HI-TECH INVENTIONS OF THE ANCIENT GREEKSWhere: Kotsanas Museum of Ancient Greek TechnologyWhen: Throughout January & February 2020Why Go: Discover contributions made to technology by the ancient Greeks
The Museum of Ancient Greek Technology is the newest museum opening in Athens, founded by Kostas Kotsanas, that represents cutting edge technology from ancient Greece. This permanent exhibition space features hundreds of objects and fully-functioning replicas made by Kotsanas, using the same methods and materials as the originals. Housed in a historic Art Nouveau building,…
NATASSA BOFILIOU LIVEWhere: Piraeus 117 AcademyWhen: 23 Jan & 20 Feb 2020Why Go: To experience the best in Greek pop music
The most dynamic trio in modern Greek music, Natassa Bofiliou, Gerasimos Evaggelatos and Themis Karamouratidis come together again to perform old and new songs from their much-loved albums including “En Lefko” and “Babel”. Their unique orchestral and rhythmic sounds are full of depth and emotion, fusing together popular music from Greece, the Balkans with elements…
YIANNIS PAPPAS exhibitionWhere: Yiannis Pappas Studio, ZografouWhen: On now until 31 May 2020Why Go: For an intimate look inside this artist’s work studio
The Benaki Museum presents the work of talented Greek artist Yiannis Pappas (1913-2005), displayed in his original work space in Zografou. The exhibition ‘Yiannis Pappas: The German Occupation’ reflects the artist’s return to Athens from the war front and throughout the German occupation. Pappas was confronted with general wretchedness and personal loss, he dedicated himself…
CHRISTIAN ZERVOS & cahiers d’art exhibitionWhere: Benaki Museum - Pireos St AnnexeWhen: On now until 1 March 2020Why Go: See a private collection of masterpieces
A new exhibition ‘Christian Zervos and Cahiers d’art’ is presented at the Benaki Museum’s Pireos St Annexe in Athens. As one of the great unknown figures in art history, this presentation introduces the general public to Zervos’ multifaceted and consequential work as a critic. His work will be correlated with modern Greek intellectual life, defining…
ATHENIANS – portrait exhibitionWhere: Benaki Museum - Pireos St AnnexeWhen: On now until 2 February 2020Why Go: See a modern archive of a changing city
The Benaki Museum in association with LiFO Magazine present a new exhibition, ‘Athenians: The Face of a City’ at the Pireos Street Annexe in Athens. With the maxim “Athenians are those who love Athens”, the exhibition brings together more than 150 photographic portraits of iconic figures, along with a diverse mix of Athenians that represent…
EVENTS AT THE ACROPOLIS MUSEUMWhere: Acropolis MuseumWhen: January 2020Why Go: See one of the world's greatest museums
The Acropolis Museum turned 10 years old in June 2019 and has counted more than 14.5 million people through its doors during its first decade. Visitors can expect a full programme of fascinating exhibitions, lectures, musical interludes and the opening of the excavation area beneath the museum that was once an ancient Athenian neighbourhood. Skip…
LYNDA BENGLIS at the Cycladic MuseumWhere: Museum of Cycladic ArtWhen: On now until 15 March 2020Why Go: A fascinating retrospective
Greek-American sculptor, Lynda Benglis presents her first solo show in Greece at the Museum of Cycladic Art in Athens. “Lynda Benglis: In the Realm of the Senses” is a selection of works dating from 1969. This expansive exhibition, organized in cooperation with the NEON organization, includes sculptures of gold leaf, plaster and latex. Greece has…
WOMEN OF PASSION, WOMEN OF GREECEWhere: Railway Carriage TheatreWhen: Saturdays to 25 January 2020Why 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 fourth 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….
GREEK SINGERS PERFORMING IN ATHENSWhere: Various locations around AthensWhen: January & February 2020Why 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.
LARA FABIAN LIVE IN ATHENSWhere: OACA - Olympic Indoor HallWhen: 1 February 2020Why Go: Hear one of the great female voices of our time
The contemporary diva of French song, Lara Fabian, comes to Athens as part of her 50th birthday celebration tour at the Olympic Indoor Hall. With a career spanning 30 years, the Canadian-Belgian singer has sold over 20 million records worldwide and is one of the best-selling Belgian artists of all time. She is heralded for…
SCHUBERT SONATAS by pianist Elisabeth LeonskajaWhere: Megaron, Athens Concert HallWhen: 17 February & 11 March 2020Why Go: See one of the most celebrated pianists of our time
A selection of Schubert’s sonatas will be performed by the grande dame of the piano, Elisabeth Leonskaja for three separate recitals at the Megaron concert hall in Athens. Elisabeth Leonskaja reveals the magic of Franz Schubert, the great Austrian musical genius. Her unparalleled interpretive sensitivity would surely have found a fan in Schubert, who would…
Greek Orthodox Easter in AthensWhere: Throughout AthensWhen: Good Friday 17 April - Easter Monday 20 April 2020Why Go: To experience a Greek Orthodox Easter in Athens
While the islands and villages of Greece are known for their religious festivals during the period of resurrection, spending Greek Orthodox Easter in Athens is as memorable as it is spiritual. Athens is home to some of the most beautiful and historical churches in Greece and the city has its finest moments under candlelight for…
ATHENS AND EPIDAURUS FESTIVAL 2020Where: Various venues around Athens & EpidaurusWhen: 4 June to 15 August 2020Why Go: The ultimate line up of music, theatre & dance
The Athens and Epidaurus Festival is the city’s annual arts festival and a highlight of the Greek summer calendar. With a legacy that spans more than sixty years’, today it incorporates a full programme of music, theatre, dance and visual arts. Performances at the two ancient theatres of the Odeon Herodes Atticus and the ancient theatre of Epidaurus are…
RIGOLETTO at the Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhere: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, AcropolisWhen: 4, 6, 9, 11 June 2020Why Go: A modern reinterpretation of Verdi’s dark opera
The Greek National Opera (GNO) presents Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpiece Rigoletto on the majestic stage of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus as part of the 2020 Athens and Epidaurus Festival. Perhaps the darkest of all Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpieces, Rigoletto is brought to life by the acclaimed Greek baritone Dimitri Platanias, the role he has masterfully performed in London,…
ANCIENT EPIDAURUS THEATRE PROGRAMME & TICKETSWhere: Palea Epidaurus in ArgolisWhen: June to August 2020Why Go: To experience a live performance & perfect acoustics at this ancient theatre
As part of the annual Athens and Epidaurus Festival, the Epidaurus theatres come alive with the works of great Greek playwrights such as Aeschylus, Euripides, Sophocles and more. These ancient sites welcome more than 90,000 theatre-goers each year, across eight weekends in summer and is an absolute highlight to experience a midsummer production at these…
TOSCA at the Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhere: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, AcropolisWhen: 26, 28, 29, 31 July 2020Why Go: See a modern rendition of this famous work
The Greek National Opera (GNO) presents Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca to be staged at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, beneath the glow of the Acropolis as part of the 2020 Athens and Epidaurus Festival. This production of Puccini’s Tosca was originally directed by Nikos Petropoulos a decade ago and now returns to the GNO programme, under…
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.