Admittedly the most respected Greek cultural institution - and one of the most highly anticipated among the audience - the Athens and Epidaurus Festival is back this year to celebrate history and culture through the performative arts. Under the artistic direction of Vangelis Theodoropoulos, the festival’s main focus is to bring forth the new wave of Greek and foreign artists, as well as take up the fruitful re-staging of a series of ancient dramas and comedies that constituted the basis of theater and acting as we know them today. The program includes productions from many theater companies, as well as works and performances by distinguished foreign artists.
This year, there is also a surprising, new addition to the festival’s context: the Epidaurus Lyceum, an international summer school that aspires to bring together actors, directors, writers and teachers from all over the world. The Lyceum aims to examine the transition of ancient drama and comedy from the glorious past to the current state of things - and define its nature and purpose within this new reality. This year, the performances and events span from 22 May to 19 August, while for the entire program (both Athens and Epidaurus-based) visit the official site at greekfestival.gr