THE BEGGAR’S OPERA
Athens Concert Hall, November 1-2
The Athens Concert Hall is staging Ian Burton and Robert Carsen’s wry new version of “The Beggar’s Opera,” written in 1728 by John Gay and Johann Christoph Pepusch, a tale of highwaymen, robbers, beggars, prostitutes and pimps. Widely regarded as the world’s first musical comedy, the work has now been brought up to date with modern characters and themes, yet remains a scathing critique of corrupt authority. The production stars Robert Burt, Beverley Klein, Kate Batter, Benjamin Purkiss and Kraig Thornber.
It is in English with Greek surtitles, and starts at 20.00. Tickets range from 16 to 60 euros.
1 Kokkali & Vassilissis Sofias
Maroussi Exhibition Hall, November 2-4
The Greek capital’s biggest event dedicated to handicrafts and DIY is taking place at the Maroussi Exhibition Hall (Helexpo). As well as an expo for materials and supplies, the event also includes dozens of how-to workshops with professionals in painting, decoupage, knitting/sewing, packaging, decoration, upholstery making, cosmetics making and other skills that can help you get creative and save money at the same time.
Admission to the event costs 3 euros per day or 6 euros for all three days.
Doors open at 10.00.
39 Kifissias, Maroussi
ATHENS BAR SHOW
Technopolis, November 6-7
The ninth annual Athens Bar Show, open to all professionals within the bar and spirits industry, will take place on November 6th and 7th. Following the success of last year, when over 8500 people visited the expo, it will once again take place in the seven indoor spaces and two courtyards of the Technopolis, in Gazi. You’ll get the chance to sample over 500 products, meet some of the most influential Greek bartenders, and join seminars with Greek and international industry professionals.
The exhibition will be open from 11.00-19.00 on both days.
CHRONIS BOTSOGLOU EXHIBITIONS
Skoufa Gallery, October 18-November 10
The Skoufa Gallery presents “Chronis Botsoglou: Landmarks,” a solo show comprising milestone paintings in the celebrated artist’s career, covering three specific themes that shaped his life and oeuvre: the death of his mother, the great masters who inspired a lot of his work, and sex.
Opening hours are Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10.00 to 15.30 and Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 10.00 to 15.30 and 17.30 to 21.00.
Skoufa Gallery, 4 Skoufa, Kolonaki
ATHENS BIENNALE 2018
Various venues, October 26-December 9
The theme of the 6th Athens Biennale (one of the largest contemporary art exhibitions held every two years in Athens) is “ANTI,” and this edition of the event features works by around 100 Greek and foreign artists in which they offer a distinct, idiosyncratic and uneasy screenshot of our political, social and cultural momentum.
This time around, the venues of the Biennale are in the vicinity of the Old Parliament near Syntagma Square. They are TTT (15 Stadiou), the Benakeios Library (2 Anthimou Gazi), the former Esperia Palace hotel (22 Stadiou) and the former TSMEDE building (4 Kolokotroni).
The opening days are Friday, October 26 (14.00-22.00), Saturday, October 27 (12.00-22.00) and Sunday, October 28 (12.00-22.00), during which the participating artists will launch “ANTI” with a diverse program of side events, including performances, talks and more.
Go here for more information.
ANCIENT WAR MACHINES
Museum of Ancient Greek Technology, to December 31
The Kostas Kotsanas Museum of Ancient Greek Technology presents a new exhibition of full-scale operating models of some of the innovative war machines built by the ancient Greeks that changed the ways battles were fought, including battering rams, catapults and armored vehicles.
The museum is open daily from 09.00 to 17.00. Admission is free of charge.
6 Pindarou & Academias, Kolonaki
Benaki Museum 138 Pireos Str., September 20 – January 5
Works by the 20th century Greek artist Yannis Moralis will be on display at the Benaki Museum Pireos Street Annexe from September 20th until the start of next year. The exhibition will include paintings, sculptures, architectural commissions, record covers, and book illustrations, representing the various phases in his artistic career.
Read more here.
138 Pireos Street
Helexpo, October 16 – January 6
Following its success in Thessaloniki the Dinosaur Park is bringing a selection of its exhibits to Athens’s Helexpo Center. The show comprises near-life-size replicas of a variety of prehistoric creatures in displays that give visitors an idea of what their natural habitat was like.
Opening hours are Mondays to Thursdays from 09.00 to 13.00, Fridays from 09.00-13.00 and 17.00-21.00, and Sundays from 11.00 to 19.00. Last admissions are 50 minutes before the park closes.
For reservations for parties or groups, call 210.616.8456 or 210.616.8457.
39 Kifissias Avenue, Maroussi
COUNTLESS ASPECTS OF BEAUTY
National Archaeological Museum, to spring 2019
The National Archaeological Museum presents “Countless Aspects of Beauty,” the final exhibition in a fascinating trilogy showcasing the institution’s impressive collections on the occasion of its 150th anniversary. Here, 350 artifacts, digital media and other displays explore man’s eternal quest for beauty and his need to surround himself with beautiful things, from everyday cooking utensils to jewelry, perfume and other finery. The show also addresses conflicting notions of beauty and aesthetic trends as they evolved from Neolithic times to late antiquity.
Visiting hours are Mondays from 13.00 to 20.00 and Tuesdays to Sundays from 8.00 – 20.00.
Admission costs 10 euros.
WOMEN IN NEOHELLENIC PAINTING
B&M Theocharakis Foundation for the Fine Arts & Music, October 24-February 3
Women have been a source of inspiration for artists throughout history, and this show offers a fascinating portrayal of how Greek society’s view of women altered from the second half of the 19th century to the middle of the 20th, through the eyes of artists.
In collaboration with the National Gallery – Alexandros Soutsos Museum, the B&M Theocharakis Foundation presents “Women in Neohellenic Painting,” containing works mainly from the collections of the National Technical University of Athens.
The museum is open daily from 10.00 to 18.00.
9 Vassilissis Sofias & 1 Merlin
Mairivi Workshop, from October 12
The Mairivi puppet theater workshop is hosting a permanent exhibition of puppets that has been put together by final-year students at Panteion University’s Department of Communications, Media & Culture. The aim of the show is to challenge stereotypes concerning prevailing perceptions about puppet theater, and particularly the notion that is it intended only for children.
The exhibition can be viewed every Thursday from 14.20.00.
33 Deligiorgi, Metaxourgeio