Athens and Epidaurus Festival Program Unveiled: Edgy, Political and Youthful

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Greece’s major cultural event, the 61st Athens and Epidaurus Festival, is full of youth this year with 80 performances at a number of venues from mid-June to mid-August this year. Events take place at the little and large Epidaurus theater, the Herod Atticus Theater and the industrial buildings at 260 Pireos Street.

Prepared in just five weeks after the resignation of Belgian multidisciplinary artist Jan Fabre who caused public uproar when he presented a Belgian-based program. Vangelis Theodoropoulos has now taken over as artistic director with a low-key program with few large names but a focus on youthfulness and trends to come. The key word is “political,” with a program that pretty much reflects the times. All up there are numerous theatrical works, 20 music concerts, 10 dance performances, visual arts exhibitions, performance lectures. There will also be a special tribute to William Shakespeare on the quadricentennial since his death.

SOME HIGHLIGHTS: Herod Atticus Theater (D. Areopagitou Street, Acropolis)June 10-12, 15 – National Opera presents Giuseppe Verdi’s “Aida” June 23 – Composer Notis Mavroudis’ work performed by George Dalaras, Nena Venetsanou, Anastasia Moutsatsou, etc. June 27 – French-Canadian pianist Alain Lefevre Ancient Epidaurus Theater, Argolis, Peloponnese July 1-2 Aristophanes’ “Plutus,” directed by George Kimoulis, features Yiannis Bezos, Petros Filippidis, Pavlos Haikalis. July 15-16 The National Theater of Northern Greece presents Sophocles’ “Antigone” July 29-30 The National Theater, in collaboration with the Russian Vakhtangov Theater, present Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex.

August 6-7 The National Theater presents Aristophanes’ “Lysistrata”

CLICK HERE for the full program at all venues.