Cultural events in Athens and Greece – Summer 2020

Last updated on August 18th, 2020 at 03:55 pm

Several cultural events have been announced for Athens and Greece for Summer 2020. They will happen in archaeological sites, museums and other similar venues all around Greece! Here is some more information.

Cultural events in Greece in Summer 2020

As a rule, Greece has plenty of cultural events to offer. In winter, most of them happen in the bigger cities, especially Athens and Thessaloniki. In summer though, there are many events happening all around the country.

Delos UNESCO archaeological site Greece

The first event that was announced for summer 2020 in Greece, was the Athens and Epidaurus festival. While it won’t be as big an in the previous years, it’s still going on with several concerts and theatrical plays. These will be held in the Herodion theatre in Athens and the Ancient theatre of Epidaurus in the Peloponnese.

In addition, the Ministry of Culture and Sports has announced an incredible number of 270 concerts, performances and other cultural events. These will happen in many archaeological spaces and other sites around Greece, between 18 July and 30 September 2020, under the concept “All of Greece, one culture”.

Herodion theatre Athens GreeceSeveral cultural bodies, ephorates, archaeological unions and museums have collaborated for this to happen.

There have been similar efforts in the past, but never at this scale. I’m pretty excited about it!

The best thing? These events are free to attend! You will just need to have an entrance ticket for the archaeological site, where required. That said, you need to pre-book your slot in the dedicated website.

Only drawback? The website is in Greek! If your Greek language skills aren’t so great yet, here’s all the information you need.

Programme of cultural events in Greece Summer 2020

So far, the Ministry has announced events for July. You can find more information and make your free booking on the links down below. As new events are announced, I will add them to the list.

A view of the Roman Agora in Athens

Saturday 18 July

Anita Rachvelishvili in recital, Roman Agora in Athens,  20.30 – Invitations only

An adaptation of Euripides’ Troades, Pylos Castle, Messinia, 20.30 – Book here

Sunday 19 July

Dance Solos, National Archaeological Museum of Athens, 12.00, 13.00, 14.00

Inside the National Archaeological Museum Athens Greece

Ancient Greek music concert, Ancient site of Vravrona, Attica, 19.30

An adaptation of “My mother’s sin” by Georgios Vizyinos, Ancient Thoriko theatre, Attica, 19.30 – Performance in English, book here 

“Dream”, a music performance based on the works of the poet Konstantinos Kavafis, Kavala Fortress, 21.30 – Book here

Brass and percussion ensemble in the Museum of Byzantine Culture, Thessaloniki, 21.00 – No more spots available

Monday 20 July

Concert with Manolis Mitsias and Kariofillia Karabeti, Rio fortress, Achaia, 19.30 – Book here

An adaptation of Euripides’ Troades, Archaeological Museum of Olympia, Ileia, 21.00 – Book here

Piano and voice concert with George Emmanouil Lazaridis and Demetra Selemidou, Roman Hodeon of Dion, Pieria, 19.30 – Book here 

Tuesday 21 July

Athens State Line, an exhibition by Richard Long – Dionusys Theatre, Acropolis. The exhibition is open daily 8.00-20.00, until 30 September. Entrance is free on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays 19.00-19.45 – Book here

Theatre of Dionysus in Athens

Recital, works by Mikis Theodorakis, Monemvasia castle, Lakonia, 20.30

Performance, Greece through the eyes of foreign visitors (16th-19th century) – Kesariani Monastery, Attica, 19.30 – Book here

“Dream”, a music performance based on the works of the poet Konstantinos Kavafis, Roman Agora, Thessaloniki, 21.00 – Book here

Roman Agora, Thessaloniki Greece

Concert with Manolis Mitsias and Kariofillia Karabeti, Ancient Theatre of Ilida, Ileia, 19.30 –  Book here

Athens Classical Players, Classical concert, Ancient site of Eleusina, Attica, 20.00 – Book here

Dance Solos, Byzantine and Christian Museum of Athens, 13.30, 14.30, 15.30

Wednesday 22 July

Halima, musical performance, Corfu Old Fortress, 20.30

Wind instrument concert, Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, 21.00 – Book here

Musical performance “Diary for passers-by”, Roman Agora of Athens, 19.30 – Book here

The impressive Tower of the Winds in the Roman Agora Athens

Choral concert, Archaeological site of Academia Platonos, Athens, 19.00 – Book here

Richard B, theatrical performance, Altinamalzi winepark, Alexandroupolis, 21.00 – Book here

An adaptation of Euripides’ Troades, Nikopolis Roman Odeon, Preveza, 21.00 – Book here 

Piano and voice concert with George Emmanouil Lazaridis and Demetra Selemidou, Roman Agora of Thessaloniki, 19.30 – Book here 

Estoudiantina of Nea Ionia Volos, Musical concert, Agios Georgios church (Omorfokklisia) Galatsi, Athens, 20.30

Thursday 23 July

Estoudiantina of Nea Ionia Volos, Musical concert, Agios Georgios church (Omorfokklisia) Galatsi, Athens, 20.30

Athineon Politeia, theatrical monologue performance, Aristotle’s Lyceum, Athens, 19.30 – Book here

Piano and voice concert with Stefanos Korkolis and Sofia Manousaki, Castle of Arta, 19.30 – Book here

I want to see the Pope! Musical performance, Corfu Old Fortress, 20.30

A series of talks and video projections, Odeon of Roman Agora, Thessaloniki, 21.00 – Book here

“Dream”, a music performance based on the works of the poet Konstantinos Kavafis, Pella archaeological site, 21.00 – Book here

Ancient Greek music concert, Temple of Poseidon at Sounion, Attica, 19.30

The Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion is a great half-day trip from Athens

