JOHANN STRAUSS ENSEMBLEWhere: Megaron, Athens Concert HallWhen: 9 & 10 December 2017Why Go: To hear famous Viennese waltzes performed by the world’s best
The famous Johann Strauss Ensemble, led by conductor-violinist Russell McGregor, will perform two concerts in Athens, taking audiences on a journey to Vienna with their Viennese waltzes, melodic arias and popular polkas from the Strauss family of composers, Lehar, Lanner and more. Accompanied by soprano Gina Fotinopoulou and the Manolis Kalomiris Children’s Choir. About The…
40TH INTERNATIONAL MARIA CALLAS GRAND PRIXWhere: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)When: 10 December 2017Why Go: See emerging talent in international opera
Rising stars in opera will perform on the main stage of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) as part of the International Maria Callas Grand Prix which returns for its 40th year. This final performances on December 10 follow a week long demanding program where young laureates of the Maria Callas Grand Prix sing their…
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…
ALKISTIS PROTOPSALTI live at GazarteWhere: Gazarte in AthensWhen: 5 - 27 Nov, 3 - 18 Dec 2017Why Go: An evening of Greek music at its best
A perfect way of exploring the music and culture of Greece with the legendary performer Alkistis Protopsalti on the main stage at Gazarte in Athens. A nine piece orchestra will accompany, led by Greek composer and conductor Stavros Harhakos. About Alkistis Protopsalti With a successful career spanning 40 years, Protopsalti has worked with some of…
GREEK SINGERS PERFORMING IN ATHENSWhere: Various locations around AthensWhen: Throughout December 2017Why Go: Experience the latest in modern Greek music LIVE
Greek singers perform all around Greece throughout the year. For those wanting to experience the latest in the Greek music scene, there’s a legendary line up in store this month in Athens.
EVENTS at the Stavros Niarchos CenterWhere: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)When: Throughout December 2017Why Go: Great for architecture buffs & outdoor activities suitable for solos, couples & families
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC) is one of the largest and newest developments that Athens has seen in the last ten years. It is a remarkable architectural feat pioneered by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation and brought to life by the extraordinary vision of Italian architect Renzo Piano. It now houses two of Greece’s most…
LA BOHEME at the Greek National OperaWhere: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)When: 7 Dec 2017 – 5 Jan 2018Why Go: See this classic opera set in modern day Athens
In 2007, renowned British opera director Graham Vick created a version of La Bohème for the Greek National Opera that was set in modern day Athens, transporting Puccini’s beloved opera from 19th century Paris to 21st century Exarchia. The faces of the four ambitious young artists and their camaraderie are known to all. Their problems, concerns, jokes…
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.