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The best festivals to attend in Athens, Greece! Athens’ festival scene is constantly growing with more and more events taking place both in the winter and in the summertime. Music festivals and live concerts, art exhibitions, and sports events run throughout the year welcoming people of all ages and styles.
Here is a rundown of the best annual festivals that should definitely be on your radar.
Athens – Epidaurus Festival
Held since 1955, Athens Epidaurus Festival is the city’s most prestigious festival.
During the annual three-month Athens Epidaurus Festivals ancient Greek playwrights come to life in the city’s legendary theatres and modern venues.
From early June to mid-August, the Odeon of Herodes Atticus and the ancient theatre of Epidaurus host theatrical plays and music concerts from renowned Greek and international artists.
Summer Nostos Festival
Every year at the beginning of June, the Summer Nostos Festival invites people of all ages to Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre for a week full of music, arts, and sports.
The free-entrance festival takes place in SNFCC’s indoor and outdoor spaces and every year boasts a multifaceted program filled with diverse activities and events.
Featuring renowned artists from the international -rock- music scene and emerging local bands, Ejekt Festival has gained a reputation as Athens’ largest music festival.
Taking place at Platia Nerou (click to see the map) every year around June, Ejekt has become one of the most anticipated summer events.
Ejekt Festival has been part of Athens’ festival scene since 2005 and until nowadays its stages have hosted names such as The Cure, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and The Killers.
For 7 days in early summer, the old gas factory in the area of Gazi brims with the sound of jazz tunes. Exhibitions, book presentations, and educational activities take place all day long while at night international bands and musicians hit the stage.
Since its foundation, Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival has welcomed over 2,850 musicians and more than 250 international and Greek bands.
Bringing the most modern and fresh names of the international music scene in the heart of Athens, Plisskën Festival is known as the city’s most innovative and exciting multi-genre music festival.
Over the past 10 years that Plisskën Festival has been taking place it has held winter and summer versions. Using various modern spaces and buildings as its venues the popular festival hosts artists from the electronic, indie, and rock scenes.
Giorgio Moroder, Jungle, Tinariwen, Mogwai, and Mulatu Astatke are some of the names that have comprised Plisskën’s line-ups over the years.
Release Athens Festival
Boasting an incredible line-up in 2019 with Iggy Pop, Cypress Hill, and Damien Marley being only some of the artists that appeared on stage, Release Athens Festival has managed to make its fans anticipate its next line-up announcement.
Release Festival made its debut in 2016 with Pj Harvey, Beirut and Sigur Ros being some of the year’s headliners.
Ever since at the beginning of summer, Platia Nerou gets packed with music enthusiasts flocking to see their favorite acts.
The Athens International Film Festival Opening Nights
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