What’s On In Thessaloniki

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

Concert: “John Papatriantafilou Quartet: Absence”

Thessaloniki Concert Hall, Wednesday, June 6, 21:00 One of the most important bassists of the contemporary jazz scene, John Papatriantafilou presents a program of his own compositions from his record Absence, and songs from the broader jazz repertoire. John Papatriantafilou- Contrabass Takis Paterelis- Saxophone Dimitris Aggelakis- Vibraphone Nikos Vargiamidis- Drums Tickets 10€, 5€ (reduced) Thessaloniki Concert Hall (Bar M2), Martiou 25

Concert: Takis Barbas at the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art

Thursday, June 7th, 20:00 The innovative musician, composer, and educator Takis Barbas brings us on a visual and acoustic journey, though music played on both conventional instruments and several instruments of his own invention. He will be joined by Tiaka Despina. At the conclusion of the performance, the audience is invited to the museum’s café to welcome the summer with a glass of wine. Takis Barbas: Violonjuko, pot de champagne ney, clarion, darbucka Tiaka Despina: Piano, daf, digital covers Tickets: 15 €, available in advance at the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art. The Museum is open Thursday 10:00 – 22:00, Friday 10:00 – 19:00, Saturday 10:00 – 18:00, and Sunday 11:00 – 15:00.

7th Flea Market & Street Food, SKG: European Music Day Edition

Thessaloniki Concert Hall (Plaza), June 9th and Sunday, June 10th, 10:00 – 22:00 Taking European Music Day (June 21) as its inspiration, UPNLOUD Flea Market & Street Food SKG presents this celebration of music and street culture, featuring local jazz groups and DJs. With workshops and special activities, the unique gathering offers something for all ages. Admission Free. Thessaloniki Concert Hall (Plaza), Martiou 25

Painting Workshop- Red, Yellow, Blue: An Introduction to Color

Municipal Art Gallery of Thessaloniki, Tuesday, June 12, 12:00 – 14:00 & 17:00 – 19:00 In conjunction with the current exhibition: “Who’s afraid of Red, Yellow, and Blue?” the artists Haroula Amoiridou, Katerina Kourbeti, and Nikos Kazoglou invite you to bring the materials of your choice- tempera, acrylics, watercolors, pencils or markers, in the primarily colors red, yellow, and blue, for an artistic experimentation with color. The workshops are geared toward adults. Those interested can register by calling (+30) 2310 427 555 by Friday, June 8. Participation is free.

Opening: “Odysseus in Hades”: an exhibition of new works by the painter Nikos Viskadourakis

Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, June 1st, 2018, 20:00, Through July 8th, 2018 Inspired by the Odyssey, and particularly by the rhapsody “λ” (the “Nekyia”), the painter Nikos Viskadourakis presents a series of 61 new works. Odysseus’ journey to Hades- the journey of a mortal to the underworld and subsequent return to the land of the living- holds eternal fascination. It represents man’s complex, multi-faceted relation with death and the dead, the great unknown, fate, and the notion of everlasting separation. Viskadourakis’ bold and expressive works emerge from a depth of emotion, inspired by the artist’s study of the Odyssey. These paintings take us to the edges of the narrative, developing the margins of his own aesthetic as they do so.

Opening: “Archaeology & Me”

Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, May 29th (opening 21.30) through August 31 Within the framework of the European project “NEARCH- New scenarios for a community involved archaeology,” this exhibition addresses the role of archaeology in the context of a broader community perspective. The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki invite us to share our own images of archaeology at this exhibition which seeks to answer the question of what archaeology means to the greater community: “What is Archaeology? An adventure? A pain in the neck? The appeal of the past, the magic of marvelous sites? The boredom of a dusty museum? Probably all of these together, and still more.” Anyone who has been to the AMTH or any of Greece’s splendid museums knows archaeology is not dusty, and certainly not dull- but investigating these and other questions should make for a lively exchange of ideas.

Cinema with a View

Thessaloniki Concert Hall, M2 (Rooftop), Mondays – Thursdays, June 11 – July 19 (screenings at 21:30) and August 27 – September 13 (screenings at 21:00).

The Thessaloniki International Film Festival celebrates summer with a selection of popular recent films of quality. It’s a great opportunity to catch films you may have missed the first time around, while enjoying evening breezes off the Thermaikos. You can check the full program and purchase tickets in advance here.

All films are screened in their original language, with Greek subtitles.

Opening: “Kostas Loustas New York”

Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, Friday, June 8, 20:00 through September 16th, 2018 The Greek painter Kostas Loustas spent a productive and meaningful decade in New York from 1962 – 1972. In the context of the 83rd Thessaloniki International Fair in September 2018, at which the USA will be the honored nation, an exhibition of Loustas’ works from this period share his vision of the American metropolis. The painter’s relationship with the city is explored through urban landscapes, scenes of everyday life, still lifes, and portraiture. Among the works presented, his “Broadway” series reveals in particular his expressionistic style, the influence of European currents, as well as that of his Greek instructors. The works are exhibited alongside the artist’s personal effects, correspondence, articles and other contemporary materials. A press release of the era praises the depth of understanding in his works: “Mr. Loustas has painted America’s bridges, buildings, streets and workers in such an astonishing way, that he has revealed the basic psyche of the world’s most complex city.” (Director of the Saldinger Gallery, press release, New York, September 1964). Egnatia 154

Photo Exhibit: “From Excavation to Exhibition”

Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki,  May 29th (opening 20:00) through October 31 The Association of Employees of the Ministry of Culture and Athletics of Northern Greece, with the participation of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Magnesia and Kozanis, has organized the exhibition as part of a series of events entitled “The workers of culture in society.” Through a series of photographs, the themes of protection, preservation, and highlighting of archaeological sites and monuments is explored.

1917: Monuments in Flames

Bey Hamam, to December 31 In the front room of the Bey Hamam is an exhibition on the great fire of 1917 and its aftermath. In the back room, there is a detailed history of Agios Dimitrios- church of the city’s patron saint, as well as a fascinating account of its restoration after the fire. The exhibition itself is informative and interesting, but the surprise is the space- the 15th Bey Hamam, or Paradise Baths, which survived the fire and was in use until the 1960’s, is a delight to see.


Egnatia 84 (southeast corner of the park) Open daily, 10:00 – 13:00. Admission is free.

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