BOLSHOI THEATRE celebrates Mikhail LavrovskyWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 19 – 20th September, 2017Why Go: To see one of the greatest ballets
A tribute to the legendary Russian ballet dancer, teacher and choreographer, Mikhail Lavrovsky by the Bolshoi Ballet. This anniversary tribute holds its first international show in Athens, after its world premiere earlier this year in Moscow. Presented in two parts, the 76 year old Lavrovsky performs in the role of Daniliev. The performance consists of historical…
BEJART BALLET at the OdeonWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 17-18 September 2017Why Go: See ballet beneath the glow of the Acropolis
A magnificent tribute to the iconic choreography of the late pioneer in dance, Maurice Béjart. Fifty dancers of ballet will immerse viewers in an unforgettable show celebrating dance and Béjart’s career, on the majestic stage of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus beneath the slopes of the Acropolis. Popular ballet sequences that were choreographed by Maurice Bejart…
TANGO del SUR at the Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 6th September 2017Why Go: A passionate evening of dance under the September full moon
On the last full moon of summer, melodies by great Argentine Masters will flood the stage of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus with Tango del Sur (Tango of the south). The passionate movement of the tango comes alive for one night only with internationally renowned dancer and choreographer, Natalia Hills from Buenos Aires, who performs for…
TRADITIONAL GREEK DANCINGWhere: Dora Stratou Theatre, Philopappou HillWhen: 25th May – 24th September 2017Why Go: To see traditional Greek dance
Take in traditional Greek dancing at the open air Dora Stratou theatre located on Philopappou Hill, opposite the Acropolis. Each performance includes dancers, musicians and folk singers with authentic costume and jewellery that is more than a century old. With each performance representing a different island or province of Greece, you will get a cultural…
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.