Music and Murals Come to the Village of Vamvakou
17 July 2020

In a traditional Greek mountain village in the Peloponnese, you’d expect to find a town square with a “kafeneio” and a tavern—but probably not also a rich trove of public contemporary art.

Thanks to a project initiated by the Vamvakou Revival team, in collaboration with ARTWORKS, and with the support of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), Vamvakou has both—traditional village charm and vibrant public art.

The village is currently hosting three visual artists: Yassonas Megoulas (aka Cacao Rocks), Alexandros Simopoulos, and Pavlos Tsakonas, all SNF Artist Fellows with ARTWORKS. They’re getting to know the village and are identifying “blank spots” where they can create original designs in harmony with Vamvakou’s aesthetics, natural setting, and history. The murals lining the village’s streets and alleys will be permanent fixtures, feeding the imagination of residents and visitors alike.
At the same time, this week marks the return of the Oros Ensemble, created a few months ago under the artistic supervision of the Greek National Opera. Konstantinos Zingeridis, Dimitris Karagiannakidis, Apostolis Koutsogiannis, Irene Krikoni, Giorgos Madikas, and Antonis Tsachtanis are returning to the village to continue their artistic residency, which was interrupted in mid-March by the pandemic. The musical ensemble will live in the village to study, create, and share music.
Individual and ensemble concerts will take place in the Vamvakou schoolyard:
Saturday, July 25: Flute concert by Apostolis Koutsogiannis
Saturday, August 8: Violin concert by Irene Krikoni
Saturday, August 22: Cello concert by Dimitris Karagiannakidis
Mid-September: Oros Ensemble concert
Learn more about Vamvakou Revival and see the latest updates.