What’s On in Athens: Events, Exhibitions and Festivals This Fall

From food festivals to concerts to internationally acclaimed exhibitions, here's a list of some of the best events happening around the city in October and November


Art & Cultural Exhibitions

Athens 1917

Benaki Museum, Sept 9 – Nov 11

The exhibition features 110 rare photographs taken in the Greek capital 100 years ago, at the height of WWI. The photographs were drawn from the photographic service of the allied force that was active in the Balkans during World War I and was known as the Army of the Orient.

Opening hours: Thur & Sun 10.00-18.00 and Fri & Sat 10.00-22.00. Mon-Wed closed.

See here for details.

Benaki Museum, 138 Pireos St 

Surprise Exhibition

Earth K44, Gazi, Oct 13-15

For the eighth time, the “Surprise” exhibition returns at ArtAZ. Hundreds of small-format artworks from Greek and international artists will be on display, and for sale. They all cost 50 euros, and they’re all signed on the reverse side, making the artist’s identity a surprise for after you’ve purchased your favorites. All proceeds go to the NGO Klimaka’s homeless support program.

Launch: Fri 20.00. Open: Sat & Sun 12.00-20.00

See here for details.

Earth K44, Konstantinoupoleos 44, Gazi

Currents & Currencies

a.antonopoulou.art, Oct 11 – Nov 25

In “Currents & Currencies,” in Psyrri, central Athens, Artist Stefania Strouza explores the historical and metaphorical ties between water flows and currencies – going back to the one of the earliest forms of currency, seashells, which were used in maritime trade. The exhibition runs through November 25.

Opening hours: Wed-Fri 14:00-20:00, Sat 12:00-16:00.

See here for details.

a.antonopoulou.art, 20 Aristofanous, 4th floor, Psyrri 

Lautrec-Inspired Posters

Benaki Museum (Pireos St. Annex), To Nov 12

The Benaki Museum’s Pireos Street Annex is showing 100 posters designed by 100 renowned graphic artists in 2001 to mark the centennial of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s death. The posters were initially displayed in “Le Nouveau Salon des Cent,” an exhibition at the Pompidou Center in Paris, and have since traveled to many cities around Europe, Asia and America. The Athens show also includes five original posters by Toulouse-Lautrec and one by Pierre Bonnard from the Greek National Gallery’s collection, 16 posters produced by Greek artists on the same theme, as well as portraits of Toulouse-Lautrec by students at the Vakalo Art & Design College.

Opening hours: Thur and Sun from 10.00-18.00, Fri and Sat from 10.00-

See here for details.

Benaki Museum, 138 Pireos

Into the Unknown: A Journey Through Science Fiction

Onassis Cultural Center, Oct 9 – Jan 14

The science fiction exhibition “Into the Unknown”, first displayed by the Barbican in London, covers all the varied forms of the genre through history, from the writings of Mary Shelley and Jules Verne to Interstellar and The Hunger Games. Read more here.

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 16:00-21:00, Sat-Sun 12:00-22:00

107-109, Syngrou Ave, Athens

Grand Opening of the Toy Museum

Oct 22. Regular operation begins on October 26.

The Toy Museum, a new addition under the Benaki Museum umbrella, will open its doors to the public for the first time on October 22. The museum will feature approximately 20.000 toys dating from antiquity until the 20th century. Entrance will be free on the opening day.

Regular opening hours (from 26/10): Thur-Sun 10:00-18:00. Mon-Wed closed.

See here for details.

14 Poseidonos & 1 Tritonos St, Palaio Faliro

Van Gogh Alive

Athens Concert Hall, Nov 9 – Mar 4

“Van Gogh Alive – The Experience” is the globally acclaimed exhibition that invites you to “step into” the works of Van Gogh. This winter it arrives in Athens. Visit and experience Van Gogh’s paintings as they come alive through music, light, and color.

Traditions of tiptoeing through unnervingly silent galleries and viewing paintings from afar in quiet contemplation are forgotten as visitors find themselves interacting with art in ways they never imagined.

Van Gogh Alive – The Experience will stretch the definition of the word ‘exhibition’ as it stimulates the senses and opens the mind. And there’s no need to worry about the kids getting bored – the exhibition caters perfectly to both young and old.

Book tickets here

The Athens Concert Hall, Leof. Vasilissis Sofias, 115 21, Athens

Chinese Xieyi: Masterpieces from the National Art Museum of China

EMST, Sept 22 – Nov 14.

