Well known worldwide in the field of world music, ECM represents some of the most acclaimed artists in this music genre. This year, Ymittos Festival incorporates in its broader programme, a four - days music festival featuring ECM artists. The ECM Festival opens on 5 September with two concerts by Anouar Brahem Trio and Savina Yannatou & Primavera En Salonico at 21:00 and 23:00 respectively.
Karolos Koun's legendary direction of Aristophanes' The Birds is being revived and performed on 25 August at an extraodninary venue, namely the Vrahon (Rocks) Theater at Ymittos district. This is an open - air amphitheater, created on a slope of mountain Ymittos. The "backstage", which functions as a natural setting for performances and concerts, is a rock.