Athens is the only European city with 148 theatre stages
Every full moon in August museums and galleries stay open until 2am with live performances
Cine Thisio has been declared by CNN as the best open-air cinema in the world
Have a drink under the stars with the stars at an open-air cinema and dance the night away at a club by the beach in Athens Riviera
Have fun and unwind leaving stress and worries behind in Athens, a vibrant city that never sleeps
The Museum of Cycladic Art (MCA) in Athens unveils Ai Weiwei at Cycladic (20 May – 30 Oct 2016), the artist’s first major exhibition in Greece which includes a new artwork that responds to the museum’s collection.
The exhibition aims at providing wider knowledge about the oldest Greek oracle, tracing the way it functioned, its role and importance in the ancient world, and at the same time showcasing the human need to predict the future.
Yannis Moralis and Christos Kapralos first met and became friends at the Athens School of Fine Arts. They met again in Paris, where they eagerly explored modernist movements while remaining true to their classical values. In 1939, they returned to Greece, where they continued to pursue their dialogue with classicism throughout the German occupation. In the 1950s, each of the two artists developed his own personal version of modernism: Moralis his funerary paintings and Kapralos his bronze sculptures, produced by adopting the lost-wax casting process. These sculptures would bring him international recognition at the Venice Biennale in 1962
The core of the exhibition presents video projects created in Greece in recent years which attempt an approach of outdoor, public space through performing arts. The movement towards outdoor space is linked to the renegotiation of public space as primarily shared space and is accompanied by an increased interest in the distinct physical features of the surroundings as they contribute structurally to the realization of the performance event.
Museum Herakleidon presents the history the history of Greek seafaring in the Aegean and the Mediterranean, a history of maritime voyages, achievements in naval architecture, exchange of ideas and technological developments, through about 40 handmade wooden models of Greek ships (0,60 m. to 1,50 m) of excellent, detailed construction with authentic materials, based on naval architectural drawings, following traditional methods, which date from prehistoric times to the middle of the 20th century.
The new exhibition of the National Archaeological Museum "Odysseys" is the main commemorative event on the occasion of the 150th anniversary since the foundation of the Museum. It attempts to give an account of the adventurous journey of man through time considered from an abstract and symbolic perspective that draws its inspiration from the Homeric Odyssey.
Welcome to Athens, the historical capital of Europe with a long rich history and modern vibrations. Let’s take a historic walk and explore charming old-style neighborhoods, oases away from the hustle and bustle of the city center such as Makrygianni, Plaka, Thiseio, Kerameikos, Monastiraki and Psyrri.
Begin your stroll from Syntagma Square, where you can watch the changing of the guard at the tomb of the unknown soldier in front of the Greek Parliament. After your souvenir photo next to the immovable statuette guards, take ermou street, one of the busiest shopping spots in Athens, towards Monastiraki.
Nearby, you will find posh Kolonaki, with its beautiful parks and attractive buildings. It’s the ideal area for shopping, where you can find the most expensive commercial shops in addition to popular cafes and luxury restaurants to enjoy before or after you go to the shops.
Agia Eirini Square. Names after the beautiful church of St. Irini (Agia Irini), the area became over the last few years one of the hottest – if not THE hottest – spots in town! Once home to Athens’ flower markets, today the square and the surrounding streets are lined with coffee-shops, eateries, and trendy bistro bars that will serve you inspiring cocktails and food including brakfasts, snacks, and main meals. On weekends the area is packed with young people while you ‘ll find events and live performances by numerous musicians.
The reconstruction of Syggrou Avenue is among the most important renovations in the coming years. The new Syggrou Avenue will become vehicle and pedestrian friendly, as well as assemble the metropolitan cultural life in the 21st century.
Go sailing, cycling and savour the locally produced wines in a city full of surprises.
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