A musical memory journey from Smyrna in the urban areas of Crete. The amanes and the enthusiastic and passionate songs of the tavern meet the serenades, the stafidianos syrtos dance (a traditional rhythm from Western Crete) and the rest of the melodies of Smyrna and Crete with today’s absolute music masters.


Psarogiorgis Xylouris comes on stage at the Mediterranean Radio festival of Sitia again, to remind everyone about the gist of the Cretan Revelry. Away from folklore but very close to the Cretan Soul, he will combine his huge family musical tradition with his contemporary influences in an unrepeatable experience.


Balothizer are a powerful trio who describe their renditions on the Traditional music of Crete as Post- Cretan. Their followers however, have found a tagline which defines the synthesis of thrash metal with Cretan Folk Music…CretanMusicFromHell! A tagline which became the title of their debut album. With the combination of Cretan Music with Poetic tradition, with deep bass and loud drums, Balothizer released their second album, the experimental CretaSmash – a totally new level of irresistible Cretan Spirit in a mix by Greg Saunier of Deerhoof. The result is something that sounds like a tie between Psarantonis and 1980s Punk. The Sailing Club of Sitia dynamically sets its sails during the festival. Young and older athletes of its sailing groups will be present with impressive water sports events.