Odeon Herodes Athens Festival
The ERT National Orchestra at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. Photograph: courtesy of AEF/Elli Poupoulidou


Where: Various venues around Athens & Epidaurus
When: Now to October 2022
Why 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 highlights of the festival. Both are famous for their exemplary acoustics and many of the great works of classical playwrights, such as Sophocles, premiered at the Epidaurus Theatre in ancient times.

Athens Festival Rigoletto Odeon Herodes

Dimitri Platanias performing an aria for the Greek National Opera will appear in Tosca at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. Photograph: courtesy of GNO

The 2022 festival reopens to live audiences, with performances by international musicians Patti Smith, Diane Krall, French Lebanese trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf and award-winning composer Max Richter at the landmark stage of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus beneath the Acropolis.

Audiences can also expect performances by the Greek National Opera, George Dalaras and Maria Farantouri among others.

At the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, eight productions will be performed two days a week from June to August, featuring plays from the ancient playwrights Sophocles, Euripides and Aeschylus.

** The Festival Producers wish to remind all patrons that due to the unprecedented times we are experiencing due to the global health crisis, performance dates may be subject to change should the need arise **


The spectacular open-air theatre of Odeon Herodes Atticus provides a magical setting at the base of the Acropolis. It has hosted legendary performances by Frank Sinatra, Maria Callas and Luciano Pavarotti to name a few.

Athens Festival Odeon Herodes Atticus

The Odeon of Herodes Atticus during the Athens & Epidaurus Festival. Photo: Athens Festival/T.Daskalakis

If you’re lucky enough to be visiting Athens during the Festival, be sure to attend at least one performance at any of these ancient theatres for a truly unforgettable, once in a lifetime experience.

JUNE 2022


(Note that not all theatrical performances will have English subtitles this season. If subtitles are included, they will be specified on the ticketing page)

2, 5, 8, 11 June | Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi – Greek National Opera – Tickets Available Here

14 June | Works by Bach, Schütz, Schein – Εnglish Baroque Soloists – Monteverdi Choir  – John Eliot Gardiner – Tickets available here

16 June | Dimitris Papadimitriou – Greek Music – Tickets available here

18 June | George Dalaras – A Tribute to Apostolos Kaldaras featuring Estoudiantina Neas Ionias – Tickets available here

22 June | Jan Garbarek Jazz Group – featuring Trilok Gurtu Tickets available here

24 June | Works by Beethoven, Rimsky-Korsakov – Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra Tickets available here

25 June | Patti Smith Live at the Acropolis Tickets available here

26 June | Works by Rossini, Beethoven, Dvořák – Filarmonica della Scala – Myung-Whun Chung Tickets available here

28 June | Ibrahim Maalouf Tickets available here

29 June | Max Richter Tickets available here

30 June | Diane Krall Live at the Acropolis Tickets available here


JULY 2022

2 July | Works by Evangelatos, Dvořák, Rachmaninoff – Athens State Orchestra – Tickets available here

4 July | Tribute to Mikis Theodorakis – Maria Farantouri – Tickets available here

5 July | Autechre – Electronica – Tickets available here

6 July | Leonidas Kavakos Tickets available here

8 July | Nikos Portokaloglou – 40 Years – Tickets available here

10 July | Laurie Anderson Live at the Acropolis – Tickets available here

11 July | 40 Years of Labyrinth – Ross Daly – Tickets available here

12 July | Tomorrow Comes the Harvest – Jeff Mills – Tickets available here

15 July | Godspeed You! Black Emperor Tickets available here

16 July | Moderat – Electronica Tickets available here

18 July | Manos Hadjidakis ‘Gioconda’s Smile – The Birds‘ by theAthens State Orchestra – Tickets available here

28-31 July | Tosca by Giacomo Pucicni – Greek National Opera Tickets available here

3 August | Nikos PortokaloglouMusic – Tickets available here





29 August | Marinella live at the Acropolis – Music – Tickets available here

31 August | The Thread, Dance Performance – Music of Vangelis Papathanasiou – Tickets available here

1 September | Thesmophoriazouses by Aristophanes, Theatre – Tickets available here

3 September | Mikis Theodorakis Tribute – Music – Tickets available here

4 September | Yiannis Spathas Tribute – Music – Tickets available here

5 September | George Hatzinasios – Music – Tickets available here

6 September | Mozart Orchestra of Vienna – Music – Tickets available here

7 September | Herondas by Aristophanes – Theatre – Tickets available here

8 September | Carmen Reimagined – Dance by Natalia Osipova – Tickets available here

9 & 10 September | Persians by Aeschylus – Theatre – Tickets available here

12 September | Remembering Asia Minor – Music & Dance – Tickets available here

13 September | Jazz at the Lincoln Center – Music – Tickets available here

14 September | Alkistis Protopsalti – Music – Tickets available here

16 September | David Garrett & Band – Music – Tickets available here

18 & 19 September | Invocación – National Ballet of Spain – Tickets available here

21 September | Stavros Xarchakos – Tribute Concert for Nikos Xylouris Tickets available here

22 September | Asaf Avidan – Music Tickets available here

25 September | Chopin’s Heart Will Beat – Music Tickets available here

26 September | Antigone by Sophocles – Theatre – Tickets available here

28 September | Shigeru Umebayashi with the Athens Philharmonia Orchestra – Music Tickets available here

29 September | Andreas Katsigiannis with the Athens State Orchestra – Music Tickets available here

1 October | Giselle by the Odessa National Opera – Ballet Tickets available here

3 October | Stamatis Spanoudakis – Tribute Concert Tickets available here

4 October | Vicki Moscholiou – Tribute Concert Tickets available here

6 October | John Malkovitch – The Music Critic – Theatre Tickets available here

7 October | Yanis Spanos – Tribute Concert Tickets available here

8 October | Carmina Burana – Music Tickets available here

9 October | Odyssey of Homer – Children’s Production Tickets available here




Epidaurus Theatre Athens Festival Crowds Tickets

A twilight performance by the National Theatre of Greece during the Epidaurus Festival. Photograph: Thomas Daskalakis/NTG

The Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus is regarded as the best-preserved ancient theatre in Greece and famous for its perfect acoustics. It was constructed in the late 4th century BC with a capacity of more than 12,000 spectators.

Why Athens Tip: Greek and English subtitles available for all performances




1 & 2 July | Alkistis by Euripides –Schauspielhaus Bochum & Johan Simons – Tickets available here

8 & 9 July | Medea by Bost – National Theatre of Greece – Tickets available here

15 & 16 July | The Persians by Aeschylus – Dimitris Karantzas – Tickets available here

22 & 23 July | Agamemnon by Aeschylus – Residenztheater & Ulrich Rasche – Tickets available here

29 & 30 July | Ajax by Sophocles – National Theatre of Greece – Tickets available here

5 & 6 August | Antigone by Sophocles – Cezaris Graužinis – Tickets available here

12 & 13 August | Helen by Euripides – National Theatre of Northern GreeceTickets available here

19 & 20 August | Iphigenia in Aulis by Euripides – Themis Moumoulidis – Tickets available here


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