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Symposion - 17 September 2022-0989
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Summer 2022





The distinguished musician and composer Stavros Lantsias and the eminent Andreas Polyzogopoulos visit Santorini for a special musical journey.

They presented a unique concert with a program that was presented in Germany, Greece and Cyprus, where it was enthusiastically received. It includes melodic compositions by Stavros Latsias with influences from classical music, film music and Jazz.

Stavros Lantsias was born in Cyprus in 1966. He studied classical piano and music theory at the Hellenic Conservatory of Nicosia. In 1986 he moved to America where he received a degree in orchestration from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He also took courses in film music composition. He was awarded the "Count Besie Jazz Masters award for pianists 1989" and the "Quincy Jones Jazz Masters award for arrangers 1990". Stavros Lantsias is highly regarded as a pianist and has collaborated with important Greek artists such as Dionysis Savvopoulos, Elli Paspala, Alcinoos Ioannidis, Orpheas Peridis, Eleni Koraindrou, Nikos Xydakis, Haris Alexiou, Kostas Tournas, Giorgos Dalaras, Christos Thivaios, Yiannis Charoulis and Eleni Vitali. In recent years, in addition to Greece and Cyprus, he has been presenting his music in concert halls in various German cities.


Andreas Polyzogopoulos was born in 1981 and grew up in Saamiko, Ilia Prefecture. He studied jazz guitar at the Philippos Nakkas conservatory and graduated in 2002, while two years before he started playing the trumpet. In October 2002 he moved to the Netherlands and studied at the Amsterdam Conservatory. While studying in Amsterdam he participated in various "multinational" groups and in 2006 he created the Poly Quartet, a group with which he presented his compositions for the first time. In 2008 they recorded the CD "Perfumed Dreams" and won first place at the Motives for Jazz competition in Belgium. He has collaborated with Tore Brunborg, Markus Stockhausen, Michel Portal, Tony Lakatow, Gunter baby Sommer, Anne Paceo, Mode Plegal, Psarantoni, Savina Giannatou, Maria Faradouri, Dulce Pontes, Serge Teyssot Gay (Noir Desires), Nikos Sidirokastritis, Kostas Theodorou , Giorgos Trantalidis, Haig Yazdjan, David Lynch, Vangelis Katsoulis, Takis Barberis, Thanasis Papakonstantinou etc.. In 2014 he created a new band and in 2015 he released the CD "Anicca" which consists of his compositions.

Stavros Lantsias |

Piano, Melodica & Metallophone

Andreas Polyzogopoulos |

Trumpet & Flugelhorn

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"Dedication to Mikis Theodorakis: Epitaph of Yannis Ritsos":Pemi Zouni and Iakovos Kolanian

The "Epitafios" of Yannis Ritsos set to music by the great Greek composer. The work that opened the way for the world to commune with Poetry, through traditional, folk and classical elements of music. The arrangement of "Epitafius" for guitar by the acclaimed soloist Iakovos Kolanian, which was greeted with enthusiasm by M. Theodorakis characterizing this particular arrangement as the closest to the spirit of the work.

A meeting – station for Greek culture: Mikis Theodorakis and Yiannis Ritsos. The Epitaph of Yannis Ritsos set to music by the great Greek composer. The work that opened the way for the world to commune with Poetry, through traditional, folk and classical elements of music.


Meeting two: The arrangement of the Epitaph for guitar by the acclaimed soloist Iakovos Kolanian, which was greeted with enthusiasm by Mikis Theodorakis, characterizing this particular arrangement as the closest to the spirit of the work.


Meeting three: Pemi Zouni and Iakovos Kolanian. Two acclaimed artists in the field of theater and music converse, complement each other and discover common areas of their aesthetics and education, presenting a unique proposal, a harmonious marriage of Speech and Music.


The theatrical interpretation of the eight poems set to music by Mikis Theodorakis alternates with the musical interpretation, in the unique arrangement for guitar by Iakovos Kolanian.

