The Nafplio Festival is entering its second thirty years of life, faithful to its annual meeting with the public. It starts on July 8th 2022 and promises a series of wonderful events until July 16th. Now in its 31st year, the Nafplio Festival, awarded by the Greek Music Critics Association, is a unique opportunity for a visit to the enchanting, historical city Nafplio.
The Mayor of Nafplio Mr. Dimitris Kostouros and the artistic director and pianist Mr. Yiannis Vakarelis welcome us to the 31st Music Festival of Nafplio, presenting a panorama of events in the most beautiful parts of the city: in the emblematic Palamidi castle, in Agios Georgios' Square in front of the church, in Syntagma Square, in the Vouleftiko, in Agios Spyridon, in the National Gallery - Annex of Nafplio and in the Fougaro Art Center.
All concerts start at 21:00. Admission for the public begins at 20:30.
Friday, July 8th 2021
Nafplio, National Gallery, 21:00 | Selini Quartet
Liuba Kalmykova and Nadia Kalmykova on violin, Loredana Apetrei on the viola and Loukia Loulakis on the cello, in works by Dmitri Shostakovich, Hugo Wolf and Fanny Mendelssohn-Hensel.
Coming from Russia, Norway, Romania and Greece, the four musicians met in Vienna, where they formed the Selini Quartet in 2017. Since then, thanks to their commitment to the score, combined with their powerful sound and wide range of emotions, they have been performing around Europe and have won prestigious awards.
In 2019 the ensemble was admitted to the ECMA – European Chamber Music Academy, where it is supervised by some of the world’s leading chamber music specialists and given the opportunity to perform at major concert halls and festivals in Europe.
Saturday, July 9th 2022
Syntagma Square, 21:00 | The trial of Kolokotronis, a play by M. Reppas and Th. Papathanassiou
This is the first "big" trial of modern Greece, which was held in the Parliament of Nafplion and lasted six weeks. The purpose of the initiative is to highlight the historical-political and legal significance of the trial of Th. Kolokotronis and D. Plapoutas, who were accused of conspiracy against the king.
The trial lends itself to timeless reflection on the physiognomy of the modern Greek state, the divisive political parties passions, the role of foreign powers, but also the interventions of the political power in the administration of justice.
The theatrical performance highlights the power of judicial discourse and free conscience, while at the same time it conveys the message of unity in the state's long course towards national integration.
Sunday, July 10th 2022
Vouleftiko, 21:00 | Lecture by Stathis N. Kalyvas: The challenge of the Political Transition
Stathis N. Kalyvas is a Professor of Political Science at Oxford University, where he holds the Gladstone Chair, the oldest chair of Political Science in Britain (former Professor of Political Science at Yale University).
The subject of the lecture is the broader, comparative and timeless dimension of the post-revolutionary political path of Theodoros Kolokotronis, where his trial stands out. Particular emphasis will be placed on the phenomenon of "political transitions" and especially on the great challenges that characterize them. In this context, an interpretation of the trial of Kolokotronis will be attempted, which goes beyond the well-known patterns of political division, betrayal or injustice suffered by the fighters of the Revolution, and highlights some key aspects in the process of state formation.
Sunday, July 10th 2022, OSE Open Air Theater, 21:00 | Sunrise, with Manos Kitsikopoulos, piano (Film screening with live music)
One of the most multidimentional soloists of his generation, Manos Kitsikopoulos will be accompanying live on the piano a legendary film in the history of cinema, composing music and improvising on works by great composers (Chopin, Piazzolla, Kurt Weill, Satie etc.). Produced in the USA in 1927, Friedrich Willem Murnau's film Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans shaped modern cinema, as the German director released the static until then camera, applying revolutionary techniques to its movement.
It is considered by critics to be the best silent film of cinema - a milestone in the art of storytelling.
Monday, July 11th 2022, Agios Georgios' Square, 21:00 | Musical Crossovers (Jazz)
Christos Papageorgiou and Anastasios Pappas on the piano, Panagiotis Thoidis on percussion and Vilen Karapetyan on the contrabass, appear in works (for solo and two pianos) by Keith Jarrett, Pericles Koukos, Papageorgiou, Richard Rodney Bennett, Claude Bolling and George Gershwin with Pappas.
