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: 1 June to 13 October 2021
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.

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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 2021 festival reopens to live audiences, with performances by international musicians, Brian and Roger Eno, pianist Zubin Mehta with the Maggio Musicale Orchestra of Florence at the landmark stage of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus beneath the Acropolis.

Audiences can also expect performances by the Greek National Opera, Eleftheria Arvanitaki, Lena Platonos among others.

At the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus, ten productions will be performed three days a week from June to August, featuring Maja Zade’s version of Oedipus Rex.

** 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.

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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 2021


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

14 June | Zubin Mehta & Pinchas Zuckerman – Orchestra del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino – ON SALE NOW HERE

17 June | Anouar Brahem Quartet – ON SALE NOW HERE 

19 June | Athens Philharmonia Orchestra – 36 Greek Dances – ON SALE NOW HERE 

21 June | George Petrou & ERT National Symphony Orchestra – SOLD OUT

24 June | Daniil Trifinov & Athens State Orchestra – ON SALE NOW HERE 

29 June | Eleftheria Arvanitaki & Armonia Atenea – ON SALE NOW HERE 



2 July | John Eliot Gardiner & Monterverdi Choir – ON SALE NOW HERE 

3 July | Jan Garbarek Group – ON SALE NOW HERE 

5 July | El Sistema – Blend Mishkin – ON SALE NOW HERE 

6 July | Max Cooper – ON SALE NOW HERE 

7 July | Woodkid – ON SALE NOW HERE 

9 & 10 July | Edo Lilipoupoli – The Songs – ON SALE NOW HERE

12 July | Pavlos Pavlidis & The Boy – ON SALE NOW HERE 

14 July | Lena Platonos & Nalyssa Green – ON SALE NOW HERE 

15 July | Olafurs Arnalds – ON SALE NOW HERE 

25, 27 & 29 July | Manos Hadjidakis ‘Dancing with my Shadow’ by the Greek National Opera – Sold Out

4 August | Brian & Roger Eno – ON SALE NOW HERE 



7 September | The Frogs by Aristophanes – ON SALE NOW HERE

8 September | Tchaikovsky Symphonic Orchestra – ON SALE NOW HERE

10 & 11 September | Led Zeppelin Symphonic – ON SALE NOW HERE 

13 September | Jonas Kaufmann & the GNO Orchestra –ON SALE NOW HERE

16 September | Trackers by Sophocles – ON SALE NOW HERE

17 September | Stamatis Spanoudakis Concert – ON SALE NOW HERE

18 September | Tango vs Flamenco – ON SALE NOW HERE

19 & 20 September | Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus – ON SALE NOW HERE

21, 22 & 23 September | Monica Belluci as Maria Callas – ON SALE NOW HERE

25 September | Classic Rock #5 Concert – ON SALE NOW HERE

26 September | Stavros Xarhakos Concert – ON SALE NOW HERE

27 September | Jack Savoretti Concert – ON SALE NOW HERE

28 September | Akram Khan – Outwitting the Devil – ON SALE NOW HERE

29 September | Tiger Lillies Concert – ON SALE NOW HERE

30 September & 1 October | STING live at the Odeon – SOLD OUT

2 October | The Bacchae by Euripides – ON SALE NOW HERE

4 & 5 October | Orestes by Euripides – ON SALE NOW HERE

6 & 7 October | Black Swan : Bolshoi Ballet – ON SALE NOW HERE

8 October | Melodic poetry of George Seferis – ON SALE NOW HERE

12 October | Lina Nikolakopoulou & Tania Tsanaklidou  – ON SALE NOW HERE

13 October | Byzantine Music – ON SALE NOW HERE



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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




25, 26 & 27 June | The Knights by Aristophanes – National Theatre of Greece – ON SALE NOW HERE

2, 3 & 4 July | Iphigenia at Tauris by Euripides – ON SALE NOW HERE

9, 10 & 11 July | The Frogs by Aristophanes – ON SALE NOW HERE

16, 17 & 18 July | Orestes by Euripides – ON SALE NOW HERE

23, 24 & 25 July | Trackers by Sophocles – ON SALE NOW HERE

30, 31 July & 1 August | Phoenissae by Euripides – ON SALE NOW HERE

6, 7 & 8 August | Helen by Euripides – ON SALE NOW HERE

13, 14 & 15 August | The Bacchae by Euripides – ON SALE NOW HERE

20, 21 & 22 August | Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus – ON SALE NOW HERE

3, 4 & 5 September | Odipus by Maja Zade – ON SALE NOW HERE


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