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Dimitria is the largest cultural festival in the city with a variety of events.

  1. Modern and Contemporary era (1912 - )

    1966 Began.

  2. Ottoman era (1453- 1912)

  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

Dimitria is one of the largest cultural festivals in the country with visual arts, music, theatre, dance, cinema, workshops, seminars, literature, culinary and other events. It takes place every October at most cultural sites and monuments of the city and is a revived byzantine tradition. The name comes from Saint Dimitrios, who is the city’s patron saint and is celebrated every October, as well as the liberation of the city and the incorporation into the Greek state.

What I can't see

Dimitria was first held by the Greek Tourism Organization about half a century ago. It has hosted and continues to welcome artists from Greece and around the world, from Canada to New Zealand and from Latin America to Japan. Today, it follows the new trend of the city, i.e. to open itself up to an international audience and recover its cosmopolitan identity. Moreover, the artistic creations usually relate to global political events. In recent years, Dimitria has built up a cooperation with schools, organised artistic walks and made a serious effort to rebuild the local production of opera.


50 Dimitria, (2015), 50 χρόνια Δημήτρια, [50 years of Dimitria], Municipality of Thessaloniki,

Last visit: 8/9/2015

Zafeiris Ch. (1997), Θεσσαλονίκης Εγκόλπιον, ιστορία, πολιτισμός, η πόλη σήμερα, γεύσεις, μουσεία, μνημεία, διαδρομές, [Thessaloniki Handbook, history, culture, the city today, flavours, museums, routes], Athens: Exantas