24-29 August, 2020

The Palace of the Knights of Rhodes, reopen its gates  to welcome  the 13th  Rhodes International Festival, with unique concerts of Greek and foreign composers, classical music and opera.

The 13th Rhodes International Festival will take place from 24 to 29 August at the Palace of the Grand Master-of the Knights, in the Medieval city of Rhodes which has been classified by UNESCO’s catalogue as a Monument of World Cultural Heritage.

Rhodes International Festival was  founded in the summer of 2007  on Rhodes island, Greece,well known as “The Island of the Knights”, in order to upgrade the cultural identity of this beautiful place and to promote cultural tourism and cultural heritage. The festival is  recognized as one of the most successful festivals in Greece,  earning excellent reviews and every year  attracts music lovers from all over Greece and abroad.

The talented young singer Thodoris Voutsikakis well known from his great success  “omorfi zoi-la vita è bella” is the guest artist for the official opening of the 13th Rhodes International Festival on Monday, August 24, 2020.  A concert curated by the great lyricist Lina Nikolakopoulou, on the occasion of  their recently released album, entitled “Omorfi Zoi”, with the  music of  the Oscar award-winning Italian composer Nicola Piovani. The most favorite songs of the great lyricist in a program that she compiles for Thodoris Voutsikakis

On Wednesday, August 26, the internationally renowned Greek soprano Alexia Voulgaridou, who has appeared in the most important opera houses in the world, such as “La Scala of Milan”, the Royal Opera House Covent Garden etc, honor us with her participation  to the 13th Rhodes International Festival together with the distinguished guitarist Korina Vougiouka. The program includes songs inspired by the traditional music of European countries 

Τhe 2020 festival will say goodbye to the  audience on Saturday, August 29, with a gala concert,  a Tribute to the divine  Maria Callas, on the occasion of the 43trd anniversary of her death, with the distinguished soloists of the Greek National Opera: Mina Polychronou-soprano, Irini Karaianni-mezzo, Haris Andrianos-baritone. Piano accompaniment: Spyros Souladakis. The program includes   arias and duets from operas, operettas and songs from famous musicals.

The 13τη Rhodes International Festival under the Artistic and Managing Direction of  Mrs Penelope Serdari, founder of the festival, takes place in the historic medieval Palace of the Grand Master, under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture and the Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO,under the auspices and the support of   Greek National Tourism Organization, GNTO and the General Secretariat of the Aegean and Island Policy. The festival   is organised by the non profit Cultural Organisation for the dissemination of the Arts and Greek Culture, “Rhodes International Festival” and the Culture and Sports Organisation of the Municipality of Rhodes


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Artistic Director

Penelope Serdari,  Artistic & Managing director, founded  Rhodes International Festival on 2007 focusing on the venue, the Palace of the Grand Magister  of the Knights, located in the Medieval city which was the main reason of her inspiration regarding its great value  as a monument of world cultural heritage by Unesco.

Cultural advisor, manager and organiser of important cultural events all over the world, after her  literature and Intercultural studies in Florence, Italy, she continued to study Human Resources management at  Macedonia University, Thessaloniki, Greece and then pursued a Master of Arts in Cultural Management and Tourism Management at the University of Northumbria, U.K
Penelope Serdari’s career includes some important positions in the Cultural Sector  as President and Executive Director of the Opera of Thessaloniki-Greece. She was  for several years the Artistic programming and concerts organising manager of the Thessaloniki  State Orchestra too.

As cultural advisor and organiser  she collaborates with cultural organisations, foundations, ministries, municipalities, concert halls, festivals in greece and abroad for major cultural events.
She  has been collaborating for many years with the Presidency, the Ministry of Culture and Cultural Organizations of Cyprus with highlights the cultural events during the presidency of Cyprus in the European Union in 2012 (New York, Berlin, Strasbourg etc).
She is the President of the non profit cultural organisation “Greek Culture in the 21st Century”.

Besides her specialization in Culture and Tourism she has a strong activity in the fields of Development , Entrepreneurship, Trade and Innovation as a member of the Board of Directors of the Greek-Italian Chamber of Commerce and member of the Hellenic  Management Association in the field of leadership.
She is a member of the UNESCO center for women and peace in the Balkan countries and former member of the Board of Directors

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