International Petra Festival - The Best from Greece


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Date: 28/Aug/2011

 

As August comes to a close the Athenians begin returning to their city. That’s good news for travelers who’ve waited to visit Athens, because it means that while the temperature cools down, the nights heat up with the autum concert and theater line-up. Not only are there some great names in song performing at the 2010 Petra Festival (my choice? Haris Alexiou on September 14, 2010 … hint, the next night is Socrates Malamas – take a mid week break and come to Athens for these two great performances!) And while the Petra Festival is known for a great musical lineup, imagine yourself experiencing classic Greek theater as the ancients once did: in an outdoor, stone ampitheater under the stars. If you missed the chance to see something this summer at the theater at Epidaurus, why not venture to the Petra Festival where you can experience the work of such great Greek writers as Aristophanes or Euripedes? Sure, the performances will be in Greek (or in ancient Greek) and you won’t understand a word, but you can read the Cliff Notes beforehand and follow along as the stories have not changed in thousands of years and besides, Greek theater is as much about feeling, passion and emotion as it is about words (think about opera, it’s the same thing).

Built at the old open quarry area of Petroupolis, a suburb 15 minutes by taxi from Syntagma Square, Petra open-air theatre is the venue for all the events of the International Petra Festival. The International Petra Festival is the end of summer/early fall Festival for locals and often attracts the same performers as the Athens Festival at the Odeon of Herodes Atticus. Past musical performers likeAlice Cooper and Iggy Pop, Greek singers like George Dalaras and Marinella, and some of the greatest Greek and international dance and theatrical groups have performed on this stage.

AUGUST

Saturday August 28
3ο SMARTPRICE FESTIVAL
ZAK STAFANOU & BANTA KOALA
SPYROS GRAMMENOS
A STEP FORWARD
Concert
Time : 9:00 pm
Ticket prices : General admission :10€

For tickets ::
Cine Petropolis, Petropolis, Petropouleos 168- 210 5012391
City of Petropolis
Dodekanisou 78 & Kritis St – 210 5063660 (9:00 π.μ. – 2:00 pm)

Monday August 30, 2010
«ΑΥΤΟΣ Ο ΑΛΗΤΗΣ Ο ΚΟΕΛΙΟ ΕΧΕΙ ΠΑΡΕΙ ΠΟΛΥ ΚΟΣΜΟ ΣΤΟΝ ΛΑΙΜΟ ΤΟΥ…»

Theatrical performance – comedy (in Greek)
by Alexandras Rigas and Dimitri Apostolou Αλέξανδρου Ρήγα και Δημήτρη Αποστόλου
I’m leaving this one in Greek because if you can’t read the title, the odds are that it isn’t a play to come see….
Director: Alexandras Riga
Performers : Evelina Papoulia, Alexandras Rigas
Time : 9:30 pm
General admission :23€, Students :18€
For tickets ::
Cine Petropolis
Petropoleos 168 – 210 5012391 (8:00 pm – 11:00 pm)
City of Petropolis
Dodekanisou 78 & Kritis St – 210 5063660 (9:00 π.μ. – 2:00 pm)




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