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Theme: Epafi

This event occurred on
December 2, 2023
Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki

Epafi. How can each person overcome every obstacle, every barrier and discover the perfect point of contact?
What is it that gives everyone the motivation to "escape" from their safety and become the best version of themselves?
#TEDxUniversityofMacedonia2023 presents you the 10th and anniversary conference, in an experience that comes to bring us closer to the ultimate liberation from our shackles.
Let's come together and Shutter all Barriers.

Megaro Mousikis Thessalonikis
54646, March 25th Avenue
Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, 54646
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Giota Tachtara

Journalist, Communications coordinator at the University of Michigan
Giota Tachtara was born in Greece, studied Political Science in Athens and Journalism in Los Angeles (UCLA). Since 2002 she has been writing, editing and translating for various magazines, newspapers and websites (Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Madame Figaro, BHMAdonna, ΓΥΝΑΙΚΑ, Time Out Istanbul in English, Fiction Writers Review to name a few). When Vogue Greece relaunched with a new vision, her features became a central point of the rebranding and her column on contemplates feminism, style and the everyday nostalgia of her generation. Her short stories have appeared on Books Journal and Kathimerini and since the fall of 2020 she’s been working on the Generation G project with the University of Michigan, a series of interviews of prominent creators, artists and activists who changed Greek pop culture as we know it. She is the Communications Coordinator for the departments of American Culture and Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan.

Paraskevi Salavgia

Creator of the Documentary Two sides of the same world'
Paraskevi Salavgia was born in Thessaloniki in 1998. She was born 5.5 months old. An accidentally intubated oxygen tube created the damage of cerebral palsy and left hemiplegia, but with a lot of work her disability passed into the realm of the invisible. She has graduated from the Department of Philosophy and Pedagogy of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and from ASPAITE as a consultant. She is the creator of the film ''Two sides of the same world&an Autobiographical Social Awareness Documentary. Also, she is the author of a children's Christmas story, a self-cognitive and inclusive story and a book on self awareness. Furthermore, she is involved in joke therapy and dancing. She loves self improvement books. One of the most important things she was asked to do in this life was to get in touch with herself, to connect with herself, with deep compassion, love and care.

Petros Klampanis

Bassist, Composer and Producer
Born in Zakynthos, the award-winning musician left the Technical University of Athens to follow his passion for music in 2005 and began double bass studies at the Amsterdam Conservatory. In 2009. He completed his studies in New York and soon began to work with some of the most famous jazz city musicians. In addition to his extensive list of appearances in historic venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and Kennedy Center in Washington, His musical relationship with Greg Osby led to the release of his first two albums, Contextual and Minor Dispute. In 2015 he was voted in Greece as the Best Jazz Artist from and his album Minor Dispute was chosen among the best jazz albums of 2015 on US National Public Radio. His third album was awarded as the best live album of 2018 by IMA Awards. His fourth album 'Irrationalities' enjoys worldwide acceptance. The most recent album of "Tora Collective" has the Greek tradition at its center.

Yiannis Velissaridis

Photographer, Artist
Yiannis Velissaridis has been recognized as one of the most important portrait photographers in Greece, with a long career in record industry, theater and dance. His photos of famous and beloved artists both from Greece and abroad [Sean Connery, Vanessa Mae, Nelly, U2, Robbie Williams, Stelios Kazantzidis ] have been featured on album covers, magazines and exhibitions. A 40-year journey in photography, with his lens focusing on people and his gaze touching the heart. He started the production and direction of video clips in 2012 and this has been evolved into a great love of his. He combines the talent and the particular look, which differentiates him, with the love for the person standing before him. He captures, in his own way, the magic of the moment. The humor in the approaching, imagination and impeccable technique became the identity that sealed his work.

Organizing team


Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Alexandros Pantelakos
  • Christina Tellidou
  • Dimitris Sidiropoulos
  • Katerina Katsina
    Team member
  • Thomas Tsoulias