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Athens Festival

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Corridor: Western Trans-Balkan Road
Country: Greece, Athens
Athens Festival

On the 24th of August 1955 the Athens Festival was inaugurated at the Odeon of Herod Atticus, with a piece by Haendel orchestrated by Molinari, and performed by the Athens State Orchestra conducted by Theodor Vavagiannis.
The concept of a Festival that would be a necessary addition to the Epidaurus Festival of Greek Drama is attributed to the Minister of Presidency of the Papagos Government, Mr. George Rallis. It includes performances of operas, concerts, ancient tragedy, and all kinds of happenings, which are inspired by Greek history and mythology as well as Greek literature, with the participation Greek artists who pursue their distinguished career both in Greece and abroad, and of course important artists from all over the world”.
In its 45 years of existence a great number of artists have performed for the Festival and the unique experience to present their art under the illuminated temple of Pallas Athena.