-cultural meanings in Greece today are being negotiated.

Author Biography

Vassiliki Lalioti, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Faculty of Music Studies
National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Faculty of Music Studies, Lecturer (Anthropology of Performance).
Published
24-Oct-2013