From Easter Monday till September , various religious celebrations give the chance for popular festivals (fetes) . Since old times, it was an opportunity for socializing , carrying out trade and, for the young people, to get to know each other and create sentimental and family bonds. Outside churches , at squares as well as at other suitable places in villages and neighborhoods a stage is put up“ ” , nicely decorated, and tables and benches all around it . At big festivals, more stages are put up and the tables and chairs are in dedicated places delimited in older times by branches of herbs (myrtle, lentisk). . On the stage the orchestra performs, having the violin at the center of attention (today, however, traditional violinists are rare) and before the orchestra the people dance and have fun. The most popular dance is the round dance of Corfu danced in a circle , with grace and wonderful rhythms . The surrounding space and the nearby streets are populated by peddlers who announce their goods: sweets, cookies, toys, gifts, roast meet, wine and drinks.
Every year, on 11 August, Corfu celebrates, with pomp and circumstance, over three days, an event that took place three centuries ago. This event was the victory of the locals and the Venetians against the Turks, on their last attack.
The Melting Moment Band live - RnB, Funk and Soul at its best. Jam sessions afterwards
Fri 24 Sept.- Sun 26 Sept.
Friday 10:30, 12:00 & 18:00 Sat & Sun 12:00
Museum of Asian Art
Dragons - 90 minute program with slide show The Dragon through Space and Time, childrens game Find Traces of the Dragon in the Museum, dramatized Chinese fairytale for children and adults Four Dragons.
Sat 25 Sept.
School theatrical play Lysistrata - comedy by Aristophanes performed by the 7th and 4th school of Corfu Admission: free. This performance is part of the Architectural Event.
Sat 25 Sept.
Bar to Treno
Corner E. Benaki 72 & Andrea Metaxa Ex. - Book presentation Cats of the Acropolis and other Poems by Orasio Castillo.
Sat 25 Sept.
Edem beach club - Disco & 80'shits
Sun 26 Sept.
3rd Bicycle Tour of Mandouki (5 km) - register 10:30 opposite new port entry - photo and painting exhibition, and other events. Safe bicycling zone for the little ones (1-5 years) at Xen. Stratigou.
Voicing - Seminar by Niskriya Elena Kazantzidi - diving into the potential of the voice and the magic of singing. Booking and Info at Niskriya 697 751 1072 or Casa Lucia 26610 91419 - 6979470571 - €20 (Students € 15)
Sun 26 Sept.
Oktoberfest - German-Greek Society club house. Bavarian specialities and various international delicatesses. Large tombola with many prices. Info 694 2951088 - www.korfutreff.de
Painting exhibition by Panagiotis Mavropoulos & Dimitris Sofianos
Tue 28 Sept.
Corfu Public Library
Seminar Networking with local Partners: joint actions to promote reading skills - in cooperation with Goethe Institute Athens - supported by Petros Kostagiolas, lecturer at Ionian University - read more (Greek)
Book presentation of Myths of Sites, Speech and History, by archeologist Kostas Soueref. read more (Greek)
Architectural Event: Perfect Town: City of Philosophers
More than 400 architects and visual artists from all over the world will settle on the islet of Vidos for a 10-day event, where they will give architectural interpretations of the ideas and ideals of European philosophers from various countries, from ancient times until today. They will do this .....
Painting exhibition by Giorgos Pennas September 10 - October 10 - 08:00-20:00 Giorgos Pennas is one of the most important representatives of contemporary Corfiot art, although he did study abroad also. He held several exhibitions at his birthplace Corfu, and abroad in France, Italy, and Belgium. And now again on Corfu, opening 10 September in the exhibition space in the Old Alefrapothikes Fort. The title of the exhibition..... source: www.corfuland.gr
Exhibition: Contemporary Art... a look at the visual landscape of Crete This exhibition is organised in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts in Heraklion, Crete, curated by the founder, architect and collector Costas Schizakis and art historian Dr. Denise Alevizos The exhibition presents a panorama of contemporary Greek art works from thirty-three artists of Cretan origin. Art lovers will have the opportunity to enjoy this sizeable project, hosted at the premises of the Gallery for about 40 days. source: www.enimerosi.com and others.
