Music & Culture


There is a surprisingly wide range of music here on Crete. The traditional instrument is the lyra,with many concerts particularly in August. We can look out for genuine events for you and direct you to them so you can avoid the tourist “Cretan evening” versions of these typically provided by tour operators. Art and Thought, the only annual jazz festival on Crete, occurs in July/August, at Vamos, a village close by to Panokosmos.


There is a vibrant arts scene amongst the many expatriates with both music, plays, painting and local market events. Ross Daly, a Celtic musician who lives in Crete has specialised in the musical traditions of Crete, the Middle East, Central Asia, and the Indian Subcontinent, also plays concerts during the summer.