Like every Greek island, Syros organizes plenty of Christian and Catholic feasts. These two traditions have an enormous influence and they are celebrated in a unique way including eating, drinking and dancing.
Religious feasts & festivals
Easter in Syros is honorarily celebrated and attracts many visitors. As Syros has a large community of Catholics, Easter time is celebrated on the same period for the Orthodox and the Catholic churches on the island.
On the 15th of August, the largest religious festival in Greece and the Greek islands, many festivities take place in Syros as a lot of churches are dedicated to Virgin Mary.
The festival of Agios Petros on June 29th at the village of Kini.
The festival of Agios Ioannis on August the 29th at the village of Poseidonia.
The festival of Agios Panteleimonas on the 27th of July in Finikas.
Founded in 2013, the Syros International Film Festival showcases a wide spectrum of cinema in traditional and re-purposed island sites. Located in the middle of the Aegean summer, removed from the usual demands and hierarchies of the film industry, SIFF embeds events, styles and programs—experimental and narrative, recent and retrospective, Greek and international, workshops and expanded cinema performance—into its unique setting.
The Guitar Festival is organized in Ermoupolis every July. For many years now, Syros is home to one of the greatest festivals in Cyclades which lasts for 5 days and includes concerts, guitar courses of various levels and music contests. This festival is a meeting spot for new musicians.
The Ermoupoleia Festival includes many cultural events, such as music concerts, theatrical performances and art exhibitions. It is usually held at the end of the summer, in early September.
Avgoustiatika Feggaria (meaning The moons of August) is a beautiful festival taking place in Ano Syros. Local musicians of Syros are gathered in the area for a night dedicated to rebetiko music, which is very popular in Syros. In fact, this island is the homeplace of Markos Vamvakaris, the most important Greek musician of rebetiko.