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Corfu Music Festival


For the past 6 years, the month of July in Corfu has seen a series of concerts, seminars and discussions - The Corfu Festival, including the Ionian Concerts. I'm glad to see that this has been gradually developing from year to year - these things usually do take some time to get established - especially since the island has such a rich musical heritage.

The performances are separated into categories - Winds and Percussion, Ethnomusicology, Jazz and the Classical Experience. The performers come from Greece, USA and the Far East.

As I said, I think this is a wonderful enterprise, but I am disappointed in their website. The general design and layout I find good, but the English translation is terrible and the information in the site is obviously not properly updated. Such a shame that such a great venture should again (in Greece) be let down by poor basic organisational skills.

Anyway, I think it's a great opportunity for someone to combine a holiday on the island with some good music. The main venues for the events can be seen below.

Ionian Academy
The main venue for the Festival performances is the auditorium of Corfu University, housed in the historic Ionian Academy building.

St. George's Church
A large basilica, in the style of an ancient Doric temple, which was built about 1840 and functioned as the official Anglican church during the time of the British Protectorate.
The Old Fort
This was built by the Venetians upon the remains of a Byzantine castle and was completed in two stages. During the first period (1400-1500) the Venetians strengthened the Byzantine walls and dug the Contra Fossa moat, turning the promontory into an artificial island accessed by a movable bridge.
The second period (16th-18th centuries) began with the completion of this work (1546-1588) and ended with the additions and alterations made by the British.

Art Café
Located next to the Gardens of the Palace of St. Michael and St. George. A picturesque terrace overlooking the sea with a marvellous view and peaceful atmosphere.

For more information about this year's events, you can visit the Corfu Festival website.

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3 comments:

  1. 70-505 Says:

    Corfu Festival started in 1992. This was a fabulous musical festival in lush Corfu. Chamber ensemble playing by the beach was motivating and enjoyable, with specialist coaching in a very peaceful and sympathetic tone from the highly friendly members of the Kocian Quartet and Kinsky Trio.

  2. Busker Says:

    i'm searching and searching and can't actually see any precise dates or venues. this is the first site i've come across that tells me it's in july ... some time ... and with pics of what i assume are venues. just guessing.

  3. symposio Says:

    @busker - you can find details of the performances on their website - www.corfufestival.gr

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