This coming weekend (28th-29th-30th/July), people who love art in its various forms will meet in the island of Tinos, at the village of Ysternia, to enjoy and join a wide range of activities in the Sterna Fringe festival, a Summer event that is becoming a landmark among the cultural happenings in the Cycladic island.
For the third consecutive year (2015-2016-2017), the village of Ysternia, in the South Western part of Tinos, will be the center of multiple activities as music performances, Vinyasa yoga and Tai Tchi sessions, photography exhibitions and workshops, marble craving, an open air game, meditation gatherings, social behavior concern and a local success story.
This interactive three days program festival has room for everybody: nature, music and art lovers -adults and children- innovators, soul healing and local story teller that will introduce you to one of the village’s abandoned oil mill to learn the living history.
As a tribute to late Ioanna Koutzoukou, Venia Papathanasopoulou (mother) and Fay Koutzoukou (sister), the soul and the mind behind the festival, follow the young girl’s dream to celebrate a free spirit festival for Art at the village where they have spent their Summer for many years.
«We do our best every year. Ioanna loved Isternia and wanted people to learn about it. She had been working since 2013 on an idea where people would come together, specially young ones, and discuss about art and issues of general concern. In other words, an inclusive festival» said Papathanasopoulou to vista.
«We are very satisfied because the festival has become quite known in this three years and the village of Ysternia with it. People would approach us during the year encouraging us to organize it and asking to participate in it,» she added. «Indeed. The main ideas come from friends and people who had met Ioanna, and we elaborate them» said Fay Koutzoukou.
Last year’ s version included more local themes, such as an encounter between people with disability from Athens and Tinos and a get-to- know the products and producers of the island, together performances of local musicians.
«We would love the festival to become sustainable and to increase the organizing team, because we have an increasing response to the event, with people travelling to Tinos specially in order to assist» added Fay.
Ysternia supports the festival
The Sterna Fringe Festival is co-organized by the Association of Ysternia and as mother and sister pointed out «nothing could have been achieved without the support of the village’s Association and her president, Frantzesca Dasyra, as well as the village’s authorities that keep clean the paths and the venues where the events are held».
Dasyra declared to vista that «people have learnt and fell in love with the village since then, and we have had an increasing interest in the real state market from foreigners (from abroad and Greeks from the mainland). The visitors to Isternia keep on increasing and from 50 all year population we reach near a thousand during the Summer».
This year, there will be a lottery with many prizes and the collected money will be used to finance part of the reparation of the roof of the former Public School built in 1904 that today serves as Ysternia Cultural Center.