WALLACE RONEY QUINTET at the Half Note Jazz ClubWhere: Half Note Jazz ClubWhen: 20 -23 October 2017Why Go: Hear a legendary trumpeter and jazz composer LIVE
Legendary jazzman, Wallace Roney is in perfect harmony with modern and traditional jazz sounds. With a career spanning more than 40 years, he returns to the Half Note Jazz Club in Athens to perform his unique and expressive sets of ‘jazz funk’, ‘post-bob’ and mainstream ballads. Roney says, “My goal is to make the best…
CARLA BRUNI ‘French Touch’ concert in AthensWhere: Pallas TheatreWhen: 23 & 24 October 2017Why Go: Experience the music of Bruni LIVE
The former first lady of France, Carla Bruni begins her world music tour in Athens, giving two performances at the iconic Pallas Theatre in Syntagma. “French Touch” is the title of Bruni’s new album (to be released in October) and contains a collection of adaptations of well-known songs in English produced by the legendary producer, composer…
MUSIC OF MANOS HATZIDAKIS, ‘The Era of Melissanthi’Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)When: 4 & 5 November 2017Why Go: Enjoy the music & poetry of Manos Hatzidakis
In partnership with the composer’s son, Giorgos Hatzidakis and the Manos Hatzidakis Archive, the Greek National Opera presents ‘The Era of Melissanthi’, a musical autobiography based on the poems which Manos Hatzidakis dedicated to his mother’s memory. It is a cantata for a mature female voice, two young male voices, a mixed children’s chorus, chamber orchestra…
PIANDAEMONIUM a Greek piano ensembleWhere: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)When: 11 & 12 November 2017Why Go: See an orchestra of pianos on stage
A special concert by Piandaemonium, a Greek piano ensemble that features six pianos and 12 pianists who will endeavour to redefine the traditional sound of piano at the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center in Athens. Piandaemonium is one of the few in the world and founded in 1998 by the well-known pianist Domna Evnouchidou. During Piandaemonium’s almost 20-year…
A TRIBUTE TO CESARIA EVORA with special guests Dulce PontesWhere: Gazi LiveWhen: 18 November 2017Why Go: Hear the music from the legendary soul diva of Cape Verde
A tribute to the life and music of the diva from Cape Verde, Cesária Évora, performed by the Cesaria Évora Orchestra at Gazi Live in Athens. A musical evening of soul will celebrate the 30th anniversary since the release of Évora’s first album in 1987. The orchestra will be accompanied by guest group Dulce Pontes, the…
ST PAUL’S SESSIONS in AthensWhere: St Paul’s Anglican ChurchWhen: On now – 16 Dec 2017Why Go: To hear live music with exceptional acoustics
St Paul`s Sessions are an innovative series of live events showcasing some of the most important ambient, experimental and modern classical musicians from all over the world in the beautiful setting of St Paul`s Anglican Church, a place of exceptional acoustics that creates a unique connection between the performers and audience. Prestigious artists like Tim…
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.