If you want to combine a visit to a Greek island with cultural events, then Syros, the capital island of the Cyclades complex, is the one!
6th Syros DanceFest 2018 (7 - 21/7/2018)
The 6th International DanceFest features a wealth of events and workshops on contemporary dance, choreography, ballet, clown improvisation, dance architecture, Alexander technique, body music, theatre, flamenco, and yoga; also, a creative-dance workshop for people with and without mobility impairments, and a creative contemporary dance workshop for parents and children.
6th Syros International Film Festival (SIFF)(14 - 25/7/2018) syrosfilmfestival.org
An annual meeting place for Greek and international indie cinema, with a variety of sections, including a competition section, shorts and feature films, special tributes, and many side events and debates, which take place in remodelled and traditional venues and other fantastic locations on the island. A unique experience, featuring major Greek and international filmmakers.
14th International Festival of the Aegean (15 - 29/7/2018) festivaloftheaegean.com
The International Festival of the Aegean plays host to extraordinary opera recitals that attract thousands of visitors. Founded in 2005 by the Greek-American conductor and music director Peter Tiboris as a labour of his love for Syros and the iconic Apollon Theatre, the festival, now in its 14th edition, under artistic director Eilana Lappalainen, attracts worldclass artists from many countries.
25th Syros International Guitar Festival (23 - 27/7/2018) guitarfestival.gr
Leading artists and educators join in an extensive programme of evening concerts, the 15th guitar international competition, seminars for beginner students, and a guitar orchestra.
5th Eye’s Walk Digital Festival (27 - 29/7/2018) eyeswalk.gr
A festival that brings together the unique architectural heritage of Syros and contemporary video art and installations. International artists produce video art and installations in the extraordinary neoclassical buildings of Ermoupolis in the only festival of its kind in Greece. Video art, installations, and performances meet against the backdrop of the city's unique architecture.
14th International Classical Music Festival of the Cyclades (10-19/8/2018) festivalcyclades.com
High-quality music concerts by worldrenowned orchestras, conductors, chamber music artists, soloists, and performers. A firmly established festival of international appeal remembers all the great artists who have honoured it with their presence, in a rich, diverse programme at the Apollon Theatre, the architectural gem of Ermoupolis.
7th Syros International Accordion Festival (20 - 25/8/2018) syrosaccordionfestival.com
Each summer, accordionists from Greece and other countries meet in Syros to share their passion for music. Now in its seventh edition, the festival features unique accordion concerts and recitals in the only event dedicated to the accordion in Greece. Recitals by acclaimed accordionists, seminars, exhibitions, children’s workshops, concerts and dancing events.
2th ΑΝΩ International Organ Festival (20 - 26/8/2018) facebook.com/anofestival
Organised by the Catholic Diocese of Syros and the Association of Catholics of Greek Nationality in Syros, ΑΝΩ Interna- tional Organ Festival offers high-quality music performances, exploring the unique possibilities of the organ in Saint George's Cathedral, Ano Syros – the oldest organ in operation in Greece (built in 1888 by the celebrated organ builder Zeno Fedeli). Set in a stunning location, towering over the island, with unobstructed views of the Aegean Sea, the festival is a major attraction in the medieval settlement of Ano Syros.
3rd International Rebetiko Festival “The Syra of Markos Vamvakaris” (29/8 - 2/9/2018) facebook.com/rembetikofestival
Urban folk music has flourished in Syros as an integral element of culture since the early 20th century. The songs of the great singer and songwriter Markos Vamvakaris have made Rebetiko music and Syros known all over the world, inspiring the establishment of this festival. This year’s edition features an extensive range of events – concerts, theatrical performances, lectures, exhibitions, seminars, as well as children's events, highlighting the contribution of Markos Vamvakaris and his native island, Syros, to Greek and world music.