GNTO puts Greek culture on the calendar in September

The Veikou Park Theater in Galatsi, Athens.

The Greek National Tourism Organization (GNTO) supports three cultural events that will take place in Athens and on the Greek islands of Corfu and Chios in September.

The organization has placed under its auspices the Five Continents Festival to be held at Veikou Park in Galatsi, Athens, as well as the Corfu Town International Festival and the Chios Medieval Festival.

“Such events promote Attica’s high-level services and infrastructure; Corfu’s contemporary international art scene; the history, culture and architecture of Chios,” the GNTO said.

Five Continents Festival

The entrance to Veikou Park in Galatsi, Athens.

The entrance to Veikou Park in Galatsi, Athens.

Organized by the Club for UNESCO of Piraeus and the Islands, the 4th Five Continents Festival will be held during September 1-4. It is an annual celebration of the customs, traditions, sounds, flavors and cultures of many different countries in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America.

This year, the festival will welcome cultural associations from Romania, Georgia, Egypt, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Moldova, Zambia, Ivory Coast, India and Armenia.

Free entry.

Chios Medieval Festival

The Medieval Festival of Chios will take place in the castle of Chios and the Mastichochoria (Villages of Mastic) during September 2-4.

The festival will include a number of original artistic events that aim to inspire, entertain and combine memories of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, but also to highlight the beauties, architecture and monuments of Chios.

Pyrgi, Mastichochory, Chios. Photo source: Visit Greece / G FIlippini

The first day of the festival will take place in the castle square with a special visual performance combining music, poetry and entertainment with historical references.

The second day of the festival will include talks by artist Ioannis Metzikof as well as the opening of an exhibition of Metzikof’s costumes.

Additionally, a unique show featuring knights, princesses and swordsmen will take place in Olympion and Meston Square. It will be followed by a celebration with local artists and traditional groups.

Corfu Town International Festival

Corfu, old town.  Photo source: Visit Greece / M. Mitzithropoulos

Corfu, old town. Photo source: Visit Greece / M. Mitzithropoulos

The GNTO is also supporting the International Festival in Corfu Town for the years 2022 and 2023. The festival is expected to take place in various locations around the island.

Starting in September, cultural events will take place in Corfu Old Town – a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the neoclassical villa of Mon Repos.

Festival events for 2022 and 2023 will be divided into six categories:

• performing arts (dance and theatre),
• visual arts (painting, sculpture and photography)
• music (concerts)
• literature – poetry
• gastronomy, and
• audiovisual arts.


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Helen D. Jessen