Athens & Epidaurus Festival

Performing Arts in Athens

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The ancient Theatre of Epidavros and Athens' Odeon of Herodes Atticus are the headline venues for Greece's annual cultural festival, running since 1955 and featuring a top line-up of local and international music, dance and theatre.

The superb Odeon of Herodes Atticus is one of the world’s prime historic venues, with the floodlit Acropolis as a backdrop. Events are also held in modern venues around town. Local and international productions of Ancient Greek drama take place at the famous ancient Theatre of Epidavros in the Peloponnese, two hours west of Athens, on Friday and Saturday nights in July and August. Check the festival website for special KTEL buses to Epidavros.

As box-office queues can be long and events often sell out, it's best to book tickets online (, starting mid-March); tickets can also be purchased in person at Viva ticket outlets, such as Seven Spots stores. Half-price student tickets (with ID) are available for most performances, but can only be purchased in person at the festival office, starting in May.