Tuesday, July 12th 2022, Square of "Evangelistria" Church, 21:00 | The Sound of Water
It will be performed by Marita Paparizou (mezzo soprano) with the amazing flexibility of her voice, and Frixos Mortzos on the piano, in a program with Ottorino Respighi, Edward Elgar, and also Miki Theodorakis, with lyrics by Dimitras Mandas.
Wednesday, July 13th 2022, Agios Spyridon church, 21:00 | Recital for violin and piano
Simos Papanas on the violin and Daniela Damianova on the piano, guide us through the works of Giannis Konstantinidis with an air from the Dodecanese, Pancho Vladigerov for the more classical and romantic, Johannes Brahms and Friedrich "Fritz" Kreisler.
Thursday, July 14th 2022, Nafplio, Square of Agios Spyridon 21:00 | Hector's Catharsis
Adapted, Directed & performed by: Dimitris Lalos
"Hector's Catharsis" is the Iliad from Hector's point of view.
A dramatic composition from excerpts from the Iliad, about the Homeric hero Hector. The lyrics are performed in the form of rhapsodic narration and accompanied by live music.
The end of the Trojan War does not coincide with the death of Achilles, but with the death of Hector. The month of the winner or the heroic course of the loser.
he play deals with highlighting the perspective of the defeated, the dishonored dead, the defender of Troy, the denier of war.
Same-day change of performance venue, from the Fougaro Art Center to Agios Spyridon Square (old town).
Friday, July 15th 2022, Agios Georgios' Square, 21:00 | Aenaon String Quartet & Myrsini Kargali piano.
The "Aenaon" String Quartet was created in 2016 by distinguished musicians of the Athens State Orchestra (Giorgos Mandylas and Vassilis Soukas on violin, Antilochos Tranos on the viola and Asterios Pouftis on the cello).
Myrsini Kargali, who has been composing music since she was eight years old, holds a Diploma in Piano, Harmony, Counterpoint with Excellence, is now completing Fugue and Composition, while she is a 2nd Class High School student at the Alimos Music School.
They will present to us works by Theodoros Stathis, Delphic Question, for string quartet, Robert Schumann, Antonín Dvořák.
Saturday, July 16th 2022, Fougaro Art Center, 21:00 | Christina Psycha Quartet "Violetera"
Christina Psycha's songs are characterized by Latin rhythms and jazz elements. Her melodic singing is influenced by Renaissance and Byzantine music and she likes to mix these elements in her compositions. Her lyrics are written in Greek and usually speak of people and nature. Her first album entitled "Violetera" (as the girls who distributed flowers in the streets used to be called) was released in 2021 with 11 personal compositions.
In 2019, she created her five-member band, which consists of Nikolas Anadolis on piano and orchestrations, Vangelis Toundas on violin, Panagiotis Burazanis on bass and Demian Gomez on percussion. Together they present in Greece and abroad new compositions, as well as songs from the Greek and international repertoire.
Free buses will be available to transport the public to and from the Fougaro Art Gallery, sponsored by KTEL Argolida. Departure will be at 20:30 from The Land Gate.
Vouleftiko (Old Parliamentary building of Nafplio) | July 1st -31st 2022 | Featured Exhibition: Woman, The Perseverance of Asia
Organisation: Municipality of Nafplio, within the framework of the 2nd annual Festival of Speech and Art 2022.
Curator: Fay Tzanetoulakou, Art Historian, General Secretary AICA Hellas
The exhibition is held in collaboration with the Greek Department of the International Association of Art Critics AICA Hellas, in the context of the events for the 200th anniversary of the liberation of Nafplio, with the support and patronage of the Ministry of Culture and Sports.
Free in all performances
To attend the events, it is advisable to make a reservation at the offices of DOPPAT, located at Asklipiou Avenue (Villa Zymbrakaki)
Τ +30 27520 27153
Τ +30 27520 27153
Did you know that?
The Nafplio Festival has hosted some of the brightest groups and artists of the international classical scene and has been awarded the distinction of best festival by the Greek Music Critics Association.
The Festival will take place following the special instructions of the health authorities, with priority given to public health and with a sense of responsibility towards the public and the artists.
Co-organizer is the Region of Peloponnese.