OEDIPUS AT COLONUS by Sophocles – Ancient Theatre of EpidaurusWhere: Ancient Theatre of EpidaurusWhen: 17 & 18 August 2018Why Go: See Sophocles’ last tragedy
This presentation of Oedipus at Colonus forms part of the Athens and Epidaurus festival programme for 2018. As Sophocles’ final tragedy, this play is at once a meditation on human fate and a tribute to his favourite city, Athens. A tragedy about physical and metaphysical borders, about the mystery of human freedom in the face…
ATHENS AND EPIDAURUS FESTIVAL 2018Where: Various venues around Athens & EpidaurusWhen: 1st June – 29 August 2018Why Go: For an extensive 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 Odeon Herodes Atticus and the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus…
AGAMEMNON by Aeschylus at the Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 31 August 2018Why Go: See Aeschylus’ best work of Greek tragedy
Agamemnon by Aeschylus comes to the stage of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus for one night only in August. In Aeschylus’ Agamemnon, the tragic characters are doomed to suffer and die, whereas the members of the chorus are doomed to suffer and live, revisiting their misfortunes and seeking a way out. This ancient Greek tragedy is widely…
THE ACHARNIANS by Aristophanes at the Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 1 September 2018Why Go: See an ancient Greek work that is still relevant today
The Acharnians by Aristophanes comes to the stage of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus for one night only in September. Aristophanes sets out to ridicule war and warmongers, expressing people’s longing for peace. The comedy is set in rural Attica, in Acharnae (modern-day Menidi). Aristophanes is fully aware that the genre of comedy hails from religious…
EURIPIDES’ ELECTRA at the Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 7 September 2018Why Go: See Electra performed on an iconic ancient Greek stage
Electra, one of Euripides’ most important tragedies, comes to the stage of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus for one night only in September. A pervasive study of revenge, guilt, repentance, and justice, It is not clear whether it was first produced before or after Sophocles’ version of Electra. The peculiar way in which Euripides manages the…
PLUTUS by Aristophanes at the Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 10 September 2018Why Go: An ancient Greek comedy for modern times
Aristophanes’ political satire, Plutus comes to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in September, presented by the National Theatre of Greece. Based on contemporary Athens, Plutus is the story of a bankrupt farmer Chremylos, who is at a loss to understand why he lost his fortune, despite being honest and decent. After visiting the Oracle of…
ZORBA THE BALLET at the Panathenaic StadiumWhere: Panathenaic StadiumWhen: 15 September 2018Why Go: Re-live the story of Zorba through music & dance
Zorba the ballet performed by the Sofia Opera and Ballet comes to the iconic Panathenaic Stadium in Athens, for one night only in September. Based on the supreme novel by Nikos Kazantzakis, with music by Mikis Theodorakis. Staged over two acts, with choreography and libretto by Lorca Massine, the world premier season in 1988 and…
LOVE & LAMENTS OF WOMEN from Euripides at the OdeonWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 16 September 2018Why Go: See iconic female monologues performed in one evening
Love and Laments of Women brings together powerful female monologues in one enchanting evening at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Athens. Inspired by Euripides’ great tragedies, this performance is made up of major Greek actors and a twelve-member chorus, who will heighten the passion, intensity and conflicts of these monologues. A performance of Euripides’…
THESMOPHORIAZUSAE by Aristophanes at the Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhere: Odeon of Herodes AtticusWhen: 19 September 2018Why Go: Power and politics come to life on this ancient stage
Thesmophoriazusae by Aristophanes comes to the stage of the Odeon of Herodes Atticus for one night only in September. It is one of Aristophanes’ three female plays written in 411 BC, at a time when democracy was overthrown and replaced by Oligarchy, when women called for political stability. A play about gender issues, the quest of…
ATHENS EVENTS – OCTOBER & NOVEMBERWhere: Various locations in AthensWhen: Throughout Oct & November 2018Why Go: For live music & theatre
As the summer season comes to an end, the cultural agenda runs high as Athens returns to full swing after the summer vacation. From touring musicians, to home-grown talent, Athens presents a full and exciting event calendar of live music and theatre, at some of the best venues in the city during October and November….
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.