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…
SHADOWLAND BY PILOBOLUS in AthensWhere: Megaron, Athens Concert HallWhen: 13 – 17 December 2017Why Go: For an extraordinary dance performance
The show that has captivated more than 800,000 viewers around the world arrives at the Megaron in Athens this December. New York dance ensemble Pilobolus presents Shadowland, the innovative stage show that uses complex lighting, moving screens with poetic choreography. Mixed media is used to tell a love story about two people and their quixotic…
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…
CHARLIE CHAPLIN on stageWhere: Acropol TheatreWhen: On now – 19 December 2017Why Go: See the remarkable life story of Chaplin brought to life on stage
The award-winning film “Charlie Chaplin” by French director Daniel Colas comes to the Acropol Theatre in Athens. This stage adaptation keeps the stunning cinematic rhythm throughout as it explores the life story of this legendary comic actor and filmmaker that was full of contrasts, twists and turns, unfolding over two hours and moving between comedy…
RUSSIAN CIRCUS ON ICE in AthensWhere: Tae Kwon Do Centre - Palaio FaliroWhen: 15 – 23 December 2017Why Go: A spectacular arena performance for the festive season
The renowned Russian Circus on Ice visits Athens for the first time to perform Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale The Snow Queen. A cast of 40 dancers and acrobats will perform spectacular stunts and breathtaking acrobatics against the backdrop of magical sets. Immerse yourself in the snow-covered winter forest of the far north this festive…
THE NUTCRACKER by the Grigorovich Ballet Theatre of RussiaWhere: Megaron, Athens Concert HallWhen: 20-30 December 2017Why Go: A magical ballet for Christmas
The Grigorovich Ballet Theatre of Russia returns this festive season to the Megaron in Athens with one of Tchaikovsky’s most famous compositions, The Nutcracker. A Christmas story full of love and fantasy by German author E.T.A Hoffman, the Nutcracker will enchant the whole family, with its magical sets and costumes. This is a musical and…
GREEK SINGERS PERFORMING IN ATHENSWhere: Various locations around AthensWhen: Throughout December 2017Why Go: Experience the latest in modern Greek music LIVE
Greek singers perform all around Greece throughout the year. For those wanting to experience the latest in the Greek music scene, there’s a legendary line up in store this month in Athens.
EVENTS at the Stavros Niarchos CenterWhere: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)When: Throughout December 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…
SLEEPING BEAUTY, a dance version of Charles Perrault’s famous taleWhere: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)When: 26 November & 3, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 31 Dec 2017Why Go: To see the dance version of Charles Perrault’s famous tale
The dance version of Charles Perrault’s Sleeping Beauty that was set to music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, was first staged in 1890 and since then has remained exceptionally popular worldwide. The Greek National Opera, which has previously presented classical choreographies of the work, now stages an impressive new version from two acclaimed artists at the…
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…
THE CHRISTMAS FACTORY returns to AthensWhere: Technopolis, GaziWhen: On now – 7th January 2018Why Go: To get the family into the Christmas spirit
The Christmas Factory returns making it the most festive place to be in the centre of Athens. Kids will get to meet Santa in his house as well explore the sweet and toy factory. A Christmas park wouldn’t be complete without the Ferris wheel and carousel rides. An ice-skating rink and a Magic School are…
Science Fiction: A Journey into the Unknown | Onassis Cultural CenterWhere: Onassis Cultural CenterWhen: On now – 14 January 2018Why Go: Explores science fiction's influence on contemporary culture
The exhibition, which ran earlier this year in London, has now arrived at the Onassis Cultural Center (OCC) in Athens. Joining forces with London’s Barbican Centre, Science Fiction: A Journey into the Unknown explores science fiction’s long-standing influence on contemporary culture. From Jules Verne and Jonathan Swift to Star Wars and Ex Machina, visitors will embark on a journey…
‘REMEMBERED LIGHT’ by Sally Mann at Gagosian AthensWhere: Gagosian Gallery AthensWhen: On now – 20 January 2018Why Go: See the work of one of America’s best photographers
Gagosian is pleased to present “Remembered Light,” Sally Mann’s first exhibition in Athens. Mann is known for her images of intimate and familiar subjects rendered both sublime and disquieting: children, landscape, family, and mortality. In previous projects, she explored relationships between parent and child, husband and wife, brother and sister, nature and history. In this…
