Remembering the Houdetsi Festival
For a number of years this was the official website for the internationally renowned Houdetsi Festival held annually in Crete. This famous festival of music, arts, fine food and traditional crafts was visited by over 20,000 participants every year.
Content is from the site's 2013 -2016 archived pages, as well as from other outside sources.
The annual Houdetsi Festival first took place in 2010. Organized by the Musical Workshop Labyrinth its sole intent is to share with the local community the exquisite music produced by the teachers and students of Labyrinth. Year after year the number of visitors drawn to the Houdetsi Festival increased rapidly resulting with attendance of approximately 50,000 people in 2016.
The original idea began as an opportunity and opportunity for the Labyrinth Music Lab to "partner" with the local community hosting it, as a sign of mutual recognition but also as a spontaneous need to express and externalize an action with worldwide reference. The multi-year, systematic, dynamic creative synthesis of elements of the most important musical traditions has shaped new data in the field of specific music.
The Houdetsi Festival highlights precisely this magic of mixing different musical elements, combining it with local colors, images, aromas and flavors, accompanying it with the spontaneous hospitality of locals and offering it unconditionally to those who want to be part of it. this holiday. The conscious choice of free entry of visitors to the Houdetsi Festival has nothing to do with financial data. Its features and philosophy impose free access. After all, dozens of great musicians from different countries are volunteering and hundreds of people are volunteering in this direction.
In 2017 the Musical Workshop Labyrinth cancelled the summer Houdetsi Festival out of concerns due to to ever increasing visitors. The organizors felt that the limited facilities including the concert venues, the toilets, the security infrastructure, etc. would ensure the proper conditions for a safe event.
For more information about Musical Workshop “Labyrinth” go to their website at: www.labyrinthmusic.gr/en/
With the support of the Region of Crete and the Municipality of Archanes Asterousia but also the close cooperation of the Labyrinth Music Association of Friends and the Cultural Association of Houdetsiio.
4th Houdetsi Festival 2013, 1 - 4 of August
The first two editions (2010, 2011) attracted more than 5,000 spectators each year. In 2012 more than 15,000 people from all over the world attended the festival!
Houdetsi has been an international attraction for musicians since 2002 as Labyrinth Musical Workshop organizes seminars and master classes with musicians from all over the world for the last 10 years. Houdetsi Festival as well as Labyrinth Musical Workshop's activities are an initiative of Ross Daly who is also the artistic director of both.
The 4rth Houdetsi Festival will take place from 1-4 of August 2013
Houdetsi Festival 2013
The Garden of Labyrinth
21:30 - 22:20. Giorgos Xylouris (Psarogiorgis) laouto & vocals, Giannis Papatzanis (percussion)
22:30 - 23:20. Dimitris Koliakoudakis will present a program of his own compositions for guitar.
23:30 - 00:30. Maria Fasoulaki together with the group Elyros
21:30 - 22:20. Ross Daly, Zohar Fresco, Kelly Thoma, Sofia Evkleidou and Taxiarhis Georgoulis
22:30 - 23:20. Ahenk, a project featuring Derya Türkan (kemençe) and Murat Aydemir (tanbur). They will play both new and old pieces from the Turkish classical repertoire
23:30 - 00:30. Vasilis Stavrakakis together with Ross Daly, Kelly Thoma, Giorgos Manolakis and Giannis Papatzanis. This concert will turn into a "kantada" (serenade) which will go all around the village ending up in the garden of Labyrinth.
21:30 - 22:20 "Petrites", Vasilis Xylouris, Nikos Xylouris, Kostas Skoulas, Giannis Loulakis, Vasilis Skoulas . Cretan music.
22:30 - 23:20 Stelios Petrakis with his group of musicians will present a program of Cretan music with dance by Thanasis Mavrokostas
23:30 - 00:30 Giorgos Mavromanolakis together with Dimitris Stefanakis (lyra), Manolis Kanakakis (kanun, piano), Raphael Greenblatt (percussion), Manolis Papadakis (bass), Theodoris Pintzopoulos (percussion) will present a program of their own compositions together with excerpts from the traditional repertoire of various regions of the Eastern Mediterranean.
