What’s On In Thessaloniki

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


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

DIMITRA KOULA

Govedarou Art Gallery, to January 31

The Govedarou Art Gallery in Thessaloniki presents a retrospective exhibition on Greek artist Dimitra Koula’s body of work from 2000 to 2009. Koula graduated from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki’s fine arts school in 2000. She also holds an MA in special education. Koula mostly creates oils in bold, bright colors depicting scenes from nature or everyday life and still lives. Her style is situated between graphic and abstract, leaving room for the viewer to let their imagination run free.

Opening hours are Mondays and Wednesdays from 11.00-16.00, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11.00-14.00. and 18.00-21.00, and Saturdays from 11.00-14.00.

5 Georgiou Papandreou

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

Two Collections Meet

Museum of Byzantine Culture, December 20 2019-September 30 2020

An exhibition comprising icons, vestments and precious heirlooms on loan from the Municipal Art Gallery will be on display at the Museum of Byzantine Culture. The items are shown alongside texts which present and explain the most recent findings on Byzantine painting in northern Greece. The exhibition is the result of a combinative study of items belonging to the collections of both the Museum of Byzantine Culture and the Municipal Art Gallery. Its aim is to link these items to the socioeconomic context of the years that followed Constantinople’s fall. 

Opening hours are 9.00-16.00 daily until March 31. From April 1 the museum will be open from 8.00-20.00 daily.

Entrance is free.

Read more here.

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