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.


OUTVIEW FILM FESTIVAL

Greek Film Archive, to April 25

The Outview Festival celebrates diversity and equality with a selection of films from around the world that explore movements and trends that have redefined approaches to gender, old age and otherness.

Tickets are 5 euros per screening, or 10 euros per day.

Find more info here

48 Iera Odos & Megalou Alexandrou, Kerameikos

TRAVELS IN GREECE (15TH-19TH CENTURY)

Benaki Museum of Greek Culture, 7 March – 29 April The Efstathios Finopoulos Collection, contains mainly rare editions, manuscript maps, loose prints and drawings made by travelers in Greece from the 15th to the 19th century. The varied images become interesting as a collection, depicting traveling through the years, and the travelers view of Greece. It is one of the most important collections of its kind. Open Wednesday & Friday 10.00-18.00, Thursday & Saturday 10.00-00.00, and Sunday 10.00-16.00. Entrance is 7€ Read more here. 1 Koumbari St. & Vas. Sofias Ave.

YOUNG CHOREOGRAPHERS FESTIVAL

Onassis Cultural Centre, 28-29 April The fifth edition of this festival, arranged by the Onassis Cultural Centre, will include performances from a number of Greek choreographers, as their aim is to bring out the peculiarities of Greek choreography. They do this while mirroring the breath of both the Greek, and the international dance scene. Read more here. OCC, 104 Syggrou

SOCIAL BALLROOM: STILL GOT THE BLUES

SNFCC, April 29 On International Dance Day, April the 29th, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center throws a party you won’t soon forget. Beginning with a lesson in Slow Drag, a blues and swing slow-tempo dance which originated in Harlem, held by the Jump & Jive Athens Swing Team, you’ll be prepared to dance the evening away. The Greek blues band Jumpin’ Bones and DJ Elena Evangelia will play. Get there at 19.00 for the dance class, or at 20.00, if you feel like you’ve already got the moves. Read more here. 364 Leof. Andrea Siggrou

“THE SAME PARTY” EXHIBITION

FokiaNou Art Space, April 18-May 5 The FokiaNou Art Space is housed in an old apartment in the center of Athens, and hosts everything from exhibitions to art talks, to workshops and other projects. In just four years, it has become a well-known hub for artists and art lovers in the city. From April 18th to May 5th, FokiaNou will celebrate its four year anniversary with a group exhibition by artists who have previously had their work exhibited at this alternative gallery. Open Thu-Sat 17.00-20.00 Read more here. 24 Fokianou, 7th floor

ENRIQUE IGLESIAS

OAKA, May 10

Through his many years of fame, Enrique Iglesias has never had a concert in Greece before. Now, more popular than ever, he’s finally coming to Athens and is putting on a big concert at OAKA.

Buy your tickets here (link in Greek). 

Olympic Athletic Center of Athens, Maroussi

ATHENS TATTOO CONVENTION

Taekwondo Olympic Stadium, May 11-13

Meet some of the best tattoo artists from around the world, check out designs, follow contests, and get yourself inked at one of the most famous tattoo conventions in Europe. Entertainment is promised in the form of live music and dance shows.

The convention will be open Friday 14.00-00.00 and Saturday-Sunday 12.00-00.00.

See the full program here

Taekwondo Olympic Stadium, Palaio Faliro

VOLANAKIS EXHIBITION

B & M Theocharakis Foundation, February 7 – May 17 “Konstantinos Volanakis: the Father of Greek Seascapes”, curated by Takis Mavrotas, presents important works by the great 19th century maritime painter rarely seen together in one place. Volanakis, dedicated entirely to maritime painting, depicted all facets of maritime life: from tranquil seas and idyllic harbors and beaches, to intense naval battles and raging tempests. Among the most outstanding pieces is the “Naval Battle of Salamis”, which depicts the famous ancient naval battle between an alliance of Greek city states and the Persian Empire. It belongs to the Hellenic Navy and traditionally hangs in the office of the prime minister. Opening hours: Monday-Wednesday & Friday-Sunday 10:00-18:00 Thursday 10:00-20:00 Admission is 7€ Read more here. 9 Vas. Sofias & 1 Merlin

LARA FABIAN

Faliro Indoor Arena, May 19 With more than 20 million record sales worldwide, Lara Fabian is one of the best-selling Belgian artists of all time. The lyric soprano comes to Athens on May 19 for a much-anticipated show at the Faliro Indoor Arena as part of her world tour promoting her latest album, “Camoflage”, in the English language, and will also include older work. Tickets are expected to be snapped up fast. Buy tickets here. 2 Moraiti, Palaio Faliro

FRAMES OF REFERENCE

Benaki Museum, March 15 (Opening March 14 18.30) – May 20 160 important works of art from the massive collection owned by the National Bank of Greece will be on display at the new Benaki Museum building at 138 Pireos Street, from March 15th. The collection is comprised of figurative paintings and prints, as well as some small sculptures, from notable Greek artists who shaped Greek art, and the exhibition concentrated on the three themes which these artists, and a majority of modern Greek art in general, centre around: antiquity, everyday life, and landscapes. Open Thur & Sun 10.00-18.00, and Fri & Sat 10.00-22.00. Entrance is 7€. Read more here. 138 Pireos

ATHENS STREET FOOD FESTIVAL

Palio Amaksostasio, May 4-20 (Fri, Sat, Sun)

The Athens Street Food Festival will run for three consecutive weekends (Fri-Sun) in May. It’s a must event for anyone who’s interested in sampling some of the best street food the city has to offer, and for any company who simply cannot make up their mind about where to go for dinner. Here, you’ll have everything. Traditional Greek street food will share the space at the Palio Amaksostasio with everything from bbq to Thai ice cream, to ramen, to poke bowls.

