Athens and Epidaurus Festival 2018 kicks off next week

 Athens and Epidaurus Festival

The Athens and Epidaurus Festival has been running for over 60 years and is the annual “must see” arts and cultural event when visiting Greece over summer.

 Athens and Epidaurus Festival

The Festival programme, which begins June 1 till August 18, 2018 will be filled with an array of music, theatre, dance and visual arts that takes place at various venues around the city, including Piraeus 260, the Ancient Agora of Athens and the Onassis Cultural Centre. There will also be performances at two ancient amphitheatres of Odeon Herodes Atticus and the Theatre of Epidaurus, which are by far favourites and definite highlights of Greece’s much anticipated annual event.

 Athens and Epidaurus Festival

This year there will be internationally acclaimed artists, classical and modern drama, great orchestras, a wide range of dance productions, a new cooperation with Athens Conservatoire and a tribute to one of the greatest Greek playwrights after WWII, the recently departed Loula Anagnostaki. International artist Sting will also be performing at two sell-out performances on June 22ndand 23rd.

The Athens Festival will premiere with three brilliant performances on June 1st, as Peiraios 260 will open up with a production first presented at last year’s Festival to rave reviews: Dimitris Kourtakis’ Failing to Levitate in My Studio.

 Athens and Epidaurus Festival

Also at Peiraios 260, the USA-based Nature Theater of Oklahoma will present Pursuit of Happiness, a parody of the American Dream. While at the Athens Concert Hall (Megaron), audiences will be entertained by Ivo van Hove’s masterwork After the Rehearsal – Persona, a stage adaptation of two Ingmar Bergman classics.

This year’s Festival trailer was directed by the distinguished Pericles Hoursoglou and is visually conceived as a series of thousands of footsteps: the thousands of spectators rushing to the ancient and contemporary theatre venues from 1955 to our times.

Also, for the first time ever, all performances will come with English and Greek supertitles, giving Greek, foreign spectators, and the hearing impaired, the opportunity to enjoy them.

*For the full program head to: greekfestival.gr/en/news/article/the-full-programme-of-athens-%26-epidaurus-festival-2018-is-announced

GCT Team

This article was researched and written by a GCT team member.

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