What’s On In Thessaloniki

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


SOFI SENOGLOU EXHIBITION

Yeni Mosque, May 14-June 20

The Thessaloniki Municipal Gallery presents a collection of work by Sofi Senoglou titled “Possible Space,” which consists of a series of drawings in pencil that explore the notion of the missing self by the positioning of the artist’s subjects, familiar figures.

The show will be inaugurated on Tuesday, May 14, at 20.00. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday 10.00-16.00 and Saturday 11.00-15.00.

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KEEP ON JAZZ & BEYOND

Municipal Garden Theatre, June 21-23

This year’s jazz festival, to take place in the Municipal Garden Theatre (Theatro Kipou) will welcome musicians from all over the world, including countries like Germany, Holland, Italy and New Zealand.

Meanwhile, workshops will take place at the Music Centre (17 Kountourotou) each day from 10.00 to 12.00.

Find the program here

Admission costs 10 euro.

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AEGEAN COSTUMES

Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, May 10-June 30

In an exhibition titled “Bringing to Life Aegean Late Bronze Age Costume”, Diana Wardle presents a series of experimental reproductions of Aegean clothing worn in the Late Bronze Age, produced with the same kind of materials and traditional methods used during the period. Wardle is an honorary research fellow at the University of Birmingham, a member of the British School at Athens, an expert in Greek prehistoric archaeology, an artist and a costume and exhibition designer. In order to create the costumes on display, she studied wall paintings, miniature sculptures and the weaving technology of the vertical loom.

The show is open daily from 8.00 to 20.00. Admission costs 8 euros.

Read more here.

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DEAD CAN DANCE

Dasous Theatre, July 1

It’s not easy to catch a show with beloved Dead Can Dance (Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard), known for creating mesmerizing sounds by pairing the musical traditions of various nations. The band has done only two tours in the last twenty years. This July, they will perform at the open air, amphitheater style Dasous Theatre, in the forest of Seich Sou. Their ninth album, Dionysus, released in 2018, is inspired by Dionysian festivals and what the philosophy that the Greek god stands for: freedom and improvisation.

Get your tickets here (link in Greek).

Forest of Seich Sou

TRANSFORMATIONS OF A ROAD

MIET Bookstore, to July 27

The exhibition “Transformations of a Road – From Kapanatza to Aghiou Mina St” was prompted by recent work on a historic Thessaloniki thoroughfare. Through photographs, the show recalls the history of the street from its Ottoman-era past, when it was known as Kapanatza, to its new life as Ioannou Tsimiski St following the northern port city’s liberation in 1912, and as Aghiou Mina St, as a section was renamed following the Great Thessaloniki Fire of 1917. Viewers are offered insights into Emporiou (Commerce) Square, the Greek banking district, as well as the city’s first tram line, part of which was uncovered during studies for the recent works.

The exhibition is taking place at the National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation (MIET) Bookstore in Thessaloniki, which is open Mondays and Wednesdays from 9.00 to 15.30, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9.00 to 20.00 and Saturdays from 9.30 to 16.00.

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PYX LAX

Moni Lazariston & Earth Theater, June 27 & September 13

Greek rock band Pyx Lax, which enjoyed great success in Greece in the 90’s and early 00’s, will be getting back together for a tour this summer. The band is known as one of the greatest commercial successes to come out of the Greek music industry, and collaborated with international artists such as Sting.

Two shows will take place in Thessaloniki, first at the Moni Lazariston Festival in June, and at Earth Theatre in September.

Get your tickets here (link in Greek).

Moni Lazariston Festival: Kolokotroni 21, Stavroupoli

Earth Theater (Theatro Gis): Triandria

KAZANTZAKIS & BYZANTIUM

Museum of Byzantine Culture, to September 15

In 1914, the writer Nikos Kazantzakis visited Mount Athos with his friend the poet Angelos Sikelianos. Kazantzakis’ diary entries and notes from this legendary trip, impressions of the destination’s monastic atmosphere, as well as his interactions with the landscape and Byzantine writings, are just some of the journey’s aspects highlighted by the exhibition “Kazantzakis and Byzantium – A Quest for the Divine” at the Museum of Byzantine Culture in Thessaloniki through September 15. The exhibition was organized in collaboration with the Nikos Kazantzakis Museum.

Opening hours are from 8.30 16.00 daily. Admission costs 8 euros.

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STREET MODE FESTIVAL

Venue to be announced, September 27-29

Earlybird tickets are now on sale for the Thessaloniki Street Mode Festival – an annual three day festival filled with music, street art, action sports and more. The festival celebrates “street culture”, developed in urban areas and is expressed through sports like parkour and skateboarding, arts such as breakdance and graffiti, and music such as hip hop, punk, and ska. Among other acts, Pussy Riot will perform for the first time ever in Greece.

Find more information here.

THE PURPOSE OF COPIES

Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, November 15 2018-November 15 2019

The Thessaloniki Archaeological Museum’s new exhibition puts the spotlight on the reproduction of Greek art, by examining the materials, methods and objectives of the artists who created replicas of ancient masterpieces. The need for important works of art to be copied is as great today as it was in ancient times, and ancient Greek art has influenced trends throughout the ages. The exhibition is part of events marking the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.

Read more here.

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