Whats On Athens April
Greek baritone Dimitris Platanias performs live this April at the Greek National Opera.

WHAT’S ON IN ATHENS IN APRIL

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What & Where: The best of Athens for this month
When: Throughout April 2019
Why Go: See the best of what’s on this month

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

Swingin Cats Athens Gazarte

The Swingin Cats. Photograph: Mariza Kapsabeli/courtesy of the band

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 AprilSakis 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 MytakidisMore info here

 

THEATRE AND OPERA ON IN ATHENS

Man Who Laughs Victor Hugo Athens

The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo

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

Crete Emerging Cities Cycladic Museum Athens

Terracotta figurine of Isis enthroned with child. 31 BC – AD 324, Knossos. © MCS/Ephorate of Antiquities of Herakleion

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 series of works by Greek painter and Athens School of Fine Arts professor Pavlos Samios presented at the Byzantine and Christian Museum in 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

Greek Orthodox easter Athens Greece Epitaphio

The Epitaph being carried through the streets of Athens on Good Friday. Photograph: Dimaberkut

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

Stavros Niarchos Center Athens Sailing Canal I

Sailing the canal at the SNFCC. Photograph: courtesy SNFCC/Leonidas Kalpaxidis

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.

Acropolis Museum Events Gallery Talks

Gallery Talks at the Acropolis Museum explains the journey the museum takes you on. Photograph: Why Athens

 

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