Athens Performing Arts

Athens's energetic year-round performing arts scene kicks into a higher gear from June through September, when numerous stunning outdoor theaters host everything from classical Greek drama (in both Greek and English), opera, symphony, and ballet, to rock, pop, and hip-hop concerts. In general, dress for summer performances is fairly casual, though the city's glitterati get decked out for events

such as a world premiere opera at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. From October through May, when the arts move indoors, the Megaron Mousikis/Athens Concert Hall is the biggest venue. Performances at outdoor summer venues, stadiums, and the Megaron tend to be priced between €15 to €120 for tickets, depending on the location of seats and popularity of performers.

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Athens Olympic Sports Complex (OAKA)

Big acts fill the main Athens 2004 Games arena with music—as many as 75,000 people jammed the place when U2 appeared during their 2010...

Athens and Epidaurus Festival

The city's primary artistic event (formerly known as the Hellenic Festival) runs from June through August at a dozen venues, including...

Badminton Theater

This state-of-the-art performance center specializes in slick song-and-dance acts, occasionally geared towards children. ...

Cine Paris

Kitschy posters of old Greek movies are for sale in the lobby of this rooftop-garden movie theater (first opened in 1920). It's close...

Cine Thisio

Films at this open-air theater, the oldest in Athens (1935), compete with a view of the Acropolis. It's on the Unification of Archaeological...

Dora Stratou Theater

The country's leading folk dance company performs exhilarating and sublime Greek folk dances (from all regions), as well as from Cyprus,...

Ejekt Festival

The Ejekt Festival, which brings together pop, rock and electronica bands, usually takes place every July in one of the Olympic venues...

Elli Filmcenter

Frequent Elli for independent and art films that don't make it to Greece's more-mainstream cinemas. This movie theater closes during...

Festival Vrahon "In the Shadow of the Rocks"

Performances by well-known Greek performer Haroula Alexiou, international acts such as the Beijing Opera and James, and ancient Greek...

Lycabettus Theater

The specialty of this theater (capacity: 5,000), set on a pinnacle of Mt. Lycabettus, is popular concerts; past performers have included...


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