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Tinos World Music Festival

Tinos World Music Festival takes place on Tinos Island every early Summer, aiming to introduce significant musicians from the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean to Greek audience as well as to integrate Tinos into a broader intercultural network. The day before the opening of the festival, there is a pre-festival concert at Onassis Cultural Center in Athens.

June 2nd, 3rd, 4th 2017

The Tinos World Music Festival will this year be honouring the world’s most popular, familiar and widely played musical instrument, the accompaniment for centuries now to mankind’s more lyric moments.

Classical or acoustic, electric or fretless, with six, eight or even ten and more strings, the guitar is generally associated with Western music classical and modern. But for decades now, it has had an important role to play in traditional, non-Western musical contexts, too. It is this less well-known aspect of the guitar that the musicians invited to this year’s Tinos World Music Festival will be spotlighting through their wide-ranging musical quests and approaches.

June 17th, 18th, 19th 2016

The 4th Tinos World Music Festival is dedicated to the most widely used and expressive musical instrument, the human voice.

This year’s guests are The Tinos Byzantine Chorus of the Holy Metropolis of Syros with religious pieces of the Constantinople tradition, Avgerini Gatsi, Yiannis Niarchos and Akis Pitsanis with songs from Smyrna, the vocal quartet “Yasemi” with songs of the Greek and Mediterranean tradition, Savina Giannatou and pianist Spyros Manesis  in improvisations based on traditional melodies from all around the world, the vocal ensemble Eva Quartet with polyphonic songs from Bulgaria, Eliza Carthy with characteristic English folk pieces, and also the vocal orchestra The Happy Hour Choir, a result of the vocal workshop of the Onassis Cultural Center.

Coming from different origins and traditions, sharing, nevertheless, the transcendental power of the voice, all these artists are joining forces on the stage of the Cultural Foundation of Tinos, bringing forward a wide range of musical repertoire, as well as the never-ending potential of human voice as a musical instrument.

May 29th, 30th, 31st 2015

This year’s edition focuses on the lute, the string musical instrument that has dominated the wider part of the Mediterranean region since centuries. The lute, closely related to tanbur, lavta, saz and oud, is considered the milestone of a centuries-long musical tradition deeply rooted in the cultures of the Mediterranean and beyond. TWMF 2015 features lute soloists and virtuosi from Greece and Turkey that collaborate on stage to present a variety of repertoire and different versions of the lute, highlighting the similarities as well as the uniqueness of each musical instrument and genre.

  • Giorgos Manolakis duo
  • Alexandros Papadimitrakis quartet
  • Kryftó trio
  • “Mouhabet”, Periklis Papapetropoulos / Cihan Turkoglu / Stratis Psaradellis / Kostas Meretakis
  • Murat Aydemir – Stratis Psaradellis
  • Xylouris White

June 6th, 7th, 8th, 2014

Melodies from Bulgaria, Turkey, Armenia, Syria, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Spain, France, Andalusia, Persia, India and Africa flood the island of Tinos. Twenty two musicians from around the world invite us to a magical journey in world music. Starting point:Tinos Island.

  • “Athens, Sofia, Istanbul: an inter-Balkan musical collaboration”, Yurdal Tokcan / Nedyalko Nedyalkov / Martha Mavroidi / Harris Lambrakis / Giorgos Ventouris / Vagelis Karipis
  • Haig Yazdjian trio
  • Petrakis  – López – Chemirani
  • Ross Daly quartet
  • Melidron
  • Kevin Seddiki – Bijan Chemirani

May 24th & 25th, 2013

2 days, 4 concerts, 12 musicians initiate the audience in a world of contemporary music from the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean.

  • Martha Mavroidi quartet
  • Erkan Oğur trio
  • Kostas Theodorou quintet
  • Stian Carstensen & guests