The annual Rebetika Conference of Hydra, in the Saronic: The Hydra Rebetika Conference is held every year to celebrate Rebetika music, which is the form of music associated with the Greek Underground. Originating from the ill famous neighborhoods of Thessaloniki and Pireaus, Rebetika music was born in the first part of the 20th century. Using 2-3 elements of the Turkish musical tradition, Rebetika music is played with the folk instruments of bouzouki and its small brothers, baglamas and tzouras.
The Rebetika Conference of Hydra is a great event, which brings musicians, experts, and fans of this genre together. Musicians who are familiar with rebetiko arrive on the island from all over the world. They talk about this special kind of music and play rebetika songs, while there is also a platform for budding artists to perform. The conference is usually held in the Theatre of Melina Merkouri or in hotel conference centers.