Over the past five summers, the Andros open-air stone theatre hosted 75 artistic events.
Both locals and holiday-makers enjoyed great theatrical performances, concerts, dance events and film nights.
This year, the challenge of the pandemic imposes its rules on the safety of viewers, artists, technical staff and volunteers.
The theatre will accommodate much fewer spectators who will sit sparsely with spaces to be properly disinfected, and safety measures fully implemented.
Therefore, Andros will not be deprived of its 6th festival.
A majority of the 138 proposals we received were very interesting, and we warmly thank the artists for considering to include our island’s festival in their itinerary.
Adapting to these exceptional circumstances, there will only be five events this year, carefully selected of high quality and including our special favourite artists.
A big thank you goes to Stavros Xarchakos and his musicians, as well as to Aneza Papadopoulou, Elli Igliz, Giorgos Kimoulis, Fotini Baxevani, Stelios Mainas and Katia Sperelaki.
Let’s do our best for things to go smoothly, so that we enjoy nights filled with theatre and music to the fullest, from 30th July to 9th August 2020.
I applaud the organisers of the 6th International Andros Festival, which will take place at the open-air theatre of Andros, from 30th July to 9th August 2020.
During the past five years, our island has participated in the national and international cultural scene, thanks to the open-air stone theatre and the festival performances and events.
The festival is now an integral part of the summer on our island.
This becomes even more meaningful this year, given the challenges posed by the recent pandemic.
On behalf of the local community, I warmly thank Alkiviades Tattos and his partners for their vision, which fosters the Virtue of Culture on our island every year.
The Mayor of Andros
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 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 International Festival of Andros is organised by the Non-profit Company ‘Friends of the Festival of Andros’ under the auspices of the municipality of Andros.
Artistic director: PantelisVoulgaris
Production director: Anastasia Kavallari
Lighting designer & supervisor: YiannisVollelis
Sound system designer &audio supervisor: Thodoris Papanikolaou
Assistant sound engineer: ZisisTona
Media relations manager: Christos Paridis
Video promo: ΠΑΝΚ ΤΑΝΚ
Video music: Spiros Loukos
English translation & editing: Niki Karagianni
WE WARMLY THANK THE ARTIST GIORGOS SALTAFEROS, WHO DESIGNED THE POSTEROF THE 6THANDROS FESTIVAL.
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.