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Mediterranean Festival of Arts
Mediterranean Festival of Arts
21.09.2011 - 02.10.2011 
Municipality of Heraklion - Heraklion


The First International Mediterranean Festival of Arts will be held in Heraklion (Crete, Greece) from 21 September to 2 October 2011. The main goal of the Festival is not just to promote the rich historical and cultural heritage of Crete and Greece at large, but also the contribution of Crete and the Hellenic Republic as a whole to the spiritual development of mankind. Our purpose is to make Heraklion and Crete an influential cultural centre not only of the Mediterranean region, but of the entire world.
Within the Festival program there will be held numerous concerts of classical and folk music, performances by ballet and folk dance companies. Our Festival will be staged at the highest international level. Distinguished performers in various genres from some thirty countries of the world and all five inhabited continents - from USA to New Zealand and from Russia to Africa - will participate in the Festival events.
The central event of our Festival will be the first-ever Crete International Tattoo dedicated to the 2,500th anniversary of the Battle of Marathon, the great victory of the Greek people and the entire Western civilization, and to the 70th jubilee of the Battle of Crete in 1941. The Tattoo will take place on 29 September - 2 October 2011, after four days of rehearsals. Nearly 1,500 musicians, members of over twenty military and civilian orchestras and bands from Greece and abroad will participate in the Crete Tattoo.
The culmination of the Festival will be the premiere of highlights from the opera Idomeneo, King of Crete by W.A. Mozart, with the participation of international stars. The first-ever staging of this great opera will be done on Crete (where the opera plot takes place) and what is even more important, in the historical and architectural setting of the Knossos Palace, a brilliant masterpiece of the world`s cultural heritage.
The forthcoming Festival events will be attended by numerous audiences from Heraklion and Crete, guests from other parts of Greece and foreign tourists. A considerable number of concerts can be attended for free, on charity principle. A part of funds raised in charity concerts will be used to preserve the historical monuments of Crete.
The Festival will be widely covered by leading Greek and international mass media and information agencies. According to plans of the organizers, the Festival should become a major international cultural event and contribute to form a positive image of Greece.


Municipality of Heraklion
Paese: gr

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