The “Hellenic Festival” is a limited company established in 1998 for the organisation of music, theatre, and other cultural events, the publication and distribution of periodicals, books and other types of publications, and the creation of audiovisual material for the promotion of its events.
The company is administered by a seven-member board of directors that serves a three-year term. The resources of the company are derived from the regular, budgeted funding of the Greek state, a proportion of the revenues of the casinos on Mount Parnitha and Corfu, the sponsorships and revenues of performances, and the granting of its venues.
As of January 2007, shareholders in the company are the Greek Ministry of Culture (which also oversees the company administratively), and the Greek Ministry of Economy and Finance.
Until 2005, Hellenic Festival events were staged at the following venues: the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, the two ancient theatres at Epidaurus (at the Sanctuary of Asklepios, and at the ancient city), and the Lycabettus Theatre. In the summer of 2006, the company began a programme of expansion regarding the venues at which its performances are staged: property granted by the National Bank of Greece allowed for the creation of a new theatre through the renovation of Building D at the former Tsaosoglou Factory at 260 Pireos Street, while other venues around the city were used for the first time, such as Irini Pappas’ “Scholeion”, the Kotopouli Theatre, the Benaki Museum, the Faliro Indoor Sports Hall, the Porta Theatre, and others. A new theatre, co-funded by the Ministry of Culture and the Hellenic Festival, was created in 2007 through the renovation of Building H at the Peiraios 260 complex.
In addition to the creation of new venues for the staging of its performances, the company aims to broaden the audiences that attend its events, to highlight and promote the work of young artists, and to present contemporary trends in dance, music and theatre through the invitation of, and collaboration with interesting artists and performance companies. Efforts are being made to fall in line with the major European festivals of this kind.
The Herodion – Herod Atticus TheaterJune 7, 9, 11 & 13 – Greek National Opera presents Wagner’s Flying Dutchman
June 14 – Guiseppe Verdi’s Requim
June 22 – Patti Smith
July 1 – Diana Krall
July 15 – 16 – Theatrical reading: Eleni by Evripidis – presented by Vasilis Nikolaidis
Epidaurus Festival 2013
The Epidaurus Festival runs from early July to the end of August this year, and includes 2 ancient tragedies, a satirical drama, 2 Aristophanic comedies, a Menander, an experimental performance with extracts from three tragedie, and a surprise …
July 5 & 6, 2013
Medea, Evripides favorite tragic heroine – directed by Spiros Evaggelatos.
July 12 & 13, 2013
Dionisis Savvopoulos, this time not only with music, but all directing Ploutos (Wealth).
July 19 & 20, 2013
The Cyprus Theatre Organisation presents Samia
July 26 & 27, 2013
The State Theatre of Northern Greece presents in the Peace by Aristophanes
August 9 & 10, 2013
The National Theatre presents the Cyclops by Euripides, directed by Basil Paspavasileiou [2 & 3.08], and Trachiniae Sophocles directed by Thomas Moschopoulou
August 17, 2013
In celebration of August Fifteenth Holiday: A surprise – the National Theater, under the direction of Nikos Karathanou, will present a lively production of the legendary Golfo at the ancient theater.
August 23 & 24, 2013
The Patras Municipal Regional Theatre brings the presents the Trojan Women by Euripides
August 31, 2013
The Festival ends with an experimental performance based on excerpts from three tragedies.
Athens Festival and Epidaurus Festival Tickets
Ticket Prices for the Athens Festival and the Epidaurus FestivalIn order to be informed about the ticket prices you can visit the Program section of the Festival website and check the schedule.
Prices and the
advance booking date for each event are posted on this website.
How to Book Athens Festival TicketsYou may book your tickets for Festival events in three ways:
Online, using your credit or debit card
By telephone, using your credit or debit card
In person, a
Advance booking begins three weeks prior to each event.t Festival Box Offices or from the PAPASOTIRIOU Bookstores and the PUBLIC Stores by purchasing a voucher.
Online Bookings for the Athens and Epidaurus FestivalCredit card bookings entail ticket purchases and not ticket reservations.
Tickets can be purchased on-line until 2 pm on the day of the performance.
Buying your tickets online allows you to select your seats, according to price and availability.
You may also buy season tickets, where available.
Tickets can be collected from:
Festival Box Offices (Monday – Friday: 9:00-17:00, Saturday: 09:00-15:00)
directly from event venues (sales start 2 hours before the event. During the first hour tickets for all the events are sold, while the second hour you can only buy tickets for the performance of the day).
A courier service is also available (at a charge of €3,5 per call out – The service is available only for Greece).
To book tickets online click here.
Tickets can be purchased over the telephone using a credit card.
Call Centre Sales Personnel: Tickets can be purchased from call centre sales personnel until 2 pm on the day of the performance.
Telephone Booking Centre: +30 210 – 32 72 000
Opening Hours: Through a telephone operator: 09.00-21.00 daily (including Sunday)
Tickets can be collected from Festival Box Offices, or directly from event venues. A courier service is also available (at a charge of 3,5 € per call out – The service is available only for Greece).
“In-Person” Bookings: Box Offices
39 Panepistimiou Street, inside the Pesmazoglou Arcade
Opening Hours: Monday – Friday: 9:00-17:00, Saturday 09:00-15:00
Odeon of Herodes Atticus
Dionysiou Aeropagitou Street, Makriyianni
Opening Hours: 09:00-14:00 and 18:00-21:00 Daily
Ancient Epidaurus Theatre
Argolis Prefecture, Peloponnesus
Opening Hours): Monday – Thursday 09:00-14:00 and 17:00-20:00, Friday – Saturday 09:30-21:30