The Aegina Fistiki Fest was the dream of a group of people who believed that the pistachio tree, the nut and its farmers, could and should, get the recognition they deserve for their contribution to Aegina’s development. That dream was taken on board by a large group of volunteers who worked to make the pistachio festival a reality, and this year is its fourth consecutive year. The festival’s organization has surpassed all expectations on the commercial, artistic and just plain enjoyment levels!
The Aegina Fistiki Fest was confirmed as an institution and is co-organised by the Municipality of Aegina under the auspices of the Saronic Islands Regional Union. With the cooperation of the growers and other groups concerned in the production, with the involvement of the artists and the multitude of volunteers, we are sure that the Aegina Fistiki Fest of 2012 will turn out to be, yet again, the Saronic Gulf’s major event of the year!
Friday 7th September20.00. Hotel Brown: Opening of the “Elvira” exhibition – dedicated to Barbara Vaessen.
Friday 14th September19.00. Eynardeio Building: “Lagini Workshops”, (5 different workshops on performance, direction, ready-made sculpture, monotype print and video-documentary). Lectures – shows – discussions.
20.00. Markellos Tower: Opening of Irene Vourloumi’s art exhibition.
21.30. Courtyard of the Laographico Museum: “Musical Night” with Athina Dimitrakopoulou. On piano, Marios Kazas. Entrance fee.
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Saturday 15th September19.00. Eynardeio Building: “Lagini Workshops”, (5 different workshops on performance, direction, ready-made sculpture, monotype print and video-documentary). Lectures – shows – discussions.
20.00. Aegina’s Archeological Museum: Opening of Yannia Mamoutzi’s ceramics exhibition.
21.30. Courtyard of the Laographico Museum: The actor Kostas Kastanas reads the “Vardia” by Kavvadia (in Greek). Entrance fee.
Sunday 16th September19.00. Eynardeio Building: “Lagini Workshops”, (5 different workshops on performance, direction, ready-made sculpture, monotype print and video-documentary). Lectures – shows – discussions. “Lagini Workshops” present the results of the workshops. laginiworkshops.gr
Monday 17th September18.00. Avra beach: Yoga for children with Fotini Bitrou from the “Kouros” gym. The children should bring a towel or a mat with them.
Tuesday 18th September18.00. Avra beach: Lessons in self-defence (exercises for the mind and body) by Pavlos Bitrou from “Aegina’s Amateur Karate Association”.
Wednesday 19th September18.00. Avra beach: Zumba for children by Evangelia Rekleiti from the “NAMA” gym.
Thursday 20th September (evening)18.00. Aegina Harbour: Opening of the booths of the Trade Fair.
18.00. Markellos Tower: Opening of the Luna Park in the children’s village (this will be open during the whole of the festival) by Aegina’s troupe of the Greek Guiding Association.
18.30. Markellos Tower: Opening of the children’s art exhibition “Our Aegina”. All of the local schools painted their own works of art on Aegina. Nineteen paintings are waiting to guide you around the island, through the eyes of its children.
19.30. Laographico Museum: Opening of the photography exhibition entitled “The Harvest of 12”.
20.30. Courtyard of the Laographico Museum: Presentation of the educational programme: “Click into History” by the High School Students from Mesagros, under the auspices of the Foundation for Hellenic Studies. This will be followed by the showing of the documentary “From Clay” by D. Gouzioti.
Friday 21st September (morning)10.00. Aegina Harbour: Opening of the trade fair booths.
10.30. Aegina town: “Students Day”, All the school students of Aegina visit the different areas of the festival (trade fair, art exhibitions) and the Markellos Tower, where there will be specially created areas for games, educational programme and musical instruments.
Friday 21st September (evening)18.00. Aegina harbour: Opening of the trade fair booths.
18.00. Markellos Tower: Luna Park.
18.00. Markellos Tower: “Sweet Games”. Little children will make castles with moats out of pistachio cream.
18.00. Cathedral: Guided tour of the Capodistrian buildings by Father Emmanouil Yiannoulis and Alexis Kraus.
19.45. Aegina harbour: The Music Association of Aegina’s Philharmonia will play on the main coastal avenue.
20.00. Aegina harbour: Opening ceremony of “The Harvest Festival”. An event based on the Word, Music and Movement, enriched by our history and traditions. It involves a lot of enthusiasm and hard work by people who love the island. Directed by Vassilis Vasilakis.
21.15. Aegina harbour: Official speeches.
21.30. Aegina harbour: Honorary prize to those involved for getting Aegina written up in the Guinness Book of World Records for creating the largest Pasteli in the world!
