Here are our picks for the most interesting events, festivals and exhibitions coming up in Thessaloniki. This article is regularly updated so bookmark this link to stay abreast of what not to miss when in Greece’s second city (scroll to the bottom for the latest updates).
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Shared Sacred Sites
Thessaloniki Museum of Photography, through February 18
For anyone who missed the excellent main Shared Sacred Sites exhibition organized by the Macedonian Museum for Contemporary Art, this extension at the ThMP is another opportunity to engage with the timely subject – i.e. the shared spaces and elements of belief, rites, and holy figures of the three main monotheistic religions of the Mediterranean.
Through historical, documentary, and artistic photography, Greek and international photographers explore various aspects of the topic. The exhibition is arranged in eight sections – beginning with the shared, yet deeply segregated Jerusalem in the section “Holy City” and “Walls,” and finishing with “In-Betweens” – hybrid religious traditions and practices; and “From One Coast to Another” which highlights diverse communities of faith and ethnicity, displaced and on new shores.
Tassos Vrettos’ “Wor(th)ship, Athens, Greece 2015”, an 18-minute slide show, takes us to the many makeshift places of worship in Athens – moving testaments to the strength and adaptability of faith.
Tuesdays – Sundays 11:00 – 19:00 (Fridays until 22:00).
Admission 2 euros, 1 euro reduced.
Warehouse A’, Port of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki
The Dusk of Our Old City: Thessaloniki, 1870 -1917
MIET Cultural Center, extended through March 14
In examining changes to Thessaloniki’s urban landscape over a period marked by momentous changes – political, demographic, cultural, and physical – we examine questions of the city’s very identity.
Architect and curator of the exhibition Ioannis Epaminondas poses the question: Which city is it that was lost? The Belle Epoque Thessaloniki lost in the fire of 1917? The city that remained, only to be lost to urban development in the 1950’s? (the Villa Kapandji which today houses the Cultural Center itself is now an island of elegance amidst apartment buildings). Or perhaps some mourn an even earlier version.
Historical photographs, plans both realized and not, architectural renderings, artworks, and correspondence of the era provide a rich visual tapestry.
Tuesday – Sunday, 10:00 – 18:00
Admission Free, for more info click here.
Villa Kapandji, Vasilissis Olgas 108, (+30) 2310.295.170.
Templon: Sacred Figures, Invisible Gates of Faith, 20th and 21st Centuries
Museum of Byzantine Culture, through February 28
In Greek churches, the iconostasis (templon in Greek) is the gate to the sacred, marking the border between the human world (the nave) and the divine (the holy sanctuary). The evolution of the iconostasis as an architectural, devotional, and cultural feature is traced through examples from the 19th century to the present.
The works of modern Greek religious painters, contemporary religious wood carvers, and other creators engage in a dialogue related to the “Templon.”
More than 80 of the 97 works included in the show are being exhibited for the first time. The exhibition – originating here at the Museum of Byzantine Culture – has been requested by other European museums after its run in Thessaloniki.
Open daily, 9:00 – 16:00
Admission 4 euros (Winter price)
2 Stratou Avenue (right behind the Archaeological Museum)
“KrasTest – let’s play, again”
Ktima Gerovassiliou, January 29th, February 26th, and March 26th
The winemaking Gerovassiliou family engages broadly with culture – notably with their museum investigating the history of viticulture and the enriching role of wine in our lives. They also host lectures and events, some directly related to wine, others not. This series of three events fall squarely in the former camp, offering the chance to learn about aromas and flavor pairings though educational ‘wine games’.
Participation is limited (these events are fun and they are popular), so register soon by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org, including your contact information and preferred date. Participation is 15 euros per person.
The events starts at 19.00.
Ktima Gerovassiliou is Epanomi, about 15 minutes west of Thessaloniki. Visit their site for more information.
Treasures of the Middle Ages
Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, to April 15
A collaboration between the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki and the State Archaeological Museum in Warsaw started two years ago, when the AMTH staged the exhibition “Everyday Life in Prehistoric Macedonia” in Warsaw and and Poznan.
