Gavalohori Cultural Event
The Mothiana-Skiafotiou Cultural Club "The resurection" organizes summer event, sometime between July and August, whenever the executive board decides.
Includes, like all traditional events, Cretan music, delicious dishes and plenty of wine. Events like this are made so one can meet friends, listen to music and dance while enjoying the good food and drink.
Gramvoussia, July or August
GRAMVOUSSIA is a cultural festival which aims at the showing of Kissamos district and getting known with it through tradition, music, arts, sports etc. It takes place every year during the summer, from July to August, under the authorization of "Gramvoussa" Projection of Kissamos Society and with the economic help and participation of Kissamos municipality. The success of the event resulted in repeating it and attracting many people, natives as well as tourists, every year.
On August the Cultural Club of Nohia organizes the Laina Festival. In the municipal apartment of Nohia the traditional Laina (jug) is made not like in any other place.
In the Cultural Club hall there is a pottery exhibition, where visitors can admire and buy rare exhibits. In the Elementary school square a feast follows. Characteristic is the hospitality of the village people who with their good spirit, the traditional dishes and Cretan music urge visitors to have fun and dance till morning.
It is noteworthy that every visitor leaves with some sample of the traditional art which is given as a gift.
Tsivara Cultural Events, July-August
Tel: +30 28250 36807-86431
Speech, theatrical performance, music and dance night, dispensation of honors.
"En Aptera" Musical Events, July-August
Competitions of traditional Cretan cuisine
The contribution of Kavrochori's Cultural Association is deemed to be significant. It was established in 1995 and since then has organized three (3) pan-Cretan competitions of traditional Cretan cuisine for physically challenged people. It is organized on the first fortnight of July, on Saturday, early in the afternoon until the first early hours. The contestants cook in front of the public in properly equipped spaces at the village's square. For example we could mention some traditional delicacies like: groats with snails, pork with leek and amathia (type species: Sertularia lendigera Linnaeus, 1761) etc.
During that night, supplemental festivals are being hosted like book fairs regarding Cretan cuisine, painting exhibitions and herb display of plants that thrive in Crete like sage, oregano etc. After the end of the competition the Union has taken provisions for entertaining the guests with folk Cretan bands in properly modified places.
This text is cited May 2003 from the Municipality of Gazi URL below.
Tel: +30 28920 340200,
Fax: +30 28920 24105
In Matala, with the legendary memories of the 60s and 70s, a new festival comes to unite the past with the present on a journey of music, art and culture, aspiring to become the leading cultural event of the region. The first Matala Festival was organized by the Municipality of Phaistos in June 2011 with a rich festive program and guest artists from various countries.
The forthcoming Matala Festival will be held on 2-4 June 2012.
The Renaissance Festival
Since 1987 the famous Renaissance Festival has been organised by the Municipality of Rethymno each summer. Due to the fact that both the architecture and literature of the Renaissance have worked as a pedestal for the development of the town of Rethymno, it seemed only natural that the town should become the main sponsor of a variety of manifestations aiming at the promotion of both the Cretan and European Renaissance. Over the course of the years all the works of Cretan playwrights have been performed as well as a large variety of plays by Shakespeare, Moliere, Goldoni and others. Furthermore musicians from all over the world came to Rethymno to perform a wide range of music, starting from the period of the Renaissance to modern times. On a similar note street performances of the "Comedia del arte" could be seen in the narrow streets and alleys of the old town. Dancing performances, exhibitions of paintings, speeches and cinema complete the framework of the festival activities.
This text is cited Jan 2004 from the Tourism Promotion Committee of Rethymno Prefecture URL below, which contains images.
- Rethymno Prefecture Tourism Committee WebPage
The Kornaria Festival
Local government WebPages
Every two years time on the last week of June.