Events 2021

…Art made of August…

Giortes Rokkas return in 2021, for their 9th consecutive year, at 30 Jyly through 22 August 2021, with a series of events that will fascinate you. This year, the lead role in Giortes Rokkas is on hte small, daily revolutions. The visitors, through their routes within the villages, are introduced with stories, real or inspired by real events, and they remember, they invent their personal transgressions, and they are inspired by the twists that others started, either long ago or today but in a parallel universe.  Through storues, songs and music, the visitors wander through the alleys and the yards, and they are encouraged to begin their own, deeply personal revolution, with history and fantasy being the fuel that will ignite their powerful beginning.

In their ninth year, Giortes Rokkas create Small Revolutionary Acts and welcome guests in a series of musical events that promise to fascinate and inspire them for their own, small but powerful transgressions.




In 2021, like every year, the Opening Ceremony of Giortes Rokkas will start late in the afternoon in the Rokka square. Our last year’s events closed with the Cretan Youth Symphonic Orchestra Concert, therefore this year it is the youth of Rokka and Kera that will open the celebrations, with a musical event that will spark this year’s events. Right after that, we will be carried away by Nikos Portokaloglou in a magical concert.

Musical Concert with Nikos Portokaloglou and Stathis Drogosis

Nikos Portokaloglou, one of the greatest musicians and songwriters of Greece, sets a special program with songs picked from his discopraghy as well as new compositions.

During the difficult past winter, Nikos Portokaloglou became a great companion for all of us through his very successful tv show “MUSICAL BOX” in ERT1. Inspirer, visionary and the creator of “Musical Box”, Nikos Portokaloglou met distinguished guests, and he shared original covers of beloved songs, creating a unique live concert every single week. At the same time, he published his new song, titled “Ena kalo neo”, a duet with Rena Morphi, in lyrics and music of his own.

This summer, Nikos and the audience become one, without “tv distance”, creating intense emotional concert moments.

With him, the exceptional songwriter Stathis Drogosis.

“Carrousel” is the title of his new song, a song-ode to love that comes and goes, and the precursor song of his forthcoming disc that will be published next autumn. Andriana Drogosi participates.

The unique performer Agapi Diaggelaki, who pops out for her vocal range and her special ability to move within different musical paths, is a constant musical companion of Nikos Portokaloglou.

This grand musical company is complemented by the incomparable Vyron Tsourapis, a new songwriter and member of the “Musical Box” band, who invites us to claim everything that makes us happy, through his song “Na mporo”, Thanasis Tsakirakis who made a difference with his presence in “Musical Box” by giving the tempo with the drums and Ilias Lampropoulos who has a unique talent to combine the violin with bouzouki, trumpet and bagpipe.

The program consists of a journey in time through the whole musical path of Nikos Portokaloglou, from “Fatme” till today, with powerful new covers of his popular songs with the assistance of the talented musicians and singers of his team. More than that, the most popular and belovered songs of Stathis Drogosis will be performed, as well as some covers of old songs that have defined the artists.

On Friday, July 30, we meet Nikos Portokaloglou and Stathis Drogosis, Agapi Diaggelaki and Vyron Tsourapis at the Rokka Square at 21:00, in a musical journey in all the lengths and depths of music via songs that defined them ,without ear but will lots of passion.


Nikos Portokaloglou – Stathis Drogosis

Venue: Rokka Square

Date: July 30, 2021

Time: 21:00

Ticket price: 15€ (disc. 12€)

Early bird: 12€


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Nikos Portokaloglou: guitar, voice

Stathis Drogosis: voice, clavier

Agapi Diaggelaki: voice, baglamas, ukulele, metallophone

Vyron Tsourapis: bass, mantolin, harmonica, voice

Thanasis Tsakirakis: drums

Ilias Lampropoulos: violin, mpouzouki, trumpet, bagpipe, voice

Akis Paschalakis: sound

Production: “360o entertainment”




For 2021, Georgina Solo, who has worked internationally in the field of visual arts, will be leading lantern making workshops based on the theme of Revolution. There will be a large exhibition of all the work on the theatre night of  “Kera A Stage” as well as at the Closing Ceremony in Rokka. During the workshops, the participants will be introduced to the art of lantern making, using subtle coloured effects and natural materials, and will create light-box tableaux illustrating battles and heroes of the Greek Revolution of 1821, filling the villages of Rokka and Kera with revolution!

After the exhibition, at the end of this year’s events, the workshop attendees will be able to take their lantern creations home.