Hadjines, Cretan Music
21:00 - 21:50 Kostis And Giorgos Saridakis, Manolis Hristakis, Manolis Kritsotakis.
22:00 - 22:50. Nikos Kalomiris
23:00 - 23:50. Petros Kakepakis, Giannis Diakonis, Mhnas Baltzakis,
0:00 - Giannis Gounakis, Giorgos Koutsoumpas, Vasilis Petrodaskalakis
Garden Of Labyrinth
21:30 - 22:20 Classical Iranian Music played by Araz Salek (tar) and Pedram Khavar Zamini (Tombak)
22:30 - 23:20. Nikos Palaiologos (Oud & Saz) and Giorgos Kladis (percussion).
23:30 - 00:30. Daud Khan Sadozai (Rabab & Sarod) and Ciro Montanari (tabla). Daud Khan Sadozai plays the Afghan lute rabab and is widely considered to be one of the foremost representatives of the Afghan musical tradition. However, he is also a renowned virtuoso on the North Indian Sarod, an instrument which is in fact derived from the rabab. On the sarod he has studied with the illustrious maestro Amjad Ali Khan. He will be accompanied by the young and highly talented Italian tabla player Ciro Montanari.
21:30 - 22:20. Daulute is an ensemble which features Giorgos Zacharioudakis (flutes), Dimitris Sideris, and Giannis Papatzanis. Their music clearly has its roots in the Cretan tradition, but it does not stay confined to this. It extends quite freely into other cultural realms thus affording the listener a warm experiences
22:30 - 23:20 Eleonore Billy is one of the foremost exponents of the Swedish folk instrument Nyckelharpa today, this despite the fact that she is actually Fench and not at all Swedish. She will present a program incorporating elements from the Swedish folk tradition as well as compositions of her own. In this concert she will play together with Kelly Thoma, with whom she regularly works, Pavlos Spyropoulos (bass), Sofia Evkleidou (cello) and her student from the seminar that she will be teaching in Houdetsi.
23:30 - 00:30. Kopare is a newly formed ensemble which is comprised of 4 students from Labyrinth who have been with us since the very beginning in Houdetsi. Paul Goodman (lyra, bulgari), Manolia Kokologianni (lyra), Vangelis Hadzovoulos (oud, lavta, saz) and Sergios Voulgaris (percussion). They will present a program of their own compositions.
21:00 - 22:00 Nikos and Andreas Flamourakis, Cretan music with violin and laouto.
22:00 - 23:00 Iliodromio is a collective of musicians coming from the music department of the University of Macedonia in Thessaloniki. It was established by the composer Ilias Sarigiannidis in the context of the composition courses at the university and much of the repertoire is comprised of compositions of his own.
23:30 - 00:30 The traditional dance troupe of Nontas Erotokritakis will present dances from all regions of Crete to the accompaniment of live music
Hadjines, Cretan music
21:00 – 21:50 Manolis Kalykakis
22:00 - 22:50 Vangelis Alexakis, Giorgos Vouidaskis
23:00 – 23:50 Vassilis Hadjimakris, Antonis Apostolou, Antonis Maniorios, Alexis Alevizakis, Minas Spanakis
00:00 - Giorgos Bitzanakis, Giorgos Stavrakakis , Antonis Manousakis
The Garden of Labyrinth
21:30 - 22:20. Italian percussionist Ciro Montanari who has studied North Indian Tabla extensively for many years will give a recital for solo tabla accompanied by Davi Garcia on Sarangi.
22:30-23:20. One of Crete's most renowned virtuosi of the laouto, Giorgos Manolakis will perform compositions of his own accompanied by Pavlos Spyropoulos (bass) and Zohar Fresco (percussion)
23:30 - 00:30. Neda is a group of four musicians who have participated in many seminars and other activities at Labyrinth ever since the first year in Houdetsi 11 years ago. Christos Barbas, Giorgos Papaioannou, Victoria Taskou and Pavlos Spyropoulos will perform original compositions and improvisations of their own inspired by the musical traditions of the Eastern Mediterranean which they have studied for many years.
