The Athens and Epidaurus Festival is the city’s annual arts festival and a highlight of the Greek summer calendar. With a legacy that spans more than sixty years, today it incorporates a full programme of music, theatre, dance and visual arts. Performances at the two ancient theatres of Odeon Herodes Atticus and the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus are highlights of the festival. Both are famous for their exemplary acoustics and many of the great works of classical playwrights such as Sophocles who premiered at the Epidaurus theatre in ancient times.
The 2018 festival could very well be a stand-out year. It has been announced that Sting will perform at the iconic Odeon of Herodes Atticus in June. The festival’s progressive creative director, Vangelis Theodoropoulos is focused on embracing international audiences, announcing schedules in advance and making it easier for people to pre-purchase tickets and better plan their travel itineraries. The spectacular open-air theatre of Odeon Herodes Atticus provides a magical setting at the base of the Acropolis. It has hosted legendary performances by Frank Sinatra, Maria Callas and Luciano Pavarotti to name a few.