Environmental & Cultural Park of Paros

Festival 2021

The Environmental and Cultural Park of Ai Giannis Detis, faithful once again to its appointment with the public, is pleased to announce the program of the Festival in the Park for 2021.
For more info, visit the Paros Park site here.

Thursday, July 8th, 9pm
Archilochos Theatre, Ai Yannis

Lynn Adib & Marc Buronfosse «Nearness» Duo
Nearness: two authors meet. Voice and bass come together, jazz and orient speak to each other. Original compositions, a Byzantine prayer. And jazz standards, which say love. Proximity, being close to others, proximity, touching the soul, expanding space: what this concert wants to offer. Nearness, here melody, rhythm and strings, those of the voice, that of the double bass and the guitar. Nearness, sensitive souls.

Thursday 15th & Friday 16th July, 9pm
Archilochos Theatre, Ai Yannis

Modern “Medea”
Modern “Medea” is in direct connection with the ancient. The word of Dimitris Zougos is successor to the word of Euripides, written in trochaic meter faithfully follow steps of the great tragedian while bridging the gap between the ancient world and the habits of the present. The two texts are mixed together like a skein unravel the “Medea” to knit her murderous web. Their reason is common, the suffering and the conditions are not.Τhe heroine of Dimitris Zougos suffers terribly. Her dignity has suffered irreparable damage. The brutal family that surrounds her it has turned her into slave. The battle in her mind has been lost and the fate seems done. The only thing that keeps the life is the maternal instinct. Until the developments bring to the surface something more primitive and divine. The hatred. Medea today will not kill her kids. Her devious mind has prejudged a worst ending.

Tuesday July 20th, 9pm
Monastery Ai Yannis, Cells.

I(s)land, through the years
A play that is a study on the essence of being an islander, looking into the way of life in the Cyclades in the past and today, but also peeking into the future. A play that brings to view the material and immaterial tradition of the islands, through travelling, waiting, fairy tales and interventions. Time and space are intertwined defining the boundaries of an island in a sea of seeking. In the play the forces of an island confront each other. The wind, tourism, faith, the sea all talk through snapshots with a man who tries to understand who he really is. Visual arts, poetry and music make up a special theatrical journey.

I(s)land, through the years by nomades artcore
Written by: Iannis Sioutis
Directed by: Petros Roussos, Iannis Sioutis
Visual composition: Maria Karathanou
Original music: Marios Tsangaris
Starring: Samson Fytros
Production manager: Mata Lampropoulou
Translations: Anna Markentoudi
Graphic design: Natasa Stamouli
Technical support: Giorgos Petikas
Artistic associate: Buket Barlass
Produced by: nomades artcore
Under the auspices and subsidy of the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports

Wednesday July 28th, 9pm
Monastery Ai Yannis, Cells

Austrian Greek Music Summer 2021
Greek Cellist Cristina Basili, currently based in Vienna, will give a Duo Recital with renowned german guitarist Daniel Marx as part of the Austrian-Greek Music Summer 2021. They will perform works by Piazzolla, Cassado, Telemann and the premiere performance of the composition “Poison Flower” by Greek composer Nestor Taylor, that is dedicated to the young cellist.

Thursday July 29th, 9pm
Archilochos Theatre, Ai Yannis

Domna’s Song
A production of the Greek National Opera Alternative Stage
As part of the tribute to the 2021 bicentennial of the Greek Revolution.
This production, part of a tribute to the 2021 bicentennial of the Greek Revolution, is made
possible by a grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) [www.SNF.org].
Domna Visvizi’s story in the form of a monologue with choral stasima is portrayed with sensitivity by actress Syrmo Keke, and woven through means of music theatre by a female creative team consisting of journalist / author Maro Vasiliadou, composer Martha Mavroidi –who knowledgeably interlaces folk musical styles with contemporary ones– and directress Maria Magkanari. With the participation of the female vocal ensemble chórεs.

Thursday July 5th, 9pm
Archilochos Theatre, Ai Yannis

Opera under the Stars
Every year one of the gorgeous August evenings, in Paros Park, we sit under the stars and listen to opera. We travel to the constellation of lyric songs in the galaxy of the Italian canzonets, we chase the comets of the American cinema, we land on the warm Solar System of the Greek songs…
This year too, we will not make any exceptions, no discounts.
We are waiting for you for the glorious musical journey.


