The Nutcracker | Athens | December 20-30

Already boasting 26 sold-out performances of repertoire classics in the Greek capital, the Grigorovich Ballet Theater of Russia is returning with E.T.A. Hoffmann's ever-popular Christmas tale “The Nutcracker.”


Chico Freeman Trio | Athens | December 15-18

Hailed as one of the greatest jazz saxophonists of the last four decades, an artist whose music embraces a diverse array of styles, from hip hop, funk, bebop and post-bop to the blues and melodies conjured from African and Asian scales, Chico Freeman is coming to Athens.


Gabriela Montero | Athens | December 14

Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero, renowned for her real-time improvisation of complex musical pieces on themes suggested by her audience and other sources, will be performing works by Schubert and Schumann at the Athens Concert Hall.

WHAT'S ON Lecture

Bruce Robbins | Athens | December 12

In cooperation with the Birkbeck Institute for the Humanities, the Athens Concert Hall has invited Columbia University Humanities Professor Bruce Robbins to deliver a lecture titled “Could Europe Apologize?” 

WHAT'S ON Visual Arts

Fotopoulos Collection | Athens | To March 3

“Selves and Others,” an exhibition at the headquarters of the National Bank of Greece Cultural Foundation, comprises 400 oil paintings, drawings, sculptures, photographs and, mainly, portraits, by celebrated artists from the personal collection of the great Greek stage designer Dionysis Fotopoulos.


Tosca | Athens | January & February

Acclaimed Greek director Nikos S. Petropoulos has always regarded Giacomo Puccini's “Tosca” as a highly cinematic opera that could be seen as the precursor to the moving picture. In his production for the Greek National Opera, the setting is Rome in World War II, focusing on the element of violence and sadism.


Desert Rock | Athens | December 11

The Gimme Shelter festival of films about musicians and the broader music industry hosted by Gagarin 205 comes to an end on Monday, December 11, with a screening followed by a concert. At 10.30 p.m., the rock venue will show Jeorg Steineck's “Lo Sound Desert,” a feature-length documentary about the Californian desert rock and punk rock scene.


Pirandello Tribute | Athens | December 11

The Italian Institute pays tribute to one of the country’s most popular playwrights, Luigi Pirandello, with screenings of films based on his plays. On Monday, December 11, it will be showing “Cosi e se vi pare” (Right You Are), an exploration of the relativity of truth.


Street Dance Festival | Thessaloniki | December 9

The Battle of the Best Street Dance Festival takes place at Aristotle University's ceremonies hall on Saturday, December 9, featuring dozens of solo dancers as well as crews from across the country in an energy-packed competition for three Street Dance Theater Awards.



Pilobolus takes audience into ‘Shadowland’

Members of the Pilobolus dance theater perform ‘Shadowland’ for the media ahead of the show’s premiere at the Athens Concert Hall on Wednesday night. The American company is in the Greek capital through Sunday with a total of eight performances that combine dance and acrobatics in a tale recounting a young girl’s nightmares. Pilobolus is one of several top-flight acts that will be appearing in the Greek capital over the holiday season, which also include the Grigorovich Ballet Theater of Russia in Tchaikovsky’s festive favorite ‘The Nutcracker.’ [Haris Akriviadis/ANA-MPA]