Each time I think of the start of Astypalea Festival, its way from
2000 up to, the progress and positive that gained the place, the
persons, but also we all found themselves there with the attribute
of friend, "no-fee participating", the collaborator or simply the
visitor, I feel joy and gratitude. Gratitude for all that they
helped and help this beautiful small island in the middle of Aegean
to show its culture and its charms and big joy because in this place
were not absent and remain live the biggest virtues of Greeks -
hospitality, unselfishness, social sensitivity, volunteerism.
I remind that all the artists that participate in these Festival all
years, they contribute absolutely voluntarily and no-fee in the
effort of wronged regional Greece to find its face to claim the
right of its existence in the rocks of the urbanism and the straight
government owned but, unfortunately, and social and economic
perception of Greece of "two speeds".
This year they honour with their presence our Festival and we thank
DIONYSSIS TSAKNIS, FOIVOS DELIVORIAS, MANOLIS FAMELOS, NIKOS
ZIOGALAS, SOKRATIS MALAMAS, TANIA TSANAKLIDOY AND KOSTAS THOMAIDIS
WITH THE NIGHT CHIRD ORCHESTRA of THE MUNICIPALITY OF PATRAS IN A
MUSICAL HOMMAGE IN MANOS HATZIDAKIS (THIS YEAR THAT CLOSES TEN YEAR
FROM THEN THAT LEFT US CLOSELY), ANOGIANOS "KONTYLIERIS" VASILIS
SKOYLAS AND - HONORARY FOR OUR CYPRUS - COMPOSER VASOS ARGYRIDIS
FROM LEMESOS, ACQUAINTANCE MAINLY FROM HIS CINEMATOGRAPHIC MUSICS IN
THE FILMS OF ANDREA PANTZI "SLAUGHTER OF KOKORAS" AND "THE TAMA".
FOR FIRST TIME ALSO THIS YEAR WE ENTERTAIN AN IMPORTANT COMPANY OF
THEATRE WITH BIG DELIVERY IN CHILDREN'S THEATRE, "GENIKI THEAMATON"
THAT IT WILL PRESENT IN ASTYPALEA THE THEATRICAL "IRAKLIS THE
FOUNDER OF OLYMPIC FIGHTS" IN DIRECTION OF KARMEN ROYGGERI.
With the polite sponsoring of the Municipality of Saint
Barbara our Conservatoire functions, as also our wintry and aestival
We thank our sponsors of communication and the cultural
organism "Dodekanissiaki Avra".
Honorary we report the artists that participated in our
Festival no-fee four-year period 2000-2003: Thanos
Mikroytsikos, Nikos Xydakis, Vasilis Papakonstantinoy, Nikos
Portokalogloy, Pantelis Thalassinos, Xristos Thivaios, Miltiadis
Pashalidis, HEleni Tsaligopoyloy, Yannis Kotsiras, Xristos
Tsiamoylis, Onar, Orchestra of night chord of the municipality
of Patras, Mpampis Tsertos, Kostas Thomaidis, Kostas Leivadas,
Alkinoos Ioannidis, Manolis Lidakis, Loydovikos of Anogeion, Orpheus
Peridis, Melina Kana, Dimitris Mpasis, Chainides. Honorary citizens
of Astypalea have been nominated: Thanasis Veggos (2001), Thanos
Mjkroytsikos (2002) and Manos Eleftherioy (2003).
We are waiting for you in Astypalea, to be known closely and
to be shared precious experiences of entertainment, interruptions
and emotion, "dancing and singing".
Artistic director of Festival of Astypalea