The Summer Nostos Festival kicked off yesterday in Athens. The festival’s massive weeklong program includes music, dance, sports, open discussions, arts and architecture, and more. Overwhelmed? Not sure where to start? Just show up at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center and have fun. The Summer Nostos Festival is completely free, which is pretty epic considering the wide-range of its offerings and quality of programming. It’s apparently kid-friendly if that’s your thing.
Bringing together acts from both Greece and abroad, the Summer Nostos Festival website explains its aim:
“Every year in Athens, the SNFestival gathers some of the biggest names from the local and international art scene, as one of its main objectives is to encourage collaborations, to promote the exchange of expertise and experience, and to set the ground for creative synergies.”
Delphi Reclaimed’s musical highlights include performances from Yo La Tengo, Brooklyn-based Eleanor Friedberger, Jonathan Toubin’s Soul Clap and Dance off (will personally attest to this being fun, having done it before…) and a talk entitled “Greek folk song, what does it mean to use today?”
Especially notable is a concert from Greek musician Monika,
who’s achieved notable success abroad. For the first time ever, she’ll be performing her music with a classical twist alongside ERT’s National Symphonic Orchestra who will perform alongside her band.
Monika’s NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert
But that’s just a snippet…
The 2017 Summer Nostos Festival brings together over 400 (!) Greek and international artists and contributors, taking place on five stages, with over 75 events, guided tours of the center, and more. Think fencing, rock climbing, photography exhibits, an interactive body-music workshop… Check the full programming here.
With an aim at fostering an “exchange of ideas,” this festival is ideal for both tourists and Athenians alike.
Hope to see you there! We’ll be checking out performances throughout the week – be sure to follow along on Instagram @delphireclaimed!