Georgina Drakouli Solo

Georgina’s arts practice is firmly rooted in community and celebratory arts events, as well as having extensive experience of scenic arts for film, theatre and TV. She has been the designer and maker of the Opening Ceremony for ‘Giortes Rokkas’ in Kissamos, Crete, from 2017 – 2019. Having grown up in three different countries, South Africa, Greece and the UK, each culture has informed her work since.

Her life-long ecological awareness, desire for sustainability, regeneration and the message of reduce, reuse and recycle has led to many projects with an environmental theme. With over 40 years of experience in the arts, her diverse work includes teaching young children puppet-making at the Eureka Museum of Childhood in Halifax UK, to being part of the lantern team who made the Opening Ceremony for the European Capital of Culture 2017 in Aarhus Denmark, to painting sets for the TV hit Peaky Blinders.



For the fourth year, Aspsasia Papadoperaki’s Stonemasons workshop. with Giorgos Martsakis as the instructor, will attract international artists to the villages of Rokka and Kera. This year, students of previous years have led the young participants to create a small stone core.





Aspasia Papadoperaki

Aspasia Papadoperakis, born in 1942, is a sculptor from Rokka. She studied sculpture at the School of Fine Arts 1966-1972 with a first scholarship from IKY. From 1975 to 1978, with a scholarship of EOMMEX, she attended the Beaux Arts in Paris and the Vincennes Theater. For her sculpture she uses elements from her studies in the human figure and from the Aegean folk architecture and archaic sculpture. Her studies have been published in books, newspapers and magazines, and has taken part in World and Pan-Hellenic Symposia and Conferences. She has made scenes, masks and costumes for theatrical performances. In the theater she has collaborated with Yannis Tsarouchis, V. Nikolaidis, G. Hatzidakis and Th. Kittou. She has published the books. Cavafy, Studying Theotokopoulos, About Sculpture, The Epicurean poet KP Cavafy and Lucretios at the Erotokritos of Vitsentzos Kornaros. Some of them have been translated into English as well. She has published books: The Treasury of the Siphnians, The History of the Human Figure and Measuring Measures and the Human Body.

George Martsakis

He lives and works permanently in Livadia Inachorion, where he has been working for the last 19 years with stone and its forms, history, culture and architecture. In 2017 he participated in the stoneworks workshop and from 2018 he teaches the participants under the guidance of Aspasia Papadoperakis.



With the story of Antonousa in mind, the first revolutionist woman of the area, we will narrate the small revolutionary origins. The ones that spark motives and transgressions.

Kera A Stage – Antonousa


For the third year at Giortes Rokkas, the village of Kera is transformed into a gigantic stage and welcomes short performances, with the dramaturgy revolving around Antonousa Kastanaki, the heroine of the village. In conjunction with Greek Play Project and Irene Mountraki, five original theatrical plays were developed by five professional writers, based on her life, and are presented for the first time in Kera exactly 200 years after the Greek Revolution, where Antonousa Kastanaki played a significant role.

Antonousa Kastanaki is a symbol: A symbol of freedom, a symbol of a spirit that is disobedient, of anyone that fights against any kind or repression. A symbol for an unconventional creature who never obeyed to what its life, sex or nature, times or circumstances mandated.

The stage is where History meets the Legend. 200 years from the Greek Revolution work as a great opportunity to bring Antonousa on the stage, our own Jeanne d’ Arc, and cogitate over life and the choices that come with it. The challenge was huge. Our resources, both from her life and the myth around her, become the raw material that creates new, original theatrical plays. Her life is regenerated and transformed, and her example becomes an inspiration and a chance for reflection. Her vivid life becomes the reason to redefine, resolve and start new revolutions. A famous photograph of her taken at a photo studio in Athens, dictionary entries, historical and scientific literature, texts online, stories of her descendants and people from the village – memory fragments, the ruins of her house. This is the material that we had to dive into with the authors Akis Dimou, Sofia Kapsourou, Yannis Soldatos, Pela Soultatou and Dimitris Finitsis, to whom the theatrical plays were assigned -after a collaboration between Irene Mountraki and the Greek Play Project- with the goal to bring Antonousa back on the surface. A heroine that is still relevant, today.

