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.


BILL MURRAY, JAN VOGLER & FRIENDS

Odeon of Herodes Atticus, 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

ACROPOLIS MUSEUM 9TH BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION

The Acropolis Museum, June 20

Celebrating nine years since it first opened its doors, all exhibition areas at the Acropolis Museum and the restaurant will be open until midnight and admission will be free as of 20.00 The City of Athens Big Band will also perform at the museum entrance at 21.00, while visitors will be able to walk through the temporary exhibition “Eleusis: The Great Mysteries” with an archaeologist as guide.

Admission for the temporary exhibition is 3 euros and space is limited, so registration is required at the museum’s Information Desk.

Tours in English will take place at 12.30 and 17.30.

Acropolis Museum, 15 Dionysiou Areopagitou

World Class Fine Drinking Athens 

Akadimias Street 23, June 7th – 21st

For three days, seven pop-up bars will be set up across two floors in a neoclassical building on Akadimias, and some of the best bartenders of the city will serve unique creations inspired by premium spirits such as Don Julio Tequila, Tanqueray gin, and CÎROC vodka.

This year’s theme is craftsmanship, celebrating craftsmen from various creative fields. 

The entrance fee is 10 euro, for which you’re granted entry to the pop-up bars for all 3 days, and 2 signature drinks of your choice.

The celebration continues at the best bars of Athens with surprises until 21st June (including special prices for those who visited the 3-day event).

Read more here.

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.

TIGER LILLIES

Veakio & Vrachon, June 19 & 24

Olivier Award-winning cult British music act The Tiger Lillies is coming to Greece on a six-stop tour with a new production titled “The Very Worst of the Tiger Lillies,” featuring its “fiercest, filthiest tunes for the perverse pleasure of fans old and new.”

The band will be playing at Piraeus’s Veakio Theater on June 19 and Athens’s Vrachon Theater on June 24.

See here (link in Greek) for details and tickets, which start from 15 euros. 

REFUGEE FOOD FESTIVAL

Athens restaurants, June 19-24

Athens is one of the 14 cities around the world taking part in the Refugee Food Festival. It’s the third annual event, where refugee chefs enter the kitchens of restaurants in the participating cities, and cook traditional food from their home countries. It’s organized by NGO Food Sweet Food, along with volunteers from all over the world.

Find the program with all the restaurants and chefs participating here.

ISLAMIC CALLIGRAPHY

Benaki Museum of Islamic Art, to July 1

The act of writing has been considered almost equal to its content in the Middle East since the 7th century and the Benaki’s Museum of Islamic Art aims to showcase its evolution of calligraphy in “Islamic Calligraphy: The Art of Iranian Writing.” The show is in two parts, with the first devoted to the history of calligraphy from the 9th to the 19th century as shown in books and inscribed objects from the Benaki’s collection, and the second features the creations by Iranian calligrapher Mojtaba Sabzeh, whose works with poetic and religious texts are being introduced to a Greek audience for the first time. The show is part of events celebrating Athens World Book Capital 2018.

Opening hours are Thursdays through Sundays from 10.00 to 18.00 and admission to the museum costs 9 euros.
22 Aghion Asomaton & 12 Dipylou, Thiseio

NEW YORK SHOWS IN ATHENS

Theatre 104, June 18 – July 3

The EllinikoThεatro (Greek Theatre of New York) will be hosting its Athens2018 Summer Festival, bringing internationally sold-out and multi-award winning plays to the Greek capital, as well hosting a number of other readings, screenings, discussions and masterclasses by renowned creator, at the Theater 104, in Kerameikos.
Read about all the shows, including dates, here

Get your tickets here

41 Evmolpidon

CALEXICO

Odeon of Herodes Atticus, July 3 & 4

American indie-rock band Calexico will perform live from the foothills of the Acropolis at the historic Odeon of Herodes Atticus on July 3 and 4. Calexico’s music combines Latin elements with country, jazz and post-rock in a genre known as “desert noir.” The band’s concerts are part of the Greek Festival.

Both shows start at 21.00. Buy your tickets here (link in Greek). 

Dionysiou Areopagitou, Acropolis

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.

Athens International Airport’s exhibition center at Entrance 1

CARMEN

Odeon of Herodes Atticus, July 27-31

As part of the Greek Festival, the Greek National Opera returns with George Bizet’s “Carmen.” In this production, acclaimed British director Stephen Langridge presents a modern adaptation of the classic tale, setting it in the context of Europe’s migration and economic crisis. The performance will take place at the Herod Atticus Theater on July 27, 28, 29 and 31 July, at 21.00.

Tickets prices range from 25 to 100 euros. See here for details and reservations. 

Dionysiou Areopagitou

DAVID BENFORADO EXHIBITION

Kourd Gallery, May 24 – August 7

The official opening of “Goats and the Abstract Truth,” David Benforado’s seventh solo exhibition, takes place at Kourd Gallery in Athens on Thursday, May 24, starting at 20.00. The Athens-born artist has participated in numerous exhibitions, projects and performances in Europe and in the USA and currently lives and works in Berlin. The curator of the exhibition, Eleni Varopoulou, says it comprises paintings of goats, “outside their pen, away from the herd. They come across as proud, imposing and courageous, at the same time familiar and inaccessible. These oil paintings are clearly portraits… They echo a personal identity, qualities and attitudes which remind us of paintings portraying human beings, a tradition that dates back to the European Renaissance all the way to Pop Art.”

Visiting hours are Tuesdays to Fridays from 11.00 to 19.00 and Saturdays from 11.00 to 15.00, or by appointment.

Read more here
2 Kasianis

PARK YOUR CINEMA

SNFCC, Summer 2018

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center brings back their successful outdoor cinema project, “Park your Cinema”, with free screenings of popular movies at the great lawn. Bring a blanket, mosquito repellent, and a picnic. The first films to be announced are two children’s films: Finding Nemo (27/05/2018) and Finding Dory (02/06/2018), and the classic Sleepless in Seattle (1993) (01/06/2018). (Click on the links for screening info.)

Great Lawn, SNFCC

NEW VAROTSOS PIECE

B&M Theocharakis Foundation, to September 30

A new piece is being unveiled at “Costas Varotsos: The Sculpture Poet,” a show on the cutting-edge Greek artist whose emblematic steel and glass sculptures feature in different parts of Europe and the United States, and include “The Runner” outside the Athens Hilton Hotel.

Opening hours are from 10.00 to 18.00 daily and admission costs 7 euros.

Vassilissis Sofias & 1 Merlin, Kolonaki, tel 210.361.1206

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

JOAN LEIGH FERMOR PHOTO EXHIBITION

Benaki Museum, May 22 – October 21

The Benaki Museum presents a collection of photographs by Joan Leigh Fermor, the talented wife of the celebrated Irish travel writer Patrick Leigh Fermor.

Between the 1940s and 60s Joan took thousands of photographs of people and places as she traveled with her husband around Greece. A few of these photographs appeared in his books “Mani” and “Roumeli,” but most remained unseen until her death in 2003. The Benki show is based on a new book and exhibition by Ian Collins and Olivia Stewart that pays tribute to the elusive figure that was Joan Leigh Fermor.

Opening hours are Wednesdays and Fridays from 10.00. to 18.00, Thursdays and Saturdays from 10.00 to midnight and Sundays from 10.00 to 16.00.

Read more here

1 Koumbari & Vassilissis Sofias, Kolonaki

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

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


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