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Athens- Epidaurus Festival

The Athens- Epidaurus Festival is the greatest annual cultural event of the city.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1821 - )

    1938 On September 11th and after thousands of years, the first performance was staged in the ancient theatre of Epidaurus. It was Sophocles’ Elektra.

    1955 It started as a small festival of high art in Athens. It quickly evolved into the Athens Festival, and its headquarter was the Odeon of Herodes Atticus.

    1998 The public corporation "Greek Festival" was founded, to which the Athens-Epidaurus Festival belongs. Since 2007, the Ministry of Culture is a shareholder.

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1821)

  3. Byzantine era (331 AC- 1453)

  4. Roman era (30 BC- 330 AC)

  5. Hellenistic era (322- 31 BC)

  6. Classical era (478-323 BC)

  7. Archaic era (800-479 BC)

  8. Geometric era (-1100- 800 BC)

  9. Prehistory (-1100 BC)

What I can see

The Athens-Epidaurus Festival hosts music, theatre, dance and other cultural events in different parts of the city and the ancient theatre of Epidaurus every summer for about four months. It significantly contributes to the strong cultural livelihood of the city during the summer months. The most prominent achievement of the festival is the harmonious coexistence of contemporary artistic expression with classical antiquity.

What I can't see

The festival aims to broaden the audience that watches the events, the emergence of new artists, the hosting of contemporary artistic trends and cooperation with other European festivals. It is many decades old, and a lot of the most celebrated artistic names worldwide have participated. It did not remain unaffected by the country’s political adventures during these decades. In the postwar period, it was at the heart of the conflict between modernity and the entrenched social and artistic attitudes of the time. During the military dictatorship, it became introverted and declined. Today, however it is a very extroverted festival of international prestige. The Athens Festival is linked with Epidaurus, a leading theatrical destination, in which world-class performances have been staged, and artists and professional organisations from all over the world have participated.


Athens and Epidaurus Festival 2015, (2015), Ιστορία, [History]

Last visit: 15/8/2015