What’s On In Thessaloniki

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


Note: Due to the spread of the COVID-19 corona virus and countrywide lock-down, all but essential shops and services have been shut until further notice, and all cultural and recreational events have been canceled. Regular updates of this article will return once the measures are lifted. In the meantime stay home and stay safe!

Thessaloniki Documentary Festival

POSTPONED

Following the latest announcement issued by the World Health Organization, which updated its estimation concerning the spreading of the coronavirus, the administration of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival have decided to postpone the 22nd Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, which was originally scheduled for March 5-15.

“The safety of the working staff, the audience, the city’s residents and the festival’s guests from both Greece and abroad are our top-notch priority,” a statement on the festival website states.

Organizers say they are considering rescheduling the event to late May/early June.

Find more information and stay updated on the potential new dates here.

Armaos & Portalaki

Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, to March 15

Works by sculptor Markos Armaos and painter Sofia Portalaki – a couple in life and art – are currently on display in an exhibition titled “Route for Two: Geometry-Abstraction-Art” at the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki. The works reminisce on the artists’ long careers and merge harmoniously, creating fluid shapes and interesting plays of light.

The museum is open every day from 9.00-16.00.

Entrance costs 4 euros.

6 Manoli Andronikou

X Them Out

MOMus, to March 22

An exhibition titled “X Them Out,” a joint initiative by the Athens-based civil society organization HumanRights360 and the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation, features sketches depicting racist incidents by various artists, aiming to shine a light on criminal practices of the Greek extremists. 

Opening hours are Fridays to Wednesdays from 10.00-18.00 and Thursdays from 10.00-22.00.
  
154 Egnatia

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.

2 Stratou


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