Fall/ Winter Events in Athens: Our Top Picks

What to put in your agenda

 

26 October – 9 December 2018 

Athens Biennale @TTT

http://athensbiennale.org/en/

The Athens Biennale functions within an international network of large-scale periodic contemporary art events. It emerged from the intense cultural activity that makes Athens one of the most interesting places for contemporary art, and it aims to be an agent of constant change and innovation, provide a context for creativity and dialogue and constitute a wide platform for the designation and the critical engagement of local artistic production, as well as a forum for discussion and exchange with the international scene. 

ABOUT THE VENUE

TTT, an iconic Athenian building that, since the 1930s, has served as the central offices of the Hellenic Telecommunications Organization. The building, with its Kafkaesque, administrative architecture and interior design, is a symbol of the transition from analogue to digital communication—a symbol of the shift from the era of wire consoles to the early computer age to the current era of online pleasures and discomforts.

 

10 November 2018 – 29 December 2018

Swan Lake @Greek National Opera

http:://www.athensculturenet.com/en/event/swan-lake/

The first choreography of the Greek National Opera’s new Ballet Director, Konstantinos Rigos, constitutes a new reading of the most famous ballet of all times.

ABOUT THE VENUE

In March 2017, the Greek National Opera relocated to the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC). The new premises of the Greek National Opera, with their high aesthetics and state-of-the-art acoustics, can only be compared with the most modern opera houses in the world.
The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, fully funded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (www.SNF.org), also includes the new building for the National Library of Greece and the Stavros Niarchos Park. In February 2017, on the completion of the project, the Foundation handed the SNFCC to the Greek State, which undertook its full control and operation.

 

6 December 2018

Madeleine Peyroux – Jazz concert @The Christmas Theater/ Galatsi Olympic Hall

https://www.viva.gr/tickets/music/olumpiako-stadio-galatsiou/madeleine-peyroux-en

French – American jazz and blues singer-songwriter Madeleine Peyroux returns to Athens to perform soulful tracks from her latest album ‘Anthem’, where she collaborated with top musicians: Patrick Warren, Brian MacLeod and David Baerwald.

ABOUT THE VENUE

The Christmas Theater, with a capacity of 3,000 spectators, will be the largest theater in Athens. It will host shows that aspire to travel to the most beautiful Christmas cities in the world. From Prague and Vienna to Moscow and St. Petersburg, and of course to New York and Las Vegas! Outside the Christmas Theater a unique Christmas Village will be waiting for you with wooden kiosks, offering sweet and savory flavors from all over the world, the first and unique Christmas Street Food Village in Athens! From 23 November 2018 to 6 January 2019, make sure to keep an eye out for the numerous events held at the Closed Olympic Stadium of Galatsi.

 

8 December 2018

Plisskën Festival

MAIN STAGE (Piraeus Academy)

AQUARIUM STAGE (Wave Athens)

http://www.plisskenfestival.gr/>

Plisskën Festival is a music festival originating from Athens, Greece that begun in December 2010. Spanning a total line-up of more than 350 international artists and selected local acts over its seven editions, Plisskën prides itself for its genre-defying philosophy and aims to embrace music from a diversified background. Growing organically is a main element of the festival’s development and is achieved collectively by the efforts of all those involved, be it artists, volunteers or audience.
Plisskën is about providing a meaningful and enjoyable music experience with respect to all its
counterparts whether they be of human or environmental nature.

ABOUT THE VENUES

Piraeus Academy: “Piraeus 117 Academy” is a new concert venue on Piraeus Street, popular for holding great alternative and techno/electronic parties.

Wave Athens: A fresh event space for clubbers and music lovers in the heart of Athens City. Top international DJs and acts along with L-Acoustics, and the world’s best sound system ensure an amazing experience.

 

15-16 December 2018

Pink Martini Concert @Christmas Theatre/ Galatsi Olympic Hall

https://www.viva.gr/tickets/music/olumpiako-stadio-galatsiou/pink-martini/>

Oregon-based covers band Pink Martini will be presenting two special Christmas concerts in Athens, with some of its greatest crowd-pleasing ballads as well as Yuletide classics.

 

28 January – 17 February 2019

Ryoji Ikeda @Onassis Cultural Center

http://www.sgt.gr/eng/SPG2229/>

The leading Japanese artist returns to the Onassis Cultural Centre with an installation which challenges the limits of human perception and digital technology. How many patterns lie hidden in the universe around us and how many do we have deep within us? How random, ultimately, are the things we consider random? The latest work in Ryoji Ikeda’s “datamatics” series is a torrent of digits and data, a rift in the viewer’s time and space.

ABOUT THE VENUE

The foundations of the Onassis Cultural Center, exclusively funded and overseen by 

the Onassis Foundation, were laid in Athens in 2004. The Onassis Foundation staged an international architecture competition and the design chosen among the 66 proposals entered from around the world was by the French architectural firm “Architecture Studio”, whose core architectural concept is encapsulated in the building’s facade: an airy white rectangular shell which makes innovative use of white marble bands. The unique configuration of the facade serves as a stage set which imbues the building with a sense of mystery both during the day, when the marble bands serve to reflect the intense light of Attica and create the impression from afar of a gentle wave, and at night when, artificially lit, they turn the image inside out by allowing the inside of the building to shine through and revealing the warm shell surrounding the rooms and auditoriums.

 

22 August 2018 – 28 April 2019

Eureka: Science, Art and Technology of the Ancient Greeks @Museum Herakleidon

https://herakleidon-art.gr/en-us/Exhibitions/Eureka>

The exhibition “EUREKA” will present for the first time to the Chinese people the most representative of the ancient Greek technological accomplishments, in areas such as building and construction, time measurement, engineering, astronomy, shipbuilding, the arts and sports, communications, military technology and automata. Significant among the exhibits are the operational reproduction of the Antikythera Mechanism, the mobile servant girl of Philon, the aelosphere, the pump of Ktesibios, the hydraulis (hydraulic organ), the sewage system of Akrotiri in Thera and the Athenian trireme.

ABOUT THE VENUE

The Museum Herakleidon has been bringing art, education, and culture to the general public since 2004. Based on its philosophy of Science, Art and Mathematics, it provides original educational programs for students, teachers and adults as well as exhibitions of art and science.

 


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