The events and cultural agenda runs high all year round in Athens but it is in the winter season when visitors can enjoy the best in the Greek music scene, opera, dance and more. Here are the highlights of what’s on in Athens in February.
WHAT’S ON IN ATHENS IN FEBRUARY
MUSIC IN THE CITY
1 FEBRUARY: Cameroonian musician and song-writer Manu Dibango will return to Gazarte’s stage in Athens for a night of acoustic groove and soul, as part of his 60th anniversary tour of his career. More information here.
2 FEBRUARY: Greek retro swing band, The Swingin’ Cats return to Gazarte to perform a repertoire of swing and rock n ‘roll melodies. More information here.
2 & 3 FEBRUARY: Greek composer and conductor Stavros Xarhakos returns to the main stage of Gazarte interpreting music from the great Bouzouki musician Giorgos Zambetas and will be accompanied on stage by the dame of the Greek music scene, Haris Alexiou, who is adored across the world after almost 50 years of performance. More information here.
14-15 FEBRUARY: Jil Aigrot, the voice of Edith Piaf in the Oscar winning film ‘La Vie en Rose’, returns to Gazarte in Athens to present her unique interpretation of the passionate love songs of the legendary French vocal artist. More information here.
EVERY FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Yiannis Parios and Glykeria, two legends of the Greek music scene perform their favourite love songs on stage every Friday and Saturday at the Baraonda Club in Athens. Parios, known and loved across the world for his ballads, has had a successful music career spanning more than 40 years and will be joined by Glykeria, another musical legend adored in Greece and abroad. More information here.
EVERY FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Capping another year of number one hits in Greece, Antonis Remos returns to his residency at Athens Arena this winter. Remos will be accompanied this season by Greek songstress Despina Vandi. More information here.
EVERY FRIDAY & SATURDAY: Popular Greek singer and songwriter, Yiannis Ploutarchos will draw in the crowds throughout winter when he returns to the Fotaerio Nightclub in central Athens. Considered one of the most popular “laiko” singers of his generation, his deep voice is attributed to having a genuine “laiko” sound. Ploutarchos will be joined on stage by Greek pop singer Melina Aslanidou. More information here.
THEATRE AND OPERA ON IN ATHENS
6 – 17 FEB: The modern choreography, Herrumbre by Spanish choreographer, Nacho Duato comes to the Stavros Niarchos Hall as the first collaboration with the Greek National Opera (GNO) ballet. More information here.
7 FEB – 3 MARCH: The National Theatre of Greece presents Timon of Athens by William Shakespeare and Thomas Middleton. The play is about the fortunes of an Athenian named Timon, a beloved citizen who through tremendous generosity spends his entire fortune on corrupt hangers-on who are only interested in getting the next payout. More information here.
EXHIBITIONS ON IN ATHENS
On now throughout February: ‘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 information here.
On now throughout February: Don’t miss the new and immersive exhibition, ‘Leonardo da Vinci – 500 Years of Genius’, exploring the life and work of this great artist and inventor, 500 years after his death. More information here.
On now until 14 February: Italian artist and sculptor, Μarisa Merz, the female protagonist of the Arte Povera movement, will present her work at the Bernier/Eliades gallery in Athens. In her very personal art, Merz draws inspiration from her individual space and the people in her close circles. Wax, knitting needles, clay, and copper wires are employed by the artist to express her visual artistic concerns, to capture aspects of everyday life and to talk about issues surrounding identity. More information here.
On now throughout February: 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 information here.
WHAT’S ON IN ATHENS FOR THE FAMILY
On now throughout February: Part of the long canal at the SNFCC has been transformed into an ice-skating rink and is open to the public every day between 10:00am and 10:00pm, free of charge. Visitors need to register in advance. Check here for more details here.
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WHY ATHENS TIP FOR FEBRUARY:
Throughout February: 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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