Saturday 7th & Sunday 8th August, 9pm
Archilochos Theatre, Ai Yannis

The work of Euripides Trojan Women; first played in 415 BC. in Dionysia (ancient Greek festival) presented by the Cultural Association of Paros «ARCHILOCHOS». Translation by Pantelis Boukalas, directed by Nikos Synodis.
Trojan Women is the third part of the trilogy of Euripides (previous are “Alexander” and “Palamidis”). It is the pre-eminent mourning of antiquity of the defiled honor; the dishonored home; the lost homeland. It is a tragedy that captures the catastrophe of the Trojans and prepares that of the Greeks, outcome of their Hybris. The Trojan women, through the mourning, loss and destruction they experience, are female figures with morality; character; courage and kindness. The survival of these women through their loss with an extremely decent way of dealing with what is happening is grand.
“Only in the Trojan Women, a special tragedy of women, almost without action, women come out of their rooms to be dragged into captivity. The men who appear; violate with their actions the female world; break down its unity and ultimately trifle inside the temple of femininity. Inherent and foremost desire of a woman is to preserve the deeper unity of the private and wider universe. Her every wish is an evolution of her fundamental desire. That whatever ruptures is punished; and the man, the politician and warrior, is a predominantly divisive presence, that’s why the woman appears contrarian of the fragmented world of men. The unity, which is the physical state of coexistence for all, serves the arts she practices, her loves and hates, motherhood, her worship events. After all, inside the one big Mother – which is nature – everything can incubate.” Eleni Merkenidou, THE WOMAN IN THE PREDAWN OF THE TRAGIC, (excerpts).

Translation: Pantelis Boukalas
Directed by: Nikos Synodis
Curated by: George Gemeliaris
Scenes: Harris Argyros
Music [original]: Efterpi Katsamatsa
Assistant director: Aphrodite Vazaka
Poster work: Eleni Fokianou
Poster photo: Giannis Loukis
Costumes: Vicky Skandali, Maria Tsouknida, Kalliopi Mavri
Makeup: Vicky Skandal
Hairstyles: Dimitris Makras
Photos – Video: Stefanos Georgiadis

Poseidon: Constantine Sarris
Athena: Gogo Sotirakou
Ekavi: Eleni Fokianou
Taltyvios: Vassilis Vidalis
Kassandra: Nafsika Kyriazanou
Andromachi: Maria Tsouknida
Menelaos: Haris Argyros
Eleni: Eleni Dermentzoglou
In the role of little Astyanax, Angelos Christoulas.

Katerina Kanna, Aglaia Friday, Katerina Argyrou, Markella Mantzourani, Sugar Babiri, Maria Sifneou, Dimitra Tziovili

Harris Kolovos, Menelaos Hasouris

Flute: Aphrodite Vazaka
Photos: Kai Kremcer


Saturday August 21st, 9pm
Archilochos Theatre, Ai Yannis

“Meli, the bee”
A theatrical performance for kids aged 4-12. Meli the bee makes its revolution and goes away of its hive!!! Flora, daughter of a beekeeper, tries to convince it to come back. We learn about honey and the importance of the bee in our planet and lives!!!


Sunday August 29th, 9pm
Archilochos Theatre, Ai Yannis

Port Stories
A contemporary look at the roots of the Rebetiko tradition and its relation to other musical genres such as the Blues and Fado. An approach combining open ended improvisation and melodic development as expressed within contemporary jazz trends.
Four composers, skilled musicians from different musical backgrounds and a particular love for world music traditions, take us on a journey, with their improvisations and compositions round the Ports of the World.
From the Cafe Aman of Smyrna, through Aegean melodies and New Orleans blues, they explore the relationships and limits of the aesthetic coexistence of these different idioms. Sounds of the East, isons and maqams with their microtonal elements, converse with the blues and the equally tempered notes of the West. Old cafes in Smyrna and the Bosporus, hashish dens of Syros and Piraeus, ports all around the world, haunts of the marginalized and their shadowy dealings. This is where the music of the underworld flourished. Rebetika, Blues, Fado, Flamenco and others, all speak of poverty, pain and injustice as expressed in the lyrics and their characteristic flattened notes.
And Music like a miraculous Goddess, comforts with a magical and mysterious power, raising the spirits of both the artist and the audience.