The poems that were not included in the eight songs by M. Theodorakis are performed by both artists together. Here Iakovos Kolanian performs compositions by:

-Leo Brouwer (“Un dia de Noviembre”)
-Fernando Sor (“Largo”)
-Francisco Tarrega (“Recuerdos de la Alhambra”)
-Jorge Cardoso (“Milonga”)
-Traditional Armenian (Noubar-Noubar)
-Frederic Chopin (“Valse No 2”) and
-J. S. Bach (“Chaconne”)
-Augustin Barrios (La cathedral)

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2022 marks the 10 year anniversary of our cultural center.

In 2012 our first performance started with our dear friend Thanasis Kleopas and this year together with Apostolos Proponis they will open the summer performance series at Symposion!


KLEOPAS SYNAPSYS, with Thanasis Kleopas and Apostolos Proponis, takes us on a time travel through Greek music from antiquity until today,  from the islands to the mountains.


Thanasis Kleopas

Kleopas is a self-taught Greek cosmopolitan musician. He has traveled, lived and played his compositions out of Greece in countries such as Thailand , India, Japan, France, Germany, Holland, Cyprus...

He is a composer as well as a singer and he plays the Apollon's ancient Greek lyre ,the guitar and the bouzouki. Listening to Kleopas' melodies one can understand his Greek origins as well as his deep love for world music.

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Στις 17 Απριλίου, 2022, πραγματοποιήθηκε συνάντηση γευσιγνωσίας Θηραϊκών οίνων.

Με τη συμμετοχή 15 οινοποιείων θα πραγματοποιήθηκε έκθεση και γευσιγνωσία σαντορινιών οίνων τελευταίας εσοδείας 2021, από τις 12:00 μέχρι τις 19:00.


Τα «ΠΙΘΟΙΓΙΑ 2022», ήρθαν να θυμίσουν την πρώτη μέρα της αρχαίας παραδοσιακής γιορτής των Ανθεστηρίων. Τη μέρα «των πίθων», που ξεσφράγιζαν  τα πήλινα αγγεία όπου φύλαγαν τον οίνο, δοκίμαζαν την καινούργια σοδειά και οι αγοραστές γέμιζαν τα αγγεία τους.


Η αμπελοοινική παράδοση του νησιού της Σαντορίνης, από την αρχαιότητα μέχρι σήμερα αποτελεί ένα από τα βασικά στοιχεία της  πολιτισμικής του ταυτότητας.


Οι επαγγελματίες και οι οινόφιλοι είχαν τη δυνατότητα να δοκιμάσουν τους οίνους που θα γεμίσουν τα  ποτήρια μας, το καλοκαίρι του 2022.

Οινοποιεία που συμμετείχαν:

Οινοποιείο Άνυδρους

Οινοποιείο Βασάλτης

Οινοποιείο Βενετσάνος

Οινοποιία Γαβαλά

Οινοποιείο Αρτέμης Καραμολέγκος

Οινοποιείο Βαγγέλης Καραμολέγκος

Οινοποιείο Μικρά Θήρα

Οινοποιείο Μπουτάρη

Κάναβα Ρούσσος

Κτήμα Σιγάλα

Κάναβα ΣΑΝΤΟΡΙΝΗ 1974

Οινοποιείο Χατζηδάκη

Κάναβα Χρυσού Τσέλεπος



Loudovikos from Anogeia will captivate the mind and soul, caressing our ears with the echo of heavenly melodies from the Angels' descent to Anogeia on their way to Earth.

A program with traditional verses, obituaries, mandinades, quotes from Erotokritos and Hadjidakis, but also his own songs.​

Marina Dakanali will accompany him on song and guitar.

