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Kissos Pelion/ Zig Zag Festival 2023

3rd Zig Zag Festival at Kissos, Pelion 》One week of Contemporary Culture 》35+ Greek and international artists, musicians - performances - readings

Revisiting history and nature through contemporary art
July 24 – 30, 2023

The Kissos Pelion/ Zig Zag Festival takes place from July 24 - 30, in the village of Kissos on the east side of Pelion. This year’s destination is particularly important; for the first time a dedicated contemporary art event opens at Pelion. 35 contemporary artists from Greece and abroad create artworks, on-site visual installations, performances and unique musical collaborations while indulging in the rich history and cultural heritage of Kissos. The "Cultural Zig Zag" explores a combination of art and nature through local experiences with the landscape, architecture and gastronomy.

Kissos Pelion/ Zig Zag Festival 2023 will host the group exhibition of Greek and international artists «The cabinet of knowledge and nature» daily photologue «Following the Centaurs to paths of knowledge», at the Old Primary school of Kissos. The amalgam of culture and nature is the basis of this artistic exploration. The principles and ideological framework of the Greek Enlightenment as represented by the revolutionary Rigas Feraios and his teachings in the natural setting.

Kissos Pelion / Zig Zag Festival 2023
Program Directors: Georg Georgakopoulos, Fotini Kapiris

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☱ Program and Locations ☱ (in progress)

• Tours to the cultural heritage of Pelion, including the 18th-century Church of Agia Marina, the iconostasis (templum) and iconography
• Art / Sound Performance
• Walks through nature
• Music events
• Local kitchens and sustainable food, tour to traditional restaurants, kitchens and recipes

Friday, Saturday 22 & 23/7: Artists, curators welcoming to Kissos
Saturday, Sunday 23 & 24/7: Installation of exhibition and outdoor artwork
Monday 24/7: Exhibition opening
Monday 24/7 – Sunday 30/7: Performances and music events
Visits to local restaurants and kouzines
Tuesday 25 – Saturday 29/7: Guided tours to artwork
Sunday 30/7: Finissage

Kissos, Pelion

Kissos is located in Pelion, in the eastern part of Magnesia, Greece. Pelion, the mountain of the Centaurs, is a natural green landscape and a protected habitat of the Natura network. The entire area is an inexhaustible treasure of myths, legends, historical and cultural traditions.
Kissos is a mountain village situated at 500 meters altitude. It is distanced 48 km from Volos, 8 km from the beach of Ag. Ioannis and 12 km from the ski resort. The name of the village may refer to the homonymous plant or, according to the historian G. Kordatou, from the word gold pronounced as (k'sos). Kissos is well known for its local architecture, the sea view, the rich beech and chestnut forest. The church of Agia Marina, a three-aisled basilica from 1650, has been declared a historic monument. The church is adorned with a rare wooden carved iconostasis from 1700 – 1720 and frescoes by the popular painter Giannis Pagonis from 1802. The frescoes are unique, as they combine themes from the New Version of the Old Testament and the Apocalypse, but also of Natural History and geography. During the economic and intellectual prosperity of the 18th century, grey a number of schools operating in almost all villages. Rigas Velestinlis or Feraios, an influential writer, politician, thinker and forerunner of the Greek Revolution of 1821, also taught in Kissos.

About Zig Zag Festival

The first Zig Zag Festival was introduced by CHEAPART in 2021 as a way of connecting Greek and international artists and their work, locals and visitors with the unknown features of the Greek landscapes. Every two years the Zig Zag Festival commutes to a new destination, offering new insight to the hidden parts of Greece, the culture and topography. Sculptors, painters, new media artists, performance artists, musicians, present works and installations indoor and in public spaces. Artists, the local community and visitors meet and connect through a collaborative exhibition and event program. Zig Zag Festival transforms its hosting village into a living visual canvas for the period of one week. In 2021 and 2022, Zig Zag Festival was realized in the village Isternia in Tinos, this year’s 3rd edition travels from the sea to the mountains of Kissos, on the east side of Pelion.

Isternia Tinos / Zig Zag Festival 2021 - 2022:
Isternia Tinos/ Zig Zag Festival "Dialogues on Change":