With Autumn officially here, live music, theatre, opera, dance and more moves indoors to cosy jazz bars, Olympic sized arenas or the majestic stage of the Greek National Opera.
Here’s our monthly round-up of the best things to see and experience during your visit to Athens in November.
WHAT’S ON IN ATHENS IN NOVEMBER
MUSIC IN THE CITY
Greek Singers in Athens throughout November: Greek music lovers can see some of their favourite Greek singers over various weekends throughout November in Athens.
5, 6, 14, 26, 27 November: The Greek National Opera’s Piano Festival includes five recitals by outstanding Greek soloists along with a free major concert on 14 November of popular concertos for piano of the Romantic period.
9 November: Gadjo Dilo carry the magic of the Gypsy jazz tradition creating their own musical style ‘Manouche De Grec’.
11, 18, 25 November: Popular Greek singer Yiannis Kotsiras along with composer and pianist Theodoris Economou, pay tribute to the late Greek poet and lyricist Manos Eleftheriou who passed away last year.
13 November: Renowned vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Omar Faruk Tekbilek brings his brilliant interpretations of Sufi, folk and contemporary Turkish and Middle Eastern music to Athens.
15 November: French soprano Emma Shapplin returns to her adoring fans in Athens for two shows at the Galatsi Olympic Hall performing alongside a live orchestra and choir.
18 November: Following the release of his latest album ‘Shine a Light’ earlier this year, Grammy-Award winning artist Bryan Adams comes to Athens to perform LIVE.
22 November: Spend an enchanting evening with Argentine tenor Jose Cura who will perform beautiful arias for one night only in Athens.
24 November: After a historic career spanning decades, with millions of records sold and countless performances around the world, Spanish tenor José Carreras will perform in Athens as part of his farewell tour – celebrating and saluting a remarkable career.
OPERA, THEATRE AND DANCE IN ATHENS
4 November: Iron Maiden lead vocalist Bruce Dickinson comes to Athens for a unique one-man show that is full of humour, wit and fluency.
Until 9 November: The National Theatre of Greece presents The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo, a political work and love story that becomes an examination of the excesses of power.
Until16 November: Women of Passion, Women of Greece – 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.
9 to 24 November: As part of the Greek National Opera’s (GNO) ‘Manos Hatzidakis Cycle’, choreographer Konstantinos Rigos introduces the notion of the four cardinal points as a ballet journey through Hatzidakis’ work.
From 15 November onwards: 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.
20 to 24 November: The Thread – Internationally acclaimed choreographer Russell Maliphant forges the past with the present, combining contemporary dance with that of the Greek folk tradition.
MUST SEE EXHIBITIONS ON IN ATHENS
Throughout November: The Acropolis Museum turned 10 in June and as part of its ongoing celebrations this year, it presents this fascinating exhibition ‘Chisel and Memory’ focusing on the contributions made by marble craftsman to the restoration of the Acropolis monuments.
Throughout November: The exhibition ‘Hadrian and Athens, conversing with an Ideal World’ marks 1900 years since the Roman Emperor Hadrian began his reign in 117AD and showcases his philhellenism and an enduring legacy at the National Archaeological Museum.
Throughout November: The National Archaeological Museum presents Countless Aspects of Beautyshowcasing the institution’s impressive collections. More than 300 artefacts, digital media and other displays explore human kind’s eternal quest for beauty and the need to surround ourselves with beautiful objects, from jewellery, perfume, ceramics and other everyday pieces.
Why Athens Tip for November
Throughout November: The Acropolis Museum provides complimentary* guided tours every Friday evening at 6:00pm (in English) led by an archaeologist who shares fascinating insights about the permanent exhibits. More information here.
*The Gallery Talks are complimentary with the regular price of entry. Duration: 60 minutes.
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