TRADITIONAL GREEK DANCING at the Dora Stratou TheatreWhere: Dora Stratou Theatre, Philopappou HillWhen: 23rd May – 23rd September 2018Why Go: To see traditional Greek dance
Take in traditional Greek dancing at the 800 seat open air Dora Stratou theatre located on Philopappou Hill, opposite the Acropolis. Each performance includes over 75 dancers, musicians and folk singers with an authentic collection of over 2,000 costumes with traditional jewellery that is more than a century old. With each performance representing a different…
ATHENS AND EPIDAURUS FESTIVAL 2018Where: Various venues around Athens & EpidaurusWhen: 1st June – 29 August 2018Why Go: For an extensive 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 Odeon Herodes Atticus and the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus…
SARA BARAS – Flamenco at the Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 14 September 2018Why Go: See the very best dancer of flamenco at an iconic venue
Considered one of the best flamenco dancers in the world, Sara Baras comes to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens for the first time in September, together with her dancers and orchestra, led by prominent guitarist, Keko Baldomero. In her new show “Shadows”, Baras’ dance skills are combined with her fascinating choreographies, both traditional and modern with…
ALVIN AILEY American Dance Theater at the Megaron in AthensWhere: Megaron, Athens Concert HallWhen: 11-15 September 2018Why Go: See some of the world’s best dancers on one stage
The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, one of America’s leading dance ensembles, comes to the Megaron in Athens, as part of the company’s 60th anniversary tour. Founded by the late choreographer Alvin Ailey in 1958, Ailey was responsible for shaping the country’s contemporary dance scene. The show will feature original choreography of Ailey’s work including,…
VIRSKY – Ukrainian National Folk Dance Ensemble at the OdeonWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 24 September 2018Why Go: See dance artistry at its best at an iconic venue
The Virsky Ukrainian National Folk Dance Ensemble comes to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens for a spectacle of tradition and colour with over 100 performers and 2000 costumes. Virsky’s skillful dancers will present Ukranian dance traditions that are both innovative and phantasmagorical. The breathtaking performers, dressed in traditional costume, move rhythmically in gravity defying…
MARIA DE BUENOS AIRES – Opera Tango at the OdeonWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 25 September 2018Why Go: Tango under the full moon
Maria de Buenos Aires, a tango operetta performed in two parts, comes to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus beneath the glow of the full moon in Athens this September. World renowned for the music by Argentine composer Astor Piazzolla, this performance marks the first time the famous opera is conceived as a tango choreography. It…
CARLOS ACOSTA – 30 years in dance at the OdeonWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 26 September 2018Why Go: See one of the greatest dancers of our time
Cuban dancer, Carlos Acosta comes to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens this September, leading his 25 member ‘Acosta Danza’ group on stage. Celebrating his 30 years as a dancer, Acosta will be performing a selection of specially commissioned pieces along with other favourites in a premier programme, before appearing at the Royal Albert Hall…
ATHENS EVENTS – OCTOBER & NOVEMBERWhere: Various locations in AthensWhen: Throughout Oct & November 2018Why Go: For live music & theatre
As the summer season comes to an end, the cultural agenda runs high as Athens returns to full swing after the summer vacation. From touring musicians, to home-grown talent, Athens presents a full and exciting event calendar of live music and theatre, at some of the best venues in the city during October and November….
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.