The 3rd Rembetiko Festival “Syra of Markos Vamvakaris,” Aug. 29-Sept. 2

The 3rd Rembetiko Festival of Syros- Syra of Markos Vamvakaris, takes place August 29-September 2. Photo: Syros – Ermoupolis Municipality and Cyclades Chamber of Commerce

SYROS –The 3rd Rembetiko Festival of Syros- “Syra of Markos Vamvakaris” honors the legendary musician who was born on the island in the Cyclades. The festival runs from August 29-September 2 and includes among many events, live performances, seminars, and a folklore musical instruments exhibit from well-known Greek luthiers- makers of stringed instruments including lutes, guitars, and violins.

Firmly established in the cultural life of Syros, the Rembetiko Music Festival was launched in 2016 by the Municipality of Syros –Ermoupolis in collaboration with the Society for the Development and Progress of the Cyclades, Chamber of Commerce. Urban folk music has flourished on Syros as an integral element of culture since the early 20th century.

The songs of the late, great singer and songwriter Markos Vamvakaris have made Rembetiko music and Syros known all over the world, inspiring the establishment of this festival. This year’s edition features an extensive range of events – concerts, theatrical performances, lectures, exhibitions, seminars, as well as children’s events, highlighting the contribution of Vamvakaris and his native island, Syros, to Greek and world music. Artists from Italy and Cyprus, as well as talented local artists, are among those participating in the Festival. Organizers hope to expand the participation to include more international artists in the future.

More information about the Rembetiko Festival is available on Facebook.