The Chios Music Festival is a multilateral festival that made its debut in the summer of 2017 on the Greek island Chios. Local and international artists presented concerts, contemporary music theater, photography exhibitions and educational activities for children in cultural venues across the island.
The festival makers have set themselves the goal to establish a high level of artistic quality on the island that attracts a broad audience ranging from tourists to islanders, permanent to non-permanent residents. The festival is divided into a summer and a winter session, while the winter session focuses particularly on educational programs for children and young adults.
The vision behind the festival stems from two young artists from Chios who have family roots on the island and a working base in Berlin: violinist Olga Holdorff-Myriangou and composer Eleftherios Veniadis. Their idea is to bring native islanders and refugees together, as Chios has a reputation of solidarity, and many Chiosians themselves come from families with a refugee background. Through music the festival shall help to build bridges between the inhabitants of the island as an means of communication, exchange and learning.