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Cultural events and festivals

Greece is a true paradise for cultural tourism, a large journey into history and art. Educational excursions, theatrical presentations, festivals, pilgrimages, visits to archaeological sites, monuments and museums, excursions to study the natural environment, folk art culture – these are just a few of the many things that Greece has to offer in the cultural tourism sector.

Whoever really wants to understand Greece, its history and its people, he will find an unrivalled cultural experience through traveling into the area and chronological period of Greek culture.

Athens & Epidaurus festival

Athens and Epidaurus Festival promises you magical summer nights, full of music, theatre and dance! Over the last 50 years, the Festival has hosted some of the leading lights of music - such as Mitropoulos, Callas, Rostropovich, Pavarotti, Leonidas Kavakos and Dimitris Sgouros, theatre - Rondiris, Koun, Streller, Peter Hall, Noh theatre, Bunraku puppet theatre, the Peking Opera and dance - Balanchine, Pina Bausch, Nureyev, Fonteyn, Martha Graham and Alicia Alonso.

The Festival’s programme involves open-air theatre, opera, classical music and dance at various locations in Athens such as the Athens Concert Hall, Technopolis, Peiraios 260,Hellenic Cosmos Cultural Centre, BIOS and the Benaki Museum. However the festival’s top venue is the 2nd century BC Odeon of Herodes Atticus, formed out of the rocky southern slope of Acropolis Hill. Watch an ancient Greek tragedy, opera or ballet against the magic backdrop of the Acropolis.

Ancient Greek drama is staged at the Epidaurus Ancient Theatre, a two-hour drive southwest of Athens. Enjoy a performance as the ancient Greeks would do in this outstanding architectural monument known for its unique acoustics. Thanks to this festival the Epidaurus Theatre has seen the rebirth of Ancient drama more than half a century ago. Performances are in Greek but in the programme you will find summaries in other languages too and English surtitles for the Festival’s productions.

It’s one of those places you need to visit while in Greece!

Don't miss this marvelous opportunity!

Athens Concert Hall

When the Athens Concert Hall in Athens Greece opened in 1991 Greece acquired for the first time a state-of-the-art cultural centre of international status, which has gone on to earn considerable respect for the quality of its acoustics.

In the twenty years since it opened the Concert Hall has grown into a versatile, multi-faceted workshop of cultural and artistic activity.

It has changed the way in which people in Greece listen to music. It has worked consistently to showcase the work of Greek musicians and to promote their music on the international stage. It has also designed and organized a whole range of musical and artistic education programmes for children and young people.

Athens Open Air Film Festival

The Athens Open Air Film Festival was established in the summer of 2011 with a view to organizing open-air screenings and cultural events against some of Attica's most characteristic monuments, as well as little-known spots around the city, like parks, squares, pedestrian precincts and some «historical» open-air cinemas.

From June to September, with the kind support of the Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) for the 3rd year now, historical sites and gorgeous corners in Athens are transformed into open-air movie theaters with free entrance. 

Among these are: the Dionysiou Areopagitou pedestrian precinct, the Petralona Park, Plato's Academy Park, Avdi Square, Drakopoulou Villa and some of the most beautiful Museums in Athens such as the Numismatic, the Byzantine and the Archaeological.

Other cultural festivals around Greece (July-August)

A large range of other cultural events and festivals take place all around Greece and the Greek islands. Most festivals are organized in summer.

Sani Festival
A yearly celebration since 1993, bringing together nationally and internationally acclaimed artists at Sani Halkidiki. Events, such as music concerts, dance performances and painting exhibitions, are held in different venues around the Sani Resort from July to September.

Megaro Gyzi Festival
Megaro Gyzi Festival takes place every August in Santorini island. It includes music concerts, performances, art exhibitions and lectures that take place in Megaro Gyzi Cultural Centre in Fira Santorini.

Naxos Festival
Naxos Festival takes place every July and August in Bazeos Tower, Naxos island. It includes musical concerts, theatre performances, art exhibitions, lectures and art workshops.

Philippi Festival
It used to be called the Thasos Philippi Festival, but now that the ancient theatre on Thásos island is off-limits, it’s just plain Philippi, about to embark on its 58th season. Classical drama, staged in the theatre of ancient Philippi, is the backbone of the almost nightly July-August programme, but expect also modern plays (Greek and foreign), concerts by local stars, concerts and photo exhibits.

Olympus Festival at the ancient theatre of Dion
The ancient theatre of Dion is located in Piería (Northern Greece), in the south of the town of Dion and in the west of the sanctuary of Demetra. The Festival was inaugurated in 1972 with the “celebrations of the Muses”. It is a modern cultural institution famous for its exceptional artistic value and the variety of the events on offer putting an emphasis on opera and folklore events presented by Greek and foreign artists alike. It is held every summer during July and August.

Kalamata International Dance Festival
The Kalamata International Dance Festival is the key event in the year of the city's International Dance Centre. After twenty one years as an active presence in the Greek dance scene, thanks to the support of the local authorities the Kalamata Festival has earned itself a special place on the festival map of the Mediterranean South, and built bridges to international dance creativity. 

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