• When: 25 Jul, 2013, Thu - 28 Jul, 2013, Sun
  • Where: Anogia, Crete
  • Category: Festival

Yakinthia (25 -28 July 2013) is an artistic cultural festival that takes place every year in July on Crete in the village of Anogia.

It is a festival dedicated to love and hope. Its name is derived from the story of Saint Yakinthios.

This year’s Yakinthia Festival are four days of cultural events on the 25th, 26th, 27th and 28 July, is dedicated to the modern Icarus, Kanellos Kanellopoulos, who flew from Crete to Santorini with a bicycle - flying machine.

The man who confirmed Daedalus and proved that man can fly with muscle power, will visit the Agios Yakinthos site of Anogia at 1,260 meters above sea level on Saturday, July 27th, and let us share his experiences from his major project on the big screen.

Graceful Yakinthos (Hyacinth) is playing in the forest and throws the discus as far as he can to be better than his teacher Apollo. 

And the god is so enchanted by the beauty of the boy that he is forgetting the game totally. Zephyr is jealous and is making the discus loose its track. Yakinthos is falling dead to the ground.

In the year 98 p.X., 20-year old Yakinthos becomes martyr for the common faith, his love to God! ...

The poet, songwriter and singer from Anogia, who they call "Loudovikos from Anogia" wants to make the story of the young martyr, who supersedes his fear through love, known to the public. 

And because 1.900 years have passed since the martyrdom of Yakinthos, he decided to honor the Saint of Love and sing together with him of the poetry of love. 

Thus Loudovikos founded together with spiritual men and artists an institution called "Corporation of Friends of Yakinthia Events", which organizes the Yakinthia Festivals.

The artistic events, which take place every year in the first week of July at the same place called Fourni and in the Cretan village of Anogia are thus called YAKINTHIA.The idea to build a church at the same place came from the Archbishop of Rethymnon, Anthymos, who himself laid down the foundation stone.

The chapel is built in the shape of a Crete "mitato", a circular building made of flat stones without mortar 1.200 m above sea level. The building was realized after the rules of the Late Minoan architecture with a dome.

The inclination starts above 2 meters and leaves a hole of 30 cm at the top. The planning and control was realized by the architect Stavros Vidalis.

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