Now, its Warsaw counterpart is returning the favor, with this exhibition of 445 artifacts, among them the most precious and representative of objects from the State Archaeological Museum of Warsaw, obtained from research in Poland, Belarus, and the Ukraine, and from private 19th century collections.
Open daily, 9:00 – 16:00
Admission 4 euros. (Winter price)
6 Manoli Andronikou street
Zoological Forms (Ζωομορφές)
Geni Tzami, Thessaloniki through April 20, 2018 (Opening: Wednesday, February 21, 19:00 – 21:00)
Admirers of geometry, form and detail will enjoy one of the season’s most atmospheric exhibitions: a late 19th C celebration of zoological forms, in an opulent turn-of-the-century space. Explore the wondrous diversity of the Animal Kingdom as seen through the eyes of the 19th century zoologist Rudolph Lekart. His wall charts, designed for the scientific community, display the anatomical characteristics and exterior morphology of a number of representative species in precise detail.
The exhibition is housed in the Geni Tzami: built in 1902 by Thessaloniki’s favorite Belle Epoque architect Vitaliano Poselli, it’s one of the city’s most intricate spaces and an inspired setting for the works. The Municipal Art Gallery of Thessaloniki is holding the exhibition in conjunction with the Aristotle Museum of Natural History of Thessaloniki and the Marine and Land Biodiversity Laboratories of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
Geni Tzami, 30 Archeologikou Mouseiou Street (between Vasilissis Olgas and Delfon), tel. (+30) 2310 857978
Τuesday – Friday 10:00 – 18:00
Saturday 11:00 – 15:00
A Symphony in 20 Parts
Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, February 16, 2018 – May 20, 2018
This collaborative effort of the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art (MMCA) and the State Museum of Contemporary Art (SMCA) is the first time that works by Greek and foreign artists from the permanent collections of the two museums will be brought together. The united project has symbolic breadth, bringing new correlations and interpretations to light. Thematic units explore contemporary issues – artistic, social, and political – through the works of nearly 200 artists, while also highlighting the unique characters and histories of the respective collections.
Where: Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, 154 Egnatia (inside the HELEXPO grounds), tel. ( +30) 2310 240002
Thursdays 10:00 – 22:00
Fridays 10:00 – 19:00
Saturdays 10:00 – 18:00
Sundays 11:00 – 15:00
Admission €4, €2 reduced
Thessaloniki Concert Hall Friday, Friends of Music Hall, M1 February 23, 21:00
Drawing its name from the folk ballet The Sea by N. Skalotas and La Mer by C. Debussy, the program also explores the timeless theme through F. Mendelssohn’s Herbrides and E . Chausson’s Poème de l’amour et de la mer. Performed by the Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra, conducted Martin Lebel.
Soprano: Ilia Papandreou.
Tickets €15, €10, €5 (reduced)
Giacomo Puccini: La Bohème
Thessaloniki Concert Hall, Saturday, February 24, 19:30
A high definition screening of this most popular of the Met’s Operas, staged by Franco Zeffirelli. With Greek Subtitles. Supported by the Antenna Group.
Thessaloniki Concert Hall, Emilios Riadis Hall, M2
Tickets: 15€, 10€ (reduced)
The Vienna Ball 2018
Thessaloniki Concert Hall, Saturday, February 24, 20:30
A grand gala event: under the auspices of the Austrian Honorary Consulate in Thessaloniki, the Municipality of Vienna, and the Municipality of Thessaloniki, and in cooperation with the Thessaloniki Concert Hall, The Traditional Vienna Opera Ball will be held in the foyer of the M1 building Hall. Enjoy a spectacular Waltz choreography with the participation of 50 couples from Thessaloniki schools in cooperation with the Dance Sport Academy dance school. The Contra Tempo Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Vladimiros Symeonidis will perform the evening’s program, and the Choir of the Holy Church of Kyrillos and Methodios, with the Soprano Syranous Tsalikian, Musical groups from the New Conservatory of Thessaloniki, and the Municipal Ballet School of Thessaloniki will also participate.
Thessaloniki Concert Hall Foyer, M1
1st floor foyer: €60 (includes set-up menu dinner)
2nd floor foyer: €30 (includes buffet menu dinner), 15€ (pupils, students)