The festival was organised for the first time in 2017. Its artistic directors are the violinist Olga Holdorff-Myriangou and the composer Lefteris Veniadis, both with family roots on the island. The festival includes a summer and a winter edition. The winter part usually takes place at the beginning of February. This year, however, due to the pandemic situation and current restrictions, it is being postponed to the end of October. In winter the festival activities concentrate mainly on musical projects in schools, the refugee camps and nursing homes.
This year, the Staats- und Domchor Berlin, which is considered the oldest musical institution in the city of Berlin, founded 555 years ago, will be invited to perform in Chios.
The summer part of the festival will take place at the beginning of August, when the numerous open-air venues will be at their best. A special feature of the festival is that it does not take place at a single venue, but at different locations on the island. In summer, in addition to the various concerts, the performance of a new musical theatre work has become an integral part of the festival, involving as many participants as possible in the preparation and performance.
This year it will be the interdisciplinary musical theatre project Soccer Opera. The trans-traditional concert series Outernational and a first-time guest performance of Turkish jazz musicians are only a few highlights. Once again, musicians who have immigrated to Europe will perform in concerts and workshops within the project Soundroutes and share their skills and experiences with the inhabitants of the island. In addition, there are dance and kinesiology workshops for locals and child refugees, conducted by the successful dancer Vatan Bassil, founder of the Flying Steps.