Guitar Competition Festival

For the last 5 years Arhanes is host to a major national cultural event, the 5-day Guitar Competition Festival, sponsored by Synchrono Odeon Kritis, Crete.

The competition took place in 2000 and such an event was a first in Greece. Again in 2001 the event received national recognition and in 2002 it evolved into an international event with participants from across the globe. The judges include internationally acclaimed artists such as Alexandros Myrat, Notis Mavroudis, Giorgo Kouroupos, Evaggelos Asimakopoulos, Theodoros Antoniou from Greece, Roberto Aussel (Argentina), Frederic Hand (USA), Maria Isabel Siewers (Austria) and many others every year who guarantee a successful and most interesting event.

At that same period, there were many important events taking place in the form of a Festival with the participation of famous Greek and foreign soloists and musical ensembles such as The Camerata, The Orchestra Of Colours, violin-extraordinaire Leonidas Kavakos, Lisa Zoe and Evaggelos Asimakopoulos guitar duo, Elisisum ensemble featuring New York Symphony Orchestra soloists, composer Kukas Foss, Giorgo Kouroupos, Spyros Sakkas, Julita Iliopoulou, etc.