The plays, different both in theme and in tone, set fundamental issues, with the primary one being the issue of identity and the roles that are imposed, sometimes in a suffocating way, within the social clusters, and also our need to be free and to live in world that is just. Are we what we seem or are we what we feel? How does our gender, our origin, our name, and in turn our color and religion define our lives? Till which point are our choices within limits? How do small or big revolutions, those that spark substantial world change, get started? And, how does that vivid change include us? How many fights do women (and not only them) still give daily? How many compromises and rigid notions should people overgo, to live the way they want?

The challenge for this whole venture gets even bigger, as the plays were written in order to be presented in the village of Kera, the origin of the heroine, between its ruins and its modern houses, between the memories and the people of the village, uniting the past with the present. A theater within the community, a theater that is inviting and interactive, a theater that activates and empowers.

Kera A Stage – ANTONOUSA

Artistic Direction: Mety Panagiotopoulou

Dramaturgy: Irene Mountraki

Writers: Akis Dimou

Sofia Kapsourou

Yannis Soldatos

Pela Soultatou

Dimitris Finitsis

Stage Curation: Xanthi Kontou

Lighting: Yannis Lykos

Kinesiology: Vasiliki Ntountoulaki

Production: Konstantina Papadimitriou

Production Assistants: Dina Kobrosly

Amjad Al-Mestarihy

Artist support: Katerina Maragkoudaki




Knife in the clouds

by Akis Dimou

Direction: Theoni Koutsounaki


Theoni Koutsounaki [Queen Olga]

Sissy Damoulaki [Antonousa Kastanaki]



by Sofia Kapsourou

Direction – interpretation: Sofia Kapsourou


An amazon at the roadblocks

by Yannis Soldatos


Nikolas Hanakoulas


Io Asithianaki [Antonousa]

Babis Galiatsatos [Dimitris]

Direction Assistance: Dimitra Mazi

Music: Mihalis Paraskakis


We would like to thank the Union of Pontiums in Chania “Panagia Soumela”


Amazons always return

by Pela Soultatou

Direction – Curation: Stellina Ioannidou [Antonousa]

Music: Mary Athanasiou


This is not my voice

by Dimitris Finitsis

Direction: Stella Skordara


Stella Skordara [Zoe]

Grigoria Oikonomaki [Hara]

Aggeliki Kournidaki [Her]

Music: Ioannis Asimakoulas




The dame

Aerial Dance

Movement direction: Kelly Nikolakaki

Interpretation: Stella Maria Kastanaki


The battle

Modern dance

Choreography – Interpretation: Aria Stamataki


The musicians of Rotonda are participating in the dancing happenings, under the guidance of Leonidas Lainakis: Aris Zouridakis, Aris Vlahakis, Petros Perakis, Panayiotis Darmarakis, Vasilis Stratoudakis, Anestis Kourtidis




Discussion on modern greek artwork

Coordinated by dramatologist Irene Mountraki

The writers Akis Dimou, Sofia Kapsourou, Yannis Soldatos, Pela Soultatou and Dimitris Finitsis, who wrote the theatrical plays for Antonousa Kastanaki, and theatrologist Irene Mountraki, discuss on modern greek artwork based on their experience. How did the story of Antonousa boost them? How did they handle their material, and how does History meet Theater? What are the goals of a dramaturgist and where do they seek their material? Basic dramaturgy issues that are set by the new era.


Speech “Two Antonousas”

Konstantinos Fournarakis

PhD Philology – Archivist

Antonousa Kastanaki, a chieftain and Antonousa Kampouraki, a poet, became symbols of their era and distinguished themselves, the one with the war and the other with the words as their weapons. How did these two women enter the public space and claim their place in that man’s world?


Speech “Cross dressing in theater”

Ioanna Lutsia

Theatrologist – Director, Member of the Hellenic Association of Theatre and Performing Arts Critics

Cross dressing in theater is very common. After all, the trancendence from one gender to the other places a mysterious and ritualistic challenge. Most of the time, heroines dress up like men to protect themselves, or to be able to do what they desire, overcoming the prohibitions and the narrow boundaries set by society. Either way, they are forced to dress like men do, in order to choose a path of their own. From ancient times through Shakespeare and elizabethan theater, from Carlo Goldoni through Bernard Shaw, heroines hide their sex under male costumes, in order to survive in a male-dominated world.



Fairytale for children – The daughter goes to war

Katerina Alexaki: Direction, interpretation

Vasilis Kazis: Music, actor, theater teacher

Fairy tale narrative with music for the whole family

The story of the daughter who decided to go to war takes us to a journey in the narrow paths of a male-dominated world, where the heroine is challenged to defend more than the honour of her family and her country, but her very need for self expression. But how will she manage to survive in this world and show what she is capable of?

