Prior to the launch of this year’s Athens Festival, the Herod Atticus Theater will feature two concerts by a great lady of Greek song, Marinella. With a program featuring her best-loved hits, Marinella’s performances on May 29 and 30 will be in support of the Society of Friends of Children with Cancer (ELPIDA) and its plans to build Greece’s first cancer hospital for children. ELPIDA President Marianna Vardinoyianni is due to host this summer’s first gala concert at the Herod Atticus Theater. Tickets for the event, which are already being snapped up, are priced at 120, 90, 60 and 25 euros and can be bought from ELPIDA’s offices at 10 Pindarou Street in Kolonaki. Telephone: 210.775.7934.