21 Naxos Festival

This year, as the Naxos Festival enters its third decade of existence, it summons up all its familiar elements, original commissions, artistic integrity, organizational experience, and open symbiotic relationship with the local community. It draws up a rich, multi-faceted cultural program, poised to offer entertainment and education to a public of all ages, as well as to revitalize the local economy and artistic community.

27.06 – 26.09.2021


Animated connotations
Opening: Saturday, 26 June 2021, 11:00 - 15:00
Eighteen paintings by Nikos Moschos, both new and past, from Private Collections and the Zoumboulakis Galleries, together with two newly-created works of sculpture, are on display between June 27 and September 26, 2021 at Bazeos Tower in Naxos. About the exhibition, entitled "Animated Connotations", art historian Francesco Piazza writes: "If modern painting is marked by a return to representation at the expense of both abstract and conceptual art, we owe it to artists like Nikos Moschos, who shapes his notion of art through a new visual idiom that is unpredictable and filled with dramatic and mature symbolism.
The painting of Moschos pounces on the senses like a punch in the gut or a flash in the eye. It is mesmerizing, anaesthetizing; it stirs up memory and all the senses. Each of his works contains the intention to describe forms and figures, starting with their cognitive process and their ability to create new worlds through global stereotypes—the reality from which we all originate and which we all believe to know.
The modular illustrative narrative countervails the immobility of the painting, automatically prompting the human perception to set the images observed in motion, giving rise to thoughts and feelings, while also infiltrating global archetypes through one’s own personal language.
The exhibition is an integral part of the program of the 21st Naxos Festival, which has been staged every summer at and around the Bazaios Tower, a listed 17th-century monument in the inland of Naxos. The Festival is carried out under the auspices and with the support of the Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports.
Curator: Marios Vazaios
Organization: AEON Cultural Organization - Naxos Festival 2021
Venue: 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
Duration: 27/6 – 26/9/2021
Open: Daily except Mondays, 10:00-17:00

Nikos Moschos_CV

Francesco Piazza exhibition text



Is cancelled due to Covid-19

The National School of Dance in Naxos
Contemporary dance performance.
Temple of Dionysus at Yria. Admission free
Co-produced by: Naxos and Small Cyclades Municipality - Ephorate of antiquities of Cyclades – Naxos Festival.





Music theatre
Martha Mavroidi / Maro Vasiliadou / Maria Magkanari
Greek National Opera Alternative Stage
Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
As part of the tribute to the 2021 bicentennial of the Greek Revolution.
Acting: Syrmo Keke. With the participation of a sextet music instrument group and the female vocal ensemble chórεs.

The performance





Rimbautika” Michalis & Pantelis Kalogerakis
The Kalogerakis brothers present the stormy relationship of the poet Arthur Rimbaud with Paul Verlaine through the exchanged love letters while performing “rebetika” songs. The musical narration attempts to highlight the invisible threads that link Rimbaud’s “rebetiko” lifestyle to the intense poetic world of rebetika songs by giving the title “Rebetiko”.
With the participation of Lena Kitsopoulou, singing.
Stratos Grintzalis, bouzouki, mandolin. Alexis Stenakis, clarinet, piano.





Manolis Pappos, bouzouki– Vasilis Rakopoulos, guitar – Haris Lambrakis, ney– Thanos Hatzianagnostou, percussions.
Guest : Nana Binopoulou
“Port Stories”
A contemporary look at the roots of the  Rebetiko tradition and its relation to other musical  genres such as the Blues and Fado. An approach combining open ended improvisation and melodic development as expressed within contemporary jazz trends.
Four composers, skilled musicians from different musical backgrounds and a particular love for world music traditions, take us on a journey, with their improvisations and compositions round the Ports of the World.
Rebetika, Blues, Fado, Flamenco and others, all speak of poverty, pain and injustice as expressed in the lyrics and their characteristic flattened notes.
And Music like a miraculous Goddess comforts with a magical and mysterious power, raising the spirits of both the artist and the audience.