WHEN & WHERE
Thessaloniki, 3-5 October 2018
Thessaloniki Concert Hall
Thessaloniki Concert Hall was conceived and built in order to satisfy the need of the city for a venue that could house not only artistic, but also various other activities.
The Thessaloniki Concert Hall is built along the coast of the city, in an area of 18.000 sq. m. and it constitutes a contemporary cultural and conference center of high international standards, with the capacity to host various events,including concerts, ballet, theatre and opera, cultural and art expositions, as well as conferences.
Thessaloniki Concert Hall has all the attributes of a great venue: exceptional acoustics, a main hall of 1.400 seats, a reception hall (foyer), as well as all the necessary facilities to support all kinds of events (dressing rooms, rehearsal studios, repositories for instruments etc.). Special provision is made for people with disabilities, by means of appropriate seats and elevators. Moreover, the external appearance of the building has been entirely harmonized with the history of Thessaloniki, combining elements from its byzantine past as well as from its contemporary cosmopolitan role.
Designed by the renowned architect ArataIsozaki, M2 building adorns the city with a unique construction that epitomizes the virtues of modern architecture. Geometrical lines, extended glass surfaces and elements of steel compose an image of imposing simplicity, that comes as an antithetic, yet equivalent complement to the neighboring M1. Filled with natural light and enjoying a superb view to the sea, M2’s foyer is a vast space of sophisticated aesthetics that expands in three levels and adjoins all of the Hall’s important spaces.
Equipped with cutting-edge technology and having an exceptional infrastructure, the Amphitheatron Hall can seat 500, whereas the Flat Hall, which can seat 300, can be subdivided by means of moveable partitions to form three smaller rooms of 100 or two of 100 and 200 seats, thus being able to host a wide range of events. Underneath the M2 building lies a two-level underground parking lot of 11.800 square meters, offering space for over 230 vehicles. In-line with its cultural role, the Thessaloniki Concert Hall is proud to house a Music Library and a Museum of Musical Instruments.