The exhibition Chinese Xieyi is being presented at the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens (EMST) in the framework of the Year of Cultural Exchanges between Greece and China. It is grouped into three parts – Freehand Brushwork, Imagery and Artistic Conception – showcasing the NAMOC’s pursuit for the promotion and implementation of the ethos of Chinese culture.

Viewing these exhibits, the audience will get insights into the unique Chinese ethos, epochal marks, and cultural confidence implied in the works, feel the humanistic spirit that has run through the 5.000 years of Chinese culture and tradition, and have an experience of the noble loftiness of literati painting and the flowing grace of aesthetic imagery.

Opening hours: Tue – Sun 11.00-19.00. Mon closed.

See here for details.

National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST), Kallirrois ave. & Amvr. Frantzi, 11743. 

Mike Kelley: Fortress of Solitude

Museum of Cycladic Art, Nov 16 – Feb 25

The first solo show of Mike Kelley in Athens will see key pieces by the American artist on display at the Museum of Cycladic Art.

Over the course of more than three decades, Kelley used a wide variety of media from painting and sculpture to drawing, video and performance, to explore and critically engage various incarnations of the repressed side – or dark underbelly – of the American cultural unconscious.

See here for details.

Museum of Cycladic Art, Neophytou Douka 4, Athens

Money. Tangible Symbols in Ancient Greece

Museum Cycladic Art Nov 2 – Apr 15

An exhibition featuring extraordinary samples of the ancient coinage, mainly from the Alpha Bank Nuimismatic Collection. Ancient coins were not merely media of transaction; they are of themselves tangible symbols, symbols that are literally handled, read and comprehended. As such, the representations they carry provide important information – historical and other – which is linked with the place and the authority that issued the coins.

See here for details.

Museum of Cycladic Art, Neophytou Douka 4, Athens

A Puppet Sun

NEON, Oct 11 – Jan 14

The non-profit cultural organization Neon is giving new life to a historic building in the center of Athens. The neoclassical residence at 11 Kaplanon in Kolonaki will host a new installation by Kostis Velonis, an important figure of the Greek contemporary art world.

See here for details.

Opening hours: Wed-Sun 12.00-20.00

11 Kaplanon, Kolonaki

Ceramic Exhibitions 

Benaki Museum, Until Nov 19.

The Benaki museum is hosting three ceramic exhibitions in parallel this fall. The first is being held in the Museum of Islamic Art and is dedicated to the magic of Iznik ceramics.

The second, in the Museum of Greek Culture in Kolonaki, presents the story of Ikaros – an historic ceramics factory on Rhodes (1928-1988).

The third at the Pireos Annex is a retrospective exhibition of the work of Maritsa Travlou, featuring 500 sculptural compositions by the artist. Her multicolored creations, which are mainly made of porcelain and stoneware, are tightly linked to the infinite sea world.

See here for details.

AthensCon

Tae Kwon Do Stadium, Faliro, Dec 2-3

Greece’s first large-scale comic convention will be held on December second and third. Anyone who loves pop-art, color, and fun, or just have an urge to wake the child within, is welcome to meet Greek and international writers and designers, play the newest video games and board games for free, and much more.

See here for details.

Faliro Olympic Indoor Hall (Tae Kwon Do Hall) Palaio Faliro 175 61

Music & Performances

Alexis Zorbas

Vempo Theatre, Oct 12 – Dec 19

Honoring the 60th anniversary of the death of Nikos Kazantzakis, Vempo theatre puts on a unique adaption of his most famous work; Zorba the Greek, with the original music by Mikis Theodorakis.

Book tickets here (link in Greek)

18 Karolou, Athens

Gimme Shelter Film Festival

Gagarin 205 Live Music Space, Oct 16 – Dec 11

Every Monday from October until December 11th, at Gagarin 205, film and music come together to create unique, themed experiences. The event space turns into a cinema for 12 Mondays hosting musical films and documentaries as well as talks and special live acts.

From stoner to britpop and from metal to grunge, the musical film festival will present some of the most interesting music films produced over the past 5 years, as well as cult musical documentaries.

See here for details. (link in Greek)

For the program click here

Gagarin 205, Liosion 205, Athens 104 45

Fraternity of Sound 2017

Kookoo Live Music Bar, Oct 26-29

The Fraternity of Sound music festival unites bands of different genres from Greece, the US, the UK, Scandinavia, and Australia, aiming to unite their sounds under the same roof without sacrificing their purpose and style.

