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55 Cultural Events : Festivals


This article is from the Greece FAQ, by Nikolaos (Nick) C. Fotis, nfotis@theseas.ntua.gr with numerous contributions by others.

55 Cultural Events : Festivals

From: G0900@vmcms.csuohio.edu <Katherine Pasalis>

Here is information on various Festivals held in Greece.

The Athens Festival
Greece'ns Festival light up summer nights
in Athens. Performances of prominent companies are stages from June through
September in the ancient open-air amphitheater, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus
at the foot of the Acropolis.

The 5,000 seat theater, specially designed for musical and dramatic
performances in 161 A.D. was commissioned by the wealthy Roman benefactor,
Herodes Atticus, in memory of his late wife. Decorated in marble and
monumental in size, it has served as a vital part of Greek culture since
ancient times when musicans, dancers, dramatists and poets performed in
festivals for the favor of the gods.

The panorama of the Parthenon is the theater's productions, making todays
performances even more breathtaking for audiences arriving from throughtout
the world.

Tickets are less costly than they would be back home. They range from $4.00
to $40.00, depending on the performance, and can be obtained through the
Athens Festival office on Voukourestiou Street or at the Box Office. Visitors
are advised to buy tickets upon arrival in Athens. Most performances begin
at 9 p.m.

(Student id cards might help to get discounts)

Epidaurus Festival
Inaugurated in 1954, the Epidaurus Festival was soon established as a world
renowned tradition of ancient Greek drama performances. The ancient theater
at Epidaurus (seating capacity of 14,000) was built to plans drawn by the
architect Polycleitos the Younger in the 3rd century B.C. and is famous
for its accoustics and beauty. Excursion clubs and travel agencies combine
attendance to the performances with visits to the archaeological sites
at Epidaurus and Argolis.

The Festival is held during weekends July through September, and performances
start at 9 p.m.

(if you can visit this theatre and site. I have not seen a performance
there but the site itself is worth the visit)

Philipi and Thassos Festival
Ancient drama performances are also given in the ancient theatres at
Philippi and on the island of Thassos.

Patras International Festival
Various artisitc performances, art exhibitions, etc. are taking place
in Patras, capital of the Peloponnese.

Dodoni Festival
Performances of historic drama are likewise given in the ancient theatre
at Dodoni.

Lycabettus Theater
Mid June-Late August
Various artistic performances are given during the summer season in the
open air theater on Lycabettus (Likavitos) Hill.

Sound and Light
Early April-Late October
Performances are given in Athens and Rhodes in several foreign languages
Also in Corfu from mid-May to late September.

Film Festival and Festival of Popular Song at Thessaloniki
As part of the Thessaloniki International Trade Fair, a Festival of
Greek Popular Song is held in the Palais de Sports which is located inside
the grounds of the fair. As soon as the Fair is over, two interesting
festivals of Greek and foreign films are organized. Both events take
place in the theatre of the Association of Macedonian Studies.

a) September Greek Song Festival
b) Beginning of October, Greek & Foreign Film Festival

The Thessaloniki Demetria Festival
As a part of the border program which accompanies the International
Trade Fair, there is an annual October series of theartical, musical,
ballet, and operatic performances, given by Greek and foreign companies
as a revival of the tradition of Byzantine festive events in the
capital of Macadonia.

Folk Dancing(I saw this company perform and they are GREAT)
From May to September each year, there are performances of Greek Dancing
at the open-air theater on Filopappus Hill in Athens, presented by
the Dora Stratou song and ballet troupe, which is well known throughtout
the world. Tel:324-4395 (8am - 2pm), 921-4650, after 5:30pm
(This theatre is located accross from the Acropolis, I recommend this
event, to see the different dances from around Greece. )

On the island of Rhodes, from June to October every year, the Nelly
Dimoglou troupe presents Greek folk dancing in the theater of the old
town of Rhodes. Tel:(0241)20157

Classical and modern repertoire is presented in Athenian theaters all
year round. The two organized State Theatrical companies, the National
Theater in Athens and the Northern Greece National Theater at Thessaloniki
follow the festival program organized by the G.N.T.O. In winter, they
present noteworthy plays by Greek and foreign playwrights.

The Lyric Theater
Known in Greece as the Lyriki Skini, it presents its performances at
Olympia Theater at 59, Akadimias Street, in Athens. Various operatic
plays are performed, often starring foreign artists. In summer, the
Lyriki Skini transfers its activities to the Herod Atticus Odeon by
participating in the Athens Festival.


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