The Athenians are happy the summer is here! In summer, everybody gets into a great mood and tries to enjoy the nice things of life. The cultural life in Athens is just great: exhibitions, concerts, music bands, street dancing, theater performances, book fairs, nights of open air cinema, bike rides and festivals for every taste. They are also a great asset to those that can’t afford to go on holidays “out of Athens”.
Athens has its known festival: the Athens and Epidaurus Festival. The festival began in 1995. The highlights of this first festival were the great New York Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Dimitris Mitropoulos at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus and the performance of “Electra” in the theatre of Epidaurus. Since then, there have been a lot of ups and downs in the story of the festival.
However, since 2006, there has been a significant effort to present world-class projects and to emerge local talents. Apart from the Odeon of Herodes and the Epidaurus theatre, today the festival takes place in a variety of areas: e.g. the Athens Concert Hall, Technopolis, the Onassis foundation etc.
For more info and tickets see here: http://www.greekfestival.gr/en/
Have a look at the video below to get an impression of the beautiful Irodeon Theatre. A Theatre where the Omilo students sometimes can see performances during an Athens course (between May and October)
The Dora Stratou Dance Theatre
This theatre has performances of Greek Traditional Dances and life music at Philopappou Hill (opposite to the Acropolis), 5 days per week. Click here for more information.
It is great to see that the last years also many festivals are organized by local communities at various municipalities in the Attica peninsula.
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