Loudovikos from Anogeia

Georgios Dramoudanis (Anogeia Rethymnon, January 28, 1951), known mainly by the stage name Loudovikos from Anogeia, is a Greek composer and singer.​

He was born in Anogeia Rethymnon in Crete in 1951. His father's name is Vasilios Dramoudanis and his mother's name is Louloudia. He has five other brothers, Nikos, Manolis, Giannis, Mary and Dimitris. He studied economics at ASOEE, but did not graduate. In 1979, he met Manos Hadjidakis, who had come to Anogeia with ERT's THIRD PROGRAM for the music festivals that take place there every year, and who highlighted him.​

He is the artistic director of Hyacinthia, as President of the Association "Friends of Hyacinthia events. A look at the cultures of the Sacred Mountain of Ida". Hyacinthia are the cultural events that take place every year during July in Anogeia.​

Loudovikos from Anogeia is also a painter, having presented his works in personal exhibitions in Athens and Crete.​

He has received positive reviews for his unique style of songwriting.

Loudovikos from Anogeia | Song and Mandolin

Marina Dakanali | Song

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"Crossovers Duet"

Aggeliki Toubanaki & Thanos Stavridis

From Traditional Melodies to open heart-full Improvisations

The World Jazz vocalist and performer Aggeliki Toubanaki and  virtuoso accordionist Thanos Stavridis present the multi-collective project "Crossovers": from tradition to modern form.

An explosive musical program; Balkan tunes, Mediterranean and Anatolian melodies mixed with contemporary harmony, crossover improvisations and vocals. A multidimensional sound environment with landmark songs of the Greek and international music scene.

The two musicians cross sounds, tell the stories in a unique interpretive way, generously testifying their passion for improvisation and make us part of their spontaneous musical play.

"Crossovers" is an open musical "hug", a wild celebration of emotions, a journey through time, places and the magical pulse of the world's musical traditions!

Aggeliki Toubanaki  (PhD) Vocalist, performer, producer, sound experimentalist, voice teacher


Aggeliki Toubanaki considers the human voice to be the most expressive and the richest in terms of musical nuances instrument. Using voice, she improvises, she experiments, she expresses herself and communicates, having a strong belief in artistic expression that lies beyond musical borders and social norms. 

Alongside her musical studies she completed a long cycle of scientific research – she has been awarded a PhD (Distinction) in Cellular Biology by the Medical School of the University of Athens. The deeper relationship between science and art is what she considers to be her basic pillar of inspiration and expression, and hence semantically an experimentally explores the potentials of the human voice through improvisation, through artistic expression and through the interdisciplinary route.

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They presented us traditional songs from the urban centers and the province of Crete, favorite from Asia Minor, selections from Aegean islands as well as the wider Mediterranean area. A songs selection that were recorded at the beginning to the middle of the last century and whose roots are lost in the depths of our history, capable of conveying cultural memories that are in danger
of being lost in our time.

The music group Eran started its course in 2013 as a group of musician friends with a common point of love for the music of Crete (eran means to love). From his first steps he was embraced not only by the love of the public but also by the appreciation of renowned musicians and artists with whom he collaborated such as Giannis Xylouris, Elias Logothetis, Maria Zachari, Panagiotis Sdoukos and many others. of the number of concerts inside and outside Crete as well as 2 discography works.

Nektarios Pachiadakis - Cretan lyre and Vocals

Kyveli Sergiou - Vocals and Percussion instrument

Vangelis Fanourakis - Lute, Bulgari and Vocals


Παρουσιάστηκαν  παραδοσιακά τραγούδια από τα αστικά κέντρα αλλά και την επαρχία της Κρήτης, αγαπημένα μικρασιάτικα , επιλογές από νησιά του Αιγαίου καθώς και της ευρύτερης περιοχής της Μεσογείου . Επέλεξαν τραγούδια που ηχογραφήθηκαν στις αρχές έως και τα μέσα του προηγούμενου αιώνα και των οποίων οι ρίζες χάνονται στο βάθος της ιστορίας μας, ικανά να μεταφέρουν πολιτισμικές μνήμες που κινδυνεύουν να χαθούν στην εποχή μας.

