Traverso Festival 19-21 July 2019

It’s time for the 4th Traverso Festival! Friday 19th, Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st of July in Kallithea, Lakithra, Livathos area!

The festival in detail - Stay tuned!

You may listen to songs by clicking on the photos!


Friday 19 July

From Rock to Eternity

Musical Ensemble "Lavish Anarchics"

Angela Tkats was born in Ukraine where she studied and got her conductor's degree, while she also attended piano and vocal lessons. She started working as a conductor in Italy, where she directed church choirs. Later, she went to England where she participated in many musical performances and continued her vocal studies. She later performed in America and Italy, as well as in the Greek Opera. She lives in Kefalonia during the last three years, directing the church choir of Argostoli and delivering vocal lessons to pupils of all ages.

Her students Nikos Papanastassatos (singing, guitar), Xenia Toumassi (singing) and Anna Milina Prfiti (singing) will perform at the Traverso Festival songs from theater, cinema, as well as the contemporary rock and art music scene.


Hollie Findlay

The young singer and songwriter Hollie Findlay comes from England, however she was born in Athens and raised in Kefalonia. Due to her many travels around Europe she is acquainted with many languages and cultures. Despite her young age, she has already released two singles and her first EP, titled “Cloud9” and she has participated in festivals and events in Greece and abroad. In Traverso festival, she will perform her own acoustic pop songs.

For more about Hollie, you may visit her website by clicking here.



Duo Karma

The musical meeting of Spyros Sarantopoulos (guitar, vocals) and Nancy Legitsa (vocals, ukulele) was just a matter of time to find its way. The Duo presents unpredictable covers coming from a wide range of Greek and world music. Original songs by Spyros will also be performed and friends will be joining as guests!


Drowning in Sand

Drowning in Sand formed in 2015. Today the band is made up by Roger Ash (bass), Gareth Hodgson (drums), Maria Dima (vocals), Vasilis Liossatos (guitar/vocals). They've performed in various occasions on Kefalonia with a highlight, the very first Traverso Festival in 2016. We write our own songs, and do covers of alternative rock repertoire. We're very glad to return to the beautiful grove of Kallithea, and we're ready to rock the stage of Traverso!

To find out more about the band, you may visit their facebook page.


Les SkartOi!

Since 2004, a group of friends were digging the sounds of the Jamaican subculture in a small basement of western Greece. SKA, Rocksteady and Reggae are the meeting place of the orchestra and through their music they express the rhythms of the 60s explosion in the way it was reflected in the small Caribbean island.

Les SkartOi! are not just occupied with the revival and reproduction of their influences, but they continue productively the tradition that was left by the greatest creators of the genre.

All the years of their musical activity Les SkartOi! have several concerts and a series of productions. Their last album called "Twenty Four Hours" (2019), it is a compilation of soulful rocksteady and powerful ska beat. They have shared many gigs with bands like Bad Manners, Thievery Corporation, Lee Perry, The Beat, Symarip, Aggrolites, Manu Chao, Dennis Bovvel and others.

The members of the band are: Drums: Drumystick Rusta-man, Bass/vocals: Alexis Machairas, Guitar/vocals: Nikos Xristodoulopoulos, Hammond/Piano: Giannis Jovolos, Guitar: Kostas Dim Trumpet: Iasonas Vakrinos Trompone: Ektoras Merkouris Alto Sax: Spyros Iatropoulos Vocals/Flute: Anastasia Velissariou


Rude Boyz EP (2005)

Ska Radio (2009)

Fighting On The Dancefloor EP (2016)

Twenty Four Hours (2019)

To find out more about the band, you may follow them in facebookyoutubespotify and bandcamp.


Saturday 20 July

Couleur InterLocale

Midsummer night’s dreams: an interactive experience

How is musical improvisation and theatrical recitation related to… messenger? You will find out during the opening of the second Traverso Festival evening!

The audience of the festival along with remote Facebook visitors will send their own verses – midsummer night’s dreams, while the musicians will transform the unraveling poem into soundscapes. Beware: each medium runs out at the borders of our imagination…

Members of the art gang: Kostas Frantzis, Dimitris Smailis, Antonis Papanikolatos, Lucas Athanasiou, Eleni Athanasopoulou and the literary group Peri Ou.