A fairy tale inspired by the story of Antonousa and based on traditional stories, songs, and literature.


Theater workshop for adolescents – Talk to me about the sexes

Curation: Katerina Alexaki, Vasilis Kazis

More than a simple theater workshop, this experience is the means to explore the sexes’ role within the society, as well as gender stereotypes, and the ways we can create the circumstances for a much more equal coexistence.


Visual Workshops for children

Curation: Anna Nempavlaki & Theodoros Paraskakis

With: Yannis Markantonakis, Lamprini Mpoviatsou, Dimitris Grammenos, Nektaria Tsontaki, Konstantinos Fisher

What does revolution truly mean? How do we reach eco consciousness through a sculpture? How do we make a doll out of fabric? How do we discover and connect with history? These are some of the issues we will explore through these workshops for kids between 6 and 14 years old.


Theater Workshop 

Instructor: Irene Mountraki

A wandering through the modern fields of dramaturgy. 

What is the new-age Greek theater, where is it performed and in what terms? What are the basic streams, the trends, the significant representatives and the emblematic texts? What is the relationship between dramaturgy and theatrical action? Where does the 21st century, the crisis and the pandemic find us?

Addressed to professional actors and directors.





Chania Film Festival meets Giortes Rokkas and they co-organize the film screening of the awarded “Rocca changes the world”, on Monday, 16 August 2021 at 21:00 at the Kera Square.

Rocca changes the world

Direction: Katja Benrath

Rocca is brave, funny and unique. She is eleven years old and lives a rather special life. As her dad looks down on her – as he is an astronaut on a space mission – Rocca lives alone with her squirrel and goes to a regular school for the first time in her life. Her carefree and unconventional lifestyle makes her immediately stand out among her classmates. She bravely confronts the bullies of the class, because first and foremost Rocca defends justice. That’s why she becomes a friend with the homeless Caspar and tries to help him. At the same time, she tries to win her grandmother’s heart.

Script: Hilly Martinek
Photography: Torsten Breue
Edit: Jan Ruschke
Music: Milena Fessmann, Tobias Kuhn, Annette Fock
Production: Tobias Rosen, Heike Wiehle – Timm
Country: Germany
Duration: 101′
Year: 2019
Language: German
Subtitles: Greek




In this Vocals workshop the vocal mechanisms will be presented. The voice anatomy will be described, as well as the correlation and relationship between the body and the voice, the ways the autonomous neural system affects stress management, and how stress affects the voice. More than that, vocal qualities concerning all the vocal application kinds will be analysed.

With simple instructions and tips , questions will be answered on how the voice works, as well as how the vocal health can be achieved.




KEYNOTE – “The Classical Cretan Lyra in Western European Music” – Yiorgos Kaloudis

Presentation of the 18-year research-study of the cellist, lyra player and composer Yiorgos Kaloudis for the classical Cretan lyra.

An traditional Cretan lyra readapted, with new applied interpretation techniques, inspired by his classical education and experience, for the interpretation and recording of one of the most important works in the history of music, the JSBach Solo Cello Suites .

In May 2021, he completed the recording of his new 4-year research, entitled “La Reveuse”, on Old Music (Middle Ages & Renaissance), with a repertoire from 970-1700 AD. After J.S.Bach, the classical Cretan lyra travels back in the centuries, to the time of its birth.

The composer will talk about how he inspired the creation of the classical Cretan lyra, he will unfold the interpretive possibilities
and the new techniques he applied to it to perform Western European music, from the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Baroque to the modern era.

Yiorgos Kaloudis, in collaboration with the Laboratory of Theatrical, Cinematographic and Music Studies of the University of Crete, and under the scientific supervision of Professor Manolis Seiragakis, creates an educational method for the Classical Cretan Lyra.




Irini Tsirakidou collaborated with the interscientific team ‘Voice Mentoring’, which consists of special vocal scientists and works with the vocal repair and explores the miracle of human voice through the collaboration of different specialties. 

With many years of experience, both in international operas and vocal education, she collaborated with 4 artists for the creation of PhonoQuest, a non profit company that aims in creating a communication channel betwen science and the art of voice.



Yiorgos Kaloudis is a cellist, classical cretan lyra performer, improviser, composer, cello professor at the Athenaeum Conservatory, in Athens.

