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MUSIC AND DANCE IN ATHENS
Athens has a full calendar of music and dance festivals throughout the year. Distinguished artists from Greece and all over the world dazzle Athenians and visitors with their creativity and inspiration! You will be amazed by the sheer number and variety of the events, artists and different kinds of music and dance on offer, especially during summer, under the blue Athenian sky. The European Music Day, an event with French origins, is the biggest annual music event in Greece and Athens. It takes place over three days around June 21. But the city has even more to offer for music and dance aficionados.
Athens Festival Festival Box Office
On summer nights, the Hellenic Festival offers open-air concerts, dance and theatrical events. It organises the Athens Festival, one of the most important annual festivals in Europe hosting some of the greatest national and international groups and artists of classical and modern music, opera, dance and theatre. The festival’s top venue is the 2nd century BC Odeon of Herodes Atticus, formed out of the rocky southern slope of Acropolis Hill where you can watch an ancient Greek tragedy, opera or ballet against the magic backdrop of the Acropolis. Other events of the festival take place in Lycabettus Theatre and in other concert and theatre venues across the city - the Athens Concert Hall, the Technopolis, the Hellenic Cosmos Cultural Centre, and the Benaki Museum, to name just a few. You are promised magical summer nights, full of music, theatre and dance! Tickets for all performances are sold at the Hellenic Cosmos Cultural Centre
Dora Stratou Theater 8 Scholeiou Street, Plaka
While in Athens, take the opportunity to discover Greek music and Greece’s dance tradition with a visit to the Dora Stratou Dance Theatre, a “museum” dedicated to Greek traditional dance. From Wednesday to Sunday between late May and late September, performances take place - by groups from all over Greece - in the garden theatre on Filopappou Hill, opposite of the Acropolis.
Lycabettus Theater/ Lycabettus Hill access
Metro blue line, Evangelismos and Megaro Mousikis Station. Then walk 10 minutes. There you will see the famous funicular that will take you to the top in just 2 minutes! Can you imagine a bowl carved into the rocks, perched high up above the city and hosting some of the best summer festivals and plays? Welcome to the magical outdoor Lycabettus Theatre, which brightens up the Athenian summer nights, with THE hottest performances throughout the summer.
Terra Vibe 37th km Athens-Lamia Motorway, Malakasa (East Attica)
This is the biggest open-air venue in Athens, hosting major shows and events such as the legendary Rockwave Festival, with various parallel activities and happenings. Each year it attracts some of the biggest international bands and artists from a broad musical range such as Patti Smith, Leonard Cohen, Sting, Metallica, Manu Chao, Kylie Minogue, and Depeche Mode. The Rockwave Festival is one of the leading music festivals in Eastern Europe.
Athens Jazz Festival Technopolis of Athens
100 Pireos Street, Gazi access: Metro blue line, Kerameikos Station www.technopolis-athens.com. If you are in the mood for jazz, you’re invited to a yearly celebration the “Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival”. With representative bands in the genre performing a wide range of styles, the enchanting world of jazz will be right before of your eyes!
Eject Festival Nerou Square (Plateia Nerou), Faliro Olympic Complex.
How about spending the evening at the most beautiful open-air venue of Athens by the sea? Follow the rhythm of the Ejekt Festival where pop, rock and electronic music meet up every year in July and set the Athenian night on fire! The festival presents some of the biggest and most interesting new music acts with a terrific line up each year.
This relatively new music festival in Athens that begun in December 2010 alread ranks high among the best summer festivals worldwide! With a line-up of more than 130 international artists and selected local acts, Plisskën prides itself on its genre-defying philosophy and aims to embrace music from a diverse background. Plisskën is about providing a meaningful and enjoyable music experience with respect to all its counterparts - whether they be of human or environmental nature!
Petra Theatre in Petroupolis 5th March Street, Petroupoli
Built in the old open quarry area of Petroupolis, a western suburb of Athens, Petra open-air theatre hosts every year the International Petra Festival, an open-air festival that takes place in summer and early fall, including major popular theatrical and musical productions. Alice Cooper and Iggy Pop, famous Greek singers and some of the greatest Greek and international dance and theatrical groups have performed on this stage in the past!
Open-Air film festival
Established in 2011 by the Athens International Film Festival - Opening Nights and CINEMA magazine, the Athens Open Air Film Festival infuses the city with film screenings and other cultural events against a unique urban backdrop: Athens’ most characteristic monuments! No entrance fee is required. Athens brims with film screenings in parks, pedestrian zones and squares, museums and museums’ courtyards, and historical open-air movie theatres offering a summer memory that citizens and visitors of Athens can never forget. Can you miss this?