Naxos Festival 2019


A breath of wind … Forever there?
Already boasting a long history of installments, Naxos Festival is standing the test of time and proving to be quite the opposite of this summer’s visual arts exhibition’s title: EPHEMERAL.
And yet, awareness of the passing of time helps us appreciate the moment, the recurrent opportunity to get to know new artists, new co-workers, new friends, and stay the course alongside old ones.
With theatrical plays, such as: Orpheus and Eurydice, directed by Dimitris Bogdanos and staged at the ancient temple of Dionysus; Forever There ... Dying as a Country, directed by Stelios Kasanakis, produced by Naxos Festival and staged in the invoking ambience of Bazeos Tower.
With concerts featuring music of a wide range of Greek and foreign genres and performances by artists such as Dionysis Savvopoulos, Mariza Koch, Nena Venetsanou, alongside several younger-generation, up-and-coming or well established musicians, such as: Christos Thivaios, Panagiotis Margaris, Andriana Babali, Giorgis Christodoulou, Spyros Manesis, Saveria Margiola, etc.
With shows and theater workshops for children, and in a brilliantly festive spirit, we are looking forward to welcoming you and relishing together another summer-full-of-arts.
Stelios Krasanakis – Mario Vazaios
June 2019



25 May - 27 September 2019


Art Exhibition
Bazeos Tower, Naxos
25 May – 27 September 2019
Open Daily: 10.00–17.00
Opening: Friday, 24 May 2019, at 20:00
“A breath of wind, said the Preacher, a breath of wind; all is a breath of wind.”
Ecclesiastes 1:2, freely translated from the Hebrew text by Alexandros Issaris
The ephemeral is as precious to human existence as the monumental is to memory.
Moments fleeting past, images withering away, sounds that are forgotten, aromas vanishing into thin air, memories fading. Ephemeral are all of life's constituent parts, waning away in the perpetual motion of the cycle of times.
Time for work and time for rest,
Time for creation and time for pleasure.
May is the month of artists at Bazaios Tower, Naxos (see attached bios):
Patrizio Bedon (ΙΤ) – Casa Essenziera (ΙΤ/ΖΑ) – Nikos Lagos (GR) – Anaïs Lelièvre (FR) – Vladimir Skoda (CZ/FR) – Sandor Zelenak (HU/JP). Guest participation: Alexandros Kaklamanos – Nikolaos Symeonidis & Amalia Kosma (GR).
They come from different parts of the world, they meet up, they coexist, they get inspired by the site’s mystique, they create. In the spirit of wabi-sabi, works of many art forms (visual, auditory, pictorial) comprise the ephemera that engage in a summer-long discourse and reckoning with the ancient monument’s age-old nature only to disappear shortly thereafter. They call upon the visitors to change their pace, banish tension, and sense the bliss of moving about, seeing, hearing, observing, being in the here and now. They call on them to dispose of the pessimism of vanity and embrace the joy of life that lies in the unaffected everydayness.
In a period of transition, marked by accelerated volatility and dominated by uncertainty about the future, the concept of carpe diem becomes a priceless value, an inexorable desire to relish the moment.
A carpe momentum for the visitors who enter the tower, its historic and artistic microcosm and its surrounding space, transmuting their aesthetic perception into a life experience.
Curator:  Marios Vazaios
Co-Curator: Klaus Pfeiffer
Production: AEON Cultural Nonprofit Organization
Duration: 25 May – 27 September 2019
Open Daily: 10.00–17.00
Bazeos Tower: Situated on the 12th Km of the main road linking the capital city of Naxos (Chora), with the seacoast of Agiassos.
Tel. +30 22850 31402
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Monday 8/7 20.30


Bazeos Tower- Free Admission
Sound state of mind Performance
Music producer and composer Nikolaos Symeonidis, together with choreographer and dancer Amalia Kosma, negotiate the issue of “ephemerality” through movement and analogue music.
Co-produced by: Naxos Festival – South Aegean Regional Administration



Friday 26/7 20.30


Free Admission
Temple of Dionysus at Yria
Orpheus and Eurydice Reader’s Theater
A rare occasion in which the most heartbreaking love story of all time is staged at, and allowed to interact with, a unique contemporaneous setting. The age-old story comes to life in a poignant poetic narrative about the unadulterated, universal, pervasive love that every enamored couple, iconic or ordinary, is dying to experience. Directed by: Dimitris Bogdanos. Assistant Director: Konstantinos Kounellas.
Actors: Markos Papadokonstantakis, Efthalia Papacosta.