The Silence of the Dying Fish - a short film by Vasilis Kekatos

Makis works in a provincial fish farm. One morning, on his way to work, he is informed that he died the day before. After some unsuccessful attempts to prove that he is alive, he accepts his condition with apathy and decides to spend his last day trying to secure the survival of his two beloved canaries.

This is the beginning of the third short film by Vasilis Kekatos, which was filmed entirely in Kefalonia with the participation of many locals during the winter of 2017-18.

Vasilis Kekatos was born in Kefalonia in 1991 and studied filmmaking at the School of Fine Arts at the University of Brunel, London. The film, a co-production of Greece and France, made its world premiere at the 71st International Film Festival of Locarno, Italy in 2018 and its American premiere at the Sundance Festival in 2019. It received the Best Film Award for South East Europe at the 41st Greek Drama Film Festival of Drama in 2018 and the 2nd Best Film and Male Performance Awards at the 24th Athens International Film Festival "Premiere Nights" in 2018.

Before this film, Vasilis had already shot "Anadromos" (2014) and "Zero Star Hotel" (2016), for which he was awarded with a scholarship at the Sundance Film Festival.

However, the big surprise came very recently, when in May 2019 Vassilis Kekatos won the Palme d'Or for Short Film at the Festival de Cannes with his film "The Distance Between Us and the Sky". Given the fact that he is the first Greek director to make such a success, his young age makes such a prize very important and promising.

In addition, Vasilis Kekatos is the founder and art director of the SeaNema Open Air Film Festival, a unique summer festival that from 2015 to 2018 turned various beaches and other lovely spots of Kefalonia into enchanting summer cinema.

Film information

Director: Vasilis Kekatos, Starring: Konstantinos Andreas, Skasilas Angelos, Papaioannou Alexandros, Tavoularis Kostis, K * Alexandra, Photography: Giorgos Valsamis, Sound: Yiannis Antypas, Sets: Eva Goulakou, Editing: Smaro Papaevangelou

Production Year: 2018, Duration: 19’ Subtitled in English

You may watch the trailer by clicking here


Go for Broke – A short film by Marinos Sklavounakis

Michalis owns a tavern but he’s in debt. He confides to Andreas, his close friend, that he gambled at the island's usurer, known as "Shark" and he lost. The "Shark" organizes illegal poker games and at the same time lends money to his guests. Andreas wants to help his friend, but in order to do so he has to re-open past personal wounds. So, the only solution is to get a bet ...

This is the opening of the first short film by Marinos Sklavounakis that was filmed entirely in Kefalonia with the participation of many locals in September 2017.

Marinos Sklavounakis was born in New Zealand in 1973 and grew up in Kefalonia where he lives. He studies European Civilization at the Open University, and has an expertise in philosophy, psychology and clinical hypnosis. He has also attended Film and Screenwriting courses at the University of Athens. He has done his practice next to the well known director Giannis Oikonomidis, with whom he works closely.

"Go for Broke" was awarded at the 41st Greek Drama Short Film Festival in 2018, received the Best Short Film Award at the Houston Greek Film Festival 2018 and participated in the 20th Athens International Film Festival "Premiere Nights" in 2018 as well as in TiSFF 2018.

Currently, M.Sklavounakis works on his second short film as well as a documentary with the working title "The Journey of Odysseus - The Art of Memory", a musical tour around the Mediterranean sea.

In addition, in collaboration with Traverso Social Workshop, Marinos Sklavounakis coordinated the four annual cycles of the "Analyzing the Cinematic Language" open course from 2015 to 2019.

Film information

Scenario - Direction: Marinos Sklavounakis

Director Assistant: Eleni Molfeta, Director of Photography: Giorgos Koutsialaris, Plateau Photographer: Dimitris Kaioglou, Camera Assistant A: Vaggelis Kasapakis, Camera Assistant B: Nefeli Athanasaki, Electrician: Damianos Timnios, Assistant Electrician: Thomas Beretoulis, Sound: Dinos Kittou, Assistant Sound Engineer: Andreas Kittou, Script: Anna Patrikiou, Production: Amantes KINSEP, Production Direction: Marinos Sklavounakis, Production Assistants: Paraskevi Sklavounaki, Dimitris Bouzos, Vasiliki Fraggia, Sets & Costumes: Maria Dima, Costume Advisor: Marenia Paraschi, Assistant Sets and Tutorial: Froso Tzanetatou, Georgia Talarou, Makeup & Hairdressing: Roula Kouris, Special Effects: Prokopis Vlaseros, Digital Effects: Themis Katsimichas, Pavlos Poloscanin.

