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  • Apollo Theater 
    International Classical Music Festival of Cyclades
    Apollo Theater 6, 8, 10, 12, 13 August 2022 - Syros Greece
Welcome to the International Classical Music Festival of Cyclades
Vingt ans après
L'ère des phrases mécaniques recommence
L'homme dépose enfin l'orgueil et la romance
Qui traîne sur sa lèvre est un air idiot
Qu'il a trop entendu grâce à la radio

Vingt ans L'espace à peine d'une enfance et n'est-ce
Pas sa pénitence atroce pour notre aînesse
Que de revoir après vingt ans les tout petits
D'alors les innocents avec nous repartis
Va tu n'as rien perdu de ce mauvais jeune homme
Qui s'efface au lointain comme un signe ou mieux comme
Une lettre tracée au bord de l'Océan
Tu ne l'as pas connu cette ombre ce néant
Louis Aragon


Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to an unparalleled celebration of classical music and cultural heritage, the International Cyclades Festival! Twenty years ago, this magnificent event was conceived by the renowned lawyer Fotis A. Karayannopoulos, the gifted violinist Yannos Margaziotis, the distinguished lawyer George Foufopoulos, and the illustrious media figure and manager Kostas Fotopoulos.

Since its inception, the festival has brought together the flower of classical music artists, presenting their masterpieces in the iconic Apollo Theatre in Syros. Year after year, spectators from every corner of the globe have flocked to this enchanting island to immerse themselves in the purity of classical music, set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Cyclades Archipelago.

Picture this: the radiant Greek sun, a beacon of spiritual warmth, paired with the astonishing Aegean Sea and the joy of summer holidays. All of this is enveloped in a luxurious tapestry of the most exquisite music ever composed, melodies that have graced the ears of humanity for centuries.

However, our journey had its challenges. The Festival has faced numerous obstacles, primarily due to a lack of interest from major entrepreneurs, international companies, and foundations. These potential sponsors often believe that classical music is not a viable marketing tool, that the Greek islands are best suited for beaches, sea sports, and clubbing. Each year, when we ask for support for this tremendously difficult endeavour, “L'ère des phrases mécaniques recommence... » as Aragon puts it.

But we must ask ourselves: Are modern enterprises and foundations right in believing that classical music is only for the few, the old, the fanatics? That in our world of AI and technological dominance, Bach, Mozart, or Verdi became obsolete figures and their melodies offer nothing to this “Brave New World”?

We firmly believe the answer is a resounding No.

Classical music transcends time and space. It is not merely a relic of the past but a living, breathing art form that continues to inspire, soothe, and connect us on a profoundly human level. In an era dominated by technology, the timeless works of classical music Masters remind us of our shared humanity, our emotional depth, and the beauty of intellectual and artistic achievement.

Classical music is universal. It speaks to the soul, cutting across age, culture, and background. It brings people together, creating a sense of community and shared experience that is more relevant than ever in our fragmented world.

Classical music enhances our environment. The serene and majestic landscapes of the Cyclades become even more enchanting when accompanied by these ageless melodies. The festival offers a unique blend of nature and culture, providing an experience that is both luxurious and enriching.

So, we invite you to join us in celebrating the enduring power and beauty of classical music. Let us prove to the world that these melodies are not obsolete but are an essential part of our cultural fabric, offering endless inspiration and joy in this unknown New World we face today.

Welcome to the International Cyclades Festival, where the past and present harmoniously blend, and where every note played is a testament to the timeless value of classical music.

Enjoy the festival!

Fotis A. Karayannopoulos, President
Fotis A. Karayannopoulos
President and Founder
George V. Foufopoulos
George V. Foufopoulos
Legal Advisor and Member
Kostas G. Fotopoulos
Kostas G. Fotopoulos
Member of the
Organizing Committee
Yannos Margaziotis, Artistic Director of the International Music Festival of Cyclades
Yannos K. Margaziotis
Artistic Director


Με την αιγίδα και επιχορήγηση του Υπουργείου Πολιτισμού και Αθλητισμού
Με την αιγίδα και επιχορήγηση του Ελληνικού Οργανισμού Τουρισμού
Με την υποστήριξη του Δήμου Σύρου - Ερμούπολης
Του Οργανισμού Πολιτισμού και Άθλησης Σύρου

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Apollo Theater

The festival is being housed at the unique "Apollo" theater in Hermoupolis and realized under the auspices of the Cultural Center of the Municipality of Hermoupolis,the capital city of Syros.

Violin Μaster-Class
in Syros

With Lars Bjørnkjaer

14-16 August 2024

Lars Bjørnkjaer

In the context of 20th International Classical Music Festival of Cyclades

Ars longa, vita brevis

Apollo Theatre of Hermoupolis

In August 2014 the ICMFC celebrated its 10th anniversary and the 150 years from the inauguration of Apollo Theatre of Hermoupolis, with a saying by Hippocrates of Cos (460 – c. 370 BC), an ancient Greekphysician of the Age of Pericles (Classical Greece), "Ars longa, vita brevis", an expression that perfectly describes what has been achieved in the festival's first decade.
A life changing experience
Greetings from the Secretary General of the G.N.T.O.