Vasiliki Karakosta | A vast, near-landlocked sea - Εικόνα

September marks the dynamic comeback of musical events at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center (SNFCC), with vibrant sounds and rhythms that carry the feel of summer well into the fall. 

On Tuesday, September 14, at 21:00, the Panoramic Steps host Vasiliki Karakosta in a unique concert featuring songs from the Mediterranean Sea’s ten largest islands, under the telling title “A vast, near-landlocked sea.” The beloved performer is putting on a musical show specially created for the Mediterranean Festival of the Municipality of Kallithea, focusing on the bigger islands of a sea that throbs and pulsates amidst three continents. Melodies and lyrics from local traditions, rhythms that feel grounded at times, and at other times appear to be suspended from the skies, are masterfully channeled towards us through the voice of Vasiliki Karakosta and the virtuosity of the musicians of her band.

Vasiliki Karakosta was born in Glyfa of Fthiotida. Among her earliest musical memories are the Byzantine vespers she used to chant together with her grandfather. Then came the second voice she sang to the fishermen and their fishnets of the islands, along popular or folk music scales and modes. In the Plain of Thessaly, she crossed paths with the demotic song, while as a teenager in the city of Volos she came into contact with the academic aspect of music. Shortly afterwards, she received a scholarship to study at the Municipal Conservatoire of Nea Ionia, Volos, and gave her first concerts with the renowned Estudiantina Orchestra of Nea Ionia, also discovering the genre of rebetiko along the way. For the past twenty years she has been living and working in Athens. 

The Mediterranean Festival of the Municipality of Kallithea is staged at the SNFCC for the third year in a row, and its 2021 instalment focuses on the islands of the Mediterranean Sea as well as on the bicentennial of the 1821 Greek War of Independence. Once again, the festival presents a wide array of events, including theatrical plays, concerts, dance performances, oratorios and operettas, gastronomic experiences, and book presentations. The festival’s Artistic Director is renowned mezzo-soprano Marita Paparizou.


A limited number of viewers with tickets purchased in advance will be admitted, in accordance with all necessary safety measures stipulated by the Greek National Public Health Organization (NPHO).

Maximum number of viewers allowed: 375

Tuesday 14/09,   21:00

* Visitors can watch the concert sitting on the Panoramic Steps. For their comfort, visitors are advised to bring along a pillow or a soft fabric to sit on.

*Pre-registration for the Members starts on Thursday 09/09 at 10.00
*Pre-registration for the audience starts on Friday 10/09 at 10.00

Free entrance by online pre-registration

Useful Information: 

• Each person may buy 1 to 4 tickets.
• Doors open at 19:30
• Viewers will be admitted until up to 15 minutes before the start of the event.
• Changes on seat numbers or movements during the event are not allowed.
• Pre-registration is required for both adults and children, in compliance with all necessary measures of safety in accordance with the Hellenic National Public Health Organization. No order of priority will be available on-site.
All areas of the SNFCC are accessible for disabled guests.
• For more information or clarifications, you may contact the SNFCC call center at 216 8091000.


It is mandatory that all guests use face masks and maintain physical distances throughout their stay in all indoor and outdoor spaces of the SNFCC, in accordance with the protective measures set out by the NPHO.

Public health measures may lead to changes, either in relation to the staging of the event or in relation to the number of admissible guests.

The events are part of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation grant. Along with the majority of its events, offered free of charge thanks to the SNF grants, the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center also organizes  

See also

Wednesday 12/06, 18:00

First-Aid Course


Sunday 09/06, 13:00

Fun Dance


Tuesday 04/06, 19:00

Mini Basket