Athens Insider Summer 2020

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Canadian Play “The Tangled Garden”

WHAT: Old Machine Theater presents its world premiere of the Canadian play “Tangled Garden”. Bruce Gooch and Lynn Vogt play two loners that together embark on a journey defined by luck, love, humor, and lessons learned when two humans attempt to understand one another. Take advantage of this English language piece of theater and enjoy a candid and ...

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Evzones: Behind the Seams

A peek under the 400-pleated fustanellas and elaborate uniforms worn by the elite Evzones, a real labour of love, embroidered and hand-crafted by the 10-member tailoring department of the Presidential Palace. A photo essay on a unique tailoring tradition by Angelos Giotopoulos. Often the most-photographed subjects of tourists,...

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Ziya Azazi’s “Dervish”

WHAT: A bonafide whirling dervish is a rare phenomenon. Don’t miss the chance to see an entire ensemble of them perform live this month. The Turkish choreographer has combined his two previous works “Dervish in Progress” and “Azab” into one performance inspired by Islamic mysticism and the Mevlevi order. In addition, Azazi will hold seminars on his...

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Noises Off

WHAT: Whether it’s an old favorite or your first experience, everyone needs to see the classic “Noises Off” play, originally created by Michael Frayn. A layered, clever, and absolutely entertaining meta-story that breaks the fourth wall in increasingly hilarious ways, this play within a play is a must-see. Directed by Ektoras Lygizos. For ticket in...

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Jon Allen Performs

WHAT: Bring a little soul to a cool fall evening with an inspiring performance from English singer and songwriter Jon Allen. The musician straddles the folk and rock genres and will make his debut in Athens with his fourth album, “Blue Flame”. To purchase tickets visit here. WHEN: 10 pm, October 19 WHERE: Stavros tou Notou Frantz...

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Pavlos Samios: Lovers of the Earth

WHAT: Professor at the Athens School of Fine Arts, renowned Greek artist Pavlos Samios presents a series of paintings dating back to his Paris period from 1978 to 1992. Using several painting techniques (fresco, tempera, etc.) the Lover of the Earth exhibition touches on the French eco-sensibility of the early ‘90s. WHEN: Until November 8, Mondays...

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Steve Lazarides: The Man Behind Banksy

Steve Lazarides on the ever-elusive Banksy’s most shocking stunt yet With the staged self-destruction of his own 1.4 million dollar painting at an auction, Banksy shocked the world yet again and cemented his status as one of the most fascinating and unpredictable artists of our time. Back in May 2010 Athens Insider spoke with...

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“Walls & Streets” Exhibition

WHAT: It’s difficult to spend more than 5 minutes in Athens without coming across at least a dozen pieces of street art. The now global graffiti movement that has made Athens the “European capital of Street Art” actually has its roots in New York City. A collaboration between the two cities at the Alibi Gallery provides an incredible opportunity fo...

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What to do in Athens this October

From Shakespeare, rock n’ roll history, Mexican muralists, French street culture, Jewish relics, craft beer exhibitions, wine fests and so much more. National Theatre Live: King Lear WHAT: British icon Ian McKellan graces the screen with his acclaimed performance of King Lear in the Shakespeare play of the same name. The moving...

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Eating, Sleeping, Breathing Music

When you hear the phrase rock and roll, the image that appears in your mind is probably one that Richard Bellia took. Born with the gift of artistry, Bellia has used his eye for passion and talent to photograph dozens of iconic rock musicians in a groundbreaking career spanning almost 40 years. Richard Bellia’s legendary career as a photo...

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