SHADOWLAND BY PILOBOLUS in AthensWhere: Megaron, Athens Concert HallWhen: 13 – 17 December 2017Why Go: For an extraordinary dance performance
The show that has captivated more than 800,000 viewers around the world arrives at the Megaron in Athens this December. New York dance ensemble Pilobolus presents Shadowland, the innovative stage show that uses complex lighting, moving screens with poetic choreography. Mixed media is used to tell a love story about two people and their quixotic…
THE NUTCRACKER by the Grigorovich Ballet Theatre of RussiaWhere: Megaron, Athens Concert HallWhen: 20-30 December 2017Why Go: A magical ballet for Christmas
The Grigorovich Ballet Theatre of Russia returns this festive season to the Megaron in Athens with one of Tchaikovsky’s most famous compositions, The Nutcracker. A Christmas story full of love and fantasy by German author E.T.A Hoffman, the Nutcracker will enchant the whole family, with its magical sets and costumes. This is a musical and…
SLEEPING BEAUTY, a dance version of Charles Perrault’s famous taleWhere: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)When: 26 November & 3, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 31 Dec 2017Why Go: To see the dance version of Charles Perrault’s famous tale
The dance version of Charles Perrault’s Sleeping Beauty that was set to music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, was first staged in 1890 and since then has remained exceptionally popular worldwide. The Greek National Opera, which has previously presented classical choreographies of the work, now stages an impressive new version from two acclaimed artists at the…
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.