‘blueFest Crete 19’ Event Connects Tourism with Culture
The G & A Mamidakis Foundation recently welcomed a number of Greek artists and producers to Crete for the second edition of the “blueFest Crete | Culture & Beyond”, a two-day festival dedicated to Greek art, culture and gastronomy.
Held on July 13-14 at the Minos Beach art hotel, the “blueFest Crete 19” event promoted the work of Greek artists and strengthened the ties of tourism with culture and innovation.
According to the hotel’s management, the event attracted a number of visitors to the resort’s unique architecture and open-air art gallery, which was the setting for the cultural festival.
The blueFest Crete festival kicked off on Saturday, July 13, with the opening of the “Come with the wind” exhibition, which featured an installation by artist Theodoros Zafeiropoulos and architect Giorgos Rimenidis.
Combining sculpture with sound, the installation referred to the “Tower of the Winds”, the ancient octagonal Pentelic marble clocktower located in the Roman Agora in Plaka, Athens.
Visitors also had the opportunity to attend the “Blue Nights” exhibition which featured video art projects by Alexandros Kaklamanos, James Lane and Theodoros Zafeiropoulos.
The “Blue Nights” exhibition and the open-air museum of Minos Beach will remain open for the public until the end of October.
The festival’s first day concluded with a live music performance by Greek composer Nikos Xinos.
‘BlueFest Crete’ Highlights Local Gastronomy
The festival’s second day was devoted to the traditional Cretan gastronomy and highlighted local recipes and products.
More specifically, Mamidakis Foundation’s initiative, LoveGreece.com, in collaboration with bluegr Hotels & Resorts consultant chef Giannis Baxevanis, presented selected products of local producers including olive oil, dairy products, pastry and pasta.
Among the local enterprises that participated in the festival were the Cooperative Producers Group Anatoli, the Gerani Soft Drinks SA, the Vassilakis Estate, Savoidakis Bakery & Patisserie and many others.
The “blueFest Crete” was launched in 2018, at the five-star Minos Beach art hotel in Agios Nikolaos, Crete, with the aim to link the rich cultural heritage of Greece with new and traditional forms of artistic expression.
The Minos Beach art hotel is a member of bluegr Hotels & Resorts.