ASSEMBLY OF WOMEN ‘Ecclesiazusae’ by AristophanesWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 4 October 2018Why Go: See Aristophanes’ ancient Greek comedy
As part of its national tour, Aristophanes’ The Assembly of Women (Ecclesiazusae) comes to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in October, directed by Alexandros Rigas. Written by the Greek playwright Aristophanes in 391 BCE, the play invents a scenario where the women of Athens assume control of the government and instate pseudo-communist reforms that ban…
SACRIFICE OF ABRAHAM by Vitsentzos KornarosWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 7 October 2018Why Go: A masterpiece of Greek literature brought to life on stage
The Sacrifice of Abraham by Vitsentzos Kornaros will be performed by prominent Greek actors, musicians and dancers at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens. The romantic poem was written circa. 16th century and is considered to be a masterpiece in Cretan literature by Kornaros, a leading figure in the Cretan Renaissance. Popular Greek actor,…
SPARTACUS by the Grigorovich Ballet at the OdeonWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 10 October 2018Why Go: See a legendary Russian ballet at an iconic odeon
The Grigorovich Ballet Theatre of Russia presents Spartacus at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens for one night only in October. Featuring choreography by Yuri Nikolajevic Grigorovich with Bolshoi Theatre’s leading soloists. Spartacus remains one of the best known ballets in the Bolshoi’s repertoire and celebrates its 50th anniversary since its premiere. A ballet…
JENUFA by Leoš Janáček at the Greek National OperaWhere: Stavros Niarchos Center (SNFCC)When: 14, 19, 21, 24, 27 Oct | 2 Nov 2018Why Go: See a profoundly moving opera
The Greek National Opera presents Jenufa by Czech composer Leoš Janáček at the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center in Athens this October. Considered one of the most important lyric works of the 20th century, Janáček’s Jenůfa tells the grim story of an infanticide in the Moravian country during the 19th century, where a stepmother kills the newborn…
ATHENS EVENTS – OCTOBER & NOVEMBERWhere: Various locations in AthensWhen: Throughout Oct & November 2018Why Go: For live music & theatre
As the summer season comes to an end, the cultural agenda runs high as Athens returns to full swing after the summer vacation. From touring musicians, to home-grown talent, Athens presents a full and exciting event calendar of live music and theatre, at some of the best venues in the city during October and November….
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.