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Athens Epidaurus Festival 2024 – Your Guide to Summer Nights

Planning is in our Greek blood, especially when it comes to summertime fun! With spring whispering promises of warm weather, Athens gears up for its legendary festival season, culminating in the crown jewel: the Athens Epidaurus Festival (AEF)

A Legacy of Performance

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the AEF, making it not only the leading performing arts festival in Greece but also one of Europe’s most established.  

From June 1st to August 24th, the festival transforms Athens and the nearby town of Epidaurus into a vibrant stage. Over 85 days, 93 productions come alive, drawing on the city’s unique spirit and showcasing it across a diverse range of venues.

Beyond the Odeon: A Festival Citywide

While the iconic Odeon of Herodes Atticus remains a highlight, the AEF extends far beyond. Visualize spellbinding performances at the industrial-chic Pireos 260 complex or thought-provoking discussions at the National Library. Unexpected gems like the Sotiria Hospital and the Keratsini Seafood Market become temporary stages, blurring the lines between art and everyday life.

Spotlight on Must-See Shows 

This year’s program boasts a thrilling mix of established artists and fresh talent. Catch the legendary Sting or the ethereal Anohni under the Athenian sky. For cutting-edge Greek creativity, don’t miss the AEF’s GRAPE section in July.

Of course, the AEF wouldn’t be complete without the timeless works of ancient Greek playwrights. Aeschylus, Aristophanes, and Euripides take center stage both in classic and contemporary interpretations. 

A Festival Journey: From June to August

June: The festival kicks off with a grand opening at the Odeon, while Pireos 260 becomes a hub for contemporary performances and post-show parties with “Live at the Platea.” 

July: The ancient theater of Epidaurus awakens, while Athens buzzes with big names like Sting and the innovative GRAPE initiative.

August: The Athenian leg wraps up, and festivalgoers flock to Epidaurus for evenings under the stars with the great Greek tragedies.

Beyond the Stage: Exhibitions and Activities

The AEF offers more than just performances. Explore the “Hippolytus – Phaedra” exhibition, delve into workshops like “Little Trackers” designed for children, or simply absorb the vibrant atmosphere of a city celebrating its artistic heritage.

Plan Your AEF Experience

Don’t miss your chance to be part of this historic festival! Secure your tickets and start planning your Athens Epidaurus Festival adventure today. Book here when ready! Check the full program here:

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