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Why Athens, Greece is Now the Hottest Destination for European Theatre

Greece is a very popular destination for people looking to appreciate history and culture. Tourism in Greece has been going strong in the country, especially in Athens, with sales of city hotels rising from 38% of the total in 2019 to 41% in early 2023. Though the country is beloved by many travellers thanks to its exquisite coastline, stunning landscapes, and delicious cuisine, it’s also the birthplace of many modern aspects of life.

Greece holidays are popular among holidaymakers because of the peaceful vibe and vibrant cultural experiences. But the country’s ancient ruins and historical landmarks have made the city of Athens a must-visit destination for anyone looking to learn more about ancient history. Many think of the Acropolis, which holds incredible architectural, philosophical, and historical significance. But ancient theatres in the city also serve as a reminder that Athens is the birthplace of theatre and remains to be a hotspot for it to this day. Here’s why Athens is now the hottest destination for European theatre.

Classic and modern theatre

Despite its old soul, Athens is a modern city—combining ancient history with hip new spots and sights. The theatre scene reflects it in a similar way. A wide variety of classic and modern productions are held throughout the spring/summer and autumn/winter seasons. You can catch shows of classic ancient Greek dramas or adaptations of works from the likes of William Shakespeare. New shows and modern adaptations of classic plays from young and emerging talent also gather much attention. The five-day showcase organised by the National Theatre of Greece in early 2023 showcases how the city prides itself on displaying the works of new names in the industry. You can choose from hundreds of shows to watch when visiting.

Uplifting the performing arts

Considering that Athens is the birthplace of theatre, the city is renowned for its festivals that honour and uplift the theatre world and the performing arts in general. If you enjoy theatre, music, dance, and visual arts, they all come together in Athens through these long-time events. The world-famous Athens and Epidaurus Festival is one such example of these festivals, where the very best of performing arts from emerging and established Greek and international artists are showcased in the city’s ancient theatres and contemporary locations. This event was first established in 1955, making it one of the oldest and most famous cultural festivals in Greece; audiences from all over the world travel to the capital city every summer to experience it.

The city of Athens has come a long way from its ancient roots, but it has never forgotten the cultural and historical importance of the theatre scene. The masterful intertwining of the classic and contemporary, and the honouring of both ancient and modern venues, is why it has become a top destination for European theatre and the performing arts. Athens offers a unique theatre experience with something new to discover for those who visit. Lovers of theatre and those with limited experience can enjoy watching a show in the city, whether it’s a classic drama, a modern take on an old favourite, or a new production altogether.

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