Dance solos, Archaeological Museum of Corfu, 13.00, 14.00, 15.00

Friday 24 July 

Dance solo by Giorgos Kotsifakis, Archaeological Museum of Piraeus, 13.00

Dance solos, Archaeological Museum of Ioannina, 12.00, 13.00, 14.00

Richard B, theatrical performance, Kavala Fortress, 21.00 – Book here

An adaptation of Euripides’ Troades, Archaeological Site of Delphi, Fokida, 21.00 – Book here

Archaeological site of Delphi

Performance, Greece through the eyes of foreign visitors (16th-19th century) – Archaeological Museum of Megara, Attica, 19.30 – Book here

Shaping Prometheus, music-theatrical performance, Aristotle’s Lyceum, Athens, 19.30 – Book here

A performance on the life of Alexander the Great, Royal Tombs of Aigai, Imathia, 21.00 – Book here

Saturday 25 July

METALLON Quintet, brass and percussion, Ancient Gymnasium of Olympia, Ileia, 18.00 – Book here

The archaeological site of Ancient Olympia

Dance solos, Archaeological site of Tiryns, 12.00, 13.00, 14.00

Chorus concert and Dance solos, Archaeological Museum of Laurion, Attica, 19.30

Estoudiantina of Nea Ionia Volos, Musical concert, Archaeological Museum of Piraeus, 20.30

Halima, musical performance, Castle of Ioannina, 20.30

Marina Satti’s chórεs, Byzantine Museum of Argos, 19.30

Ancient Greek music concert, Agora of the Competaliasts, Delos, 19.30

Mosaic in the archaeological site of Delos, Greece

Shaping Prometheus, music-theatrical performance, Aristotle’s Lyceum, Athens, 19.30 – Book here

Piano and voice concert with George Emmanouil Lazaridis and Demetra Selemidou, Byzantine castle of Platamonas, Pieria, 19.30 – Book here

An adaptation of “My mother’s sin” by Georgios Vizyinos, Dafni Monastery, Attica, 19.30 – Performance in English, book here

Sunday 26 July

Estoudiantina of Nea Ionia, Volos, Archaeological Museum of Piraeus, 20.30

I want to see the Pope!, Musical performance, Castle of Ioannina, 20.30

Dance solos, Archaeological Museum of Mykonos, 12.00, 13.00, 14.00

Dance solos, Archaeological Museum of Kalamata, 12.00, 13.00, 14.00

Byzantine church in Kalamata Greece

An adaptation of Euripides’ Troades, Archaeological Museum of Eretria, Evia, 21.00 – Book here

Richard B, theatrical performance, Corfu Old Fortress, 21.00 – Book here

Performance, Greece through the eyes of foreign visitors (16th-19th century) – Dafni Monastery, Attica, 19.30 – Book here

Monday 27 July

Cello and piano concert, Kesariani Monastery, Attica, 19.00 – Book here

Marina Satti’s chórεs, Tzanetakis Tower, Gythio, Lakonia, 19.30

Tzanetakis Tower Gythion Greece

Tuesday 28 July

Marina Satti’s chórεs, Archaeological site of Mystras, Lower Gate square, Lakonia, 19.30

An adaptation of “My mother’s sin” by Georgios Vizyinos, Agios Georgios church (Omorfokklisia) Galatsi, Athens, 19.30 – Performance in English, book here

Wednesday 29 July

Estoudiantina of Nea Ionia, Volos, Dafni Monastery, Attica, 20.30

Marina Satti’s chórεs, Odeon of Ancient Messene, Messinia, 19.30

Richard B, theatrical performance, Castle of Nafpaktos, Etoloakarnania, 21.00 – Book here

Performance, Greece through the eyes of foreign visitors (16th-19th century) – Archaeological site of Academia Platonos, Athens, 19.30 – Book here

Anniversary concert for Mikis Theodorakis 95th birthday, Thisseio square, Athens, 20.30

Heptapyrgion fortress in Thessaloniki Greece

Halima, musical performance, Heptapyrgion fortress, Thessaloniki, 20.30

Thursday 30 July

Athineon Politeia, theatrical monologue performance, Archaeological Museum of Chalkida, Evia, 19.30 – Book here

A series of talks and video projections, Odeon of Roman Agora, Thessaloniki, 21.00 – Book here

Marina Satti’s chórεs, Palace of Nestor, Messinia, 19.30

Diary of an unseen confinement, Roman Agora, Athens, 20.30

I want to see the Pope!, Musical performance, Heptapyrgion castle, Thessaloniki, 20.30

Friday 31 July

Diary of an unseen confinement, Roman Agora, Athens, 20.30

Roman Agora Athens

Athineon Politeia, theatrical monologue performance, Archaeological Museum of Eretria, Evia, 19.30 – Book here

Classical concert, Trio El Greco, Two schools of Vienna – Palamidi fortress, Nafplio, 21.00 – Book here

Richard B, theatrical performance, Grand Magister’s Palace, Rhodes, 21.00 – Book here

Musical performance, Technological park of Lavrion, Attica, 19.30 – Book here

Summer 2020 – Events in August and September

All other events for the rest of the summer have now been announced. You can see the performances and book your seat here (in Greek).

If you are interested in performances by the Greek National Opera, they can be found in English here.

Monday 3 August – August full moon

On Monday 3 August, it’s a full moon night. Like every year, many archaeological sites and museums will remain open until midnight. Events will be spread out all around the country.

Numismatic Museum Athens Greece

In central Athens, there will be events in the Numismatic Museum Garden, and the Museum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments. The National Archaeological Museum will remain open until midnight.

For a full list of events in English, click here to download an Excel spreadsheet.

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I’m sure you will agree this is an impressive list of events, especially during these odd times! Which ones have caught your attention? Please let us know in the comments!

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