What you have to know for Rethymno Carnival

It’s been one century, since a group of people from Rethymno – with optimistic mood and open heart to every pleasant challenge – decides to put some colour to the everyday life of the city, during the Carnival season.

So, in 1914 the first Carnival of Rethymno was organized, bringing the original mark of the intentions of the people of Rethymno. Through the years, these intentions turned into actions that exceeded every time the expectations of their inspirers and finally turned to be an amazing event: the Carnival of Rethymno, a live organism, tending to reverse the natural route of life: the “older” it’s getting the better it is becoming!

This year’s carnival subject is focused on this inversion and invites whoever deeply hopes for better days, whoever sees rainbow colors beyond grey to be part of the large, emotional and fresh Team of the Carnival of Rethymno and share, create, have fun and experience things that nobody wants to miss.

We invite you to create and share this experience, having in our mind and our heart the fact that when people cooperate, every day becomes special and life itself becomes more beautiful. It is as simple as that.

Live, Act, Create!

Creativity is what binds together thousands of people for years on the biggest cultural event of modern Crete. This common passion is exactly what aids the start up of many established theatre groups, ateliers, hand-crafts, art venues e.t.c. here in Rethymno . Moreover, the happenings that are organized by the groups contribute to the vividness of the town for many years now.

Creation begins from the costume making and the float designs, it goes on with the scenario, the direction and the scenery making for the presentation of the groups’ sketches. During the phase of implementation, talented people of all ages, take the opportunity that the carnival gives them to unfold or even.. discover their talent on a fruitful way. By working together they transform the town with a festive carnival atmosphere that matches the spirit of the locals.

This is the main characteristic of the Carnival of Rethymno, creating together! The most beautiful way to give birth to cultural formations on a social context basis, promoting the power of participation!

Every year the Carnival has a theme on which the festival unfolds. In the year of 2014 the participants focused on the theme for the 100 years of Carnival History and in the year of 2015 the theme was an invitation for the visitors to “Become a child with us” regardless of ones age. This year’s theme is a strong message about working and creating together: LIVE, ACT, CREATE!

Each of us is uniquely important, but when we are all together we are able to upgrade and participate in something greater than ourselves, hoping that everybody who enjoys the Carnival of Rethymno will loose themselves in our festive celebration!

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