The line-up so far (more are to be announced) includes: Ben Frost; The Soft Moon; Godflesh; Nurse With Wound; Circle; Drew Mcdowall; Zonal (THE Bug+J.K.Broadrick); Ghold; Omega Monolith; Afformance; Kooba Tercu

See here for details.

Book tickets here

Hair

Chora Theatre, Nov 15 – Dec 10

It’s been 50 years since on of the most famous musical of all time, Hair, first premiered in New York. This fall, as part of a world-wide celebration, we’ll see it interpreted by Greek actors and singers at the Chora Theatre.

Book tickets here

Chora Theatre, 20 Amorgou, Athens 112 56.

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

Tae KwonDo Stadium, Nov 16

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ 8-week Europe tour will reach Athens on November 16th. Their last such visit was in 2014, so this will be the first chance for Athenians to hear songs from the latest album, Skeleton Tree, performed live.

Book tickets here

Faliro Olympic Indoor Hall (Tae Kwon Do Hall) Palaio Faliro 175 61

Paradise

Gagarin 205, Nov 25

The new Norwegian band featuring Greek rock music lovers’ favorite Scandinavian singer, Sivert Høyem (Madrugada), along with Rob Ellis (PJ Harvey) Simone Butler (Primal Scream) & Rob McVey (Marianne Faithfull Band), will perform their first concert in Athens on November 25th, less than a month after their forthcoming first LP release.

Book tickets here

Gagarin 205, Liosion 205, Athens 104 45

Plissken Festival

Gazi, Dec 1-2

The Plissken music festival gathers musicians from all over the world at least once year. Spanning a total line-up of more than 350 international artists and selected local acts over its seven editions, Plisskën prides itself for its genre-defying philosophy and aims to embrace music from a diversified background.

The 2017 winter festival will consist of 42 shows from diverse backgrounds and genres. Headliners are, among others, Mac Demarco, Mulatu Astatke, 67, and Andy Stott.

Various venues. Check here for details

Music and Dances of the Aegean

Technopolis, Dec 2

Traditional music from the Cyclades and the Dodecanese will be performed by Kaiti Koulias, Giorgos Zacharioudakis, and Maria Louka, accompanied by violinist Kyriakos Gouvendas and Vasilis Smanis on the lute. Traditional dances will be performed by dancers from Yiannis Plagiotakis’ school.

See here for details.

Technopolis, Gazi. The performance begins at 22.00.

Food, Drink & More

Athens Craft Beer Expo

Zappeio, Oct 14-15

Athens Beer Craft Expo takes place this year for the third consecutive year. The exhibition takes place at the Zappeion Megaron downtown, where you will be able to taste beers from 38 breweries and microbreweries. There will also be seminars, and food and beer pairing events.

See here for details.

Cellier Wine Fair

Hilton, Oct 15

The 12th Cellier wine fair promises to be bigger and more interesting than ever. Meet winemakers, learn about the products available at Cellier, and sample wines, delicatessen, spirits, and cocktails.

Open from 11.00 to 20.00.

Book tickets here

9th Greek Honey and Bee Products Festival

Peace and Friendship Stadium, Dec 1

Sample products from all over Greece, as well as food and cocktails with honey prepared by chefs and bartenders on the spot. Learn about beekeeping and the health benefits of the many varieties of Greek honey and related products such as pollen and royal jelly.

See here for details.

Athens Bar Show

Technopolis, Nov 7-8

For anyone in the bar/restaurant business who happen to be in Athens on the 7th and 8th of November, this is an expo you shouldn’t miss. The Athens bar scene is one of the best and fastest developing bar scenes in the world. At the Athens Bar Show you’ll meet Greek and international mixologist superstars, and sample over 500 products. To enter this event, organized by Bar Acadamy Hellas, you have to be professionally involved in the drinks and beverage industry.

See here for details.

The Park’s Little Gardeners

SNFCC Vegetable Garden, Oct 1-29

Every Sunday in the month of October, kids between the ages of 5-9 are welcomed to play and learn at the Niarchos Cultural Center’s vegetable garden. The adventure is overseen by agronomist and landscape architect Stavroula Katsoyanni.

10.30 – 12.00, every Sunday

See here for details. 

Have we left out an event or exhibition in Athens that you think should be included? Write to us at pavlos[at]greece-is.com.


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