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4th Rebetiko Festival Syra of Markos Vamvakaris

The Rebetiko Festival “Syra of Markos Vamvakaris” is being organized for the fourth consecutive year on Syros Island (1-6/7/2019).

The festival is already considered to be a statute among the island’s cultural activities. Its aim is to preserve and promote the folk music tradition of rebetiko in order to showcase its value as a fundamental element of greek intangible cultural heritage and as a music genre that still holds true today. The duration of the Festival is six (6) days and its program contains apart from musical concerts, a theatrical performance, an exhibition of folk musical instruments made by famous Greek manufacturers to showcase the close relationship between the manufacturer and the musician, an exhibition of gramophones and authentic records, lectures and workshops about techniques of playing folk traditional musical instruments. 

Markos Vamvakaris, the great poet, composer, bouzouki player and singer, is being exceptionally honored during the festival, in the light of his linkage with the island of Syros. Every band participating in the festival has included some of his songs in their repertoire and even the theatrical performance’s story is about his life. 2019 is the second consecutive year we are trying to essentially apply an "international" dimension to the Festival, with participation of bands from other countries.

This year, a tribute to the Greek Jewish performers Rosa Eskenazi, Stella Haskil and Amalia Vaca will take place. All mentioned performers that left their indelible presence in Greek discography with their unique recordings, will be honored through the participation of the “Perach Adom” band from Israel.As part of our effort, we have been in contact with the Israeli Embassy, the Greek Jewish (Israeli) communities, the Central Jewish Council (CIS) and the famous actor Alberto Eskenazi, who will participate to the tribute by presenting and narrating at the concert of the Israeli band "Perach Adom". The 4th day of the festival, dedicated to the Jewish origin of famous Greek performers, will be under the aegis of the Israeli Embassy. Shortly after its inception, the festival was placed under the aegis of the Ministry of Culture while this year was registered to, the European Festival guide, and it is nominated for a distinction with the EFFE label.

For more information, please visit the facebook page of the Rebetiko Festival “Syra of Markos Vamvakaris”.

4th Rebetiko Festival Syra of Markos Vamvakaris

01/07/2019 - 06/07/2019

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Location: Syros Dates:1-6/7/2019

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