Actors: Vassilis Biskikis, Giannis Oikonomidis, Stathis Stamoulakatos, Theodoros Kandiliotis, Petros Zervos, Stephanos Ballas, Sofia Galanopoulou, Julia Doriza, Eleftheria Edwards, Anastasios Papatheodoropoulos, Lefteris Galanopoulos.

Production Year: 2018, Duration: 30 ' Subtitled in English

You may watch the trailer by clicking here

To find out more about the film, you may visit its’ facebook page.


Thrax Punks

What could be the relation between punk and northern Greece’s traditional music? This was the question Thrax Punks wished to explore, when Giorgos Stavridis and Vaitsis Charakopidis met in 2008 and started performing the diverse musical styles they love. During an improvisation jam session they met the guitarist Panos Ghinis, and since then they are unstoppable as they have been performing in various events (weddings, local feasts, streets, festivals, etc) around Greece. It is difficult to define their sound, as they mix and match various elements from world music. They use various traditional musical instruments in an energetic and humorous way, to drive audiences in a joyous feast and nobody can stand still when Thrax Punks are on stage!

Thrax Punks composed the soundtrack for the short film “Go for Broke” by Marinos Sklavounakis, which will be shown earlier in the Festival.

If you wish to learn more about Thrax Punks, you may visit their site, their facebook pagesoundcloud,  bandcamp κand follow their youtube chanel.

Sunday 21 July

Self-organized Traditional Feast

Some of Kefalonia's best musicians will be joining in. We’ll have violin, guitar, bouzouki, baglama, mandolin, oud, piano as well as other traditional and non, instruments. However, the more the merrier! So, bring your own instrument to the fair, and let’s become a great big music company!

The Sunday buffet will be on a voluntary basis, which means that we all bring tasty food and exchange the flavors! Finger food is served easier so it is preferable. Home-made patties, potato dishes, crunchy croquettes, personal favorites, cool salads - everything that is made with fresh garden products is more than welcome!


Other events

During the festival, the following will also take place:

NO OIL Movement

Members of the Open Assembly of Kefalonia & Ithaca against oil drilling in the Ionian Sea, a group which Traverso wholeheartedly supports, will be at the festival to inform visitors about the hazards of oil-drilling, the actions taken so far as well as future actions.

For more info about the Open Assembly please visit its facebook page and youtube chanel. For detailed info, please visit Save Greek Seas.


Healing Chair-massage

Ten-minute free chair-massage sessions for our visitors by the certified experienced healer Constantinos Stavrianos. As Constantinos himself says: “Massage is my passion and love! My main focus is to help people by offering them my healing services. I have been working as a massage therapist in high standard facilities and spa hotels since 2008 in Athens, Anafi, Santorini and now in my home island Kefalonia, always with love and care for the recipient. It will be a pleasure to treat you for free with ten minutes sessions of chair massage at Traverso festival.”



Tango Mar

The Argentinian tango dance group “Tango Mar” that was formed in 2016, will participate in the Festival as guests! The participating members of the group are: Konstantinos Dalamagas, Krystallia Armodorou, Antypas Kalos, Maria Lazaridou, Panagiotis Matzolas, Greta Delia and Ioanna Riga.

More info about the group you may find in their facebook page.


Instructions to the festival

Free Entrance. For some activities contributions would be  greatly appreciated.

A bar will be serving on all three days. On Sunday, since its ‘bring your own food party’, the food is free!

Take care of the venue by disposing cigarettes properly (bring your own ashtray) and by choosing the right bins for your rubbish; recycling, or plain rubbish.

If you want to sit in maximum comfort, bring your own cushion!



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Media Sponsors: Κεφαλονίτικα Νέα * Kiss FM Kefalonia 100.6 *

Technical Support: Island Sounds

Many thanks to Katerini Baltsavia who designed the Festival's poster.

We warmly thank all contributors, participants and volunteers!

See you all there!

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