GEORGE SEFERIS a tribute exhibitionWhere: B & M Theocharakis Foundation, SyntagmaWhen: On now until 21 January 2018Why Go: Learn more about this legendary Greek poet
Discover the work of Greek poet George Seferis through this latest exhibition ‘When the Light Dances I speak Freely’ presented by the B & M Theocharakis Foundation. ‘WHEN THE LIGHT DANCES I SPEAK FREELY’ Through painting, photography and sculpture the exhibition includes the work of 40 notable Greek artists who were inspired by the poetry…
FACE FORWARD at National Museum of Contemporary Art EMSTWhere: National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST)When: On now – 31 Jan 2018Why Go: Insights into the personal stories of refugees and asylum-seekers living in Athens
Face Forward …into my home is an interactive art project focused on the stories of people who have been forced to leave their homelands and are rebuilding their life in Greece. It includes storytelling workshops inspired by a selection of contemporary artworks from the collection of the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens (EMST). Face Forward …into my home introduces the…
PEER GYNT by Henrik IsbenWhere: National Theatre of GreeceWhen: On now – 4 February 2018Why Go: See Isben’s theatrical masterpiece
Henrik Ibsen’s Peer Gynt was inspired by Norwegian fairy-tales and legends and is a romantic work that manages at the same time to be absolutely modern, about a blind Odyssey of the West, about dreams and the path to their realisation. The National Theatre of Greece brings Ibsen’s masterpiece to stage in Athens through to…
MIKE KELLEY: FORTRESS OF SOLITUDEWhere: Museum of Cycladic ArtWhen: On now – 25 February 2018Why Go: See the first monographic exhibition of Mike Kelley in Athens
The work of American artist Mike Kelley (1954 – 2012) comes to the Museum of Cycladic Art for his first solo exhibition, ‘Mike Kelley: Fortress of Solitude’. In collaboration with NEON organisation, the exhibition brings together a range of key works from across the artist’s career in order to reflect on the uncanny condition of psychological…
VAN GOGH ALIVE ATHENS – a multimedia exhibitionWhere: MegaronWhen: 7 November – 4 March 2018Why Go: For an immersive multimedia experience
Van Gogh Alive comes to Athens, transporting visitors to another time and place, immersing them in the artist’s world. Adults and children alike, wander throughout the space, exploring nooks and crannies and engaging with the experience in a manner that transcends traditional installations. Explore the work and life experiences of this prolific artist during the…
ODYSSEYS at the National Archaeological MuseumWhere: National Archaeological MuseumWhen: On now - 25th March 2018Why Go: To see a visual narration of mankind’s odyssey through time
Stories of conquests, exploration and the desire to overcome immortality is weaved together in the National Archaeological Museum’s latest exhibition, ‘Odysseys’. Tracing the personal and collective endeavours of mankind over many periods of time, it is a fitting tribute to the museum’s 150 year anniversary.
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….
MONEY – Tangible symbols in Ancient GreeceWhere: Museum of Cycladic ArtWhen: 2 November – 15 April 2018Why Go: A historical and artistic look at ancient Greek coinage
The Museum of Cycladic Art and the Alpha Bank Numismatic Collection collaborate for the first time to present the exhibition; ‘MONEY. Tangible symbols in ancient Greece’ (ΧΡΗΜΑ. Σύμβολα απτά στην Αρχαία Ελλάδα). Extraordinary samples of ancient coinage from the Alpha Bank collection will be presented. The exhibition theme relates to the diverse references and readings of the symbols…
EVENTS AT THE ACROPOLIS MUSEUMWhere: Acropolis MuseumWhen: On now - 31st December 2017Why Go: To get more out of your visit to the museum
The Acropolis Museum hold events to enhance visitors experiences of the museum including complimentary* guided tours every Friday evening at 6:00pm (in English) led by an archaeologist who shares fascinating insights about the exhibits. Duration: 60 minutes *Free with the price of normal admission Why Athens Tips: Limited to 40 visitors per session (first in…
HADRIAN & ATHENS at the National Archaeological MuseumWhere: National Archaeological MuseumWhen: On now through Nov 2018Why Go: See rare exhibits of the Roman Emperor Hadrian
The National Archaeological Museum along with the Italian Archaeological School present ‘Hadrian and Athens, conversing with an Ideal World’ that marks 1900 years since the Roman Emperor Hadrian began his reign in 117AD. All of the 40 exhibits featured come from the National Archaeological Museum’s collections and gives visitors a unique opportunity to view exhibits…
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.