Art & Culture
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Athens and Epidavros Festival
The “Hellenic Festival” was established in 1998 for the organisation of music, theater, and other cultural events, the publication and distribution of periodicals, books and other types of publications, and the creation of audiovisual material for the promotion of its events. The annual Epidavros festival takes place from June to August in Athens and is one of the most important cultural festivals in the country, with Greek classic theater performances, Greek drama, music concerts, contemporary dance events, lectures and more. Since the summer of 2006, the Hellenic Festival began a program of expansion regarding the venues at which its performances are staged. Property granted by the National Bank of Greece allowed for the creation of a new theater through the renovation of Bldg. D at the former Tsaousoglou Factory at 260 Pireos Street, while other venues around the city were used for the first time, such as Irini Pappas’ “Scholeion”, the Kotopouli Theater, the Benaki Museum, the Falero Indoor Sports Hall, the Porta Theater, and others. A new theater, co-funded by the Ministry of Culture and the Hellenic Festival, was created in 2007 through the renovation of Bldg. H at the Pireos 260 complex. In addition to the creation of new venues for the staging of its performances, the company aims to broaden the audiences that attend its events, to highlight and promote the work of young artists, and to present contemporary trends in dance, music and theater through the invitation of, and collaboration with interesting artists and performance companies. Efforts are being made to fall in line with the major European festivals of this kind. For more info: www.greekfestival.gr/en/
Athens Photo Festival
is the leading international festival of photography in Greece. Exploring issues relevant to our times, their programs encompass a variety of activities that aim at fostering a critical understanding of contemporary culture and society through photography and related media. For information, visit: www.photofestival.gr
This cultural event is organised by the Municipality of Eleusina, Attica near Athens. The Festival is a tribute to the Greek poet and drama writer Aeschylus. It takes place annually in summer or early autumn and includes concerts, exhibitions, theater and dance performances.
The European Jazz Festival
is held annually at the Technopolis in Gazi. European musicians from all jazz forms and many famous artists participate in this event. Entrance is free. The embassies of the participating countries support and contribute to the festival.