While commuting in Athens you may come across people in red vests at various metro stations selling a magazine. That magazine is Shedia, a respected monthly street rag sold by homeless and long-term unemployed people and it's also the main engine of a wider social project to empower and demarginalize the impoverished (the magazine costs €4, vendors get €2.50). Shedia Home is a welcoming café/restaurant in Monastiraki that's become a meeting point for the magazine's friends and supporters, as well as a hub of solidarity and applied social innovation.
This summer marks the first festival venture by the people of Shedia Home, to be staged right in their front yard, Kolokotroni Street. The programme is lush: photo, video and sketch exhibitions, food tastings, live gigs, DJ sets and pop-up parties, children's workshops, bicycle rides and moon observing are on the menu, with more to be announced (think beer & tequila & finger food nights). Make sure to contact Shedia Home through their Social Media channels as most of the events require pre-registration.