AEF - The Athens & Epidaurus Festival

AEF - The Athens & Epidaurus Festival

For the past six decades, the «Athens & Epidaurus Festival» has universally become synonymous with the height of culture. It presents the best of the arts - music, theater, dance and drama - to its numerous theaters, many of which are ancient monuments and sites.

The star, of course, being the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, which draws major performances from all over the world. One of the most important festivals in Athens and Greece, also known as the «Greek Festival», the Athens & Epidaurus Festival is determined on placing the spotlight on citizen creativity, while simultaneously being open to new creative endeavors by foreign artists. Taking place during the summer months, visitors have experienced numerous world premieres, co-productions with major foreign festivals, well-known artists, orchestras, contemporary dance, visual arts and more.

This great celebration, that has lasted over 56 summers, has hosted some of the leading lights of theater, classical music and dance. From Mitropoulos and Callas to Rostropovich, Pavarotti, Leonidas Kavakos and Dimitris Sgouros. From Theodorakis and Hatzidakis to Savvopoulos, Protopsalti, Dalaras and Marinella. From Rondiris and Koun to Streller, Peter Hall, Noh theater, Bunraku puppet theater, and the Peking Opera. From Balanchine to Pina Bausch, and from Nureyev and Fonteyn to Martha Graham and Alicia Alonso.

Above all, however, the Athens & Epidaurus Festival is a venture with an eventful past, often clouded by events in Greece’s recent history. It is an undertaking that, over the past decade, has taken on a much more youthful verve and openness to all walks of life.


Odeon of Herodes Atticus
Athens & Epidaurus Festival


▶︎ Acropolis & Parthenon
▶︎ Odeon of Herodes Atticus
▶︎ Theater of Dionysus
▶︎ Ancient Agora & Hephaestus Temple
▶︎ Roman Agora & Hadrian's Library
▶︎ Temple of Olympian Zeus
▶︎ Kerameikos (Ancient Cemetery)
▶︎ Kallimarmaro (Ancient Marble Stadium)
▶︎ Lyceum of Aristotles
▶︎ Academy of Plato
▶︎ Areopagus (Ancient Court)
▶︎ Choragic Monument of Lysicrates
▶︎ Pnyx (Birthplace of Democracy)
▶︎ Monument of Phillopappou
▶︎ Ancient Sights nearby Athens