Find more info here

Corner of Pireos & Ermou, Gazi

HOMAGE TO NEY MATOGROSSO

Casa do Brazil , to May 25

The Brazilian Embassy’s Casa do Brasil cultural center presents “Ney Matogrosso – A Primordial Revolutionary” – an exhibition of paintings by Greek artist Alkistis Michaelidou inspired by the Brazilian singer. The singer himself, an icon of contemporary Brazilian culture, will be present at the opening on Wednesday, April 18, at 7 p.m.

The center is open Mondays to Fridays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

23 Vassilissis Sofias

MayaBuff

Rex Theater, to May 27 Written for the first anniversary of the Bolshevik revolution by the Soviet poet, satirist and intellectual Vladimir Mayakovsky, “Mystery-Bouffe” parodied the structure of medieval mystery plays in an anti-realist work for the masses that was both both revolutionary and futuristic. Mayakovsky later stated that “in the future, all persons performing, presenting, reading or publishing ‘Mystery-Bouffe’ should change the content, making it contemporary, immediate, up-to-the-minute.” The Greek National Theater has invited acclaimed budding director Yiannis Mantafounis to present his take on this play, “MayaBuff: A Mayakovsky Delirium,” which is on stage at the Rex Theater with English surtitles. Fridays to Sundays. Admission costs 13 euros. Read more here. Rex Theater, Omonia, 48 Panepistimiou

RELEASE ATHENS

Nero Square, May 31 – June 17 Release Athens is the long summer festival in Athens that fills your calendar with music. The first acts to be announced are London Grammar and Rag’n’Bone Man on the first day of the festival, and Jamiroquai, on June 17th. The concerts all take place by the sea, at the Nero Square in Faliro. Book tickets here. Nero Square, Faliro

BILL MURRAY, JAN VOGLER & FRIENDS

Herodeon, June 19 Actor Bill Murray comes to Greece to perform his debut album New Worlds together with cellist Jan Vogler, violinist Mira Wang, and pianist Vanessa Perez. Murray is famous for surprising his fans by taking on very unexpected projects, and his first record is a unique creation, combining classical music and poetry. The show starts at 21.00, at the ancient theatre Odeon of Herodes Atticus (Herodeon), on the slope of the Acropolis. Tickets from 25 euro. Book them here (link in Greek). Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Areopagitou Dionisiou

EJEKT

Plateia Nerou, June 23

The annual music festival Ejekt returns with amazing musicians performing at the stagesright by the sea at Nerou Square. Acts announced so far are Editors, Wolf Alice, Protomartyr, Jack Hart, and the biggest one of all: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Learn more and get your tickets here.

ATHENS IN THE PAST

El. Venizelos Airport, to July 15

“Athens Through the Benaki Museum Photographic Archives” takes a look at the history of the Greek capital from the mid-19th century to the early years after World War II, showing photographs of places and monuments like the Tzistarakis Mosque in Monastiraki photographed by Nelly’s in the inter-war period, Syntagma and Omonia squares, and Panepistimiou Street at the turn of the 20th century that depict Athens in bygone days.

The exhibition is on display at Athens International Airport’s exhibition center at Entrance 1.

NISSIM LEVIS PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION

Jewish Museum of Greece, to October 5 “Through the Lens of Nissim Levis: A Family, an Era,” an exhibition at the Jewish Museum of Greece through October 5, focuses on photographs taken by Dr Nissim Levistaken during the period from the final years of Ottoman rule (1898-1913) to 1930. Part of a three-year program organized by the JMG and the German Embassy in Athens, the exhibition allows the visitor a glimpse into the life of a prominent family in the beautiful town of Ioannina, northern Greece, on the eve of WWII, when the great majority of its Jewish inhabitants were murdered. The descendants of Levis’s family not only offered their constructive cooperation and substantial family research, but kindly agreed to loan the museum heirlooms from their cherished family collection for the purpose of the exhibition. These include personal objects as well as Nissim’s stereoscopic photo viewer, all displayed together with relevant historical material from the JMG collections. Opening hours are Mondays to Fridays from 9 a.m. to 2.30 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Read more here. Jewish Museum of Greece, 39 Nikis, Syntagma

GEORGE CONDO EXHIBITION

Museum of Cycladic Art, 8 June – October The first major solo exhibition of contemporary artist George Condo in Greece will include a fine selection of the important American figurative artist’s paintings, drawings, and sculptures from his 40 year career. Curated by Atalanti Martinou, the show will represent some of the best example of Condo’s work, focusing on the human figure. Read more here. Neophytou Douka 4


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