THE THREADWhere: Megaron, Athens Concert HallWhen: 3 to 8 Dec 2019Why Go: For a night of music and dance
The Thread is an innovative modern performance infused with traditional Greek dance, performing at the Megaron in Athens. Internationally acclaimed choreographer Russell Maliphant forges the past with the present, combining contemporary dance with that of the Greek folk tradition. Eighteen Greek dancers, six trained in folk dancing, the rest in ballet and contemporary dance, portray…
THE MAGIC FLUTE with the Bejart BalletWhere: Megaron, Athens Concert HallWhen: 20-23 & 25-30 December 2019Why Go: See a modern choreography of a classic tale
In the spirit of Christmas, the Béjart Ballet Lausanne returns to Athens, this time presenting Wolfgang Mozart’s The Magic Flute, at the Megaron Athens Concert Hall. The ballet company alternates between fantasy and ritual to portray this fairy tale’s dichotomy of childish innocence in a harsh adult world. Performed to original choreography by the great…
SWAN LAKE by the Greek National OperaWhere: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)When: 22, 24, 26, 27, 29, 31 December 2019Why Go: See a new choreography of this classic tale
Swan Lake returns to the Stavros Niarchos Hall with a modern choreography from the Greek National Opera’s (GNO) artistic director, Konstantinos Rigos after 10 sold-out performances during its previous season. The enchanting story of Prince Siegfried, the Swan Queen Odette, the evil wizard Rothbart and his daughter Odile, comes to life through Rigos’ eyes, as…
THE NUTCRACKER by the Bolshoi Ballet AcademyWhere: Galatsi Olympic Hall, AthensWhen: 23 - 29 December 2019Why Go: A magical ballet for Christmas direct from Russia
The Bolshoi Ballet Academy returns to Athens this festive season with one of Tchaikovsky’s most famous compositions, The Nutcracker. This musical and theatrical masterpiece will be performed by talented soloists of the Bolshoi Ballet with choreography by Vasili Vainonen. The Nutcracker is a Christmas story full of love and fantasy written in 1816 by German…
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…
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.
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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.