Experience the Athens & Epidaurus Festival!

Ηeld annually from late May till mid of August, the Athens & Epidaurus Festival is the oldest continuously running festival in Greece and one of the oldest performing arts festivals in Europe, hosting numerous major Greek and world-famous performing artists and attracting large crowds of both local and international visitors.

Today, the Athens & Epidaurus Festival is the foremost cultural institution in the country, catering to all tastes, offering both classical performances, such as ancient Greek tragedy and comedy, and cutting-edge, avantgarde productions. Greek and internationally acclaimed artists alike meet in this celebration of theatre, music, dance and visual arts, sharing their work with diverse audiences. Visitors from around the world have a unique opportunity to participate in this veritable feast of art, as well as enjoying the natural beauties of the magical Greek landscape. 

Odeon of Herodes Atticus: A midsummer night’s dream in the shadow of the Acropolis

Built below the sacred rock of the Acropolis in the 2nd century BC, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus is widely considered one of the most iconic theatres in the world. Since the inception of the Athens Festival in 1955, legendary artists have performed at the Odeon, including Maria Callas, Herbert von Karajan, Igor Stravinsky, Rudolf Nureyev and Leonard Bernstein, to name but a few.

This summer, music lovers can look forward to spellbinding evenings featuring leading symphony orchestras, brilliant classical soloists and concerts with world-renowned contemporary musicians.

2019 programme

5, 7, 9, 11 June
Greek National Opera – Carlus Padrissa – La Fura dels Baus –
Conductor Georgios Balatsinos

Normaby Vincenzo Bellini

14 June
Tous des oiseaux
Eleni Karaindrou concert

15 June 
Jethro Tull concert
50 years of Jethro Tull

17 June
Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg – Solist Yuja Wang – Conductor Gustavo Gimeno
Works by Tchaikovsky, Gershwin, Shostakovich, Stravinsky

19June
George Dalaras – İzmir State Symphony Orchestra – Conductor Hakan Sensoy

21June
ERT National Symphony Orchestra – Conductor Anastasios Symeonidis
Fête de la Musique
Works by Skalkottas, Mendelssohn, and Prokofiev

22June
Wiener Symphoniker – Conductor & Solist Leonidas Kavakos
Works by Mendelssohn, Mozart, Beethoven

24 June
Athens State Orchestra
A Tribute to Steven Spielberg
Live music with a simultaneous screening of movie clips and photos

26 June
Thessaloniki State Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Zoi Tsokanou –  Solist Murray Perahia
Works by Mitropoulos, Beethoven, Rimsky-Korsakov

27June
Loreena McKennitt concert
The elf of Celtic sound

28June
Yannis Markopoulos concert

30June
Yo-Yo Ma
Johann Sebastian Bach
The 6 Unaccompanied Cello Suites

3 July
Dead Can Dance concert
Dionysus

6 & 7 July
Armonia – Friends of Music Orchestra – Soprano Myrto Papatanasiu –  Director & Conductor George Petrou
Alcina by Händel 

9 July
Ravenna Festival – Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra – Conductor Riccardo Muti
The Roads of Friendship

10 July
Maria Farantouri – ERT Contemporary Music Orchestra – Conductor Anastasios Symeonidis
Shall We Go to the Movies?
Songs and music from the world and Greek cinema

11 July
Melodia 99.2
The History of Greek Song
Mixtape Summer ’19: Rembetika

13 July 
Tindersticks concert

16 July
Athens State Orchestra – Solist Maxim Vengerov – Conductor Stefanos Tsialis

27, 28, 30, 31July
Greek National Opera – Director Konstantinos Rigos – Conductor Loukas Karytinos
La Traviata by Giuseppe Verdi

3 August
China National Symphony Orchestra – Salzburg Kinderchor – Enjott Schneider – Otto Sauter – Ten of the Best
Ceremony of Harmony
Melody of Worldwide Civilisation

The 2019 Odeon program also includes a remarkable, not-to-be-missed dance performance by arguably the greatest living choreographer in the world, Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker, and her Rosas group, on 2 July.

Access Entrance from the Dionysiou Areopagitou pedestrian street (Akropoli metro station). Full accessibility for persons with disabilities (for more information please visit the Festival’s official website greekfestival.gr).

For information on all Athens & Epidaurus Festival performances please visit greekfestival.gr

Tickets:

Athens & Epidaurus Festival main box office:

Panepistimiou 39 (inside Stoa Pesmazoglou) Mo to Fri 10:00-16:00, Sat 10:00-15:00

Call centre: +30 210 8938112 (Monday to Sunday, 09:00-21:00)

On line salesgreekfestival.gr & ticketmaster.gr

Odeon of Herodes Atticus Monday to Sunday 10:00-14:00 (and 18:00-21:00 on performance days)

Ticket prices:
For most performances upper tier regular ticket at 10 – 15 € and lower tier at 20 – 100 € (all prices at greekfestival.gr)related articles