Molyvos International Music Festival

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This year’s edition of the Molyvos International Music Festival on the Greek island of Lesvos will take place from 9 to 19 August 2024 (main concerts on 16 – 19 August 2024) under the motto PHILIA – ΦΙΛΙΑ – FRIENDSHIP and marks the 10th edition of the festival.

On this occasion, the two pianists and festival directors Danae and Kiveli Dörken will present a multi-layered curated programme that explores and focuses on the different facets of friendship. In this anniversary year, in addition to three main concerts and a children’s concert, there will also be panel discussions before the main concerts and four opening acts at unique archaeological sites.

The Molyvos International Music Festival (MIMF) was founded in 2015 by Danae and Kiveli Dörken and is a unique project in the northern Aegean that brings together the greatest international young talents for a four-day celebration of classical music. The festival’s main venue is Molyvos on the Greek island of Lesbos. The small town, which dates back to prehistoric times, can look back on a long and chequered history. It has always been characterised by both European and non-European traditions and today forms the ideal backdrop for the young festival, which has set itself the goal of bringing the musical diversity of the world to life for the audience. This is another reason why there are so-called “Molyvos Musical Moments” in addition to the main concerts: musicians meet at various locations in the picturesque village, on the beach, at the harbour, in the tavern or simply on the streets for small musical interludes, transforming the village into a musical kaleidoscope of sound for four days.

By bringing together musicians of different origins, nationalities and cultural backgrounds, the Molyvos Festival stands both for the promotion of cross-border cultural cooperation and for active intercultural dialogue. Located in one of the main centres of the international refugee crisis, the Molyvos Festival was directly involved in the activities undertaken locally in 2015 to deal with the dramatic situation. Ten years on, the aim is still to support the islanders, whose livelihoods are now jeopardised by the huge decline in tourism due to the refugee crisis. The Molyvos International Music Festival is organised with the support of the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Athens and the Art Mentor Foundation Lucerne.

High-calibre companions from the international classical music scene will once again be taking part: The musicians at this year’s anniversary edition of the festival include Danae and Kiveli Dörken (piano), Petrit Ceku (guitar), Antje Weithaas and Noé Inui (violin), Benedict Klöckner and Timotheos Petrin (cello), Sebastian Manz (clarinet), Marco Behtash (double bass), Simon Bode (tenor) and the Storioni Trio with Bart van der Roer (piano), Wouter Vossen (violin) and Marc Vossen (cello).

At the festival, the artists can be experienced in constantly changing formations and, in addition to their musical work, naturally also enjoy the hospitality and beauty of the island.

Combining musical excellence with a strong social and cultural commitment, the Molyvos International Music Festival is committed to year-round educational programmes aimed at making classical music accessible to everyone and fostering the imagination and creativity of children and young people. The MO-TO Key programme was launched in 2017 to introduce children to cultural management and provide them with the necessary knowledge and understanding of this field. It is run in collaboration with the German cultural organisation TONALi and the North Aegean Regional Directorate of Primary and Secondary Education.

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