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.


BLACK LIGHT THEATER

Olympic Hall, December 7-9

The Black Light Theater of Prague is coming to Athens with a grand production titled “Anthology,” composed of excerpts from enduring and popular fairy tales including “Alice in Wonderland” and “Peter Pan”. Shows will take place at the Galatsi Olympic Hall as part of its Christmas program.
Get your tickets here (link in Greek). 

137 Veikou, Galatsi

ATHENS BIENNALE 2018

Various venues, October 26-December 9

The theme of the 6th Athens Biennale (one of the largest contemporary art exhibitions held every two years in Athens) is “ANTI,” and this edition of the event features works by around 100 Greek and foreign artists in which they offer a distinct, idiosyncratic and uneasy screenshot of our political, social and cultural momentum.

This time around, the venues of the Biennale are in the vicinity of the Old Parliament near Syntagma Square. They are TTT (15 Stadiou), the Benakeios Library (2 Anthimou Gazi), the former Esperia Palace hotel (22 Stadiou) and the former TSMEDE building (4 Kolokotroni).

The opening days are Friday, October 26 (14.00-22.00), Saturday, October 27 (12.00-22.00) and Sunday, October 28 (12.00-22.00), during which the participating artists will launch “ANTI” with a diverse program of side events, including performances, talks and more.

Go here for more information. 

ARK

Skoufa Gallery, November 15-December 10

In his solo show at the Skoufa Gallery titled “Ark,” contemporary Greek artist Vassilis Perros uses the mediums of construction, painting and engraving to explore the Biblical notion of the ark as a vessel that salvages collective memory.

Opening hours are Mondays from 11.00- 15.30, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10.00 to 15.30, and 17.30 to 21.00, Wednesdays from 10.00 to 15.30, Fridays from 10.00 to 15.30 and 17.30 to 20.00, and Saturdays from 10.30 to 15.30.

4 Skoufa

Swan Lake

National Opera, November 10, 11, 16, 17 & 18, and December 22, 28 & 29

In his first production as ballet director of the New Greek National Opera, Constantinos Rigos takes a fresh approach to Tchaikovsky’s all-time classic “Swan Lake” in a brand-new version in which the pioneering choreographer moves the action to a post-apocalyptic world where the characters are environmental refugees.

Vangelis Bikos, Danilo Zeka and Igor Siatzko alternate in the role of Siegfried, Odette is performed by Maria Kousouni, Evridiki Issaakidou and Eleana Andreoudi, Odile by Eleana Andreoudi, Maria Kousouni and Natassa Siouta, and the Queen by Emilia Gaspari, Alina Stergianou, Natassa Siouta and Stavroula Kambouraki.

Tickets range from 15 to 70 euros. Buy yours here.

364 Syngrou, Kallithea

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

ETHOS: Another Side of Greece

Benaki Museum, to January 13

The Benaki Museum presents “Ethos: Another Side of Greece,” a collection of photographs by Athens-based photographers George Tatakis and Michael Pappas, taken over the last seven years and capturing customs and traditional events in different parts of Greece – one in wistful black-and-white and the other in harsh color. Work by the two photographers, who are among the founders of the Reflex Photographers’ cooperative and the web app pculiar.com (a guide for such events) has been published by the likes of National Geographic, Leica’s LFI and M, VICE US and more.

Opening hours are Wednesday & Friday 10.00-18.00, Thursday & Saturday 10.00-00.00 and Sunday 10.00-16.00.

Admission is 7 euros.

1 Koumbari, Kolonaki

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

Women in Neohellenic Painting

B&M Theocharakis Foundation for the Fine Arts & Music, October 24-February 3

Women have been a source of inspiration for artists throughout history, and this show offers a fascinating portrayal of how Greek society’s view of women altered from the second half of the 19th century to the middle of the 20th, through the eyes of artists.

In collaboration with the National Gallery – Alexandros Soutsos Museum, the B&M Theocharakis Foundation presents “Women in Neohellenic Painting,” containing works mainly from the collections of the National Technical University of Athens.

The museum is open daily from 10.00 to 18.00.

9 Vassilissis Sofias & 1 Merlin

LEONARDO DA VINCI – 500 YEARS OF GENIOUS

Old OSY depot, Gazi, November 30-March 30

500 years after Leonardo Da Vinci’s death, three exhibitions are unified to provide unique insight into the life and works of the great artist. Supported by the Leonardo da Vinci Museum in Rome and the Lumiere Technology Institute in Paris, the exhibition will take place in the old OSY depot in Gazi.

Entrance is 20 at the door, and 15 resale. Get yours here

Pireos & Ermou, Gazi

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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