Factories «join forces» to celebrate European Heritage Days: Wings  made of silk

Three industrial and cultural sites of the Municipality of Athens join forces to offer free educational activities

Sunday, September 25 | For a limited number of participants

What do the old gasworks, a silk and a hat factory, have in common? The European Heritage Days 2022 will celebrate Sustainable Heritage from September 23 to 25. Hence, three iconic cultural sites of the Municipality of Athens with an emblematic industrial past join forces to offer educational activities and prove that synergies among cultural institutions drive sustainability.

In this context, the Industrial Gas Museum, housed in the old gasworks that supplied the capital with light and energy for more than 120 years, the City of Athens Art Gallery, which operated as a silk factory, naming the area Metaxourgeio, and the City of Athens Cultural Centre “Melina”, housed in the oldest hat factory of Athens, the Poulopoulos Hat Factory, better known as Pil-Poul, invite everybody to a unique historical journey into our industrial heritage, offering several educational activities for free.

The activities will take place on Sunday, September 25, at11.00 at the City of Athens Cultural Centre “Melina” and the City of Athens Art Gallery. At the same time, the Industrial Gas Museum will temporarily move to the two sites mentioned above, presenting photographs and archival material, while its educators will enlighten us all with information about the history and operation of the Athens Gasworks factory.

Participants will attend an art storytelling workshop, a hat-making workshop and a historical walk, creatively discovering the background of the three monuments that played an essential role in the country’s industrialization, changing the country’s course. They will also learn how these three sites were transformed into living cultural venues, open to the public, and fully integrated into the city’s urban fabric.

Are you ready to roll?

Wings made of silk

Art workshop for children from 4 to 7 years old

How coal, gas and art are connected? Can wings be used for time travel? Through an art workshop, youngsters will become familiar with mixed media techniques, experiment with different materials and make their own wings! With our wings, we will travel through time and history and learn things about three factories linked to the life of the city of Athens.


Start Time:11.00 

Duration: 60′ 

Venue: City of Athens Art Gallery (Building B, Leonidou & Myllerou streets, Metaxourgeio

Reservations: 210 5202420-1 (Monday-Friday, 10.00-14.00)

web: www.opanda.gr | www.gasmuseum.gr

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