Movie: Saltview the Trailer Until 30th September - 22:00 CIA agent Evelyn Salt interrogates a Russian defector, Orlov, who tells her about "Day X", an operation organized by a powerful Russian spymaster during the Cold War, which will lead to the destruction of the United States. Orlov claims that during the 1970s an elite group of Soviet agents were trained from birth with psychological conditioning that makes them "unbreakable". He mentions that at the funeral of the recently deceased US Vice President in New York City, the visiting Russian President will be killed by Russian spy Evelyn Salt, whose real name is Chenkov.... source: http://en.wikipedia.org/
Until 30th September - 20:00 - Dance Movie Luke meets a girl named Natalie (Sharni Vinson) at his club and quickly takes notice of her dancing abilities, enlisting her to become part of his crew. However, he is unaware of Natalie's true motives.Luke and Natalie become increasingly close as the movie progresses. They share many intimate moments. source: http://en.wikipedia.org/
Book Event: Support the Book
A 2-day event at the Corfu Palace Hotel (Dionysios Solomos room) on 23rd and 24th September will include a book fair, book reviews, discussions with authors, and school visits by those authors. The main event is on Friday 24th September resource: www.corfuland.gr
Classical music: Divertimenti Festival From 19th till 26th September in various locations. A unique Chamber Music festival with concerts by a world famous Czech Duo. Concerts are held in private villas, historic sites, an attractive winery and a square in Corfu's Old Town. A wonderful opportunity to enjoy world class music in unique places.. source: Chamber Music Holidays and Festivals
Combined event: Exploring Corfu by Foot This event combines walks and talks. Walks, to explore Corfu, and talks about literature, poetry, and what links their writers with Corfu. Corfu Town is a Venetian city with overlays from the French and British presence, and is the most beautiful city, surrounded by some of the best scenery and greenery, in all Greece. The walking tours each day start... source: Durell School of Corfu
Exhibition: Panagiotis Mavropoulos & Dimitris Sofianos 27 September at 20:00 - 22 November at 21:00 Two artists come together in Corfu Gallery with series of new works. Panagiotis Mavropoulos and Dimitris Sofianos offer very different styles, yet the vivid colors and harmonious shapes are characteristics that link the two artists..... source: http://www.corfuartgallery.com and www.corfuland.gr
If you only get one chance in a lifetime to visit Corfu, you'd better choose spring and especially Easter week . It is the time when Corfu brings out to light all its natural and cultural beauty .
You will feel overwhelmed by the flowers , you will feel surprised by the green , you will be taken away by music , you will get unprecedented feelings by the religious and celebrating events.
It is the only place on Earth where you can experience Spring getting inside your very existence, where you can enjoy so strongly the atmosphere of the most important celebration . Easter here is bright beyond all expectations.
From the beginning to the end of July, Ionian Concerts invite you to high quality musical performances in historic venues of equally high artistic value.
From ancient times Corfu is connected to music and it maintains a rich and everlasting musical tradition . From minstrel Dimodokos , who sang in honor of Ulysses , as is mentioned by Homer in Odyssey( 3000 BC) to the San Giacomo theater, which housed opera performances for the very first time in the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean and to the creation of the first music band "Philharmonic Society of Corfu" ( 1840 ) to this day, music is a predominant form of art, closely connected to the soul and the history of the people of Corfu and Paxos . Music is everywhere. At the festivals , the cobbled streets , the fields and the olive groves , the houses , as well as in the accent of the Corfiot people. Joy, sorrow and everyday speech abound with rhythm .
The Philharmonic bands.
The Philharmonic Bands of Corfu are a unique world phenomenon as regards the ratio of number bands to population ’ . The founding of the philharmonic bands took place following the trend of the creation of popular clubs and societies which took place in Europe after the Industrial revolution, especially in the 19th century and was introduced in cosmopolitan Corfu through the local youth who studied in universities in Europe, as well as by merchants . This phenomenon was intensified in the 20th century, based on economic development, a trend to imitate and a kind of localisms, deriving from the idiosyncratic composition of the population of Corfu of groups of economic and politican immigrants. Nowadays, a population of 110.000 people all over Corfu are educated by 19 philharmonic bands , who support musical education through their schools , as well as through their presence at celebrations and festivals, both in Corfu and in other places.
Throughout the summer, Corfu enjoys really interesting musical events . The International Festival of Corfu“ Ionian Concerts ” co-organized by the Musical Department of the Ionian University , the Prefecture of Corfu and the Municipality of Corfu is the most important cultural event . This big celebration is the peak of an international musical meeting called " Summer Academy ", in which famous musicians coexist with students from America , Europe , Far East and Greece . It is a festival of high quality .
Every summer at Paxos take place severak important musical events, the most important of which being the Spring Music Festival and Paxos Festival
Music on Paxos Island
13 June, 12 July, 18 July, 30 August
Since 1986, the annual music festival Paxos Festival gives the chance to prize-winner students to share their studies and practice on chamber music with the residents and the visitors of Paxos and AntiPaxos.