Welcome to Athens! July is sure a hot month so be sure to drink a lot of water and stay in the shade. But it's not so bad! Busy cafes and arcades are all over the city to offer cooling spots and fun activities. Keep reading to discover some of our suggestions for this July.
Museum of Islamic Art Café
The Islamic art collections of the Benaki Museum are housed in a complex of neo-classical buildings located in the historical centre of Athens, in the Kerameikos district. Major archaeological sites located in the same area include the grounds of the ancient Agora (currently undergoing development), the Doric temple of Hephaestus (the "Theseio") and the Museum of the ancient Kerameikos necropolis (cemetery). The cafe on the terrace of the Museum though is a stop you need to take. The tiles decorating the walls and the chessboard ceiling lighted by the Athenian light from the open terrace will steal your heart. The painting has been created by artist Navine G. Khan-Dossos in 2016 in response to a story about the removal of palm trees in Athens. Truly a magical place will take to Arabian nights the Greek way. Excellent food and beverages.
Open during Museum's hours.
All info here
Workshop “Making your book, from Athens with love!” 4,11,18 and 25/7
Athens is the book capital of the world for the year 2018. This calls for a celebration! So, the Municipal Gallery of Athens houses a rich collection of nearly 3,000 works from leading 19th- and 20th-century Greek artists. This July, to honor the literary past and present of the city, it organizes a workshop for children during the exhibition “Book as a work of art”.
A unique opportunity for kids to get acquainted with the art of bookbinding and design.
There is no fee.
The project combines the logic of a large-scale installation with plush sculptures and furry costumes. Fluffy Library is a cuddly environment that creates an original and otherworldly reading and playing area for both young and old. The project’s hybrid nature combines different functions: it creates a multi- sensorial visual experience, while it also prompts readership as it functions as an open library.
Find out all the info here!
Images from Athens' Past 12/3 - 15/7
The Athens International Airport hosts the exhibition Images from Athens from the Benaki Museum Photographic Archives. A fine selection of images by significant Greek photographers, illustrate views of the city centre, its squares as well as its central roads, dating from the mid 19th century to the end of the 1960s. Valued equally for their historical significance and for their aesthetic excellence, these photographs selected from the Photographic Archives of the Benaki Museum offer to the viewer a unique experience to travel back to an Athens that no longer exists.
Exhibition Area “Art & Culture”, Arrivals level – Exit 1
Athens Photo Festival 2018 6/6-29/7
Athens Photo Festival 2018 brings together over 120 emerging and established international artists from 32 countries with the aim to reflect the diversity of contemporary photography, and to create opportunities for exchange of ideas, artistic expression and international engagement. The 2018 main exhibitions take place from 6 June to 29 July 2018, at the Benaki Museum (Pireos St. Annexe). At the core of the festival is a range of events, including portfolio reviews, screenings, talks and discussions, workshops, and various community and participatory projects. In addition to the main venue-based programme, the festival encourages community involvement through satellite exhibitions in various locations in the city.The 2018 main exhibitions are accentuated by the Young Greek Photographers platform that seeks to promote Greek talented artists, between the ages of 18-35, to be exhibited and introduced to a wide audience and network of photography professionals.
The entrance is free.
IDEA: Ancient Greek Science and Technology
The exhibition’s main thematic axe develops around “human activities”, focusing on man as body and intellect, as creator and user, as thinker, religious and social being, as measure of all things -as criterion and means of comparison. The exhibition’s objects are life-size or scale models, reconstructed after the descriptions by ancient Greek authors and Arab translations; with the exception of architecture, ancient Greek technology constructions or tools could not be preserved for posterity as they were made of perishable or recyclable materials.
Please remember that Hellenic Cosmos Cultural Center is closed on Mondays.
General ticket 6€
More info here
Carmen by Georges Bizet 27-29 and 31/7
The most popular opera from the French repertoire, a symbol of love and freedom, returns to the Theatre of Herodes Atticus under the direction of the acclaimed Stephen Langridge. The opera was first presented in the Herodes Atticus theatre in 2016 and still remains a contemporary, modern and acidic since it takes place in Europe of closed borders and poverty.
The imposing open-air theatre under the Acropolis and the modern video projections and direction create a timeless environment for the classic tale of Carmen to unfold.
With the GNO Orchestra, Chorus, Soloists, Ballet and Children’s Chorus, as part of its educational mission.
Odeon of Herodes Atticus Theater
Starts at 21.00
Ticket prices: €25, 45, 55, 60, 85, 100
For details and reservations, visit www.nationalopera.gr
In French with Greek and English suptitles.
He hope that you enjoy your time in Athens and that our little agenda guided you through a unique experience!
Postcards from Greece Team