What’s On In Thessaloniki

Events, festivals, exhibitions and more to see in Greece's second city (regularly updated).


DIE FLEDERMAUS

Thessaloniki Concert Hall, December 05, 08, 11 & 13

Johann Strauss II’s famous Viennese operetta “Die Fledermaus” (The Bat), which was first staged in 1874, has been given a modern makeover by the Greek National Opera Experimental State’s artistic director, Alexandros Efklidis. In this production, the grand mansions of the Austro-Hungarian empire have been replaced by elegant 1960s Athenian apartments, the Viennese nobles by scheming Greek colonels and the Russian princes by Soviet diplomats.

Book your tickets here.

25th Martiou & Paralia

The Servant of Two Masters

National Theater of Northern Greece, to December 15

In a bid to satisfy his insatiable hunger, Truffaldino becomes an errand boy for two separate masters. A natural blunderer, but also sly and sharp, he soon has them dancing to his own tune. Carlo Goldoni’s popular Venetian comedy is being staged for the second year in a row, in a production directed by Michalis Sionas. Supertitles in English are available every Friday.

Find more information here.

Vassiliko (Royal) Theater: White Tower Square

Nikos Koundouros exhibition

Warehouse A, to December

The 60th Thessaloniki International Film Festival presents a tribute to renowned filmmaker Nikos Koundouros, celebrating his works as a visual artist. Oil paintings, drawings, costumes, masks, letters, notes and journals shed further light on the late Greek director’s approach to cinema. “In every frame of his films, ” says the festival’s artistic director, Orestis Andreadakis, “we always felt the artist’s point of view. In this exhibition, we explore the evolution of that point of view.”

Find more information here.

Thessaloniki Port

Phantom of the Opera

Thessaloniki Concert Hall, January 8-19

One of the world’s biggest musical successes and the longest running musical on Broadway, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera is traveling from London’s West End to Thesssaloniki for 13 shows.

Tickets are selling fast, and one show is already sold out. Buy yours here (link in Greek).

Find more information here (link in Greek).

25is Martiou

ODYSSEY PARK

NOESIS, to January 24

The NOESIS Science Center and Technology Museum has inaugurated an interactive exhibition on the adventures of Odysseus in Homer’s Odyssey. The show comprises impressive sets and three-dimensional robotic figures emulating the gods, goddesses and various monsters in the epic tale, providing for an unforgettable and educational experience.

The Odyssey Park is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 11.00 to 19.00.

Admission costs 9 euros per person or 22 euros for a family of three and 28 euros for a family of four.

 60th km Thessaloniki-Thermi National Highway

Gifts of Friendship

Teloglion Foundation, Aristotle University, September 20-January 26

As it celebrates its 20th anniversary, the Teloglion Arts Foundation pays tribute to those who have helped build its permanent collection. The exhibition focuses on donations made in the last five years, where artists from Thessaloniki and other parts of Greece as well as from abroad joined artists’ families, collectors and cultural organizations in bolstering the Teloglion’s collection with large bodies of work or smaller donations.

The show comprises more than 160 exhibits, ranging from etchings and paintings to sculptures and mixed-media works.

159A Aghiou Dimitriou

THESSALONIKI BY PAINTERS

Society for Macedonian Studies Gallery, to February 2

In celebration of its 80th anniversary, the Society for Macedonian Studies is organizing, among other events, an exhibition paying tribute to Greek and other artists who were inspired by Thessaloniki’s landscapes, monuments and views. The show comprises 130 pieces by acclaimed artists, including Spyros Vassiliou, Loukas Venetoulias, Konstantinos Maleas and Alekos Fassianos, dating from the mid-19th century to the present.

2 Ethnikis Amynas

TINDERSTICKS

Thessaloniki Concert Hall, February 13

English alternative rock band Tindersticks returns to Greece once again. Following their sold-out concert at the Herodion in Athens earlier this year, they are now headed to Thessaloniki, where, aside from hits such as Let’s Pretend, My Oblivion and Tiny Tears, they will perform songs from their latest album “No treasure but hope”, which is set to be released on November 15 (listen to a sample song from the new album above).

Buy your tickets here (link in Greek).

25is Martiou

Biennale

Multiple venues, to February 16

The 7th Biennale of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki, which is taking place at six venues in the city as well as one in Athens, looks at the importance of maintaining a critical distance from things. Through their work, fifty artists from Greece and abroad reflect on some of the vital issues facing contemporary societies as they seek alternative perspectives from which to view the past and the present and to maintain a conscious critical stance as regards life and the world. Curating the event is Syrago Tsiara, art historian and director of the Center for Contemporary Art.

Find more information here.

Lyubov Popova

Moni Lazariston, to March 1

The State Museum of Contemporary Art in Thessaloniki has organized a comprehensive exhibition on Russian avant-garde painter and designer Lyubov Popova, nicknamed the “Amazon” for her fearless spirit of adventure. Showing paintings, collages, prints for textiles and stage models, the exhibition casts light on the breadth and depth of her innovative oeuvre, which ranged in style from cubism to suprematism and constructivism. The museum is the home of the Costakis Collection of what is considered the largest private collection of Soviet avant-garde art and much of the works in the exhibition are from the collection, while others are on loan for the duration of the exhibition.

The show is taking place at the museum’s Moni Lazariston (Lazaristes Monastery) premises and opening hours are Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10.00-18.00 and Thursdays from 10.00-22.00.

21 Kolokotroni, Stavroupoli

Post-Byzantine art

The Museum of Byzantine Culture, December-May

The Museum of Byzantine Culture’s latest temporary show, curated by the institution’s director Agathonikis Tsilipakos, delves into post-Byzantine art. More than 120 exhibits – ranging from portable icons to church utensils – from the museum’s permanent collection, as well as pieces from the Thessaloniki Municipal Gallery, have been arranged into five sections focusing on particular themes, prevalent techniques and influences from other cultures.

2 Stratou

FROM THE SOUTH TO THE NORTH

AMTH, July 12 2019-August 31 2020

In collaboration with the Ephorates of Antiquities of Cyclades, Chalkidike & Mount Athos, Serres, Kavala-Thasos, the Numismatic Collection of Alpha Bank, and the Casts Museum of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the Archeological Museum of Thessaloniki presents “From the South to the North: Colonies of the Cyclades in the Northern Aegean”. The exhibition comprises 478 artefacts, telling the story of the colonization of the northern Aegean by settlers from the Cyclades, soon before the mid-7th c. BC.

Opening hours are 8.00-20.00 from July 2019 to October 2019 and April 2020 to August 2020, and 9.00-16.00 from November 2019 to March 2020.

Find more information here.

6 Manoli Andronikou Street


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