Athens Festival

Epidaurus Odeon of Herodes Atticus Athens
Athens - Epidaurus Festival
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Genreall types
DatesMay - October
Location(s)Athens - Epidaurus, Greece
Years active1955-present

Athens – Epidaurus Festival is an annual arts festival that takes place in Athens and Epidaurus, from May to October. It is one of the most famous festivals in Greece. The festival includes musical, theatrical and other cultural events.


It was founded in 1955 with actions of Georgios Rallis (then Minister to the Prime Minister). Its purpose was to promote the artistic and theatrical creation. The director Dinos Giannopoulos undertook the organization of the first Athens Festival, on commission by then-Minister of Culture.[1]

Today, the festival is organised by the "Hellenic Festival S.A." company.[2] Since 2016 to date, Vangelis Theodoropoulos is serving as the artistic director following the resignation of Jan Fabre.[3][4]

Notable moments

Over the years, the Athens Festival has been able to host numerous notable groups and artists.[5],[6]



  1. ^ "History | Athens & Epidaurus Festival 2018". Athens & Epidaurus Festival 2018. Archived from the original on 2018-02-06. Retrieved 2018-03-09.
  2. ^ "The Vision". Athens - Epidaurus Festival. Archived from the original on March 11, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-27.
  3. ^ "Greek director Vangelis Theodoropoulos to head festival after Fabre resignation | Kathimerini". Retrieved 2018-03-09.
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  5. ^ Athens Festival '89 (performance program), pp. 1–4, 1989.
  6. ^ Giorgos Sarigannis. Athens Festival '95 (performance program), pp. 9–33, 1995.