His discography consists of the albums, TRUTH, ON THE WIND, APTERA, DRIOPI, with his compositions, and the J.S.BACH: CELLO SUITES ON THE CRETAN LYRA, released by the DNA Label Records. In Autumn of 2021, his new work will be released titled “La Reveuse” EARLY MUSIC ON THE CLASSICAL CRETAN LYRA.

He performs the recitals “Aptera” (Innovating Tradition) with his own compositions for solo cello and classical Cretan Lyra, and the double album “J.S.BACH: Cello Suites on the Cretan Lyra” and “La Reveuse” on Early Music, in concert halls, archaeological monuments, churches and museums around the world.




1st Part – Open discussion | Best practices from Collection to the shelf or our table

In this first part of the workship, which will be open to the audience, the current status will be discussed as well as the most common mistakes that happen and how these can be corrected. Also, the organoleptic evaluation will be addressed and how negative organoleptic qualities are created. The agenda also includes international guidance, the categories and the quality criteria, standardization, as well as the house storage of extra virgin olive oil and also the need of tasting venues.


2nd part – Closed discussion | Organoleptic evaluation of Virgin Olive Oils and tasting harmony of extra virgin olive oil and food 

In this second part of the workshop, the evalutation of organoleptic method will be presented and the attendees will try samples with deficiencies and extra virgin olive oils of local varieties as well as from other places of Greece. Also, attendees will try indicatively samples of other varieties.

RIght after that, the matching of extra virgin olive oil and food will be discussed and attendees will have the opportunity to taste representative local dishes with different olive oil samples.







Ioannis Karvelas is the CEO of PARATUS Europe Ltd.

He is Pro Olive Oil Expert certified, basic instructor of the certified education programs for extra virgin olive oil of PARATUS Europe and the SEVITEL Olive Oil Academy. Also, he is a keynote speaker in a variety of conferences for the application of best practices in olive oil harvesting, production, storage and sales of extra virgin olive oil.

He supports the industry companies, both in the application of best practices of the national olive oil council and the requirements of international Standards in all stages, and in the creation of visitable places and presentations, as well as in communication, exhibitions and exports.

He has successfully organized  olice oil tatings for magazines and companies, while he has also worked for the tasting harmony between extra virgin olive oil and food, training lots of industry professionals and assisting marketing and exports departments of many companies.

He is the instructor regarding extra virgin olive oil issues at the “Tourism School of Kalamata” and the “On Tour Tourism Schools” of Insete, and a constant collaborator of “New agriculture for the New generation” where he trains new standardizers.

He writes articles on extra virgin olive oil issues for newspapers and gastronomy magazins, while he has also been a judge in contests of the industry.

He is also an experiences consultant in the application of ISO 9001, ISO 22000 (HACCP), ISO 14001m ISO 27001, ISO 45001, GDPR etc, and he uses that experience as an instructor of certified educational programs in the above mentioned management systems in Greece and Cyprus.

He is a member of scientific unions, handbook writer, organizer and keynote speaker of Conferences and article writer.




The escalation of this year’s events happens with the chamber music concert, with Yorgos Kaloudis & Thesis Trio, on 22 August 2021.

In detail, in the archaeological space of Rokka, the visitor will be carried away by the sounds of the solo classical cretan lyra, in renaissance and baroque sound. Thesis Trio presents a concert that unites yesterday with today, the beginning of vocal art in the western european music, with vocal pieces of contemporary Greek composers. Yorgos Kaloudis integrates the classical Cretan lyra and the Cello in the repertoire, and creates inspiring and aesthetic interventions in the pieces that are presented, attempting a fresh approach in the musical texts, with respect to the aesthetics of the original musical piece.

Pieces of contemporary Greek composers will be presented, in tonical/tropical style, based on poetry pieces of the international and national literature.

Like every year, the full moon of August at Giortes Rokkas promises to be magical, with sounds that will enthrall us and take us on a journey in a period that we need it the most, over a gorge of unparalleled beauty.


Irini Tsirakidou, mezzo soprano

Dimitra Kokkinopoulou, piano

Yorgos Kaloudis, cello, classical Cretan lyra


Free entrance with entrance voucher.

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Useful tips: low show, pillow, jacket


Rokka and Kera villages are located in the northwest of the Prefecture of Chania, in the Municipality of Kissamos, 12 km from Kissamos, 39 km from Chania and 55 km from Chania airport. Following the E65 National Road from Chania to Kissamos, and turning to the Nopigia to Kera – Rokka hub, you will not have difficulty finding us. Rokka’s Square is located in the center of the village, right next to the main street from which you will come.

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