Late August in Athens: the Greeks begin to return to the city, and while the temperatures begin to cool a bit, the nights are still hot in Athens with the start of the Vyrona Festival. This year, 2009, marks the 22nd year this festival has takne over the Theatro Vrachon, the Theater of the Rocks located just a 5 – 10 minute taxi ride from Syntagma in nearby Vyrona. This Festival has turned into one of THE festivals in Greece, and musicians and performers around the country make this one of their final stops at the end of the summer touring schedule.
If your stay in Athens coincides with a Vyrona Festival performance, you owe it to yourself to venture beyond the Acropolis to the Vrachon Theater for an evening under the stars and in the shadow of the rock.

The 22nd Annual Festival Vryona Program Schedule

AUGUST PROGRAM FESTIVAL VYRONA
August 19, 2009 Wednesday
Orthines, by Aristophanes, Theater performance (in Greek)
Tickets 20 euro, 15 euro (Youth)

August 24, 2009 Monday
Three Penny Opera Theater performance (in Greek)
Tickets 20 euro, 15 euro (Youth)
August 25, 2009 Tuesday
Cargo, a journey around the world – Pemi Zouni and Eleni Peta
Tickets 20 euro
August 26, 2009 Wednesday
Wall – Dance theater Salto Futuro, Tatianas Loverdou
Tickets 15 euro
August 27, 2009 Wednesday
The Persians, by Euripides, the National Theatre of Greece Theater performance (in Greek)
Tickets 20 euro, 15 euro (Youth)
August 31, 2009 Monday
Christos Thivaios and Giannis Haroulis in Concert Tickets
20 euro, 15 euro (Youth)

SEPTEMBER PROGRAM FESTIVAL VYRONA
September 1, 2009 Tuesday
Thanos Mikroutsikos, Miltos Pasxalidis & Rita Antonopoulou in Concert
Tickets 20 euro, 15 euro (Youth)
September 2, 2009 Wednesday
Medea, Bost
Tickets 20 euro, 15 euro (Youth)
September 3, 2009 Thursday
Tania Tsanaklidou & Maria Fritzila in Concert Tickets 20 euro, 15 euro (Youth)
September 4 – 7, 2009
Tues, Wed, Thurs
Mama Africa Art Festival
Tickets 25 euro, 40 euro (entire 3 day festival)
September 7, 2009 Monday
Trifono in Concert
Tickets 20 euro, 15 euro (Youth)
September 8, 2009 Tuesday
Alkistis, by Euripides, the National Theatre of Greece Theater Performance (in Greek)
Tickets 20 euro, 15 euro (Youth)
September 9, 2009 Wednesday
Socratis Malamas in Concert Tickets 20 euro, 15 euro (Youth)
September 10, 2009 Thursday
10 Years at the Café de ‘’Art, with Notis Mavroudis and Panagiotis Margaris Tickets 20 euro, 15 euro (Youth)
September 12, 2009 Saturday
7th Country Music Festival
The Grascals, Nikos Garavelas in concert Tickets 30 euro
September 13, 2009 Sunday
Ioanias Egomion
Tickets 25 euro
September 14, 2009 Sunday
Tribute concert, 30 years of Yiannis Kourtras
Συμμετέχουν: Θάνος Μικρούτσικος, Λαυρέντης Μαχαιρίτσας, Βασίλης Παπακ/νου, Μανώλης Μητσιάς, Γιάννης Κότσιρας, Διονύσης Τσακνής, Κώστας Μακεδόνας κ.α.
Tickets 20 euro, 15 euro (Youth)
September 15, 2009 Tuesday
The Choephori, by Aeschylus Theater performance (in Greek) Select the link to read it in English beforehand! Think of it like the opera, or pretend you are Greek and don’t understand a word of Ancient Greek!
Tickets 20 euro, 15 euro (Youth)
September 15, 2009 Wednesday
Thanasis Papakonstrantinos in Concert
Tickets 20 euro, 15 euro (Youth)
September 19, 2009 Saturday
Kruder & Dorfmeister, Parov Stelar in Concert
Tickets 35 euro, 40 euro (day of show)
September 21, 2009 Monday
Stamatis Kraounakis & Speira – Spiera for one love
Tickets 25 euro, 20 euro (Youth)
September 23, 2009 Wednesday
Pavlos Pavlidis in Concert
Tickets 20 euro, 15 euro (Youth)
September 26 – 27, 2009 Wed – Thur
«ΠΟΙΑ ΕΛΕΝΗ;» ΡΕΠΠΑ – ΠΑΠΑΘΑΝΑΣΙΟΥ
Theater workshop of Vyrona – Theatrical performance in Greek.
Free admission
September 28, 2009 Wednesday
Concert tribute to Elias Katsoulis
Performers: Παντελής Θαλασσινός, Γεράσιμος Ανδρεάτος, Βασίλης Σκουλάς κ.α.
Tickets 10 euro