What’s On in Athens

From food festivals to concerts to international exhibitions, here's a list of some of the best events happening around the city in the next months.


Silence

Booze Cooperativa, to February 17

Renee Revah presents “Silence,” a collection of underwater photographs that address the struggle to breathe from a social perspective. The show at Booze Cooperativa is organized in cooperation with the Schedia street magazine and is part of events marking International Vendor Week. It runs through February 17 and opening hours are from 11.00 to 21.00.

57 Kolokotroni, Monastiraki

CHOCOLATE FEST

Technopolis, February 14-17

Pastry chefs, bakery owners, brand officials, and chocolate lovers will meet at Technopolis during four days in February. The program is promised to include workshops, seminars and competition, as well as music events and many surprises.

Get your tickets here.

Koukoutsi Exhibition

TAF, to February 24

As part of TAF (The Art Foundation)’s umbrella project “Athens is for Lovers,” the space presents the contemporary design works of Nikos Mainaris, the graphic designer behind the successful Koukoutsi brand. His works (mostly wall art prints, but also t-shirts and jewelry) focus on Athenian landmarks, and comments on urban life in Greece during the economic crisis. Opening hours are Mondays to Saturdays from 12.00-21.00, and Sundays from 12.00 to 19.00.

5 Normanou, Monastiraki

The map of the World

Citronne Gallery, to February 28

Giorgos Lappas’ “Mappemonde,” one of the most important works of postwar Greek sculpture, dominates the Athens home of the Citronne Gallery. Thirty years have passed since the work was first presented at the São Paulo Biennale and at the Aperto of the 43rd Venice Biennale. The Map of the World is presented as a landmark space of memory. The work springs from the artist’s own personal experiences and voyages while simultaneously giving the impression that it’s recounting the history of humankind.

19 Patriarchou Ioakeim, Kolonaki (Metro: Evangelismos/Syntagma)

First Films First

Goethe Institute, to March 1

The Goethe Institute in Athens and the Young Directors’ Academy of Southeast Europe present First Film First, a program for providing support to first-time filmmakers that includes mentoring with acclaimed artists and much-needed networking opportunities, among other important boosts. Go here to learn more and submit your project before the March 1 deadline.

14-16 Omirou, Kolonaki

Timon of Athens

National Theater, Rex Building, to March 3

The Greek National Theater presents “Timon of Athens,” a play written by William Shakespeare in 1605-1606 with Thomas Middleton, describing the decline into hate of a generous man who is abandoned by his circle of flatterers and hangers-on when he finds himself broke. The production is directed by Stathis Livathinos and stars Vassilis Andreou in the title role. It will also be performed with English subtitles on select dates which can be seen on the theater’s website, where you can also get your tickets.

48 Panepistimiou, Omonia

Double Bill

Stoart, to March 7

The Stoart Gallery puts the spotlight on two important Greek women artists who showed their work together at a landmark show at the Parnassos Literary Society in 1906 that met with great critical acclaim. The more than 100 works by Thalia Flora-Karavia (1871-1960), a proponent of the Munich School, and Sophia Laskaridou (1876-1965) shed light on their evolution as artists.

Opening hours are Mondays to Fridays from 10.00 to 20.00.

4 Korai (inside the arcade)

LEONARDO DA VINCI – 500 YEARS OF GENIOUS

Old OSY depot, Gazi, November 30-March 30

500 years after Leonardo Da Vinci’s death, three exhibitions are unified to provide unique insight into the life and works of the great artist. Supported by the Leonardo da Vinci Museum in Rome and the Lumiere Technology Institute in Paris, the exhibition will take place in the old OSY depot in Gazi. Entrance is 20 at the door, and 15 resale. Get yours here.

Pireos & Ermou, Gazi

MADRUGADA

Tae Kwon Do Arena, April 7 & 8 (date added)

Popular Norwegian alternative rock band Madrugada are back together, and are celebrating their 20 year anniversary with a European tour. Three of the original four members, Sivert Høyem, Frode Jacobsen and Jon Lauvland Pettersen (guitarist Robert Burås passed away in 2007) will enter the stage at the Tae Kwon Do Arena in Palaio Faliro on April 7 & 8 (date added).

Get your tickets here.

Crete. Emerging Cities: Aptera, Eleftherna, Knossos. Three Ancient Cities Revived

Museum of Cycladic Art, to April 30

Three powerful cities of ancient Crete – Aptera, Eleftherna and Knossos – are revealed in all their glory. Five hundred ancient artifacts – new and old finds from archaeological excavations – illustrate the way of life in these glorious urban centers of the past. The narrative thread of the exhibition begins with the founding of these cities and follows their journey through prosperity to the events that led to their abandonment or final destruction.

4 Neofytou Douka, Vasilissis Sofias & 1 Irodotou, cycladic.gr (Metro: Evangelismos)

COUNTLESS ASPECTS OF BEAUTY

National Archaeological Museum, to spring 2019

The National Archaeological Museum presents “Countless Aspects of Beauty,” the final exhibition in a fascinating trilogy showcasing the institution’s impressive collections on the occasion of its 150th anniversary. Here, 350 artifacts, digital media and other displays explore man’s eternal quest for beauty and his need to surround himself with beautiful things, from everyday cooking utensils to jewelry, perfume and other finery. The show also addresses conflicting notions of beauty and aesthetic trends as they evolved from Neolithic times to late antiquity.

Visiting hours are Mondays from 13.00 to 20.00 and Tuesdays to Sundays from 8.00 – 20.00. Admission costs 10 euros.

44 Patission

Alexander Lamont Henderson: 1904 Holiday Snaps

Ghika Gallery, to May 4

Little has survived of the work of the British photographer Alexander Lamont Henderson, except for a series of photos taken over the course of several trips he made to the Mediterranean (1884-1906). A selection of photographs from his short stay in Greece in 1904 are currently on show at the Benaki Museum. Unusually, given the practices common during his lifetime, Henderson recorded not only the monuments and archaeological sites of Athens, but also scenes from daily city life, images of the port of Piraeus and the interior of the Royal Palace.

3 Kriezotou (Metro: Syntagma)

ZONGOLOPOULOS EXHIBITION

SNFCC, January 28 – May 31

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center is organizing an exhibition dedicated to Greece’s famous sculptor, George Zongolopoulos. Zongolopoulos is known for his impressive public installations, such as the iconic Umbrella sculpture on Thessaloniki’s waterfront. For this exhibition, the SNFCC have collaborated with the George Zongolopoulos Foundation to bring in twenty of his pieces, eight of which will be displayed in outdoor areas, and twelve in the 4th floor atrium of the library. Four of the artworks will be on display for the first time.

Leo. Andrea Syggrou 364

PUPPET MUSEUM

Mairivi Workshop, from October 12

The Mairivi puppet theater workshop is hosting a permanent exhibition of puppets that has been put together by final-year students at Panteion University’s Department of Communications, Media & Culture. The aim of the show is to challenge stereotypes concerning prevailing perceptions about puppet theater, and particularly the notion that is it intended only for children.

The exhibition can be viewed every Thursday from 14.20.00.

33 Deligiorgi, Metaxourgeio


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