Naxos Festival started in 2001 with the aim to encourage the contact of local people as well as visitors with the diachronic and contemporary cultural artistic activity. The Festival has since managed to transform into a platform for intercultural meetings including art exhibitions, music, theatre, dance performances and other activities. The Bazeos Tower
The Festival events usually take place from July to September at the restored Bazeos Tower; an impressive 17th century monument on the 12th km of the main road linking Chora —the capital of Naxos— with the inland.
The tower belongs to a type of structures that were built from the 13th to the 18th century, whose reason for construction was the protection from the pirates who constituted a constant threat. Dating back to the 17th century, it first functioned as a monastery. Afterwards and for many years, it was a place for local potters to work there and live with their families. At the end of the 19th century, the tower was bought by the Bazeos (Baseggio) family, whose descendants are the current owners.
Since 2000, Bazeos Tower has been hosting cultural activities in collaboration with Institutes, Universities and Museums of Greece and from abroad. Thus, aside from being one of the most well-known monuments of Naxos Island, it has also become a point for fascinating meetings that promote intercultural exchange.
Both the permanent inhabitants of Naxos and visitors to the island have warmly embraced the Festival, which gives everyone the opportunity to get to know local and international artists that work in the cultural sphere. For detailed information about this year’s program, you can have a look here.
So, what are you waiting for? This summer, stir the senses a little by combining a comfortable stay in Naxos and beach relaxation with a cultural experience that you will never forget.