A free concert in Athens


Save or share this post for later

I never knew there were so many free things to do in Athens – shame on me!

Last Wednesday (1st Feb), my dear Athenian friend calls me and tells me (not asks, tells) to meet her at the German Institute at about 8pm.  I don’t know where the German Institute is, but I have a rough idea and as this is Athens, have no problem asking someone and don’t fear I’ll get beaten up.

Not knowing what she’s got planned for me, I excitedly make my way there and find it, with the helpful directions of a kiosk owner. 

“Where are you?” I ask into my mobile phone, upon entering the Institute.
“Here – waving at you” she replies and I spy her in the cafeteria, indeed waving at me and attracting a bit of attention.

I make my way over – intrigued.  “Here’s your ticket” she proffers it to my outstretched hand.
I go to give her some money, she snorts good naturedly and tells me it’s free and not to be so stupid.

In we go at about half 8.  There’s a grand piano on the stage – and a Germanic looking man comes out to a round of applause and proceeds to delight us for the next hour and a half with a medley of classical tunes, morphing into rhythm and blues.  He was Joja Wendt, a famous classic pianist from Germany.
I’m sorry I hadn’t heard of him before – but I sure have now!  And I had a FANTASTIC evening.
Not only was he an expert pianist (a genius actually, you should have seen his fingers fly over the keys!) but also a comedian, between medleys joking with the audience and laughing at his own expense (a German with a sense of humour!  Sorry, that one just slipped out).

In short, I really enjoyed myself and to top it off, have also found a fantastic location in Athens to go and occasionally have lunch, at great prices whilst looking at the various exhibits.

For more information of Joja Wendt, visit http://jojawendt.de/en/index.html
For the German institute, Athens, visit: http://www.goethe.de/ins/gr/ath/deindex.htm?wt_sc=athen (but it’s only in German and Greek).

And for an idea at how this brilliant man performs, check out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZPeGCrM9xs

Thanks to my Athenian friend for dragging me out on that cold, cold Wednesday night.


The following GDPR rules must be read and accepted:
This form collects your name, email and content so that we can keep track of the comments placed on the website. For more info check our Privacy Policy where you will get more info on where, how and why we store your data.

CommentLuv badge

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.