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Chios Music Festival is a new multipurpose music festival, mainly based on music, that made its debut this summer in Chios island.
From July 31st to August 7th, local and international artists presented concerts, contemporary music theater, photography exhibitions and educational activities for children in selected cultural venues across the island.
Chios Music Festival continues its activities in a second period in Autumn, during which emphasis will be placed on educational programs. Specifically, from 20 to 25 November, a series of seminars and concerts will be held in collaboration with schools and educational institutions of the island, with the participation of six internationally-acclaimed soloists.

Who are we

The vision behind the Chios Music Festival belongs to two young artists from Chios, who currently live and work in Germany: it’s about a decade now that violinist Olga Holdorff-Myriangou and composer Lefteris Veniadis elaborate the idea of a festival that will vest the Chios island of their childhood memories with music, the island with the world-famous Mastic Villages, the labyrinthine medieval settlements, the atmospheric churches, the significant archeological sites, the picturesque squares, the fragrant fields with the citrus fruits and the unique variations of Chios’ landscape. This idea has matured over time and started taking shape through individual cultural events and educational activities for students, in collaboration with the schools of the island.

 

The great resonance, the enthusiasm and the interest of the people who took part in these events, who embraced and supported them in every possible way, made them gradually grow into a bigger organized structure. That’ s how the Chios Music Festival was born, an international festival that comes just on the right timing as an expression of respect and gratitude, as well as a message of joy and optimism towards all the islands’ inhabitants, both permanent and non-permanent.

Aims

The festival’ s main aim is to be established as an institution, a point of reference for Chios, that will make the island even more attractive to visitors, but it will also benefit in practice its permanent inhabitants. For this reason, the festival is divided into two seasons: the summer season (August) and the winter season (November). The winter season will focus on music educational programs for children and students.