Chios Music Festival

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 present concerts, contemporary music theater productions and educational activities for children and young adults 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 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 a means of communication, exchange and learning.

The winter edition of this year's Chios Music Festival took place from 3-8 February 2020. Numerous renowned musicians gave concerts and organized workshops all over the island. One of the highlights of the festival was the concert by a group of musicians within the EU-project "Soundroutes", a program for musicians from all over the world who found refuge in Europe. All invited groups had an active part in organizing the workshops, the duo Sebastian Manz & Sebastian Studnitzky gave their debut on Chios with the program "A Bernstein Story“.