Sunday 28/7 21.30


Bazeos Tower- € 15, € 12
Spiral Trio | Jazz Concert
One of the most important Greek modern piano trios with many influences from the dominant figures of worldwide jazz and clear references to the tradition of jazz playing.
Spyros Manesis: piano, compositions.
Arion Gyftakis: double bass, compositions.
Anastasis Gouliaris: drums, compositions.



Wednesday 31/7 21.30


Bazeos Tower-€ 15, € 12
Andriana Babali – Giorgis Christodoulou: Two as One | Concert
Two performers, each with a unique and distinguished history and musical trajectory, are joining forces to present a concert featuring some of the most beloved Greek- and a few foreign-language duets of all time.
Haris Stavrakakis: piano, accordion.



Saturday 3/8 21.30


€ 15, € 12
Guitar Galaxy | Recital
Panagiotis Margaris internationally acclaimed guitarist and composer is revealing his unique musical galaxy and the wealth of tone colors classical guitar has to offer. He will be performing tunes from popular soundtracks featuring pieces by celebrated composers such as Mikis Theodorakis, Nino Rota, Ennio Morricone etc. as well as his own original compositions.



Monday 5/8 21.30


€20, €15
Dionysis Savvopoulos Trio | Concert
Dionysis Savvopoulos, is an iconic songwriter and singer and has given big concerts in Greece and abroad. His songs are being sung by a variety of singers, his lyrics and music are taught in Greek music schools.  With special musicians he has a unique way of presenting his song, creating a mystical and intimate connection with his audience. Giotis Kiourtsoglou: Bass. Vangelis Karipis: Percussions. Stathis Anninos: Keyboard. Guest: Vasilis Rakopoulos.



Friday 9/8 21.30


15€, € 12€
Mariza Koch - Nena Venetsanou: The Blond Girl of Santorini |Musical Performance
Two extraordinary vocalists are presenting a different aspect of their artistic expression, through the osmosis of their voices and the interactive nature of this show. With their distinct artistic idiom for a guide, they are taking us on a journey into the deeps of the adventure we call LIFE. Andonis Skamnakis: viola da gamba. Nikos Pitloglou: guitar



Saturday 10/8 11.00-14.00


Admission: 5€
“Treasure hunt at the tower” for children from 6 to 12 years old. Katerina Gavalla, artist-Theatrical Game Teacher.



Monday 12/8 21.30


15€, 12€
Forever There … Dying as a Country Theater | Produced by Naxos Festival
A theatrical-social trajectory from Dying as a Country to Dying as a Greek. The show features Christos Sapountzis, the actor who played in this emblematic play’s premiere some 30 years ago—a performance that changed his life and led him to acting—and Betty Vakalidou, a protagonist of gender identities, who transformed her life’s experience into art. Two people who shaped their personalities in defiance of the usual destiny of modern Greeks. Texts: Dimitris Dimitriadis. Directed by: Stelios Krasanakis. Compilation of Texts: Giannis Konstantinidis. Video: Katerina Zourari. Movement: Thalia Ditsa.



Wednesday 21/8 21.30


15€, 12€
Christos Thivaios: A Stroll around Exarcheia |Concert
His concert is a stroll through myths and songs that carry Athenian neighborhood Exarcheia’s distinct aroma and an acquaintance with iconic individuals who once lived there, such as: Nikolas Assimos, Pavlos Sidiropoulos, Arletta, Katerina Gogou. He is joined by: Maximos Drakos: piano. Kallistratos Drakopoulos: drums.



Sunday 25/8 21.30


15€, 12€
Saveria Margiola | Concert
Saveria with her unique interpretations and her skillful band are promising us an evening of great emotional intensity and musical counterpoint. Well-known Greek tunes from the laiko, entechno and folk traditions. Saveria is joined by: Dimitris Margiolas: bouzouki - lute. Marios Mourmouras: orchestration-musical direction, guitars. Dimos Polymeris: accordion.

Naxos Festival


Organizer: "AEON" Non-Profit Cultural Organization
72 Pratinou street | 116 34 Athens GR | T. +30210 7258741
Artistic Director: Stelios Krasanakis
Production Manager: Mario Vazaios
Technical Support: Michalis Mathiasos
Ticket availability for Naxos Festival
Bazeos Tower, 12th km Chora Naxos-Agiassos road. Tel. 22850 31402
Palio Vivliopoleio, Old Market Naxos Town. Tel. 22850 22512
Kitro Vallindra distillery, Chalki. Tel. 22850 31220
Café Asmari, Apiranthos. Tel. 22850 61256
Venue / Info:
Bazeos Tower: Situated on the 12th Km of the main road linking the capital city of Naxos (Chora), with the seacoast of Agiassos.