5th International Andros Festival

In Andros,
from 31st July to 20th August 2019

Let’s gather once more at the open-air theatre of Chora late in the evening, wait for the lights to go out and stop a friendly chat in order to listen to our heartbeat meeting the first moments of the experience under the night sky.

Let the reason for our gathering be the theatre, the music, the dance and the right of the artists who visit us to receive our applause.

Let’s feel proud of our achievements in times of tension and doubt.

Pantelis Voulgaris

I am delighted to welcome the Festival of Andros, which is held for the fifth time this year. The Festival has become an institution that has made our island a cultural hub.

The love for the arts and especially the love for Andros have been the stepping stones for the creation of the Festival. Both the residents of Andros and the people who visit the island return this love with their strong presence at the open-air theatre of Andros.

The Festival was born at a difficult time, in the summer of 2015, and it has been embraced by the people of Andros, which fills us with pride, joy and responsibility.

The Festival owes its success to its Art Director, Mr Pantelis Voulgaris, who has been responsible for its exceptional programme since the first year it took place.

We, the municipality of Andros, continue focusing our effort on the preservation of our cultural heritage and support the Festival and every action and undertaking that promote culture and the arts.

Every year, the programme of the Festival of Andros consists of brilliant performances, concerts, music and dance events, as well as visual events. The Festival offers spectacles of high aesthetic quality, entertains and activates the senses.

I would like to warmly thank our compatriot, Mr Alkiviades Tattos, who got inspired to create the Festival, and Mr Pantelis Voulgaris, the Art Director of the Festival, for their support and contribution to the Festival of Andros.

We expect that, like every year, the open-air theatre of Andros will be filled with people from all over the world, who will enjoy a unique, unforgettable experience, and I am certain that the 5th Festival of Andros will be an even greater success than the previous ones.

The Mayor of Andros
Theodosis Sousoudis

The festival

The International Festival of Andros began in July 2015 and it has been successfully held every summer since then. The performances start in the last week of July and draw to a close toward the end of August.

Over the past four years, the festival has hosted great theatrical plays, Greek music concerts and classical concerts,while ithas also presented local groups, such as the Philharmonic Orchestra and theatrical and dance groups from Andros.

The Festival aims to present high-quality theatrical and dance performances, as well as great classical and jazz concerts. Every year, the theatrical plays constitute the main part of the Festival performances.

The place

The open-air theatre of Andros is located in Chora, between the neoclassical City Hall (Voulgaris building) and the Lyceum. Its construction was inspired and mainly funded by Alkiviades Tattos, who comes from Andros.The theatre is built on an idyllic hillside which is protected from the wind and gives panoramic view of the south.

‘A theatre that looks like it has been there forever’; this was the original idea of the architects Kiriaki Kondylatou and Konstantinos Loukos, who undertook the implementation of this ambitious idea.

The open stage of the theatre reminds of the architecture of classical stages and is one of the most daring interventions in the public space of Andros.The construction works began in July 2014 in a plot of land ownedbythemunicipalityofAndros. The theatre has a seating capacity of 870 seats.

The people

The International Festival of Andros is organised by the Non-profit Company ‘Friends of the Festival of Andros’.

The Festival is supported by the municipality of Andros.

Art Director: Pantelis Voulgaris

Production Director & Organiser: Anastasia Kavallari
Lighting Designer & Supervisor: Giannis Vollelis

Sound System Designer &Audio Supervisor: Thodoris Papanikolaou
Sound Engineer Assistant: Zisis Tona

Media Relations Managers: Katerina Aggelidaki & Christos Paridis

Poster Designer: Marietta Mpitsakaki
Postcards Designers: Ilianna Anagnostou-Hatzigiannakou, Konstantinos Kazakas, Anastasios Manariotis, Panagiotis Mitrousis

Graphic Designer: kiss my art
Video Promo: ΠΑΝΚΤΑΝΚ
Original Video Music: Spiros Loukos
Editing of the English Text: Niki Karagianni

 

We warmy thank the students of the department of graphic design of the university of West Attica, and especially dr.Anastasia Tsotsou, professor of graphic design, who trusted the festival of Andros, and her lab assistant mr.Sofoklis Dakos, who undertook and coordinated this task.

The events

Theatrical education seminars and music workshops for children and teenagers from Andros are held from October to May. For example, events such as the following have been organized up to now:

  • Music meetings for the youth (15-19 years old) have been held by the musician Spiros Loukos.
  • A music workshop for students of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd grades of the primary schools of Andros was heldin April 2018under the guidance of the musicologist Niki Mihalaka.
  • In April 2018, the actress Kariofillia Karampeti gave a talk about theatre, and in particularancient drama, to high-school students on the island of Andros.

This year, the 5th International Festival of Andros begins on Wednesday 31st July and lasts until Tuesday 20th August 2019.