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Athens’ 9 Unmissable Art and Culture Events in Summer 2014
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Athens’ 9 Unmissable Art and Culture Events in Summer 2014

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Updated: 9 February 2017
Athens has the longest-standing and possible most impressive cultural heritage of any town in Europe. The Greek capital, however, is not only recognised for its ancient culture but also its present day creativity. This summer, Athens keeps its history alive with festivals, exhibitions, drama and cultural events. Here are our top ten.

Art | ‘A Thousand Doors’ Exhibition

4 May – 30 June, 2014

Located at the Gennadius Library and held in collaboration with Greek culture organisation NEON and London’s Whitechapel Gallery, the ‘A Thousand Doors’ exhibition will show works by Greek and international artists in a wide range of media, including sculpture. Artists who will be participating are Matthew Barney, Elizabeth Price, Jannis Kounellis, Paky Vlassopoulou and many more. Guests will also be offered free-guided tours and open discussions of the art work.

The Gennadius Library, 62 Souidias Street, Athens, Greece +30 21 0721 0536

Art | Stefanos Tsivapoulos’ History Zero

23 May – 28 September, 2014

Located in the Museum of Cycladic Art, for the summer of 2014 only, Stefanos Tsivapoulos’ artwork History Zero will be on show to the public. This work represented Greece in the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013, and is now being presented for the first time in the artist’s home country. The piece includes a film, imagery as well as some text. The film shows the experiences of three different people (a young immigrant from Africa, a foreign artist and an elderly art collector who suffers from dementia) and their views on the value of money.

Museum of Cycladic Art, 4, Neophytou Douka St, Athens, Greece +30 21 7228 3213

Music | Technopolis Jazz Festival

31 May – 1 June, 2014

Athens hosts its 14th annual Technopolis Jazz Festival this June. The programme will see talented jazz musicians from eleven different countries performing in Technopolis. Each group is selected by their country for being the most representative group of jazz musicians in the nation. The festival will then give the 11 groups great international presence. The jazz festival is free to enter and certain to be a few days of great entertainment.

Technopolis Jazz Festival, Pireos and Voutadon, Athens, Greece +30 21 0346 1589

Culture | Hellenic Festival

1 June – 16 August, 2014

The Hellenic Festival, or as it is called in Greece, the ‘Athens & Epidaurus Festival’ brings high quality culture to numerous venues across the city. The festival highlights the Greeks’ creativity with new projects from foreign and local artists. For the past 56 summers, this wonderful celebration has hosted some of the leading lights in theatre, music and dance, from Maria Callas to Pavarotti and the Peking Opera. The Hellenic Festival 2014 is the ultimate art project for Greek culture in Athens this summer.

Event held in various locations across Athens

Culture | ‘The Antikythera Shipwreck’ exhibition

Until June 29, 2014

Hosted at the National Archaeological Museum, ‘The Antikythera Shipwreck’ is a unique exhibition available for the summer of 2014 only. The exhibition will be home to 378 exhibitions, which will allow guests to puzzle over the myth of the legendary Shipwreck of Antikythera. The exhibition is particularly special since the recovery of the shipwreck was the first underwater archaeological research mission of its kind in the world.

National Archaeological Museum, 44 Patission Street, Athens, Greece +30 21 3214 4800

Art | Athens Video Art Festival

7 – 9 June, 2014

This summer Athens will host their 10th Athens Video Art Festival, a festival of international and home-grown digital art. The festival, hosted in the historical centre of Athens, will involve range of exhibitions, screenings, workshops and live acts. Athens Video Art Festival, in collaboration with various Greek academic institutions, brings well-known artists to an international platform in order to meet fellow creatives and experiment with digital art.

Athens Video Art Festival, Theatrou Square, Athens, Greece, +30 21 0323 0005

Culture | Athens Gardens Festival

15 – 18 June, 2014

Taking place in the beautiful National Garden in the centre of the city is the Athens Gardens Festival. The festival hosts four days of classical music as well as other media such as Greek art and music, jazz, interactive performing arts and even pantomime. For four days the National Garden will be turned into a magical place of artistic expression and creativity.

Athens Gardens Festival, National Gardens of Athens, 1 Amalias avenue, Greece

Culture | August Full Moon at the Acropolis Museum

10 August, 2014

The Acropolis Museum celebrates the August full moon by hosting a night full of melodies from the Greek and world repertoire, performed by the historic Army Band of Athens. The Army Band began in 1825 and for many years has been the country’s number one musical authority, with world-renowned music conductors such as Maggel and Kalomiris taking the reins over the years. The museum and Acropolis will also be open to stroll through while the music plays.

August Full Moon, the Acropolis Museum, 15 Dionysiou Areopahitou Street, Athens +30 21 0900 0900

Culture | Fistiki Festival

18 – 21 September, 2014

The Fistiki Festival, located on the island of Aegini 17 miles from Athens, is home to over sixty kiosks selling local products varying from pistachios and agricultural products to traditional goods such as clay objects, hand-woven lace and jewellery. The Fistiki Festival runs in the last week of September each year, making 2014’s festival the sixth annual Fistiki Festival. The programme for this year includes many art exhibitions, performances in song, dance and theatre, as well as some interesting lectures. The opening ceremony is not to be missed with many surprises promised by the organisation.

Fistiki Festival, 4 Aeginitou, Athens, Greece +30 69 5519 4218

Have we missed anything? Let us know about your favourite Athenian events this Summer in the comments section below!

By Jenni Chattaway