HATZIDAKIS – Dance With My Own ShadowWhere: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)When: 16, 17, 24 November 2019Why Go: Ballet to music by Hatzidakis
As part of the Greek National Opera’s (GNO) ‘Manos Hatzidakis Cycle’, choreographer Konstantinos Rigos introduces the notion of the four cardinal points as a ballet journey through Hatzidakis’ work. The C.N.S. Cycle is the north, the abstract landscape of the “deserted beach”, death’s wasteland. Captain Michalis is the south, with the Mediterranean, dry landscape, the wind that romantically…
A CHRISTMAS CAROL – based on the short story by Charles DickensWhere: National Theatre of GreeceWhen: 15 November 2019 – 12 January 2020Why Go: See the magic of Xmas on stage
The magic of Christmas comes to the National Theatre of Greece in Athens in a thrilling musical version of Charles Dickens’, A Christmas Carol by the dynamic young Greek director Giannis Moschos, who invites us into the world of dreams and imagination, revealing the true meaning of Christmas. Dickens’ most famous creation, Ebenezer Scrooge, is the…
JIM JEFFERIES LIVE IN ATHENSWhere: Gazi LiveWhen: 19 December 2019Why Go: See the hilarious stand up comedian LIVE
Internationally acclaimed Australian comedian, Jim Jefferies comes to Athens as part of his “Night Talker Tour” this December. The hilarious comic who is now world-famous, after two successful stand-up specials on Netflix and launching his own show on Comedy Central. Jefferies did several years of stand-up in the UK before relocating to LA and was…
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.