June Festivals and Events in Greece

Epidaurus

Epidaurus

Summer is a great season to visit Greece as it has lots of cultural events not limited to just dance performances to offer. Be warned that if you are on the mainland, it is a climate of hot to very hot. Coastal or island areas are cooler, though many places are generally hot. Expect temperatures up to 28ºC if you are in Athens, Crete is two degrees cooler. People still enjoy outdoor cinemas other than the art festivals and some local festivals.

Propylaion Gate, Acropolis

Whether it is spelled as Propylea or Proyplaia or Propylaea, this gate is a monumental gateway and entrance to the Acropolis in Athens. This place will be with great crowds in Summer. The Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus is one of the venues for the Athens & Epidaurus Festival. Other than getting to see the archaeological site of Sanctuary of Asklepios, you can see theatrical performances. Or go to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, the Herodeon on the southern slopes of Acropolis. You can find events happening on the Dionyssiou Areopagitou Street. There are theatre presented by Berliner Ensemble, Stockholm Royal Dramatic Theatre, the Propeller Theatre Company featuring distinguished Greek directors such as Michael Marmarinos and Dimitris Lignadis. In Epidaurus, see the Oedipus the King directed by Cezaris Gruzinis. Dimitris Bitos promising you surprises in the Little Epidaurus.

Dances at the Hellenic Festival

Odeon of Herodes Atticus

Odeon of Herodes Atticus

This 38 days event is where you can see plays, at various venues such as the Athens Concert Hall, the Onassis Cultural Centre, and in one of the Herod Atticus that was built in memory of Regilla. If you like dance performances, the Sasah Waltz, Alain Buffard, Ali Thabet and Hedi Thabet will be making an amazing dance performance entitled Rayahzone. Ali and Hedi from Tunisia jointly choreographed the dance with an immersion in Sufi music. Fluid or violent movements for this ‘rayah’ which literally means ‘journey’. The Mariinsky Theatre Ballet will be there and Don Quixote is known to be one of the most popular Russian ballets (Swan Lake). This comeback to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus will be a wonderful addition. Julie Nioche shall also be introducing herself in ‘Nos solitudes’. See her being suspended above and without magic, watch how her body balance against the gravity-defying dance. Tout va bien by Alain Buffard is an aesthetic ‘disobedient’ dance with emancipation and forms of repression.

 

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