Walk the little city streets, listen to the street musicians performing on the pavement…
To fully capture the city’s essence means to explore all its cultural elements – such as the folklife and Ethnological Museum of Macedonia – Thrace, the Museum of Photography, the Thessaloniki Concert Hall and the National Theatre of Northern Greece – in order to form the whole puzzle and reveal the city’s truest image. Walk the little city streets, listen to the street musicians performing on the pavement, admire the graffiti on the walls and make time to visit the International Film Festival; only then will you be able truly to understand what the Thessaloniki spirit is all about.
Thessaloniki International Film Festival
A magnificent celebration of art in the form of cinematography takes place in Thessaloniki every year, attracting thousands of visitors from all over the world. The Thessaloniki International Film Festival – now running for 52 consecutive years – is the top film festival in South Eastern Europe, presenting selected Greek and International productions as well as a movie competition. Better known as a Week of Greek Cinema, the festival is a spectacular feast of cultures, enjoyed by the locals and international cinema lovers, bringing together an audience that discovers fresh ideas.
A thriving street culture!
The streets are buzzing with energy. Youthful spirit is the strength that keeps the city going. Graffiti is one of the city’s funkiest, most distinctive elements and a modern art form blooming on every corner. Found down alleyways, on the pavements or on state buildings, the graffiti of Thessaloniki gives the city a dynamic rhythm, a colorful urban vibe and a fresh voice. This fresh voice is also expressed by the street orchestras! Walking around the city you get the chance to listen to the local street musicians producing traditional melodic sounds such as “chalkina”.
ALIVE and Kicking!!!
Museum of Byzantine Culture
It is one of the biggest museums in the world for Byzantine heritage, housing an impressive 2900 artifacts of the early Christian period and the middle and late Byzantine period – its permanent exhibition. The museum accommodates temporary exhibitions from all over the world, while continuing to organize a variety of special educational activities.
The Archeological Museum
It presents elements of ancient Macedonia via an exhibition of sculptures, mosaics, paintings and pottery items that narrate the story of the period of the great Kingdom of the Macedon.
Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art
A glimpse of Thessaloniki’s pulsating contemporary culture awaits you at the Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art, presenting local and international art collections in all forms of art, such as photography, painting, engraving, mixed media and video installations.
“A history written by so many cultures creates a present that reminds us of an orchestra: many sounds complement one another, offering a fascinating melodic experience, worth discovering for yourself.”
As Maria Callas said: “I don’t need the money, dear. I work for art”.