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                                            Rethymnon Renaissance
Every summer, the city of Rethymnon on Crete island attracts a large number of visitors, as it provides for diverse holidays. Reaching its 22nd year in 2008, the “Rethymnon Renaissance Festival” has made the town a well-known cultural destination. Most of the festival’s events take place at the outdoors 900-seats venue “Erofili,” which is located at the town’s old Venetian castle (Fortezza). This year, the festival hosts nearly fifteen arts events, which run from July 5 to 23. Rethymnon flourished during the period of the Renaissance, becoming a commercial and cultural centre. In an attempt to integrate the town’s cultural heritage into its contemporary life, the Municipality initiated the “Rethymnon Renaissance Festival” that presents Cretan Renaissance drama in conjunction with its European contemporaries, Renaissance music, as well as contemporary theatre, music, and visual art events. This year’s programme  includes Renaissance and Baroque music from several European countries, Shakespeare and Ruzzante theatrical plays as well as icons, paintings, sculpture and handcraft exhibitions of Cretan artists’ creations. 

                                      Earth Festival 2008

The “Earth Festival” is an alternative eco-ethnic gathering that is taking place for the eighth successive year, in Vlasti, near the city of Kozani, at the heart of the Western Macedonia region, from July 10 – 13. Organised by Ecotopia – a non-governmental organization of environmental research and awareness since 2001 – in the mountain community of Vlasti. The festival features Greek and foreign artists who create a multicultural web, in an attempt to show that coexistence of cultures is nothing short of a feast, while simultaneously promoting a different attitude of people towards nature.  A number of events are organised, including concerts, shadow theatre, street theatre, movies, special events for children, painting and photography exhibitions, conference and seminar meetings. Participants may partake in sports activities (mountaineering, mountain biking, and arching), , walk through the open bazaar of organic producers and taste healthy foods and delicious, local cuisine.  Find more exciting alternative tourism events in Greece: www.agrotravel.gr