International PelionFestival

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year of establishment: 2000

The International PelionFestival (IPeF) is an annual Summer Academy (educational programmes) and Festival (classical music concerts), that includes courses, masterclasses, concerts, lectures, happenings, educational programmes for the local children and the -unique in Greece- International Violoncello Festival. IPeF has been organised since 2000 by the non-profit organisation, Polyrhythmia. The Festival has mainly been taking place in Zagora but in neighbouring villages like Tsangarada and Kissos as well. Its events harmonically combine music with nature, history and the environment. 


IPeF’s high artistic quality and educational value are widely recognised as shown below: 

  • The three-day feature (12-14.3.2019) by the Alternative Stage of the Greek National Opera in Athens (link here). 

  • The participation in the European Festivals Network and the cooperation with  the «Festival des Forêts» in Compiègne-France

  • The cooperation with museums as well as with cultural and educational institutions in Greece and abroad

  • The constant  support of the Holy Metropolis of Demetrias and Almyros.


In the summer of 2020 the 21th edition of the International PelionFestival will be hosting a series of masterclasses and concerts in the wider area of Eastern Pelion.


21st International PelionFestival

Music Festival & Academy

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July 23rd - 31st, 2020

1.Academy- Educational programmes

July 23rd - 31st: Violin, viola, cello, piano, chamber music



Academy - The masterclasses will be taught by the following musicians:

A. Instruments

7th Violoncello Festival:

Ulrich Voss, Angelos Liakakis, Vassilis Saïtis, Themistocles Vagenas, Dimitris Karagiannakidis

*we would like to note that due to some important professional obligations Mr. Matias de Oliveira Pinto is unfortunately not going to be able to participate to our festival this year



Noé Inui, Angela Sinell, Apollon Grammatikopoulos (will be teaching viola as well)



Vassilis Varvaresos


Piano accompanists:

Apostolia Anastasiou, Christos Syngounis, Michalis Kaltsidis




Concerts will be given by internationally acclaimed musicians and the festival ensembles, such as the IPeF Violoncello Sextet, the IPeF Violoncello Ensemble and the IPeF String Ensemble.

PelionFestival is going to participate in the worldwide celebration of L.v.Beethoven's 250th birthday by including several of the great composer's compositions or arrangements of his pieces in the concerts.

A projection of a documentary about the 20 years of PelionFestival (produced by Pan Entertainment SA) is included in the 2020 programme as well.



In its 21-year run, the Festival has grown into a significant educational and artistic institution, not only in a national level but internationally as well. That can be confirmed by the growing number of participants from Europe, Latin America and Asia.

We wish you a pleasant and full-of-experiences summer.

The artistic directors,

Zoe Samsarelou

Dimitris Karagiannakidis

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