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

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.


All-day Tango

Serafeio Athletic & Community Complex, January 25

Tango Acropolis, a nonprofit organization promoting the dance style in Athens, is set to host its second nine-hour tango class marathon at the Serafeio Athletic & Community Complex next to the PAO Rouf soccer stadium in downtown Athens on Saturday, January 25. The day will be split into 45-minute sessions, each dedicated to one aspect of the dance, and will end with a three-hour practice of what was taught. The program is aimed at all levels and willing participants can subscribe alone or as a couple with someone else.

Classes begin at 13.00 and the tango marathon will finish at 22.00. 

Book your ticker here (link in Greek)

160 Pireos

Short-film Projections 

Greek Film Archive

The Greek Film Archive launches “Greek Internationals”, its 2020 short-film projection series promoting young Greek directors, on January 25. This year the theme is centered around foreign-language movies by Greek cinematographers. The movies have been shot in English, French, Danish or Arabic and they have all been awarded at the Short Film Festival in Drama. Seven movies will be projected from 17.00 onward.

For information about the movies please call 210.360.9695 or 210.361.2046.

48 Iera Odos & Megalou Alexandrou

LEPORELLA

Greek National Opera Alternative Stage, January 11-26

Composer Giorgos Kouroupos turns Stefan Zweig’s 1929 short story “Leporella” into an opus for the Greek National Opera’s alternative stage at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in southern Athens. The opera is in Greek and will be accompanied by English surtitles. 

Find more information and book tickets through here.

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, 364 Syngrou, Kallithea

Gone Today, Here Tomorrow

Megaron – Athens Concert Hall, to January 26

Five contemporary artists – Maria Theodoraki, Marcos Lutyens, Basim Magdy, Kosmas Nikolaou and Malvina Panagiotidi – use innovative media to explore how we see art, what we get from it and how that changes every time we revisit it. Curated by Eva Vaslamatzi, the exhibition is part of a series being launched by AnnexM, an Athens Concert Hall initiative to showcase the work of young curators.

Vasilissis Sofias & 1 Kokkali

The collector’s house

Rebecca Camhi Gallery, to January 30

Works by famous artists Takis and Nan Goldin are illuminated by Vico Magistretti table lamps. In another arrangement, Paolo Buffa armchairs are paired with old wooden trunks and handmade buffet tables. Design meets modern art in an exhibition titled “L’appartement du collectionneur,” organized by the Martinos Antiques store and the Rebecca Camhi Gallery, and staged to resemble the interior of a collector’s apartment.

9 Leonidou, Metaxourgeio

TESLA TRIBUTE

Kotsanas Museum, October 1 – January 31

The Kotsanas Museum of Ancient Greek Technology pays tribute to the great Serbian-American engineer, inventor and futurist Nikola Tesla (1856-1943), who, among other discoveries, revolutionized how we generate and distribute electricity. The exhibition comprises scale models, including of Tesla’s lab at Colorado Springs and his hydroelectric plant at Niagara Falls, as well as explanatory texts on his life, work and contribution.

Opening hours are 9.00 to 17.00 daily and admission costs 5 euros.

6 Pindarou, Kolonaki

GREEK FASHION

Hellenic Cosmos, October 31-January 31

The Foundation of the Hellenic World and the Peloponnesian Folklore Foundation present “Greek Fashion: 100 Inspirational and Creative Years,” a show exploring the influence of Greek culture and civilizations on fashion. Comprising 140 exhibits, the show at the Hellenic Cosmos cultural center presents work by well-known and pioneering Greek and foreign designers, small studios and humble dressmakers to illustrate how the old became an integral part of the new.

Opening hours are Tuesdays to Thursdays from 9.00 to 13.00, Fridays from 09.00-20.00, Saturdays from 11.00-16.00 and Sundays from 10.00-18.00.

The exhibition is accompanied by an excellent catalogue in Greek and English.

254 Pireos, Tavros

SPYROS PAPALOUKAS STUDIES

Eynard Mansion, to January 31

The National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation (MIET) is showing 200 pieces by Greek 20th century modernist Spyros Papaloukas, on loan from nine collections. The show includes drawings in pencil and ink, as well as watercolors, temperas and oils. The majority are studies – many of which have never been shown to the public before – and cast light on his creative and intellectual processes.

