From 30 June to 2 July, overlooking the beautiful city of Agios Nikolaos, Crete, the G. & A. Mamidakis Foundation organizes this year a 3-day festival of cultural events on the occasion of the proclamation of 2018 as European Year of Cultural Heritage.

The vision for the implementation of blueFest Crete is the revival of a tradition that began 30 years ago in Crete with the organization of the 1st Symposium at the Minos Beach art hotel and is in line with the Foundation’s mission to showcase the cultural wealth of the country. This year’s event is aimed at offering a breath of culture and entertainment to the residents of Crete and its visitors.

The blueFest Crete 18 program links the rich cultural heritage and of our country with new and traditional forms of artistic expression through a variety of artistic activities such as visual arts, theater, music and cinema.

The program includes the following actions:

Pop-up Movie Screening

Mamma Mia!

A pop-up cinematic open air experience with the favorite Mamma Mia! movie. The delightful Hollywood production has as a backdrop the superb Greek summer and as a soundtrack the classic hits of ABBA. Actors such as Meryl Strip, Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth are playing a leading role in the film. The colors and atmosphere of the Greek islands fill the screen and the soul of the audience, leaving a sense of joy and optimism.

Theatrical play

“Socrates Now”

After 460 performances in 20 countries, Plato’s timeless work The Socrates apology resurrects in English with the exceptional performance of the Emmy-winning Yannis Simonides. The public takes its place in the court of ancient Athens, as Socrates is being tried under the threat of a death sentence. He watches the great philosopher address his accusers with his characteristic anthology, sharp logic and the courage of his beliefs. He assesses his arguments about virtue, corruption, justice, politics, civic duties, love for life and hope for the afterlife, and draws his own conclusions. After the show, a discussion with the audience follows.

Concerto by bass player & composer Petros Klabanis

Rooftop Stories

The highly talented musician Petros Klabanis managed to combine his travels to the world and the excellent filmmaking to create Rooftop Stories, an innovative video series that creates “sonic souvenirs” of cities such as Athens, London, Barcelona, Havana and the Tel Aviv. In every city, he composed a song with his voice, his bass and loupees, climbing the roofs of the buildings where the whisper of the city turns into a song. Rooftop Stories will be presented in this solo concert.

Fine Art Exhibition Opening by Georgia Kotretsos

Art on Blue Art Series, which promotes younger Greek artists, starts with projects specially designed for the beach of Minos Beach art hotel. The sculpture installation “4 Cents” by artist Georgia Kotretsos will be presented on the rocky surfaces of the beach of hotel Minos Beach art hotel. Georgia Kotretsos expresses her art in the form of sculptures, installations, but also of photographs, texts, recordings and performances.

More information can be found on the blueFestCrete website: www.bluefest.gr and on the Facebook page of the G. & A. Mamidakis Foundation.