VIDEO REPORT – First Mediterranean festival of Arts in Crete

The First International Mediterranean Festival of Arts wrapped up in Herakleion, Crete at the weekend in what some claim was a spectacular event that indeed promoted the rich historical and cultural heritage of the island as well as Greece. The purpose of the event, which began on September 21 and ran until October 2 was to make Heraklion and Crete an influential cultural centre not only of the Mediterranean region, but of the entire world.

Within the Festival program there were numerous concerts of classical and folk music, performances by ballet and folk dance companies and distinguished performers in various genres from well over thirty countries took part. The central event was the first-ever “International Tattoo” festival dedicated to the 2,500th anniversary of the Battle of Marathon, the great victory of the Greek people and the entire Western civilization, and to the 70th jubilee of the Battle of Crete in 1941. In this event alone, more than 1,500 musicians, members of over twenty military and civilian orchestras and bands from Greece and abroad were said to have participated
The culmination of the Festival was also the premiere of highlights from the opera Idomeneo, King of Crete by W.A. Mozart, with the participation of international stars. The first-ever staging of this great opera was performed on Crete (where the opera plot takes place) and what is even more important, in the historical and architectural setting of the Knossos Palace, a brilliant masterpiece of the world`s cultural heritage.


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