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National Theatre of Northern Greece

The National Theatre of Northern Greece was founded in 1961 by Sokratis Karantinos, its first director. The Drama School and the Dance Theatre are integral parts of the National Theatre, while the Opera of Thessaloniki constitutes an independent part of it.

N.T.N.G.’s present institutional framework was established in 1994, with an Artistic Director and a seven-member Board of Directors who run the Theatre, which is subsidized by the Ministry of Culture.

With four indoor theatres and two open-air theatres, N.T.N.G. is one of the biggest theatre organizations in Greece and Europe. Its activity is not limited to theatrical

productions but extends to cultural sectors such as education, literature and the arts through the organization of exhibitions, conferences, festivals, theatre-educational programmes and so forth. N.T.N.G.’s annual artistic programme combines in-house

productions (including Dance Theatre and Opera of Thessaloniki productions), co-productions with other theatres, tributes and exchanges with important theatre organizations, as well as guest performances from Greece and abroad.

In an effort to reach children and young people, N.T.N.G. Promotes the activities of the Children’s Stage, which presents performances for schools and educational organizations, as well as educational programmes familiarizing pupils with the

world and the art of theatre.

In the last few years, N.T.N.G. Has greatly developed its theatrical research and publishing activities. The Literary and Publications Departments provide theoretical support on specific fields related to the productions. When N.T.N.G.’s digitization project is complete, internet visitors, researchers and academics will be able to

access the theatre’s fully documented archive via its dynamic website. In the ambit of the European Programme “Culture”, N.T.N.G. implements a series of important projects which aim to create building facilities, to promote Greek culture and to develop the art of theatre. This European Programme, which is supported financially by the European Union and by national funds, includes the following projects:

a. The construction of a new building for the accommodation of the technical production departments and for storage facilities.

b. The organization of the 1st Theatre Festival of South-Eastern Europe in Thessaloniki in 2007, focusing on ancient Greek Drama.

c. The creation of a Theatre Workshop, which promotes artistic innovation and facilitates the exploration of new theatrical means by young artists.

d. The organization of events which embrace every form of art (theatre, dance, music, visual arts) at Maroneia in Thrace under the title “The Word of Dionysus”.

e. The organization and hosting of the events of the 11th and 12th Europe Theatre Prize.

Since May 1996, N.T.N.G. has been a member of the Union of the Theatres of Europe ( In October 1997, the 6th Festival of the Union of the Theatres of Europe took place in Thessaloniki, and was a great cultural event for Thessaloniki as well as for Greece. N.T.N.G. is also a member of the International Theatre Institute and the Greek Theatre Centre for children and young people.