ATHENS: Athens Epidaurus Festival, Odeon Heroda Attyka i centrum Peiraios 260, utill 26th August

One of the oldest performing arts festivals in Europe, offering both classical performances, including ancient Greek dramas, and cutting-edge, avant-garde productions. Performances can be seen in four unique venues, combining past, present and future. Two of them are located in Athens – the ancient Odeon of Herod Atticus and the contemporary industrial space Peiraios 260.

BRUSSELS: Restart, Atomium, untill 24th September

A digital experience immersing viewers in light and sound! In the famous, monumental Atomium, the collective of artists known as the Visual System presents an exhibition that combines technical artistry with the avant-garde of artistic projects. It is a hypnotic multimedia space poetising light, sound and architecture through abstract narrative and pure emotion. Please note, the exhibition is not recommended for those who have photogenic epilepsy.

LISBON: Operafest Lisboa,  National Ancient Art Museum, 18th August – 9th September

One of Europe’s most unconventional opera festivals will take place under the motto ‘From Heaven to Hell’. The programme includes some of the most famous operas of all time , such as Bizet’s ‘Carmen’ and Mozart’s ‘Die Zauberflöte’, contemporary works (‘Rigor Mortis’ by the young and talented Francisco Lima da Silva), a competition of emerging vocal talents, the inauguration of the Cine-opera series and a unique rave combining the worlds of classical and pop!

Rome: Romaeuropa Festival, various locations in the city,  6th September – 19th November

A festival of more than two months, encompassing a multitude of outstanding artistic events from the fields of performance, theatre, ballet, contemporary dance, music and cinema. The 38th edition will open with choreographer Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui and his performance ‘UKIYO-E’, by the dancers of the Ballet du Grand Théâtre de Genève (pictured above). The spectacle is inspired by the everyday life and urban landscape of the Edo period in Japan.

MUNICH: Superbloom Festival, Olympiapark,  2-3 September

A brand new event on the European festival map, with only the second edition taking place in September. Among the stars announced are Imagine Dragons, Martin Garrix, Peter Fox, Jason Derulo, Ava Max and Ellie Goulding. The concerts will take place on several stages, and the whole event will be complemented by special zones – among them Mini Bloom for children and Art Bloom, a contemporary art exhibition space.

DUBLIN:  Bram Stoker Festival, various locations in the city,  27-30 October

An interdisciplinary, multimedia festival celebrating the legacy of Bram Stoker – one of Ireland’s most iconic writers, author of the famous ‘Dracula’. A tribute to literary horror, gothic and Victorian novels and, of course, supernatural phenomena. Art installations, theatre performances, concerts, cinema screenings, a nightly performance and much more!