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The 3rd Rembetiko Festival on Syros Island

The 3rd Rembetiko Festival «Syra of Markos Vamvakaris» takes place on Syros Island from August 29th to September 2nd 2018.

As in previous years, the 3rd Rebetiko Festival of 2018 includes a full program of events on popular urban music ("rebetiko"), highlighting the relation between Markos Vamvakaris and Syros.

“Markos Syrianos” is a distinctive figure. His songs and his “taximia - makams”, are distilled from his insubordination, his full of passion life and Syra the «rock» where he was born.

But what is this that makes everyone from every corner of this world “enchanted” when listening to Markos and his escort-companions in rebetiko songs? It is the “real”, simply human, self-evident of his life and character. But also something more. Something that Markos knows and we do not.

This year, for first time, the festival is reaching abroad, with the participation of artists from Italy and Cyprus, something we expect to broaden in the future, in order to enhance the «international» dimension of the Festival.
This year’s event is taking place under the support and aegis of the Greek Culture and Sports Ministry, in recognition of its organizational competence and its contribution to the preservation and promotion of the intangible cultural heritage of the region.

It is noteworthy that “rebetiko” song was registered in the National Index of Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2015 and in the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humankind in 2017 on the basis of its urban and folk character, its direct connection to both local language and dance, the development evolution and eventually its establishment as a cultural expression. It is a kind of music with broad public appeal and a strong symbol of identity and ideology for the Greek folk music tradition.

In the file submitted to UNESCO, Syros is referred to as one of the cities closely connected to rebetiko, our folk music that we treat as something that is still active and up to date and not as a museum exhibit.

The festival is organized by the Municipality of Syros - Ermoupolis and the Cyclades Chamber.

For more information, please see the programme of the 3rd Rebetiko Festival of 2018. 

The 3rd Rembetiko Festival on Syros Island

29/08/2018 - 02/09/2018

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