If you have been amazed by the exciting holidays Corfu has to offer and are thinking of spending a little time there in the summer, then you may want to coincide your visit with one of the spectacular festivals that are often taking place and dotted around the island.
There are a great range of all inclusive holidays that are incredibly good value for money and work well as a base from which you can move around the island freely. To give you a better idea of the types of celebration going on, we have compiled a small guide to some of the most well known festivals on the island.
Festival Of Garouna and Ano Gerakiana
On the first weekend after the 15th of August, a festival is held in the villages of Kato Garouna and Ano Gerakiana that celebrates the return of previous residents to Corfu. Many people who see Corfu as their home but have moved on to Athens, or other destinations, return to celebrate with those that still live there and pay respects to their homeland. This makes the festival especially emotional, though the mood is one of revelry and can be incredibly exciting.
Religious Easter Festivals
Some of the most important festivals in Corfu are those religious celebrations surrounding Easter. In a way not often seen, people of many faiths - whether that be Orthodox Christian, Catholic or secular, come together to celebrate. The period is full of processions, parades, music, singing, dancing and traditional customs (such as the locals throwing pots out of their windows) that will impress and amaze any visitor. Many events will revolve around local churches, but there is just as much going on in the streets of Corfu during the period.
The Cricket Festival
The Cricket Festival is somewhat of a reminder of Corfus colonial past and the impression the British Empire made upon the island. Having played the sport since 1835, there are now a total of four teams on the island and all of them gather to play teams from Malta and Great Britain in a celebration of the game at an annual cricket festival. The dates for the Cricket Festival change from year to year, so it is worth looking for up to date information if you would like to coincide your visit with the festival.
Mid Summer Cultural Festival
The Ionian concerts run from late June to July and bring together some of the top musicians from Greece and the USA to perform pieces together in culturally significant arenas. The music is absolutely fantastic and the way in which venues are transformed for the spectacle is equally astounding.
Resembling the Carnival of Venice in a number of ways, the Corfu Carnival has its roots in the Middle Ages when the Venetian conquerors imported the tradition. Usually taking place at the end of February or Early March, the Carnival bases itself on comedy and involves great parades of costumed locals who dance and sing their way through the streets accompanied by music.