Τετάρτη, 30 Μαΐου 2012
The Matala Festival 2012
Based on the success of the first Matala Reunion festival organized by author Arn Strohmeyer in 2011 to celebrate his book on Matala, local officials have decided to make the "Hippie Reunion" an annual event.
The first festival drew tens of thousands of visitors to Matala, many of them from countries around the world, but it was also surprisingly popular with local young Cretans and their families.
Each year of the festival is going to be somewhat different, but current plans include the following:
Free parking, including buses and campers, free admission, Family Day, Music and concerts, Art exhibits, "Hippie" crafts sold by vendors, Children's Area, There may be free camping for the weekend
The annual festival is now under the authority of the Municipality of Phaestos, a new combined entity which pulls together several previously independent smaller towns. Several websites, including Visit Matala, also have up-to-date information on the festival and a nice video presentation showing images from the first Matala Festival in 2011. Visit Matala also operates a trio of webcams year-round from Matala, giving those far away a chance to take a peek at the festival while it is happening - great for those missing Matala.