What to Know About the First-Ever Mykonos Art Festival

The windmills in Mykonos | © herbert2512 / Pixabay

The first Mykonos Art Festival takes place in summer 2018. The event’s packed schedule sees international and local creatives transforming the island into a hub of cultural activity. Here’s everything you need to know about the first-ever Mykonos Art Festival.

It’s curated by Andonis Kioukas

The inaugural Mykonos Art Festival[1] is directed by Andonis Kioukas. The Athens-based artistic director is managing director of the production company Qkas[2], which specialises in producing stand-out events across the cultural sphere and has had international fashion star Marc Jacobs[3] and the acclaimed Thessaloniki Film Festival[4] as previous clients. As such, visitors to the Mykonos Art Festival are bound to experience something spectacular.

Costas Tsoclis’ exhibition opened the festival

The esteemed Greek artist Costas Tsoclis, who has previously represented Greece at the Venice Biennale[5], opened the Mykonos Art Festival. His new exhibition considered the four natural elements in a site-specific installation at the Athens School of Fine Arts Mykonos Annex. His large-scale work will be on show until the end of the festival, so there’s plenty of time to visit.

Costas Tsoclis at the Mykonos Art Festival © Mykonos Art Festival

It mixes ancient history and contemporary visions

The Mykonos Art Festival also seeks to celebrate the archaeological history of Delos[6], its neighbouring island. The exhibition Cycladic Snapshots: Monuments and Their People, which was first shown in Athens last year, celebrates the archaeologists, photographers and architects who have excavated at the ancient UNESCO World Heritage Site[7]. The exhibition focusses particularly on the work during the 19th and 20th centuries with a plethora of photographs and paraphernalia that pay homage to the dynamic work that has taken place on the island.

Mykonos Art Festival is free

‘With free entrance for all, we try to give small moments of carefree fun to our fellow citizens who have neither the chance nor the ability to attend such high-level events,’ said the Mayor of Mykonos Konstantinos Koukas ahead of the festival’s opening. The dynamic leader was elected to the position of mayor at the age of 32 in 2014 and has since sought to put Mykonos’s culture on the map. Not only does free entrance guarantee access to the locals, but it also means that it is easy for visitors to make spontaneous visits too.

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