Musicians from the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean throw anchor in Tinos
According to myth, Northern Wind - the "father-wind"- upon arrival in Tinos, went to Mount Tsiknias to mourn for his sons (murdered by Hercules) and opened the windbags, releasing all the winds. Northern Wind has many names: "hat wind" when he blows hats from people's heads; "chair wind" when he causes the coffee shop chairs to fall over; "table wind" when he makes the tables fall down as well; and "bell wind" when he makes the bells toll. He is also known as "doctor" because he is healthy and clean, and pushes away disease and sorrow. Northern Wind is the inspiration for the First Tinos World Music Festival.
On Friday 24th and Saturday 25th of May the Northern Wind of Tinos will blow sweetly, bringing melodies, both old and new, from the Balkans and the Middle East - their ancient places of origin - melting pots of countless cultures and folk traditions. Fourteen musicians will introduce the audience, over two days and four concerts, to the musical creativity of the Eastern Mediterranean.
The purpose of the Tinos World Music Festival, inaugurated by the Tinos Cultural Foundation following the third successful year of the Tinos Jazz Festival, is to both introduce Greek audiences to influential musicians from the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean, and to integrate the island of Tinos into a broader inter-cultural network.