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Open air cinemas, presenting blockbusters or classic movies, are very popular in Greece. The movies are shown on their original language, subtitled in Greek.
The "Summer Cinemas" of Athens are one of the Athenians most favourite entertainment habits during summer time. Choose the movie that you would like to see, check which open air cinema theatre shows it and get ready for a relaxing movie evening.
Near the O&B Athens Boutique Hotel you will find plenty of nice open air cinemas... Cine Thisio (which was placed by CNN at the top of its list of the world’s best movie theaters), Cine Psirri, Cine Paris and Zefyros. You may check this week's movies at elculture.gr .
A bouquet of Fine Arts events is presented in Athens & Epidaurus by the Greek Festival 2014.
Music, Theatre, Dance and Visual Art events are taking place through the whole summer in the major Art Venues of Athens, such as the Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Megaron the Athens Concert Hall, Onassis Cultural Center, the Benaki Museum and more...
Great actors are performing classical and modern plays at the Ancient Theatre of Epidaurus!
This year's events include acts by famous artists and groups...
16 May 2014 – 11 September 2014
Kunsthalle Athena presents the exhibition This is Not My Beautiful House!
Borrowing its title from the lyrics of the famous song by Talking Heads, the exhibition will bring together four artists: Anastasia Ax, Apostolos Georgiou, Socratis Socratous and Kostis Velonis, who are engaged, directly or indirectly, with the present ‘Greek’ – not to say global – condition.
This is Not My Beautiful House as a title has no direct references to 80s pop music or New York culture. In the absence of any other significant manifestos, it serves as the perfect tag to describe a world that is unfolding between fears and desires stigmatised by the current economic and social moment. As a line from a pop song, this quote has surely been interpreted and felt in many different ways by many different people. In the case of this exhibition, it becomes a parable for the contemporary state of social and existential alienation. This is Not My Beautiful House refers here to contradictory notions and desires like going or staying, living or dying, trying or surrendering, hoping or giving up; a topography in which the only certainty is that things cannot go on anymore as they were.
29 January 2014 - 28 September 2014
Frissiras museum presents at the building of 3 Monis Asteriou in Plaka the exhibition “Painting II (1980-2000)”.
The exhibition -the second part of the trilogy of exhibitions presented by Frissiras museum which was launched in 2012- examines the evolution of figurative painting in Greece and Europe during the past two decade of the 20th century, through the works of Frissiras museum’s collections.
According to Art historian Thanassis Moutsopoulos, ‘The 1980s was the decade which brought painting back to the forefront. Wherein the two prior decades had led it to something like a ‘guerrilla war’ against the various trends of the “Avant-garde”, the “New Media” and “Conceptual Art”, the new decade restored its place internationally. In such major events as the Venice Biennale and, above all, the last Biennale of Paris in 1985, painting had the leading role.
18 June 2014 - 21 September 2014
"B&M Theocharakis" Foundation for the Fine Arts & Music presents a retrospective exhibition of Constantinos Grammatopoulos.
More than 100 representative works of the great engraver and painter will give the art-lover public the unique opportunity to meet his multilayered body of works, spanning from 1935 to 2003. The exhibition includes exceptional works from the period of his studies at the Ècole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, the illustrious posters against the Italian invaders that became the reason he got arrested during the occupation, as well as the portraits of important Greek writers (Sikellianos, Palamas, Terzakis, Venezis and others). The exhibition also includes the much loved "Spelling Books" with their unrivalled illustrations, as well as, the artist’s unique woodcuts with the attribution of Greek landscapes and his oil paintings, revealing through their peculiar representative capacity the work of a pioneer in contemporary art.
Constantinos Grammatopoulos was one of the most important professors at The School of Fine Arts where he created new ways of expression for his students, whilst at the same time, he managed to leave his mark on the character of Greek contemporary art.
21 November 2014 - 01 March 2015
Benaki Museum presents the exhibition "Dominicos Theotokopoulos - between Venice and Rome".
The exhibition is hosted at Pireos Annexe and presents the first steps of one of the best painters of Greece: El Greco. Dominicos Theotokopoulos (its Greek name), was born and raised in Crete. When he was a young man he left his island to live and create most of his masterpieces in Venice, Rome, Madrid and Toledo.
The exhibition investigates the artist’s first steps in the West, during his stay in Venice and through the early stages of his residence in Rome (1567-1574). With the help of paintings, engravings and manuscripts, visitors will be able to follow the blossoming art of the ambitious and defiant Cretan in the important artistic centres of post-Renaissance Italy.
The exhibition at the Benaki Musuem will present for the first time in Greece the El Greco's painting "A Boy Blowing a candle" from the Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte in Naples.
28 May 2014 – 21 September 2014
The living museum of Greek dance, since 1953, Dora Stratou Greek Dances Theatre, performs daily shows in its 860-seat garden theatre, located on Philopappou Hill, opposite the Acropolis.
A company of 75 dancers, musicians and folk singers and a collection of over 2,000 village-made costumes, with jewels and other works of folk art worn on stage, travel you to an authentic journey to the unknown, yet wonderful world of Greek Traditional Dance.
While most folk dance troupes around the world have learned their dances from dance masters or choreographers, this ensemble has built up its repertoire by inviting groups of villagers to perform on stage. As each village was presented, the troupe's dancers learned the dances by dancing with the villagers. These original appearances were filmed and serve today as a reference to check whether dances are still executed in the genuine style.
09 November 2014
The Athens Classic Marathon will be hosted in Athens on 09 November 2014.
The marathon course is based on the myth from which the race gained its name: Pheidippides, a messenger in Ancient Greece, ran from the Battle of Marathon to Athens to announce the Greeks' victory over the Persians. The provenance of the competitive race is traced back to the Marathon race at the 1896 Olympics. The Athens Classic Marathon began in 1972 as a joint venture between the Greek tourist board and athletics association. The race came under the auspices of the current organisers and SEGAS in 1983 and has since become a major race, being awarded Gold Label Road Race status by the IAAF.
Nowadays, thousands of Marathon Runners join the Athens Classic Marathon every year in order to challenge themselves and become part of the history!
The O&B Athens Boutique Hotel offers a 30% discount to the runners and spectators that will stay in our hotel during the days of the event. To take advantage of the special offer, make your reservation through www.oandbhotel.com using the coupon code marathon14 .