21.45. Aegina coast road – small quay: Live music programme.
Saturday 22nd September (morning)10.00. Aegina harbour: Opening of the trade fair booths.
10.00. Markello Tower: “Playing games with clay” by the Kottakis Ceramic Arts Workshop
10.30. Markellos Tower: Luna Park.
10.30. Aegina’s Archeological Museum: Guided tour through the archeological area of Kolona with Eleni Zachariou.
11.00. Commercial centre: Happenings and surprises in the street. Presentation of the art exhibition: “The artists tour” which winds through all the streets of the town (see special leaflet that will be published).
11.30. Markellos Tower: “Chess tournament” by the “Capodistrias” Educational Association of Aegina.
Saturday 22nd September (evening)
17.00. At the “Capodistrias” Educational Association of Aegina: Ping-pong tournament.
17.00. Aegina harbour: Opening of the trade fair booths.
18.00. Markellos Tower: Luna Park.
19.30. Courtyard of the Laographico Museum: Lecture on “The value of terraces in traditional rural infrastructure” and documentary entitled: “Dry stone walls – supporting the Aegean”. Speakers are Professors from the University of the Aegean, Ms Anastasia Dalaka and Ms Dora Petritou. Organized by Syllogos Energon Politon
19.00, Markellos Tower: “Games with images”: Educational programme with a creative workshop on the making of Karagiozi figurines, with Andrea Dermati.
20.00. Markellos Tower: “The Markello Ghost”, Karagiozi performance by Andrea Dermati.
20.00. Aegina Coast – small quay: “Pistachio Treats”, chefs from Aegina, Dimitris Kappos, Konstantinos Gavrilos and Thomas Nikolaides create dishes based on the Aegina Pistachio.
21.15 Aegina’s Municipal Stadium, major music concert on the composer Thanos Mikroutsikos. Singer: Giannis Koutras
The concert is kindly sponsored by the Regional Union of Saronic Islands.
Sunday 23rd September (morning)10.00, Aegina harbour: Opening of the trade fair booths.
10.00. Markellos Tower: Luna Park.
10.30. Markellos Tower: “The Chain of Life”, theatrical games with Elena Foundouki.
11.00. Laographico Museum: “Harvesting the depths”, educational programme about sponge-fishing by Areti Pigaditi, for children between the ages of 7-12. It includes images and short videos, educational leaflets and contact with the sponge-fisher’s artifacts from the Laographico Museum, narration of stories about the sea, and songs.
11.00. Cathedral: Guided tour of the Capodistrian monuments by Father Emmanouil and Alexis Kraus.
11:00, Agia Marina Square – Start: 4th Aegina Half Marathon «George Best Costacos», Finish: Old Harbor at Aegina Town
13.00. St. Nicholas of the Sea church: “Drowning Aegina’s pitchers”, pitchers painted by artists from Aegina will be collected and taken to the Spitha lighthouse in order to sink them in the bottom of the sea for a year, with the promise that they will be recovered and displayed at the Pistachio Festival in 2013.
Sunday 23rd September (evening)17.00. Aegina harbour: Opening of the trade fair booths.
17.00. Markellos Tower: Luna Park.
18.00. Markellos Tower: “The story of the dragon and the pistachio tree”, creative workshop by Sophia Fraktopoulou.
20.00. Aegina Harbour-front: “The children bid farewell to the Festival”, Closing Ceremony, parade. Children dressed as insects, birds, animals and flowers parade through the town’s streets, ending up at the place where the dragon is to be burned as a symbol of evil and everything that threatens the development of the pistachio tree, and life itself. Finally, after having rid ourselves of all evil and sadness, we will arrange to meet again for the next Aegina Fistiki Fest in 2013.
22.00. “All day bar Remvi”: Final party with music from the 70s and 80s with DJ Nicola Lavaca.
Monday 24th September17.30. Danae Hotel: Meeting on the entrepreneurship of the Tourism Sector and associated branches as tools for Sustainable Development.
Co-organised with the Attica Prefecture in cooperation with the Centre for Business Innovation, Attica.
After the presentation of case-studies from Greece and worldwide, the meeting will highlight the relationship between entrepreneurship in the sector of tourism and associated branches (culture, crafts and farming), with the aim of permanent development.
Friday 28th September20.00. Courtyard of the Laographico Museum: “Musical Journey” by the Choir, conducted by Yannis Vrizaki.
21.00. Courtyard of the Laographico Museum: “50 Years of Searching and Painting”, Yannis Santantonio.
Saturday 29th September20.00. Courtyard of the Laographico Museum: M.O.T.He (Jazz trio)
info by: aeginafistikifest.gr