10th Aegina Theater Festival
Great theatrical performances and famous protagonists are hosted again at the 10th Aegina Theater Festival, which will take place from July 18 to August 12 in the yard of the 2nd Primary School of Aegina. Twelve plays raise the curtain and turn Aegina into a theatrical destination this summer.
The 10th Theater Festival is of huge interest thanks to its excellent performances and great protagonists, such as George Kimoulis, Anna Gerali, Stelios Mainas, Gerasimos Skiadaresis, Ieroklis Michailidis, Antonis Loudaros, Christina Alexanian, Alexandra Palaiologou and others. This year, the Festival is dedicated to the memory of Takis Spyridakis, the local actor and director who passed away a year ago.
Aegina has become a theatrical destination, says George Bitros, artistic director of the Aegina Theater Festival and a teacher. “Without exaggeration, great actors have passed from the Festival all these years. Although this summer’s performances had been booked since last February-March, there was a risk of cancellation due to coronavirus. We are very happy, along with Mary Koukouli, president of KEDA and the whole Organizing Committee, that finally the Theater Festival, which celebrates its 10th anniversary, will take place in the yard of the 2nd Primary School, a very large space that offers access to the disabled and serves the safety distances and measures that must be taken. ”
The Festival, which aspires to offer good theater nights to residents and visitors of Aegina, was born in 2011 by actress Anna Gerali. As Giorgos Bitros narrates, “the great actress and protagonist of the National Theater, lived in Aegina and occupied herself with the amateur theatrical team of the Cultural Association of Kapodistrias. Thus, she created and cultivated the idea of the Festival. In 2011, the mayor Sakis Sakkiotis embraced this idea. The Theater Festival started on the steps of the Government yard with the background of this amazing Kapodistrian building. Ms. Gerali laid the foundations of the Festival for two years as president, Vassilis Vasilakis, an actor of the Art Theater, followed, and from 2014 KEDA took over and assigned me the organization and planning of the performances. ”
“Aegina has a theatrical aura”, points out George Bitros. “It’s the summers of George Michalakopoulos and Moschidis. The island has an awesome artistic presence, with many young and leading actors and artists, such as Eleni Karakasi, George Kapoutzidis, Elisavet Konstantinidi, Thodoris Atheridis, Smaragda Karydi, Marios Fragkoulis, Christos Mantakas, Antonis Loudaros, Maximos Moumouris, Olia Lazaridou, Giorgos Nanouris, Nadia Kontogiorgi.
Actors and artists such as Anna Vagena, Anna Gerali, Lina Nikolakopoulou, George Konstantinou, Giasemi Kilaidoni, Katerina Didaskalou, Iro Mane, Alexandros Bourdoumis and many others have passed through the festival.
Some performances of the Aegina Theater Festival are free, while ticket prices range from 10 to 15 euros and are determined by the theater companies.
Ticket Selling Points
Lychnari Deco & Art (Sp. Rodi 49) & Press Center (Aegina beach)
See this year’s performances here.
Organizing Committee of Aegina Theater Festival
Koukouli Mary, Bitros George, Koukoumi Areti, Bitrou Nektaria, Pantavos Stratos, Stavridou Mary, Stergioulas Efthymis, Stouraitou Lala, Trikopoulou Nena, Chartofylaka Martha, Heliotis Panagiotis.
Photos by the Facebook page of Aegina Theater Festival