What’s On In Thessaloniki

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


CULTURAL BRIDGES

Archeological Museum of Thessaloniki, March 8-April 30

Cultural collaborations, conducted over the last decades, such as joint excavations and promotion of common cultural reserves, are presented in an exhibition titled “Greece and Bulgaria: Cultural Bridges for Progress and Sustainability”, at the Archeological Museum of Thessaloniki this spring.

The Museum is open Monday to Sunday 8.30-16.00.

6 Manoli Andronikou Street

Thessaloniki Comic Convention

Ioannis Vallidis Congress Centre, May 10-12

The Thessaloniki Comic Con will take place for the fifth time this year. During the three-day event, you’ll have the chance to meet creators of classic comics such as Don Rosa, discover works by Greek newcomers, take part in role playing game-sessions, and much more.

Buy your tickets here (link in Greek).

Leof. Stratou & Tritis Septemvriou

ODES

Teloglion Foundation of Art, March 21–May 15

Katerina Hatzi’s series of portraits titles Odes, is filled with familiar faces – at least if you’re a book worm. The artist’s colorful depictions of Greek authors and poets capture, in a way, the essence of the work that made them famous.

159Α Agiou Dimitriou

WHEN THE LIGHT DANCES

Teloglion Foundation of Art, to May 31

The exhibition “When the Light Dances, I Speak Fairly – George Seferis and his Poetry through Painting and Photography” illustrates the distinguished Greek poet’s talent, and highlights the impact of his writing on visual artists (including both his peers and younger generations). The tribute includes manuscripts, photography by Seferis taken during his many trips, personal belongings, paintings by the poet, his Nobel Prize, as well as original artwork by leading Greek artists such as Yiannis Moralis, Yannis Tsarouchis and Nikos Hadjikyriakos-Ghikas.

159A Aghiou Dimitriou

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.

2 Stratou

BURGER FEST

HELEXPO May 31-June 2

Burger Fest is back for the second year in the city that loves brunch and burgers. For three days, chefs will cook up their best burgers, sliders and more, and DJs will play nonstop at the TIF HELEXPO exhibition centre.

154 Egnatia

JAMES

Fix Factory Of Sound Open Air, June 7

British James are coming to Thessaloniki in June. Known for changing their set list at every show, you can count on a unique experience, complete with songs everyone knows, such as “Laid”, “Getting Away With It ” and “Sometimes”, as well as some of the band’s lesser known tracks.

Get your tickets here (link in Greek). 

15 26is Oktovriou

DAMIAN MARLEY

Fix Factory Open Air, June 8

Get into summer mood through the rythm of legendary reggea songs, performed by none other than Damian Marley, son of Bob Marley (or, as they’re also known, Jr. Gong and Tuff Gong). Damian, who was only two years old when his famous father died, has been performing since the age of 13, and released his first studio album, “Welcome to the Jamrock”, in 2005. Today he tours the world, performing original music as well as the classic Jamaican tunes written by his father.

Get your tickets here.

26is Oktovriou 15

THE FLORA OF MOUNT ATHOS

Mount Athos Center, April 19-June 15

The Mount Athos Center presents an exhibition on the significant botanical treasures to be found on Mount Athos as a result of the peninsula’s geographical position and relative isolation. The flora of Mount Athos consists of 1,453 species and subspecies, which account for approximately a quarter of all Greek flora, and of these, 34 are rare native species. The displays consist of samples of plants from the monastic community’s herbarium with text explaining their importance and properties, and the exhibition is accompanied by a catalog in Greek and English.

The exhibition will be inaugurated at 19.00 on Friday. Opening hours are 21.00 to 16.00 on Mondays and Wednesdays, 9.00 to 20.00 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and 9.00 to 14.00 on Saturdays.

Go here for more details.

Nedelkou Building, 109 Egnatia

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 June, 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

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.

6 Manoli Andronikou

Thessaloniki & Nicosia

Vlassis Gallery, April 22-May 6

The Thessaloniki Photography Center presents a project that was launched in Cyprus in January and called on photographers in the northern Greek city and in the Cypriot capital of Nicosia to create a collection of images from their respective cities. The result of this endeavor comprises the work of more than 30 photographers, each with their own distinct style and approach.

Opening hours are Mondays to Fridays from 16.30 to 20.00 and Saturdays from 11.00 to 14.00.

6 Verias


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