100 YEARS OF OMADA TECHNI “ART GROUP” in AthensWhere: Byzantine and Christian MuseumWhen: On now – 29 October 2017Why Go: A closer look at Athens’ art scene of the 20th century
2017 marks the 100th anniversary since the creation of the famous “Omada Techni” or “Art Group” which represents the birth of modernism in Greece. This latest exhibition at the Byzantine and Christian Museum aims to re-examine this group’s importance to the art scene in Athens during the 20th century. Omada Techni was created by Nikolaos…
EMOTIONS at the Acropolis MuseumWhere: The Acropolis MuseumWhen: 18th July – 19th November, 2017Why Go: Insights into the ancient world and the emotions that ruled it
Emotions, the exhibition from the Onassis Cultural Center New York arrives in Athens exploring the unseen world of emotions in the personal, social and political life of antiquity. An unusual archaeological exhibition that focuses on the portrayal of the ‘ethos of the soul’ in 129 ancient art-works. The exhibition will be displayed in a new…
GHIKA, CRAXTON, FERMOR, exhibitionWhere: Benaki MuseumWhen: 7th June – 10th September 2017Why Go: For a better understanding of the friendship between Ghika, Craxton & Fermor
The Benaki Museum presents the exhibition ‘Charmed lives in Greece’, examining the friendship of Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghika (1906-1994) John Craxton (1922-2009) and writer, Patrick Leigh Fermor (1915-2011), from the early years of their acquaintance, in the mid-1940s, to the end of their lives.Through works of art, extracts from texts, photographs, letters, manuscripts and publications, visitors will be…
DIVINE DIALOGUES featuring work by Cy TwomblyWhere: Museum of Cycladic ArtWhen: 25th May – 3rd September 2017Why Go: A rare look at Twombly’s work side by side with that which inspired it
For the first time, 30 works by Cy Twombly inspired by Greek mythology and the artist’s close ties with Greece will be presented alongside 12 ancient artworks in an exhibition entitled Divine Dialogues at the Museum of Cycladic Art . Revealing a unique and original dialogue between ancient Greek and contemporary art, the exhibition includes…
LIQUID ANTIQUITY at Benaki MuseumWhere: Benaki MuseumWhen: On now – 17th September, 2017Why Go: See an artistic portrayal of antiquity and contemporary art
The DESTE Foundation for Contemporary Art is pleased to announce Liquid Antiquity at the Benaki Museum, a project that explores the possibility of reinventing classicism and argues for its enduring influence on contemporary art. Conceived by Brooke Holmes, Robert F. Goheen Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Classics at Princeton University, in collaboration with…
MARIA CALLAS, a tribute exhibitionWhere: B & M Theocharakis Foundation, SyntagmaWhen: 15 May – 30th September 2017Why Go: A personal perspective of the woman behind the legend
Maria Callas, one of the world’s greatest opera divas of the twentieth century will be honoured in a rare exhibition titled ‘The Myth Lives On’, presented by the B & M Theocharakis Foundation. More than 200 personal affects belonging to Callas will be on display including theatre costumes, furs, jewellery, dresses and furniture. Handwritten letters…
DESTE Prize: An Anniversary ExhibitionWhere: Museum of Cycladic ArtWhen: 6th April – 17th September, 2017Why Go: To see emerging Greek contemporary art
To commemorate the 18th anniversary of the DESTE Prize, the DESTE Foundation is organising an exhibition of works by the nine recipients of the award from 1999 to 2015. Entitled DESTE Prize: An Anniversary Exhibition 1999–2015, the collection offers a survey of contemporary art over these years. Exhibiting for the first time together are; Loukia…
ODYSSEYS at the National Archaeological MuseumWhere: National Archaeological MuseumWhen: On now - 30th September 2017Why Go: To see a visual narration of mankind’s odyssey through time
Stories of conquests, exploration and the desire to overcome immortality is weaved together in the National Archaeological Museum’s latest exhibition, ‘Odysseys’. Tracing the personal and collective endeavours of mankind over many periods of time, it is a fitting tribute to the museum’s 150 year anniversary.
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.