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.


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

AEGEAN WINES

Zappeion Hall, October 21

Twenty nine winemakers from twelve Greek islands will be presenting their products and offer tastings, at an event arranged by wine importer and distributor Vinetum. There will also be experts on hand to answer visitors’ questions. A presentation of wines made from hard-to-find native varieties and grapes that had all but disappeared, before being reintroduced by innovative producers, will be of particular interest to aficionados. Opening hours are from noon to 14.00 for professionals and from 14.00 to 20.00 for the general public.

Vassilissis Olgas, Syntagma

CINDERELLA

Piraeus Municipal Theater, October 18-28

The Russian Ballet Theater presents “Cinderella,” with choreography by Anatoly Emelianov set to the music of Sergei Prokofiev, in the beautiful setting of the Piraeus Municipal Theater.

Shows start at 20.00 from Mondays to Thursdays, at 17.00 and 20.00 on Fridays, at 15.00, 18.00 and 21.00 on Saturdays, and at noon, 17.00 and 20.00 on Sundays.

Tickets cost 15-30 euros. Buy yours here (link in Greek). 

32 Iroon Polytechniou & Vassileos Georgiou

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

Ancient War Machines

Museum of Ancient Greek Technology, to December 31

The Kostas Kotsanas Museum of Ancient Greek Technology presents a new exhibition of full-scale operating models of some of the innovative war machines built by the ancient Greeks that changed the ways battles were fought, including battering rams, catapults and armored vehicles.

The museum is open daily from 09.00 to 17.00. Admission is free of charge.

6 Pindarou & Academias, Kolonaki

MORALIS EXHIBITION

Benaki Museum 138 Pireos Str., September 20 – January 5

Works by the 20th century Greek artist Yannis Moralis will be on display at the Benaki Museum Pireos Street Annexe from September 20th until the start of next year. The exhibition will include paintings, sculptures, architectural commissions, record covers, and book illustrations, representing the various phases in his artistic career.

Read more here.

138 Pireos Street

DINOSAUR EXHIBITION

Helexpo, October 16 – January 6

Following its success in Thessaloniki the Dinosaur Park is bringing a selection of its exhibits to Athens’s Helexpo Center. The show comprises near-life-size replicas of a variety of prehistoric creatures in displays that give visitors an idea of what their natural habitat was like.

Opening hours are Mondays to Thursdays from 09.00 to 13.00, Fridays from 09.00-13.00 and 17.00-21.00, and Sundays from 11.00 to 19.00. Last admissions are 50 minutes before the park closes.

For reservations for parties or groups, call 210.616.8456 or 210.616.8457.

39 Kifissias Avenue, Maroussi

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

PUPPET MUSEUM

Mairivi Workshop, from October 12

The Mairivi puppet theater workshop is hosting a permanent exhibition of puppets that has been put together by final-year students at Panteion University’s Department of Communications, Media & Culture. The aim of the show is to challenge stereotypes concerning prevailing perceptions about puppet theater, and particularly the notion that is it intended only for children.

The exhibition can be viewed every Thursday from 14.20.00.

33 Deligiorgi, Metaxourgeio


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