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For the 1st time in an  ICSV, the Local Organizing Committee has decided to introduce a Special Event ONLY for ICSV23 participants members of the IIAV(1). The Special event is offered complementary as part of the registration fee of its participant. this Special Event proposes a Guided Visit to Dionysus Theater, a Walking Tour of the Archeological Site around Akropolis & then Dinner at Elaia Restaurant in Plaka.

Attendees will be transferred by coach from the Athenaeum Intercontinental Hotel (Venue) to the Theater of Dionysus at the downhill of Akropolis.

The Theatre of Dionysus is the most ancient surviving Greek theatre and it is located in Athens, on the south of the Acropolis, dedicated to the worship of the god Dionysus. The history of the Dionysian theatre begins after 500 BC, when the archaic temple of Dionysus was built on this site. A little to the north from that temple, on the slope of the Acropolis and almost three metres higher, lies a flat circular area, where the festivals in honour of the god were held.

This circular area, formed of hard- pressed earth, was almost 25 metres in diameter and constituted the original orchestra of the theatre of the theatre that would be built later on, around which wooden benches were placed for the audience. This is where plays by the great Athenian tragedians Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, as well as comedies by Aristophanes, Menander etc. were staged for the very first time.

Later on, the spectators’ wooden benches were completely replaced by stone seats―the remnants of which can still be seen today― while a wooden building, the skene, was attached to the orchestra. It is estimated that these new structures brought the capacity of the theatre of Dionysus to 15-16 thousand spectators.

The state provided destitute citizens with an allowance that enabled them to attend the dramatic plays, which were considered to be lessons in culture and democracy.

After the Theatre we walk around Akropolis in the Archaeological area where ancient Athenians use to walk and discuss the city matters along with philosophical and other topics. This walk will be  completed by arriving in Plaka where you will all enjoy some free time and the heading to Elaia Restaurant for the dinner.

"A Time travel" ...where the mythical persona Melina Mercouri meets Jules Dassin seducing him in "Never on Sunday" ... today, Elaia travels through time and tradition in one of the most central and beautiful areas of Plaka hosted in a three-level mansion, which stands out for its attention to detail and style that respects the heritage and culture of the region. Especially during the summer months, in the splendid air terrace, the visitor can enjoy a magnificent view, from the Acropolis to Lycabettus Hill.”

Not too early.....not too late....we will be transferred all, back to the Athenaeum Intercontinental Hotel.

(1) IIAV Membership dues for 2016 paid is necessary.

Date: Tuesday 12 July, 2016


  • Registered Accompanying persons of IIAV members participating in ICSV23 are welcomed with no extra charge
  • Extra ticket € 45 per participant non IIAV member is possible only upon availability

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