Opening hours are Mondays to Fridays from 11.00 to 18.00.

20 Aghiou Konstantinou, Omonia

Discovering Skalkottas

Megaron-Athens Concert Hall, to January 31

Handwritten scores, personal letters, concert programs from all over the world and other fascinating items from the Nikos Skalkottas Archive highlight different aspects of the life and work of this great early 20th-century Greek composer. The exhibition is part of a series of events organized by the Athens Concert Hall to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Skalkottas’ death.

Vasilissis Sofias & Kokkali

A.O – B.C: An Audiovisual Diary

State of Concept, to February 1

A.O – B.C: An Audiovisual Diary, the group exhibition jointly organized by State of Concept and the Athens School of Fine Arts, is taking place until February 1 at State of Concept’s permanent location in downtown Athens. State of Concept is an independent platform aiming at promoting local and international contemporary art practices. The exhibition focuses on the artistic influences in Greece in the years between the end of the Olympic Games in 2004 and the Greek economic crisis in 2010, and how they have shaped the country’s heritage.

Opening hours are Wednesday to Friday 16.30- 20.30 and Saturday 12.00- 17.00

Find more information here

19 Tousa Botsari

GIORGOS SALTAFEROS

Gallery Genesis, to February 1

Gallery Genesis in Kolonaki presents artist Giorgos Saltaferos’ exhibition of paintings titled “Just Andros,” curated by Yiorgos Tzaneris. The Greek island of Andros, located in the Cyclades archipelago, is Saltaferos’ birthplace. He studied at the University of the Arts in Bern, Switzerland, and has had 21 solo exhibitions in Greece, Switzerland and France. Saltaferos’ paintings often depict the sea and he is known for his ability to capture the essence of light and reflection.

Opening hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays to Fridays from 10.30-21.00, and Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10.30-15.00.

35 Charitos, Kolonaki

Farida El Gazzar

Kalfayan Galleries, December 19-February 1

In the solo show “Night Garden,” Farida El Gazzar presents viewers with a glimpse of her private world, influenced by her mixed Egyptian-Greek heritage, a fascination with the work of David Hockney, Thomas Demand and Karen Kilimnik, Byzantine iconography, Arabic literature and the poetry of C.P. Cavafy. Emotionally, the work draws on the transitional phase between dusk and nightfall and its blend of descending tranquillity, introspection and transformation.

Opening hours are Mondays from 11.00 to 15.00, Tuesdays to Fridays from 11.00 to 19.00 and Saturdays from 11.00 to 15.00 (on December 24, the gallery will be open from 11.00 to 15.00). 

11 Haritos, Kolonaki

WOZZECK

National Opera, SNFCC, January 19-February 2 (selected dates)

Alban Berg’s internationally acclaimed opera “Wozzeck,” directed by French playwright and director Olivier Py, is on stage at the Greek National Opera’s Stavros Niarchos Hall. GNO baritone Tassis Christoyannis stars in the title role and Vassilis Christopoulos conducts the GNO Orchestra.

The performances starts at 19.30 on January 23 and 31, and at 18.30 on January 19, 26 and February 2.

Find more information and buy your tickets here.

364 Syngrou, Kallithea

ATHENIANS: THE FACE OF THE CITY

Benaki Museum, to February 2

The Benaki Museum’s Pireos Street annex is currently hosting an exhibition titled “Athenians: The Face of a City,” put together by Lifo magazine. The exhibition comprises more than 200 portraits, taken by distinguished Greek photographers.

The museum is open Thursdays and Sundays from 10.00 to 18.00 and Fridays and Saturdays from 10.00 to 22.00.

138 Pireos & Andronikou

The Merry Widow

Olympia Municipal Theater, December 7-February 2 (selected dates)

Franz Lehar’s legendary operetta “The Merry Widow” tells the tale of the romance between the young, beautiful and rich widow Hanna Glawari and the fun-loving Count Danilovitsch. It returns to Athens’ historic Olympia Theater in a production directed by Isidoros Sideris, who has relocated the action to early 20th-century Paris and the famous cabaret Maxim’s.

Catch the show on December 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 26, 27 & January 1-2.

It starts at 18.30 on Sundays, and at 20.00 on all other dates.