21:30 - 22:20. Haris Lambrakis together with his quartet will perform a highly original program of new compositions and improvisations which form a bridge between traditional sounds and elements of Jazz and other contemporary traditions.
22:30 - 23:20. Two of Turkey's foremost musicians, Yurdal Tokcan (oud) and Göksel Baktagir (kanun) will perform original compositions of their own as well as traditional material from the music of Istanbul.
23:30 - 00:30. Internationally renowned Spanish guitarist Fernando Perez has studied many different musical idioms from all over the world and he has adapted them to the favored instrument of his native Spain the guitar. He will guide us with a single guitar through the world of music as he has lived and studied it over the years.
22:00 - 23:15 Zephyros is a group of musicians who live in Thessaloniki and who will present a program of urban Cretan music from the early 20th century up until the music of Hainides, a contemporary Cretan music group. The members of Zephyros are:
Odysseas Mavromatis - guitars
Kosmas Sarigiannidis - mainland and Cretan Laouto, Saz
Kostas Kyritsakis - Lyra, Mandolin
23:30 - 00:30 An improvised meeting of Percussionists from three different directions: Zohar Fresco (bendir & reqq), Pedram Khavar-Zamini (tombak) και Ciro Montanari (tabla).
Hadjines, Cretan music
21:00 - 21:50 Nektarios Pachiadakis, Antonis Manousakis, Kyveli Sergiou, Nektarios Marinos
22:00 - 22:50 Manolis Papadakis, Alekos Fanourakis, Kostas Makakis, Kostas Tzanakakis
23:00 - 23:50 Babis & Zacharias Vouidaskis, Giorgos Triantafyllakis, Andreas Roumeliotis
21:30 - 22:30 Manolis Drakakis, Michalis Frangiadoulakis, Manolis Papadakis
21:30 - 22:30 Mantolin virtuoso Michalis Kontaxakis together with Kyriakos Tappakis (Oud), Marina Dakanali (vocals) and Kostas Kalantzis will perform a program of original compositions and improvisations
22:00 - A program of Cretan music with Antonis Karatzis and his ensemble.
The Garden of Labyrinth
22:30 - 1:30 The final concert which will close the festival and in which all of the musicians will participate.
During the festival there will be exhibitions of musical instruments, painting and other visual arts:
- DAVID BENFORADO
- PAHIADAKIS NEKTARIOS
- FYGETAKIS MANOLI
- KYPRIOTAKI RENA
- WEAVING WORKSHOP OF HOUDETSI
- PARASHAKI IRINI
- BOUNAKIS DIMITRIS
- ARTISTIC WORKSHOP OF PHOTOGRAPHY MUNICIPALITY ARCHANON ASTEROUSION
- EROTOKRITAKIS NONTAS
- LUTHIERS FROM CRETE AND GREECE
AT THE LITTLE STAGE FOR OUR LITTLE FRIENDS:
THURSDAY 1/8: TIME 18:30-20:30 ''Cultural Camping of Astritsi’’-Through team games and theatrical expression we will try to understand and better conceive the 5 senses of our body…
THURSDAY 1/8: TIME 20.30 - "EROTKRITOS" Puppet Show from Puppet Group Kou-Klo
FRIDAY 2/8: TIME 18.30-19.30 - "JOURNEY ON THE MAGIC CARPET" Story telling from Meropi Apelidou
FRIDAY 2/8: TIME 20.00 - ¨PARAMITHIA - ΝTOREMITHIA" A candle for the little rihno and the Flying Disk
SATURDAY 3/8: TIME 20.30-21.30 - "MUSICAL FAIRYTALES" Alkis Pashalidis and Maria Tsouknaki
SUNDAY 4/8: TIME 20.30-21.30 - "MUSICAL FAIRYTALES" Alkis Pashalidis and Maria Tsouknaki
Houdetsi has a few bed and breakfast hotels which are usually occupied by the students of Labyrinth during the seminars. In the list below you can find one luxury hotel in Houdetsi as well as a few more in the neighboring village of Archanes. (8klm far from Houdetsi)
Petronikolis, www.petronikolis.gr, +30 2810 743 203, firstname.lastname@example.org
Neraidospilios, www.neraidospilios.gr, +30 6945 60 72 74, email@example.com
Archontiko, www.arhontikoarhanes.gr, +30 2810 752 985, firstname.lastname@example.org
Villa Orestis,+30 2810 751 619, +30 6942 44 57 84
5th Houdetsi Festival 2014, 7 - 10 of August
Houdetsi Festival is a 4 day celebration of music, dance, food and art that takes place in the little village of Houdetsi which is located 23 klm due south of Heraklion, on the island of Crete.
