The venue chosen for the festival was the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, also known as the Herodeion, an ancient theatre on the south slope of the Acropolis which had been renovated in 1950. Named after Herodes Atticus, a notable citizen of Athens during the Roman era, it was erected in honour of his wife. Some of the world’s most famous artists from various cultural backgrounds and genres have performed at this stunning location: Pina Bausch, Sylvie Guillem, Ariane Mnouchkine, Peter Hall, Romeo Castelucci, Thomas Ostermeier, Sting, Vangelis, Elton John, Fairuz, Patti Smith, Florence and the Machine, Autechre and the list goes on.
“Although the Herodeion remains the Festival’s signature venue, since 2005 we have expanded to Pireos 260, an industrial space adopted for our more avant-garde theatrical and dance performances,” explains Mrs Panagiotopoulou. “While it’s a lesser-known venue, it’s definitely one worth discovering. There is also a café-bar open before and after the shows, making it the perfect gathering spot for culture vultures.”