Women of Passion Why Athens
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Athens Events

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.

  • Women of Passion Why Athens

    WOMEN OF PASSION, WOMEN OF GREECE

    Where: Railway Carriage Theatre
    When: Saturdays to 25 January 2020
    Why Go: A symbolic journey by train from ancient to modern Greece

    Following successful tours in Australia and Brussels, the powerful one woman show, Women of Passion, Women of Greece returns to Athens for a fourth season. An old wagon is transformed into a theatrical stage, where the mythological figure of ancient Greek tragedy Medea, meets the contemporary “priestesses” of modern Greece, Maria Callas and Melina Mercouri….

  • CHRISTMAS CAROL National Theatre Greece

    A CHRISTMAS CAROL – based on the short story by Charles Dickens

    Where: National Theatre of Greece
    When: On now until 12 January 2020
    Why Go: See the magic of Xmas on stage

    The magic of Christmas comes to the National Theatre of Greece in Athens in a thrilling musical version of Charles Dickens’, A Christmas Carol by the dynamic young Greek director Giannis Moschos, who invites us into the world of dreams and imagination, revealing the true meaning of Christmas. Dickens’ most famous creation, Ebenezer Scrooge, is the…

  • My Fair Lady Athens

    MY FAIR LADY

    Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)
    When: On now until 31 December 2019
    Why Go: See a fun cabaret adaptation for the holidays

    My Fair Lady, one of the most successful and popular musicals in the history of Broadway, is presented for the first time in Greece in its full-length music version by the Greek National Opera’s (GNO) Alternative Stage, at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens. My Fair Lady will be brought to life through the…

  • Don Carlo Greek National Opera

    DON CARLO by Giuseppe Verdi

    Where: Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC)
    When: 8, 13, 15, 19, 21, 28 December 2019 & 2, 5 January 2020
    Why Go: See one of Verdi’s most important operas

    Don Carlo by Giuseppe Verdi returns to the Greek National Opera’s stage at the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center in Athens. Based on Friedrich Schiller’s play of the same title, Don Carlo, shall be presented in its Italian five-act version (Modena, 1886), directed by the great British director and former artistic director of London’s Royal National…

  • Jim Jefferies Athens

    JIM JEFFERIES LIVE IN ATHENS

    Where: Gazi Live
    When: 19 December 2019
    Why Go: See the hilarious stand up comedian LIVE

    Internationally acclaimed Australian comedian, Jim Jefferies comes to Athens as part of his “Night Talker Tour” this December. The hilarious comic who is now world-famous, after two successful stand-up specials on Netflix and launching his own show on Comedy Central. Jefferies did several years of stand-up in the UK before relocating to LA and was…

  • Nutcracker Ballet Athens

    THE NUTCRACKER by the Bolshoi Ballet Academy

    Where: Galatsi Olympic Hall, Athens
    When: 23 - 29 December 2019
    Why 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 Festival Odeon Dimitris Mystakidis

    ATHENS AND EPIDAURUS FESTIVAL 2020

    Where: Various venues around Athens & Epidaurus
    When: 4 June to 15 August 2020
    Why 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…

  • Rigoletto Odeon Athens Festival

    RIGOLETTO at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 4, 6, 9, 11 June 2020
    Why Go: A modern reinterpretation of Verdi’s dark opera

    The Greek National Opera (GNO) presents Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpiece Rigoletto on the majestic stage of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus as part of the 2020 Athens and Epidaurus Festival. Perhaps the darkest of all Giuseppe Verdi’s masterpieces, Rigoletto is brought to life by the acclaimed Greek baritone Dimitri Platanias, the role he has masterfully performed in London,…

  • Ancient Epidaurus Theatre Tickets Athens Festival

    ANCIENT EPIDAURUS THEATRE PROGRAMME & TICKETS

    Where: Palea Epidaurus in Argolis
    When: June to August 2020
    Why Go: To experience a live performance & perfect acoustics at this ancient theatre

    As part of the annual Athens and Epidaurus Festival, the Epidaurus theatres come alive with the works of great Greek playwrights such as Aeschylus, Euripides, Sophocles and more. These ancient sites welcome more than 90,000 theatre-goers each year, across eight weekends in summer and is an absolute highlight to experience a midsummer production at these…

  • TOSCA at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus

    Where: Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Acropolis
    When: 26, 28, 29, 31 July 2020
    Why Go: See a modern rendition of this famous work

    The Greek National Opera (GNO) presents Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca to be staged at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, beneath the glow of the Acropolis as part of the 2020 Athens and Epidaurus Festival. This production of Puccini’s Tosca was originally directed by Nikos Petropoulos a decade ago and now returns to the GNO programme, under…