Five years ago, I came across the unclassiffiable work made by an artistic duo called The Callas. I realised that what I was seeing (incredible punkishly vibrant needlepoint) was only the tip of the iceberg. In fact it’s an artistic factory producing music, films, artworks, magazines, events, art shows initiated by the brothers Lakis & Aris Ionas.

For the past 10 years they have been publishing significant magazines for the Athenian underground music/art/film scene such as Velvet magazine and Lust magazine. Their studio space is one of the most active cultural spaces in Athens. Going by the name Velvet Room, they organise art shows combined with music gigs and DJ sets involving some of the best new bands and artists in Athens.

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