59 Academias

LARA FABIAN

OAKA, February 2

Belgian lyric soprano Lara Fabian will be putting on a special audiovisual show with songs from her latest album, “Papillon,” as well as older favorites. The concert was originally planned for December 12, but has been rescheduled for February 2. Tickets for the earlier date will be valid for the new one.

Buy your tickets here.

The concert starts at 21.30.

Spyrou Loui Avenue, Maroussi

The New House

Rex Theater – Marika Kotopouli Stage, February 9

Fallen aristocrat Anzoletto strives to fulfill the whims of his spoiled yet beloved new wife Cecilia, despite his straitened circumstances and her love of finery, as they make their home together. Written in 1760, Carlo Goldoni’s comedy pokes fun at the social ills of that era but also underscores how little times have changed: the anxiety to keep up appearances, the desire to climb the social ladder and the predominance of money are eminently current themes addressed in this play, which is being staged by the Greek National Theater for the first time, under the direction of Yiannis Skourletis.

The performance includes English supertitles every Thursday and Saturday.

48 Panepistimiou

DINE ATHENS

January 27-February 16

For the fifth consecutive year, Alpha Bank organizes Dine Athens, giving everyone a chance to eat at some of the best restaurants in the city at discounted prices. This year, over 120 restaurants, including some of the most famous ones in the city, take part. Each restaurant presents a specially designed menu, which is sold at 15€, 30€, or 60€ per person. Another 10% discount is added if you pay with a card from Alpha Bank. Some of the restaurants will also serve a special lunch menu (15€ or 30€).

Read more and reserve tables at all restaurants here

Masterpieces on the loom

Benaki Museum – Pireos 138, to February 16

An exhibition of tapestries hosted at the Benaki’s Pireos Street annex, titled “Weavings: Painting and Tapestry in Greece from 1960 to the Present,” showcases a lesser-known side of Greek handicrafts. It comprises loom-woven tapestries depicting paintings by great Greek artists such as Hadjikyriakos-Ghikas, Vassiliou, Moralis and Tsarouchis, as well as rugs based on motifs found in paintings and etchings by Katrakis and Mytaras, among others. It also features three-dimensional pieces made of string that highlight the evolution of fiber art.

138 Pireos & Andronikou

THE ILLUSIONISTS

Faliro Indoor Arena, February 21-22

Seven of the world’s most celebrated illusionists are coming to Athens on their 2020 European Tour, presenting a family-friendly jaw-dropping spectacle at the Faliro Indoor Arena. After wowing New York audiences for three record-breaking years in a row and touring the United States and Canada, the production promises stage illusions, mind reading, incredible daring escapes and comedic magic.

Shows start at 20.00 on Friday, February 21, and at 16.00 and 20.00 on Saturday, February 22.

Buy your tickets here (link in Greek).

22 Koumoundourou, Palaio Faliro

Enter Achilles

Onassis Stegi, February 19-25 (selected dates)

Eight guys downing pints of beer around the jukebox of a dingy pub sets the stage for a piece that examines modern-day stereotypes about masculinity. This landmark piece of physical theater, which was first directed by the iconoclast of dance Lloyd Newson and went on to tour 18 countries, comes to the Onassis Stegi with a new cast and a modern approach in a new world premiere.

Find more information here.

107-109 Syngrou

I am… How I see myself

Museum of Cycladic Art, October 25-February 28

The Museum of Cycladic Art is hosting a drawing competition for children aged 4-15 years old. This year, the theme is self portraits. The portraits can be representations of anything from your physical appearance to your hopes and dreams; they should be what you see when you look in the mirror. To take part in the competition, you need to print out a outline of a Cypriot bronze mirror dating to 1200-1050 BC, which is on display at the museum, and use it as the base for your drawing.

Find more information, and print out the entry form and the mirror outline here.

George Zongolopoulos

Roma Gallery, December 12-February 29

“George Zongolopoulos: Familiar Projects, Sculptures from his Home and Studio,” at the Roma Gallery, presents small- and mid-scale sculptures that the artist often “revisited” to find inspiration for new work, found in his home in the northern Athenian suburb of Psychico. The exhibition is curated by Katerina Koskina, an art historian and close associate of the late Greek artist.

5 Roma, Kolonaki

Melita Vangelatou: Casablanca

Museum of Islamic Art, November 14-March 1

Photographs by Melita Vangelatou present to the visitor the way of life of the people in Casablancas remaining traditional districts, where few things differ from the villages where these people were born.

