This year’s two-week festival is dedicated to Poetry Set to Music and aims to highlight the relationship between writing and the arts with tributes to authors, composers, lyricists, singers, musicians and actors.
Parallel events, including seminars and workshops, will feature prominent writers and artists including Manolis Anagnostakis, Loula Anagnostaki, Katerina Anghelaki-Rooke, composer Giorgos Andreou as well as concerts with Stamatis Kraounakis, Dionysis Savvopoulos, Eleni Tsaligopoulou and Yiannis Kotsiras.
The 18th city to become World Book Capital, Athens launched celebrations on in April 22 – World Book Day – with a series of book-related events across town including reading happenings, seminars and conferences, workshops and competitions, activities for adults and kids.
World Book Capital is a global UNESCO cultural event. Athens’ tenure ends on April 22, 2019.
The 47th Book Festival, to run through to September 16, is open daily Monday-Thursday from 6pm to 10.30pm; Friday and Saturday between 6pm and 11pm; and on Sunday 10.30am-3pm, 6pm-10.30pm. Admission is free.
More about the program here.