Το μουσικό σχήμα Εράν ξεκίνησε την πορεία του το 2013 ως μία παρέα φίλων μουσικών με κοινό σημείο την αγάπη για την μουσική της Κρήτης (εράν σημαίνει να αγαπάς) . Από τα πρώτα βήματά του αγκαλιάστηκε όχι μόνο από την αγάπη του κοινού αλλά και από την εκτίμηση καταξιωμένων μουσικών και καλλιτεχνών με τους οποίους και συνεργάστηκε όπως ο Γιάννης Ξυλούρης , ο Ηλίας Λογοθέτης , η Μαρία Ζαχαρή , ο Παναγιώτης Σδούκος και πολλοί άλλοι. Έχει στο βιογραφικό του πλήθος συναυλιών εντός και εκτός Κρήτης καθώς και 2
δισκογραφικές δουλειές.

Νεκτάριος Παχιαδάκης - Κρητική λύρα και Τραγούδι
Κυβέλη Σεργίου - Τραγούδι και κρουστά

Βαγγέλης Φανουράκης - Λαούτο, Μπουλγαρί και Τραγούδι.


Aggelos Drosos (vocals & cretan lyre), Michalis Markopoulos (vocals & lute) and Yiannis Pantazis (vocals, wind & percussion instruments) played in the garden courtyard.


Traditional music is unquestionably one of the fundamental pillars in the language of a people - for its originality, unpretentious beauty, effortless simplicity and pure expressive power. 

Aggelos Drossos, Michalis Markopoulos and Yannis Pantazis have been exploring the fundamental rhythms of Greek traditional music for the past ten years. With "PROMENADE IN TRADITION" they present an anthology of selected songs and musical compositions drawn from the archipelago of Greek musical heritage.


Traditional Greek songs, ancient melodies and original compositions.

Yannis Pantazis - Wind & String instruments​

Yannis Kouelis - Percussion instruments

Summer 2021


Στις 8 Οκτωβρίου, 2021, πραγματοποιήθηκαν τα εγκαίνια της έκθεσης με θέμα

“200 χρόνια από την Επανάσταση”.

Στο πλαίσιο του έτους “Σαντορίνη 1821-2021”, το “Συμπόσιον” Κέντρο Πολιτισμού, η Θηραϊκή Εταιρεία Επιστημών, Γραμμάτων και Τεχνών, το παράρτημα Θήρας του Εθνικού Ωδείου και το Ψηφιακό Αρχείο Θήρας διοργάνωσαν ομαδική εικαστική έκθεση.

Στην ομαδική εικαστική έκθεση συμμετέχουν οι εικαστικοί:

  • Χρήστος Cesarios Αντωνιάδης

  • Όλγα Αρχόντου

  • Χριστόφορος Ασιμής

  • Αληθινή Κολιούση

  • Απόλλωνας Κολιούσης

  • Δημήτρης Κολιούσης

  • Γρηγορία Κυρκούδη

  • Πέπος-Βαγγέλης Ρούσσος

  • Μαρίνα Ταλιαδούρου

Τα εγκαίνια της έκθεσης συνόδευσαν δύο μοναδικές μουσικές παραστάσεις από τους Γιάννη Μπουλιέρη και Έλλη Χάλαρη (κιθάρα) και την Εβελίνα Τσιαντζή-Μαντέ (πιάνο).

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On September 4, 2021, Maria Papageorgiou played in the garden courtyard.


Η Μαρία Παπαγεωργίου, έρχεται με το ιδιαίτερο project της Solo Out, το Σάββατο 4 Σεπτεμβρίου. 

Πάντα ανήσυχη και συνεπής στο όνειρό της, καταργεί τις ρεπερτοριακές νόρμες και επιστρέφει  με μια νέα πρόταση.

Το Solo Out είναι μια μοναχική επί σκηνής διαδρομή που πρωτοπαρουσιάστηκε το 2010 και βρήκε έδαφος να ανθίσει δέκα χρόνια μετά στη σκηνή του Gazarte στην Αθήνα , όχι ως ανάγκη αφαίρεσης ανθρώπων, ήχων και δονήσεων , αλλά ως μέγιστη εξερεύνηση του ελάχιστου εαυτού μας. 

