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Athens 2014 events

Athens Marathon

Date :
9 November 2014

A sporting event rooted in ancient history, the marathon race was born here ......

A sporting event rooted in ancient history, the marathon race was born here in Athens, when the soldier Pheidippides brought news of the Athenian victory over the Persians from the battlefield at Marathon in 490 BC. Today the Athens marathon is run over the same 42.195km (26 miles 385 yards) route followed by Pheidippides, begining at the ancient battlefield of Marathon and ending at the Panathinaikon Stadium. The route is mainly flat but with hilly stretches in the middle.

Venue:
Marathon to Athens.

Event cost:
Free to spectate.

Category:
Spectacle

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17 November

Date :
17 November 2014

This day commemorates the student uprising that brought about the eventual ......

This day commemorates the student uprising that brought about the eventual fall of the military junta, which controlled Greece from 1967 to 1974. On 17 November 1973, the army sent in a tank and paratroopers to storm Athens Polytechnic, which students had occupied. 24 people were killed in and around the campus. On the anniversary, students and politicians lay wreaths and flowers on the monument to the student martyrs in front of the building.

Venue:
Athens Polytechnic.

Category:
History

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Athens 2015 events

Feast of Saint Basil

Date :
1 January 2015

While many are sleeping-off earlier excesses on New Year's Day, others in G ......

While many are sleeping-off earlier excesses on New Year's Day, others in Greece are celebrating the Orthodox Christian Feast of Saint Basil by attending church. Saint Basil also plays the role of a Greek Santa, distributing gifts, and Greeks families cut the 'Vassilopita' (Basil Cake) – the person who gets the piece with a coin (embedded by the baker) can expect a year of good luck. The theme of chance extends to gambling, this day regarded as auspicious for gaming. It is a public holiday.

Venue:
Churches and homes throughout the country.

Event cost:
Free.

Category:
Religion

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Apokries (Carnival)

Date :
1 February 2015 - 22 March 2015

Greeks celebrate Apokries (carnival) during the three weeks preceding Lent, ......

Greeks celebrate Apokries (carnival) during the three weeks preceding Lent, when the devout then begin a 40-day fast in the run up to Easter. Although the country’s biggest carnivals are held in Patras, 215 km (134 miles) west of Athens, the capital also sees festivities, notably in the neighbourhoods of Plaka and Moschato, with parties and fancy dress parades. Carnival ends on Kathari Devtera (Ash Monday), which is a public holiday.

Venue:
Pláka, Moschato and throughout the city.

Category:
Spectacle

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Independence Day

Date :
25 March 2015

Greece had been occupied by the Ottoman Turks for almost 400 years, when on ......

Greece had been occupied by the Ottoman Turks for almost 400 years, when on 25 March 1821 an uprising began on the Peloponnese. The Greek war for independence ensued (1821-1832), with the Great Powers (Great Britain, France and Russia) sending naval forces to help the Greeks. In Athens, the anniversary of the beginning of the end of Ottoman occupation is celebrated with patriotic military parades.

Venue:
Syntagma Square and throughout the city.

Event cost:
Free.

Category:
Spectacle

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Easter

Date :
10 April 2015 - 13 April 2015

The Greek Orthodox faith's most important celebration sees Athens animated ......

The Greek Orthodox faith's most important celebration sees Athens animated by Good Friday night candlelit processions, and solemn masses on the Saturday, culminating in midnight firework displays to herald Christ’s resurrection. Family lunches of spit-roast lamb take place on Easter Sunday. Greeks greet one another saying, “Hristos anesti” (Christ is risen). Most Athenians leave the capital for their villages over the Easter break and many restaurants close for the weekend.

Venue:
Churches throughout the city.

Category:
Religion

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Labour Day

Date :
1 May 2015

A public holiday in Greece, Labour Day is celebrated with parades in many c ......

A public holiday in Greece, Labour Day is celebrated with parades in many cities. The stongest tradition, though, coincides with the height of springtime and the profusion of flowers in the countryside. There is a general exodus out of the towns for picnics and kite-flying, with Athenians favouring the verdant slopes of Mount Parnitha, north of the capital. Flowers are gathered and made into wreaths to decorate houses, cars and even donkeys.

Venue:
Various throughout the country.

Event cost:
Free.

Category:
History

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Hellenic Festival

Date (To be confirmed):
June 2015 - August 2015 (June-August.)

Founded in 1955, the summer festival sees world-class concerts, opera, thea ......

Founded in 1955, the summer festival sees world-class concerts, opera, theatre and dance, staged at various open-air venues in Athens, with the main stage in the ancient Odeon of Herod Atticus, below the Acropolis. Past performers have included stars such as Maria Callas and Rudolf Nurejev, and although the economic crisis has seen a reduction in funding, recent names include Jose Carreras, Vanessa Mae, and the Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra.

Venue:
Various.

Event cost:
Various.

Category:
Music

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European Music Day

Date (To be confirmed):
June 2015

The idea of 'Fete de la Musique' was a European initiative, launched in 198 ......

The idea of 'Fete de la Musique' was a European initiative, launched in 1982 as the only Pan-European cultural event dedicated to music. Held over the night of the summer solstice (in Athens, it extends to three nights), it brings together traditional music, orchestras, choirs, pop, jazz, rock, rap and techno. In Athens, the festival has taken off like a rocket, giving rise to a three-day party when the squares and parks of the centre are filled with crowds enjoying free concerts into the early hours. Past performers here include the Scissor Sisters and Transglobal Undergound.

Venue:
Squares and public spaces in centre; main stage on Kotzia Square.

Address:
29 Parmenidou Street, Athens, Greece

Event cost:
Free to spectate.

Category:
Music

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Rockwave Festival

Date (To be confirmed):
July 2015

The premier festival of rock music in Greece takes place north of Athens, i ......

The premier festival of rock music in Greece takes place north of Athens, in a 15,000-capacity stadium. Founded in 1996, the three-day event attracts big name performers from around the world - the 2012 line-up included Iggy and the Stooges, Paradise Lost and Ozzy Osbourne & Friends. The music line-up is complemented by on-site activities and entertainments such as bungee jumping, stilt walking, a skate park and acrobatic performances - all under the warm Greek sun.

Venue:
Terra Vibe.

Event cost:
Various.

Category:
Music

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Ochi Day Parade

Date (To be confirmed):
October 2015

For many visitors this might be less of an attraction than something to avo ......

For many visitors this might be less of an attraction than something to avoid, as towns and cities all over Greece tend to grind to a halt for a few hours. 28 October is Ochi Day - Ochi meaning No - the anniversary of General Ioannis Metaxas' flat denial to the Italians' request for free passage to invade Greece during WWII. Today it is marked with extravagant military parades involving soldiers, students and tanks along the capital’s main boulevards.

Venue:
Main thoroughfares of Athens.

Event cost:
Free.

Category:
History

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