As one of Europe's oldest cities, Athens has a long-standing and impressive cultural heritage. Every summer, the city celebrates its rich history and culture with festivals, museum exhibitions, and theatrical and musical performances. When local Athenians are not escaping to the Greek isles or their village homes, they are taking advantage of the endless calendar of events their city has to offer.
"Strange Cities" Athens: The Onassis Cultural Center in downtown Athens in collaboration with London's Double Decker, challenged 24 young artists from around the world to create their own images of Athens. What made these artists unique? They had never seen Athens. Each artist was given an 'inspiration box' which included a recipe, scent, poem, book, and recordings of the sounds and music of Athens. Artists used their imagination and created projects using different medias, ranging from digital art to collage. Their work is on display at The Onassis Cultural Center for two more days. UBER is offering one free ride to visitors of the exhbition daily. Redeem using "STRANGECITIES" code. Ends 28 June, 2015
- Socrates Now: Polyplanity Productions in collaboration with EllinikoTheatro present the solo theatre performance Socrates Now with Emmy-award winning producer, Yannis Simonides. The theatrical rendition of Plato’s ‘Apology’ returns for the 4th consecutive year beneath the Acropolis, a few steps from where the philosopher was sentenced to death 2400 years ago. 27 June - July 19, 2015
- Athens and Epidaurus Festival (Hellenic Festival): With the Acropolis looming behind, watch an ancient Greek tragedy at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus theater. This huge festival, founded in 1955, brings scores of dance, drama, film, visual art, and music events to modern and historic venues across the city between June and August. Greek artists (heavily classical) and plays are well represented, but international and contemporary works are included as well. Detailed program found here. 1 June - 31 August, 2015
- 5th Athens Open Air Film Festival: Historical sites and gorgeous corners in Athens are transformed into open-air movie theaters with free entrance. See the detailed program here. Ends 2 September, 2015
- Aegina Fistiki Fest: Located on the island of Aegina (40 minute ferry ride from Piraeus port in Athens) the Fistiki Fest features over sixty kiosks selling local products such as pistachios and traditional goods such as clay objects, hand-woven lace and jewelry. Aegina is known as the artists' island and produces over 700 tons of fistiki (Greek for pistachio) yearly. 17-20 September, 2015
It’s not too late to plan a visit and see some of these exciting events for yourself – allow us to recommend some of our favorite hotels and tavernas, while you’re at it.