Greek Festivals Showcase Hellenic Culture

The cultural heritage of Greece is known and loved worldwide. These days, it is kept alive as much through vibrant and colourful festivals as visits to archaeological sites and islands.

Capital city Athens, for example, is home to the Athens & Epidaurus Festival, Greece’s foremost cultural festival and one of the oldest performing arts festivals in Europe. Each year it presents numerous theatre, dance and music artists, attracting large audiences from around the world from July to August.

A key venue for the Festival is the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, located at the foot of the Acropolis. However performance also take place in Peiraois 260, a former industrial area that is now utilised by experimental artists. Moreover, neighbourhoods around the city are alive with cultural performances.

The Epidaurus section of the festival is held at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus and the Little Theatre of Ancient Epidaurus. Ancient Greek dramas are performed by Greek and international theatre groups – with the Little Theatre focusing mostly on alternative interpretations.

Meanwhile, Thessaloniki is home to the Dimitria Festival, Greece’s second largest cultural festival that takes place for three months between September and December and includes musical, theatrical and dance events, street happenings and several exhibitions.

Hall 1.1 / Stand 101, 101a