Hundreds of musicians and various other artists from all over the world, gather in Houdetsi in order to share their love for art and culture.
The first edition in 2010 attracted 4,000 people from all over Crete.
This year 23,000 people from all over the world attended the Festival! The success of Houdetsi Festival was beyond everyone’s expectations…
Today it is considered one of the biggest festivals in Greece and one of the most significant in its category, in Europe.
Do not miss the opportunity this year to experience these four magical nights this August.
Admission to all concerts is free of charge!
The festival is sponsored by the Municipality of Archanes-Asterousia and the Region of Crete, as well as through the support of other local private businesses.
Houdetsi has been an international attraction for musicians since 2002 as Labyrinth Musical Workshop organizes seminars and master classes with musicians from all over the world for the last 10 years. Houdetsi Festival , as well as Labyrinth Musical Workshop's activities are an initiative of Ross Daly who is also the artistic director of both.
The 5th Houdetsi Festival will take place from 7-10 of August 2014
Organised by :
Musical Workshop Labyrinth
Municipality of Archanes-Asterousia
Region of Crete
Cultural Association of Houdetsi
Every night from 21:00 till the morning there are concerts on five stages in the village.
The Crafts Market starts every evening at 19:00 and the Luthiers Exhibition is open all day.
Also you can visit the Labyrinth's Musical Workshop instruments' exhibition all day
All the events are free for the public!
6o Houdetsi Music Festival 2015
The Houdetsi Festival is a four-day celebration of music, dance, taste and art taking place in the village of Choudetsi, 23 km from Heraklion.
The Houdetsi Festival highlights precisely this magic of mixing different musical elements, combining it with local colors, images, aromas and flavors, accompanying it with the spontaneous hospitality of locals and offering it unconditionally to those who want to be part of it.
This year will be held between 6-9 August the 6th festivals collectively organized by the Labyrinth Music Lab, the Region of Crete, the Municipality of Archeros Asterousia, the Cultural Association of Houdetsi, and the newly established Festival Music Festival Houdetsi ) .
This Festival was started by the Labyrinth Music Lab's desire to share with our local community and visitors the beautiful sounds of the music of Labyrinth teachers and friends who arrive in Houdetsi every summer to participate in our programs.
Admission to the festival is free to the public and our choice is based on two pillars:
1. All the musicians participating in the festival offer their art without any desire to support the work of the Labyrinth.
2. We make the most of the Festival's expenses from public collective organizations (District, Municipality), from the exhibitors' benchmarks and from the sale of food (skewers etc) during the festival and thus free entry to the world is self-evident to us.
Our main interest in this event is to give our guests the opportunity to hear rare, authentic and mainly quality music as they are performed by top musicians from around the world.
This is done in the context of a simple and friendly meeting between the local community, our visitors and musicians from all over the world with the aim of getting to know each other and developing friendship.
By no means is the Hudecci Music Festival aimed at commercial gain and its festival directors take every possible means to safeguard this character.
Ross M. Daly, Houdetsi 2015