Culture has always
been an integral part of
Rhodian life. The Municipality of Rhodes organizes a plethora of
events throughout the year, with emphasis on the summer months,
interest of residents and visitors alike.
At the same time there are many traditional
events and religious festivals held every year around the island, giving
visitors the opportunity to experience the traditions and customs of the
Rhodes, an island of Art & Culture
concerts, opera, ancient
drama, dance performances, art exhibitions and cinema festivals attract
interest of residents and visitors alike. These high caliber events have
added advantage of being held in unique historic monuments.
adjustments were made to many monumental buildings in order to host
functions, integrating them into the life of modern Rhodes. Unique
sites are now available for unforgettable events, concerts, festivals
The courtyard of the Palace of the Grand
Master, the Melina Merkouri Theatre in the Medieval Moat, the courtyard
Hospice of St John that now houses the Archeological Museum, Our Lady of
Bourg and Our Lady of the Castle, are the most exceptional of them all.
Many interesting cultural events take place
every year in Rhodes, indicatively some of them are:
• The “Days of Music”
Festival of Rhodes,
one of the most popular music festivals in Greece, held in cooperation
Live Music Now - Yehudi Menuhin Foundation of Munich, is held every
an event that has become a standard for the last 12 consecutive years -
the mystical background setting of the medieval town.
• The International Summer Music Academy is
an important initiative for the cultural life of Rhodes and offers the
opportunity for talented musicians from around the world to improve and
demonstrate their skills under the guidance of internationally renowned
• The Summer Festival
held atMelina Mercouri theatre in the moat of the
medieval town. Beneath the magic scenery of the ramparts, towers and
summer concerts, plays and dance performances take place.
• Since ancient times Rhodes has celebrated
the festivities of the Carnival. Parades, masqueraders, stilt walkers
clowns have endless fun in the central squares of the city and its
For information concerning cultural events
in the City of Rhodes, please visit the website of the Municipality of
www.rhodes.gr or consult the Municipal Cultural Organization of Rhodes,
+30 22410 27427, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com.
Festivals and Traditional
In the parish churches and in the many
chapels all over the island of Rhodes, religious festivals and various
events are organised, on the celebration day of each Saint, attracting
of visitors who want to experience the traditional celebrations of the
Some of the island’s biggest religious
• On August 15: The
celebrations of the Assumption of Virgin Mary, are held
mainly in Kremasti, in the villages ofVati & Asklipion in South
Rhodes and many other churches around the
• On 8 September: The celebration of Our Lady of
Tsampika, is heldat the
monastery on the hilltop of Archangelos and the celebration of Our Lady
Skiadi in the picturesque church.
• On 30 July: of St. Silas (Soulas by the
locals), is held in the pine forest near the village Soroni, with
• On 17 July: The fairs of Saint Marina are
held in the villages of Paradisi, Apolakkia & Koskinou.
• On 27 July: The fair of St. Panteleimon,
one of the most colorful festivals of the island, takes place at the
village of Sianna.
• On 6 August: The Transfiguration of
Christ is celebrated in the small chapel near the village of Fanes.
The Easter celebration takes place every
year throughout the island of Rhodes with devotion and in according to
traditional customs. An experience not to be missed is the Epitaph
of the historic monastery of St. Fanourios, that takes place in the
streets of the Medieval Town. At to the Church of Annunciation in
Resurrection of Christ is celebrated with impressive fireworks, while in
monasteries and the villages of the mainland, the celebrations have a
Many festivals are organised in the
agricultural areas of the island, dedicated to the products of mother
each area, such as the wine festival in Embona, the feast of watermelon
Apollakia, etc. These festivals offer the opportunity to visitors not
enjoy the celebrations but also to savour the traditional tastes and
of each village.