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Crete arts festival for visitors

- by Dabs Banner

Crete arts festival for visitors.

Delightful as it is, it's sometimes nice to take a break from the beach when on holiday in west Crete. Holiday visitors around Chania later this month can enjoy the Apokoronas Arts Festival which runs from May 18th to June 1st.

Tickets have gone on sale for lots of events that are set to take place during the Apokoronas Arts Festival run by the Kalamitsi Arts Group (KAG).

The programme includes a performance of Flamenco music and dance, London-based jazz group The Barcodes in concert, a pantomime, a children's workshop, an Edward Lear evening, Ross Daly in concert as well as photography and art exhibitions and even film nights.

The Apokoronas area extends from the foothills of the White Mountains to the north coast and the popular Crete beach holiday resort of Kalives, Almyrida and Georgioupolis.

It is a wide plane with rolling hills and very green and fertile – unusual for rocky Crete. Tourism and agriculture are the main local industries and there are many small traditional villages with Gavalohori and Megala Horafia among the more popular.

The main village of the province is Vrysses and man residents or workers in Chania also have homes in the area. There is a very active ex-pat community in Apokoronas and an even more active environmental movement dedicated to 'green' issues and environmental protection.

Entries are already flying in for the festival's Open Art Exhibition which runs from May 20th to June 2nd at Taverna Bloumosifi. The exhibition is open to all artists, amateur or professional, over the age of 18 years and artists are invited to submit one piece of work in any two-dimensional medium: painting, drawing, original prints, photography and mixed media.

There is a €15 entry fee and festival organisers take 10% commission on any work sold during the exhibition to help cover costs. There is a Gala Concert celebration finish to the festival with an evening of music and entertainment including our two local choirs, Christopher Beeching, local bands and musicians and much more.