What’s On in Athens: Events, Exhibitions and Festivals This Winter (Regularly Updated)

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.


CIRQUE BARAKA

Elefsina, December 22 – January 21 (selected dates)

The contemporary circus group Baraka from France is not like the usual travelling circuses you might have in mind. They don’t use animals, and there are no traditional clowns. Circus artistry is presented in new, beautiful ways. It is described as street theatre mixed with modern circus, and features acrobats, musicians, and dancers.

Book tickets here (from 5€)

Tsepheris & Iroon Polytechniou

PHIL GATES BLUES BAND

Half Note Jazz Club, 19-22 January

World renowned guitarist Phil Gates and his band will perform for the first time in Greece, bringing their famous sound to the Athenian audience. You can expect a mix of Chicago blues mixed with a bit of funk and some R&B, and hopefully some songs from his most famous albums “Addicted to the Blues” and “In the Meantime”.

Book your tickets here

17 Trivonianou

“BALANCE GAMES” ART WORKSHOP

SNFCC, 27 January

For one day only, artists Thodoris Zafeiropoulos and Elissavet Chelidoni will guide an art workshop at the SNFCC, inspired by the works of sculptors Alexander Calder and Susumu Shingu that are presented at the center. Participants will create moving sculptures using origami, mobile, collage, and assemblage techniques.

The workshop will take place from 11.30-14.30. Kids from the age of 7 are welcome.

Read more here

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, 364 Syggrou Avenue

FACE FORWARD… INTO MY HOME

National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST), to January 31

The education program at EMST collaborates with UNHCR and ECHO and presents an interactive art project aimed at giving voices and faces to the refugees residing in Greece, currently supported by the ESTIA program.

It started with storytelling workshops, where beneficiaries of the program were invited to share stories from their past, inspired by the exhibitions at EMST. Their stories are now on display along with their portraits, taken by Ioannis Vastardis. The works from the museum that prompted their stories will be presented in electronic form, along with a documentary about the project.

See here for more information. 

National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST), Kallirrois Avenue & Amvr. Frantzi Str.

URBANISM OF NEGOTIATION

Hellenic American Union Galleries, January 17 – February 3

Since 1995 until today, students from the University of Western Australia have been involved in a project of “redesigning” Athens. The students, let by professors Kalliope Kontozoglou and Nigel Westbrook, took part in study abroad workshops where they were encouraged to envision possible transformations for the cities forgotten corners, public spaces, abandoned buildings, and hidden gardens. Their work is now displayed retrospectively at the Hellenic American Union.

Open Monday-Friday 12:00-21:00 and Saturday 10:30-14:30.

Entrance is free.

22 Massalias

RUSSIAN RELIGIOUS ART IN GREECE

Benaki Museum of Greek Culture, December 14 – February 11

Russian icons and liturgical objects from some of the largest monasteries in Greece are presented at the Benaki Museums of Greek Culture’s new exhibition “Russian Religious Art in Greece – Testimonies of a long acquaintence: 16th-19th centuries”.

The objects chosen are meant to shine a light on the ways that Russian religious artworks has been recieved and embraced throughout the Greek-speaking world.

See here for details. 

Benaki Museum of Greek Culture, 1 Koumbari & Vasilissis Sofias

JAZZ FOR KIDS

Alkyonis Theatre, January 21 – February 11

To a person who is unfamiliar with the rhythms of jazz, it can sound much like a bunch of noise. While this play by Dimitris Lentzos is meant for children, it is also a music lesson even adults can benefit from. A live orchestra and dancers portray the history and character of jazz, through which “Song” meets “Happiness” and “Sadness”.

Book tickets here.

42 Ioulianou

THE BEARD PICTURES

Bernier/Eliades, 11 January – 22 February

The portraits of the artistic duo Gilbert and George in their new exhibition The Beard Pictures have caricature traits, featuring them with small cartoon-like red bodies and long beards. The beards are made out of leaves and beer foam, have things sticking out of them, and add to the overall surreal images of the dynamic pair.

Find more info here

11 Eptachalkou Street

MIKE KELLEY: FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE

Museum of Cycladic Art, November 16 – February 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

 AKRAM KHAN: XENOS

Onassis Cultural Center, February 21-27

Renowned choreographer Akram Khan comes to Athens to perform the world premier of his new solo performance, Xenos. Exploring the myth of Promethius, it is meant to be the last show he performs as a dancer in a full-length piece, and artists from around the world have come together to create it. Famous for combining contemporary dance with the traditional Indian Kathak form, his moves and his name are recognised worldwide. Five musicians will join him on stage.

Act quick, because this is a show that will sell out fast! True fans should get tickets for the 23rd, when the man himself will take part in a Q&A after the show.

Get tickets here

OCC, 104 Syggrou

TRINITY

Eleni Marneri Galerie, to February 28

Three successive exhibitions are being put on to celebrate the 30 year celebration of the Eleni Marneri Galerie. Each exhibition will shed light on a different aspect of artistic jewelry making. It will also pay special tribute to the artists Eleni Marneri has worked with over the years.

See here for details (link in Greek). 

Eleni Marneri Galerie, 5-7 Lebessi & 16 Porinou, Makryianni

VAN GOGH ALIVE

Athens Concert Hall, November 9 – March 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

160 Years Made in Greece

Technopolis, January 18 – March 25

The 160 Years Made in Greece Industry, Innovation, Novelty exhibition, celebrating the 160 year anniversary of the Athens Gasworks, is a representation of Greece’s industrial growth during the years 1860-1970, and more than 800 objects, including machinery, rare photographs, raw materials, and audiovisual material will be on display.

The exhibition will be open Tuesday-Friday 12.00-20.00, and Weekends 11.00-20.00, and entrance is 4€.

See here for more information.

MONEY. TANGIBLE SYMBOLS IN ANCIENT GREECE

Museum Cycladic Art, November 2 – April 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

GRAND OPENING OF THE TOY MUSEUM

October 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.

See here for details. 

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

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