Spring is finally here and Athens’ cultural agenda is filled once again with music, theatre, opera, ballet and fascinating exhibitions. It’s also a month of worship throughout Greece, with Greek Orthodox Easter falling on 26thApril (Good Friday). Here’s our monthly round up of what’s on and the best things to see and experience during your visit to Athens in April.
WHAT’S ON IN ATHENS IN APRIL
MUSIC IN THE CITY
4 April: An evening of music by the great Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis. Featuring Mezzo Soprano soloist, Elena Papanikolaou with the Symphony Orchestra & Choir of the Municipality of Athens at the newly refurbished Olympia Theatre. More info here
6 April: Greek retro swing band, The Swingin’ Cats will perform a repertoire of swing and rock n ‘roll melodies. More info here
12 April: British band GoGo Penguin will perform sounds of classical, jazz, electronica, trip-hop and rock. More info here
13 April: Gadjo Dilo carry the magic of the Gypsy jazz tradition creating their own musical style ‘Manouche De Grec’. Following previous sold out performances around Athens, Gadjo Dilo will appear once again on Gazarte’s rooftop stage. More info here
13 April: Dubbed the “Bossa Nova Princess”, Bebel Gilberto combines Bossa Nova melodies with electronic sounds and her sensual voice, breathing new life into the traditional music genre. More info here
Friday & Saturday’s in April: Sakis Rouvas and Stelios Rokkos, two stars of the Greek music scene perform songs from their latest albums on stage at the Estate Nightclub in central Athens. More info here
Saturday’s until 20 April: With a career spanning 50 years, prominent Greek singer and songwriter Dionysis Savvopoulos will perform at the newly restored performance venue The Alsos. More info here
Sunday’s until 20 April: Greek composer & conductor Stavros Xarhakos returns to the main stage of Gazarte interpreting music from the father of Rembetika, Markos Vamvakaris. Accompanied on stage by Greek singer Dimitra Galani and Greek rapper Michael Mytakidis. More info here
THEATRE AND OPERA ON IN ATHENS
Throughout April: The Misanthrope by Molière, a production by the former artistic director of the Greek National Theatre, Yannis Houvardas, gives us a version where anything can happen, and in Chrysa Prokopaki’s excellent new translation, words become lethal weapons in the mouths of the protagonists. Presented by the National Theatre of Greece. More info here
Throughout April: 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. The work is presented as a piece of musical theatre with original music by Thodoris Abazis (deputy artistic director) for a night of theatrical storytelling. More info here
18 April: Greek Baritone, Dimitris Platanias will perform the great arias of Rossini, Verdi, Leoncavallo, Giordanno and more in a recital at the Stavros Niarchos Hall, the home of the Greek National Opera. More info here
Throughout April: Three emblematic ballets, a triptych ‘From Russia with Love’ by Igor Stravinsky comes to the Stavros Niarchos Hall, the home of the Greek National Opera (GNO). In this Greek production, choreography is provided by three renowned dancers and choreographers including, Daphnis Kokkinos of the Tanztheater Wuppertal Pina Bausch, distinguished German choreographer Marco Goecke of Hannover Ballet and Konstantinos Rigos, ballet director of the GNO. More info here
EXHIBITIONS ON IN ATHENS
On now throughout April: More than 120 works produced by Greek visual artist, Alex Mylona, are on display in a retrospective exhibition in the historical heart of Athens. More info here
On now throughout April: A collection of photographs of Athens taken by a German photographer during the occupation in Greece in World War II (1941 – 1944) are on display in the Roman Agora of Athens. More info here
On now throughout April: ‘Crete. Emerging Cities: Aptera, Eleftherna and Knossos’ is the latest exhibition presented at the Museum of Cycladic Art and outlines the life of three cities, Aptera, Eleutherna, and Knossos, with approximately 500 artefacts, never presented to the public before. More information here. More info here
On now throughout April: Holiday Snaps is a collection of photographs by distinguished photographer Alexander Lamont Henderson (1838-1907), on display at the Benaki Museum’s Ghika Gallery in Athens. Henderson captured social and everyday life of Athens, during his visit in 1904. More info here
On now throughout April: The exhibition, Yiannis Moralis, Master Teacher is presented at the Benaki Museum in Athens focusing on the work of artists who were taught by the great Yiannis Moralis (1916-2009), one of Greece’s leading 20th-century artists. More info here
On now throughout April: The National Archaeological Museum presents Countless Aspects of Beauty showcasing 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. More info here
GREEK ORTHODOX EASTER WEEK IN APRIL
22 to 29 April: One of the most important religious events of the year, Greek Orthodox Easter is a great opportunity to experience the culture and customs of Greece. All are welcome to visit the beautiful Byzantine churches found around Athens. Holy Tuesday, Wednesday, Good Friday and Easter Sundays are the most significant days where ceremonies and processions takes place throughout Easter week. More info here
WHAT’S ON IN ATHENS FOR THE FAMILY
On now throughout April: Visit the parklands and canal at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre for free guided tours, bike riding, sailing and kayaking. Visitors need to register in advance. Check here for more details.
Why Athens Tip for April
The Acropolis Museum provide 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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