STELLA live on StageWhere: Veaki TheatreWhen: 10 - 30 November 2017Why Go: See one of the most iconic Greek films performed on stage
Stella, the emblematic film that came out of post war Greece in 1955 will appear on stage in Athens throughout November at the Veaki Theatre. The film which was directed and adapted for screen by Greek Cypriot Michael Cacoyiannis and starring Melina Mercouri travelled to the Cannes Film Festival where it received critical acclaim and…
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…
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…
WOMEN OF PASSION, WOMEN OF GREECEWhere: Railway Carriage TheatreWhen: Every Saturday evening to 31st March 2018Why Go: A symbolic journey by train from ancient to modern Greece
Following successful tours in Australia and Brussels, the powerful one woman show, Women of Passion, Women of Greece returns to Athens for a third season. An old wagon is transformed into a theatrical stage, where the mythological figure of ancient Greek tragedy Medea, meets the contemporary “priestesses” of modern Greece, Maria Callas and Melina Mercouri….
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.