Περικυκλωμένη από κάθε λογής μουσικό όργανο, η Μαρία Παπαγεωργίου, σε μια solo performance, ντύνει με τη φαντασία τραγούδια της δισκογραφίας της , της συνάντησής της με το έργο του Μίκη Θεοδωράκη και τραγούδια που αγάπησε,  δίνοντας νέα ανάγνωση σε αυτά μέσα από την ευρύτερη έννοιας της μουσικότητας. Κιθάρες, synths, loops και κρουστά συνθέτουν το μουσικό αυτό περιβάλλον και πλέκουν τις γλώσσες, τις δεκαετίες, τους τραγουδοποιούς και τις ιστορίες τους.


Maria Papageorgiou comes with her special project Solo Out, on Saturday, September 4th.

Always restless and consistent in her dream, she abolishes the repertoire norms and returns with a new proposal.

Solo Out is a solo stage tour that premiered in 2010 and found ground to flourish ten years later on the Gazarte stage in Athens, not as a need to remove people, sounds and vibrations, but as a maximum exploration of our minimal selves.

Surrounded by all kinds of musical instruments, Maria Papageorgiou, in a solo performance, dresses with imagination songs from her discography, her meeting with the work of Mikis Theodorakis and songs she loved, giving a new reading to them through her broader meaning. musicality. Guitars, synths, loops and percussions compose this musical environment and weave their languages, decades, songwriters and stories.


On July 31 & August 1, 2021, George Xylouris (vocals & cretan lyre) and Yiannis Polychronakis (double bass) played in the garden courtyard.

George Xylouris, or "Psarogiorgis" as he is called in Crete, always manages to combine in a perfectly harmonious and elegant way the strict and simple sound of the Cretan tradition with some select of modern elements, which emphasize the free "flight" of the imagination.

This rare combination emerges through his deeply experienced relationship with Cretan music that begins in his childhood in his village, Anogia, and through a rich experience in collaborations with musicians from other related traditions as well as its artists from the contemporary music scene.

In the program he will play at SYMPOSION he will present traditional pieces, his own compositions and improvisations in order to introduce his listeners to a dimension of Cretan music that is beyond and far from the usual folklore references, in a much wider field of timeless archetypes and authentic expression.

Giannis Polychronakis (double bass) will accompany him, one of the most open and innovative musicians of today's Crete.


On Saturday, July 24, 2021 & August 28, Aggelos Drosos (vocals & cretan lyre), Michalis Markopoulos (vocals & lute) and Yiannis Pantazis (vocals, wind & percussion instruments) played in the garden courtyard.


Traditional music is unquestionably one of the fundamental pillars in the language of a people - for its originality, unpretentious beauty, effortless simplicity and pure expressive power. 

Aggelos Drossos, Michalis Markopoulos and Yannis Pantazis have been exploring the fundamental rhythms of Greek traditional music for the past ten years. With "PROMENADE IN TRADITION" they present an anthology of selected songs and musical compositions drawn from the archipelago of Greek musical heritage.


On September 25, 2021, Katerina Papadopoulou & Notio Toxo played in the garden courtyard.


"A musical performance with lyrics, melody pictures, movement, bathed in the eternal light of the Aegean."​

Musical portaits-traces that leave their mark on time, in conversation with the photographic portraits by Constantinos Sofikitis, exist in total harmony to create a magical atmosphere that embraces all the authenticity and power of this place.


"Μια μουσική παράσταση με λόγο, μελωδία, εικόνα, κίνηση, λουσμένη στο ανέσπερο φως του Αιγαίου"

Μουσικά πορτραίτα-αποτυπώματα στο χρόνο, σε συνομιλία με τα φωτογραφικά πορτραίτα του Κωνσταντίνου Σοφικίτη, σε απόλυτη αρμονία, σε μια ατμόσφαιρα μαγική που εμπεριέχει όλη την αλήθεια και τη δύναμη αυτού του τόπου.

