PAVLOS PAVLIDIS and the B-MoviesWhere: Stavros tou Notou (live music venue)When: 3 – 24 Nov 2017Why Go: Enjoy modern Greek music LIVE
Singer and songwriter Pavlos Pavlidis will appear at Stavros tou Notou throughout November for a series of acoustic sets joined by the emerging Greek band the ‘B-Movies’. Pavlidis is a famous Greek artist who became known during the 90’s with his band ‘Xylina Spathia’ (Wooden Swords). His music is considered Greek “entehno” and his lyrics…
AL DI MEOLA at GazarteWhere: Gazarte - GaziWhen: 24 November 2017Why Go: See this guitar maestro LIVE
One of the greatest and most important guitarists in contemporary music, Al Di Meola appears on the Main Stage of Gazarte presenting World Sinfonia with Peter Kaszas (drums, percussion) and Peo Alfonsi (guitar). In 2000 Al Di Meola formed World Sinfonia featuring musicians from Argentina, Cuba and Israel. Here the famed guitarist will reference his…
THE REBETIKO GUITAR PROJECT with Dimitris MystakidisWhere: Gialino Musical TheatreWhen: Saturday's in NovemberWhy Go: To get in touch with Greek music
Renowned Greek musician Dimitris Mystakidis performs remakes of popular rebetika songs on guitar, that transcends language and speaks directly to the heart. Mystakidis will perform from his three personal albums, ‘16 Rebetika Guitar Songs’, ‘Esperanto’ and his most recent, ‘America’. Iphigenia Ioannou (vocals) joins him on stage. Why Athens Tips: REBETIKA in simple terms is…
EVENTS at the Stavros Niarchos CenterWhere: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)When: Throughout November 2017Why Go: Great for architecture buffs & outdoor activities suitable for solos, couples & families
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) is one of the largest and newest developments that Athens has seen in the last ten years. It is a remarkable architectural feat pioneered by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and brought to life by the extraordinary vision of Italian architect Renzo Piano. It now houses two of Greece’s most…
ROY AYERS in AthensWhere: GazarteWhen: 2 December 2017Why Go: To hear the sounds of Roy Ayers LIVE
Roy Ayers one of the most famous, loved and respected jazz artists in the world music scene and the “godfather” of new soul and acid jazz, returns to Athens to perform original jazz, soul, funk and R & B sounds. Few artists can boast keeping pace with the times particularly with a career spanning over six decades. The American soloist has largely defined music trends and has inspired many artists and continues to attract different generations of listeners. A must see performance, for one night only.
MUSIC OF MIKIS THEODORAKIS featuring Mary LintaWhere: Pallas TheatreWhen: 4 December 2017Why Go: For an upbeat night of music
Mythical performer Mary Linta will sing lyrical melodies of Modern Greek music inspired by the Aegean Sea, with music by the legendary Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis, along with poetry from George Seferis and Nikos Gatsos. Linta will be joined on stage by pianist Tatiana Papageorgiou, dancers from Crete and the great bouzouki virtuoso Thanasis Vassilas. A 100…
GADJO DILO ‘Manouche de Grec’ with Vangelis GermanosWhere: Gialino Musical TheatreWhen: 17 & 24 November, 1 & 8 December 2017Why Go: To hear Gypsy Jazz music in Greek
Gadjo Dilo carry the magic of the Gypsy jazz tradition creating their own musical style ‘Manouche De Grec’. Following previous sold out performances around Athens, Gadjo Dilo will appear on the Gialino music stage teaming up with folk rock singer Vangelis Germanos. Combining the musical genius of the legendary guitarist of gypsy swing, Django Reinhardt…
40TH INTERNATIONAL MARIA CALLAS GRAND PRIXWhere: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)When: 10 December 2017Why Go: See emerging talent in international opera
Rising stars in opera will perform on the main stage of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) as part of the International Maria Callas Grand Prix which returns for its 40th year. This final performances on December 10 follow a week long demanding program where young laureates of the Maria Callas Grand Prix sing their…
ST PAUL’S SESSIONS in AthensWhere: St Paul’s Anglican ChurchWhen: On now – 16 Dec 2017Why Go: To hear live music with exceptional acoustics
St Paul`s Sessions are an innovative series of live events showcasing some of the most important ambient, experimental and modern classical musicians from all over the world in the beautiful setting of St Paul`s Anglican Church, a place of exceptional acoustics that creates a unique connection between the performers and audience. Prestigious artists like Tim…
ALKISTIS PROTOPSALTI live at GazarteWhere: Gazarte in AthensWhen: 5 - 27 Nov, 3 - 18 Dec 2017Why Go: An evening of Greek music at its best
A perfect way of exploring the music and culture of Greece with the legendary performer Alkistis Protopsalti on the main stage at Gazarte in Athens. A nine piece orchestra will accompany, led by Greek composer and conductor Stavros Harhakos. About Alkistis Protopsalti With a successful career spanning 40 years, Protopsalti has worked with some of…
LA BOHEME at the Greek National OperaWhere: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)When: 7 Dec 2017 – 5 Jan 2018Why Go: See this classic opera set in modern day Athens
In 2007, renowned British opera director Graham Vick created a version of La Bohème for the Greek National Opera that was set in modern day Athens, transporting Puccini’s beloved opera from 19th century Paris to 21st century Exarchia. The faces of the four ambitious young artists and their camaraderie are known to all. Their problems, concerns, jokes…
With a vibrant cultural scene all year round, Athens events include an impressive mix of both local and international musicians, artists and dance groups. The city comes alive in the summer months where cinema screens move outdoors and plateias or neighbourhood squares are buzzing with music and festivities. From June-August every year, the Athens & Epidaurus Festival is in full swing with an abundance of events held at various iconic Athenian venues including Odeon of Herodes Atticus theatre, located at the base of the southern slopes of the Acropolis.
The Athens events we list have been chosen to appeal to an international audience passing through Athens and we select events accordingly.
Events in Athens
The Megaron Athens Concert Hall and Greek National Theatre are two of the major modern day venues in Athens. In peak season and where possible, we recommend you pre-purchase your tickets or ask your hotel to assist you with this. We provide you with the venue address in English and Greek to overcome any language barriers with taxi drivers. We also provide the nearest metro station to an event, along with a map to assist with your travel arrangements.
Athens & Epidaurus Festival
This is by far the crown jewel in the annual events calendar in Athens. Running now for more than 60 years, it presents local and international productions of Ancient Greek drama that celebrates the city’s cultural heritage. Athens is blessed with a network of ancient amphitheatres including Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Aristotle’s Lyceum and Lycabettus Theatre. Extending beyond Athens to the Attica region, performances can also be found at the Ancient Theatre of Delphi and the infamous Epidaurus Theatre. Check out our travel tips of getting to Epidaurus.
August Full Moon Festival
Every August on the night of the full moon, musical performances are held at key historic venues, including the Acropolis, the Roman Agora and other sites around Greece. Be sure to watch this space for updates.