What’s On In Thessaloniki

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

The 80s Generation

Nitra Gallery, to February 15

Twelve artists representing the so-called 80s Generation of Greek art – Nikos Angelidis, Dafni Angelidou, Chryssa Verghi, Stefanos Daskalakis, Irene Iliopoulou, Irene Kana, Dimitris Koukos, Vangelis Rinas, Pavlos Samios, Anna Maria Tsakali, Maria Filopoulou and Manolis Charos – are the subject of a group show at the Nitra Gallery.

Opening hours are Wednesdays to Saturdays from 11.00 to 15.00 and Thursdays and Fridays from 11.00 to 15.00 and 17.00 to 20.00.

51 Philippou


State Museum of Contemporary Art, to February 21

Last century’s struggles for social rights were captured in posters and protest signs. A double bill at the State Museum of Contemporary Art explores social movements in two very different parts of the world – Russia and the US – in the early and mid-20th century. • “Harvard Strike Posters, Spring 1969” (Alexander Tzonis and Liane Lefaivre Collection) and “Russian Avant-Garde” (Costakis Collection).

Read more here

21 Kolokotroni, Moni Lazariston, Stavroupoli

Documentary Festival

March 1-10

The annual Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival, a major event on the cultural calendar, with entries from all around the world on a range of hot-button issues, takes place at various venues around the northern port city from March 1 to 10. This year’s program includes a special section titled “Why Look at Animals,” which is dedicated to the special bond between man and beast.

Go here to find out about the rest of the program, along with tickets and venues.


Helexpo Pavilion 5, April 5

Popular Norwegian alternative rock band Madrugada are back together, and are celebrating their 20 year anniversary with a European tour. Three of the original four members, Sivert Høyem, Frode Jacobsen and Jon Lauvland Pettersen (guitarist Robert Burås passed away in 2007) will enter the stage at the Helexpo Pavilion 5 on April 5.

Get your tickets here.

Castles of Macedonia & Thessaly

Museum of Byzantine Culture, December 21 – May 31

The Museum of Byzantine Culture presents “From Macedonian to Thessalian Tempi: from Rentina to Velika,” featuring finds from five selected fortification sites in the regions of Macedonia and Thessaly that were founded, constructed or renovated during the reign of Justinian I (527-565). The city of Thessaloniki also makes an appearance in the show, as an example of a walled metropolis, while there is an emphasis on the road networks that developed between the fortresses along with the economic and commercial ties that were established in the region.

Hours through May 31 are daily 9.00 to 16.00 and admission is free of charge.

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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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