Athens

Piano City | Athens | May 16-19

Piano City Athens, with the support of This is Athens City Festival, brings over 100 pianos to various public spaces across the city this month. From squares to hospitals, private homes to sidewalks, and even atop Lycabettus Hill, pianos are available for all to play and enjoy. Esteemed artists, rising stars and students showcase their talents, serenading passers-by over four days.

‘Holy Light’ makes its way across Greece

The 'Holy Light' arrived in Athens shortly after 8 p.m. Saturday and is making its way across Greece to arrive in time for the celebration of the Resurrection of Christ.

The Holy Light - or Holy Fire - was lit in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem earlier Saturday.

As is the custom, it was greeted at the Athens International Airport as an arriving head of state.

Orthodox Easter exodus largest in recent years

Traffic has eased on the major thoroughfares out of Athens after the biggest Easter exodus in recent years from the capital peaked on the afternoon of Good Friday.

Data showed that from 6 a.m. on Holy Monday to 6 a.m. on Good Friday, 329,684 vehicles passed the toll plazas on the motorways to Corinth and Lamia. That figure was 309,998 last year and 291,141 in 2022.

Chores | Athens | May 8

Greece's Eurovision entry with Marina Satti has sparked excitement, but her role as artistic director of the talented female choir Chores adds a new dimension. Following their acclaimed 2023 performance, they're set to captivate audiences at the Stoa of Attalos (4 Adrianou) in the Ancient Agora of Athens.

Athens center closed for Labor Day demonstrations

The center of Athens will be mostly closed to traffic on Wednesday (May 1) due to announced rallies related to Labor Day.

Restrictions will be implemented gradually as o 9.30 a.m. in the streets around Propylea on Panepistimiou Street, Omonia Square, Syntagma Square, and roads leading to and from Panepistimiou and Stadiou Streets.

Technical Olympic to build luxurious complexes by order of the Church

Three luxury residential complexes in the northern Athens suburb of Kifissia and southern Vouliagmeni are to be developed on behalf of the Church of Greece by the Technical Olympic group.

The listed company has prevailed in successive tenders held by EKYO, the Church's asset utilization agency, in order to utilize top-range plots of land available to the Church through consideration.

Urban Picnic | Athens | May 1

The This is Athens-City Festival returns to the serene surroundings of Plato's Academy Park (Kratylou & Tripoleos) on May 1. Expect a full day of fun activities, workshops and shows for the little ones, and live music and DJ sets from some of the city's most popular radio producers.

Varvakios | Athens | May 11

The annual Varvakios party returns, converting Athens' Central Food Market into a free-entry nightclub for all. Drawing over 6,000 attendees to Athinas Street (Monastiraki), it's a prime opportunity for mingling with locals over drinks. Simply bring your party spirit, and Athens will handle the rest for this lively May throwdown.

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