Opening hours are Thursday-Sunday 10.00-18.00

Read more here.

22 Ag. Asomaton & 12 Dipilou St

Phantom of the Opera

Galatsi Olympic Hall, February 1-9

One of the world’s biggest musical successes and the longest running musical on Broadway (33 years and 12.000 shows), Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera is traveling from London’s West End to Athens for 11 shows in February.

Tickets are expected to sell fast. Buy yours here (link in Greek).

137 Veikou, Galatsi

The Cyclades in the Mycenaean Age

Benaki Museum, December 12-March 8

The Benaki Museum’s Pireos Street annex presents “From Homer’s World: Tenos and the Cyclades in the Mycenaean Age,” an exhibition of finds from a Mycenaean tomb discovered at Agia Thekla on the island of Tinos. Inspired by Homer’s “Iliad” and “Odyssey,” the exhibition aims to showcase the elevated cultural level of that period and shed light on basic human activities, with antiquities from other important prehistoric sites in the Aegean.

Opening hours are Thursdays and Sundays from 10.00-18.00 and Fridays and Saturdays from 10.00-22.00.

Read more here.

138 Pireos & Andronikou

Yannis Tsarouchis

Yannis Tsarouchis Foundation, to March 15

In “Cast Shadows,” the Yannis Tsarouchis Foundation presents paintings, drawing, studies and written observations by one of the most prolific 20th century Greek artists that highlight his fascination with the play of light and shadow.

Admission costs 3 euros and opening hours are Mondays to Fridays from 9.00 to 14.00 and Saturdays and Sundays from 10.00-15.00.

28 Ploutarchou, Maroussi

Lynda Benglis: In the Realm of the Senses

Museum of Cycladic Art, Stathatos Mansion, November 22-March 15

“Lynda Benglis: In the Realm of the Senses”, curated by the writer, critic and art historian, Dr. David Anfam, will include over 30 pieces of her work, created over half a century. It’s the artist’s first solo show in the country.

The exhibition opening will take place at 19.00 on November 21.

Read more here.

Vasilissis Sophias Avenue & Irodotou

Kosmas Xenakis

Eynard Mansion, to March 28

The National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation presents an exhibition of works by the pioneering and multifaceted Romanian-born Greek artist Kosmas Xenakis (1925-84) at its cultural center in the Eynard Mansion. Titled “Butchers and Ram-Bearers,” this collection of paintings comes from a series he did on young butchers – as well as other scenes from day-to-day life in Athens during the 1940s – a motif that evolved into a central part of his later work.

Opening hours are Mondays to Fridays from noon to 18.00 and Saturdays from 11.00-17.00.

20 Agiou Konstantinou, Omonia

JEFF WALL

The George Economou Collection, June 18 2019-April 2020

The first solo exhibition of Canadian artists Jeff Wall’s work opens at the George Economou Collection on June 18. The artist’s fine art photography, created between the late 1980s and the 2010s, is presented in three sections, reflecting his involvement with various historical narratives.

Opening hours are Monday-Friday 10.00-18.00.

Find more information here.

80 Kifissias Avenue

EROTIC POSTCARDS FROM GREECE

Onassis Stegi, Marsh 18-April 5

The Onassis Stegi presents a fictional documentary performance by Anestis Azas and Lena Kitsopoulou, based on the relationship between tourism and eroticism, using audiovisual material (video and photographs), theatrical effects, actors and citizen testimonies.

The performances will start at 21.00 Wednesday through Sunday.

Find more information here

107-109 Syngrou Avenue

The Human Form in 20th Century Greek Painting

B&M Theocharakis Foundations for the Fine Arts and Music, January 22-April 26

The B&M Theocharakis Foundation presents an exhibition of masterpieces from the museum’s vast collections with focus on the human form. The exhibition is curated by Lambrini Karakourti-Orfanopoulou and features works by artists including Yannis Tsarouchis, Dico Byzantios, Thalia Flora-Karavia and Dimitris Mytaras.

Opening hours are Mondays to Wednesdays and Fridays to Sundays from 10.00-18.00 and Thursdays from 10.00-20.00.

9 Vassilissis Sofias & 1 Merlin


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