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On August 7, 2021, KADINELIA played in the garden courtyard.

Από την παράδοση της Ελλάδας σε ολόκληρο τον κόσμο. Αυτό το μουσικό ταξίδι προσφέρουν οι Kadinelia, το world acoustic ντουέτο του Θανάση Ζήκα και της Εύης Σεϊτανίδου. Ένα ταξίδι στο οποίο τα διαχρονικά ακούσματα της χώρας μας αποκτούν νέο χαρακτήρα μέσα από τις χαρισματικές κιθαριστικές μελωδίες και το αρμονικό τραγούδι των δύο μουσικών.

Οι Kadinelia πρωτοήρθαν σε επαφή το 2013, ανταλλάσσοντας ιδέες και εναλλάσσοντας ήχους. Την άνοιξη του 2014 κατέληξαν στην τελική μορφή του μουσικού τους project: στον εμπλουτισμό της παραδοσιακής ελληνικής μουσικής με blues και rock στοιχεία. Η αγάπη τους για την καλλιτεχνική έκφραση των λαών τους οδήγησε σύντομα σε διασκευές παραδοσιακών κομματιών και από άλλες χώρες.

Σήμερα η μουσική τους αποτελείται από διασκευές παραδοσιακών ήχων, αλλά και από πρωτότυπες συνθέσεις του Θανάση και της Εύης. Το φθινόπωρο του 2019 το ντουέτο μπήκε στο στούντιο. Μετά από ένα μήνα εντατικών ηχογραφήσεων ολοκλήρωσαν το πρώτο τους άλμπουμ, το οποίο κυκλοφόρησε τον Μάιο του 2020.

Επί σκηνής οι Kadinelia αποδεικνύουν ότι με την κατάλληλη ενέργεια ακόμα και ολιγομελή σχήματα μπορούν να προσφέρουν μία «γεμάτη» συναυλιακή εμπειρία. Η αφοσίωση και η άψογη παρουσία τους πάνω στο stage τους έχουν χαρίσει αναγνώριση, ανοίγοντας συναυλιακές πόρτες σε όλες τις άκρες της Ελλάδας, αλλά και στο εξωτερικό. 


On Saturday, July 3, 2021, we hosted Christina Maxouri (vocals) and Konstantino Evaggelidi (piano).

Guided by the canon of poems by Odysseus Elytis that have been set to music, and incorporating excerpts from Elytis’ prose collections ‘En Lefko’ (In White) and ‘Open Papers’, as well as fragments of classical music and variations on familiar themes, Christina Maxouri and Konstantinos Evaggelidis create a literary musical narration, centered around the crystal clear and elegant poetic voice of Elytis.

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On Friday, August 13, 2021, we hosted ΦΟΙΝΙΚΕΣ.












In the courtyard of Symposion,  for 4 different dates this summer, we hosted a group of local musicians from the local conservatory, who performed arrangements of Greek rock songs with Maria Hamis and under the guidance of Christoforos Gavalas. 

26/6/21 & 17/7/21 & 21/8/21 & 18/9/21











Summer 2020


On Tuesday, September 1, 2020, we hosted Yannis Varvarigos and Tasos Seremetis (lute and oud) iin the Garden Courtyard for a journey through the music of Greece.


Starting from Constantinople, passing through Cappadocia to Epirus, from Crete to Thrace, all the way to Cyprus and Southern Italy.


On Sunday, July 28, 2019, we hosted the group ERAN Sergiou Kiveli - Percussion and Vocals along sideNectarios Pahiadakis - Lyra and Vocals


They played songs from Crete and other islands of Greece and Asia Minor.

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On Saturday, September 12, 2020, we hosted a group of students from the local conservatory In Santorini.

Guided by musician -

Christoforos Galavals


They played arrangements of Greek rock pieces from '80s through today.

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