OK, so the summer solstice only lasts one day, but leave it to the Greeks to stretch the celebration out over a three day period, and to pack the city with free, live musical performances at thirteen (mostly outdoor) venues around the city!

A festival which celebrates all things music, European Music Day began in 1982 in France and Greece, at the initiative of Melina Mercouri, became the first country to join in the celebration in 1985. Today the celebration has spread across Europe, with more than 20,000 events living the dream of music filling the streets.

This year’s Athens venues include:

Location

Dates

Metro/Directions

Asomaton square

June 19 – 20 – 21

 

Syntamga square

June 20

 

Klauthmonos square

June 19 – 20

 

Kotzia Square

June 19 – 20 – 21

 

Koumoundourou square

June 19 – 20 – 21

 

Kerameikos square 

June 19 – 20 – 21

 

Mavilli sqaure

June 20

 

Riga Pallamidou St.

June 21

 

Panormou St.

June 20 – 21

 

Avramiotou St.

June 19 – 20 – 21

 

Peiraous St. Bios

June 19 – 20 – 21

 

National Gardens

June 20

 

Technopoli

June 19 – 20