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Santorini holiday festival opens

- by John Swift

Santorini holiday festival opens.

Holiday visitors to Santorini island can enjoy music and painting at one of the island's most renowned cultural events.
Seven music concerts and a painting exhibition make up the programme for the Megaro Gyzi Festival 2011. 

The festival runs throughout August at the Megaro Gyzi Cultural Centre, near the cable-car entrance in Fira, Santorini.

Highlights of this year's Santorini island arts festival include jazz interpretations of works by composers Messiaen, Bartok and Ligeti performed by Norwegian saxophonist, Anders Lonne Gronseth, and English pianist, David Skinne.

There is also a a special performance by international pianist, Vassilis Tsabropoulos, of his new work titled  'Eros and Soul' which is to be released on disc at some time later this autumn.

Also appearing in this year's Santorini festival are mezzo-soprano Katerina Roussou, pianist Alexandra Nomidou and the actress Magda Mavroyanni who will stage a musical performance of Frida Kahlo; jazz trio, Human Touch with their own unique style of jazz and a solo exhibition of paintings by Greek artist Vangelis Tzermias.

The volcanic island of Santorini is one of the most popular destinations for holiday visitors on Greek island holidays, thanks to its exciting nightlife, the superb scenery and some astonishing sunsets.

Megaro Gyzi is one of the few 17th-century old family mansions to have survived the Santorini island earthquakes of 1956. It was donated by the Catholic Diocese of Santorini for use as a cultural centre in 1980. 

The Megaro Gyzi Museum has permanent collections of engravings, historical manuscripts and paintings and photos of Santorini.

Admission is free and details of events can be found here at the Gyzi Cultural Centre website