The Eressos International Women’s Festival is a two-week holiday in a village where every event is put on by women, and for women. The annual holiday started in 2000 and the concept was a simple one and it remains a simple one: To bring women from all over the world together in the birthplace of ‘lesbian culture’ in order to celebrates women who love women.
This is not a festival where you camp at a venue for a few days, watch some acts and leave. It is Greek island holiday where you will make friends for life and end up coming back every summer.
The Festival was founded in 2000 by local travel agency Sappho Travel and it became a non-profit organization Sappho Women in 2010. And so the idea was born and every year more events were added.
The entire 14 days are traditionally packed with so many things to do. There are loads of parties, live bands, DJs and dinners. There are arts and craft workshops, sports events, yoga, Greek dancing, walks into nature, beach volleyball and daily swims to The Rock. Or you can come, lie in the warm sun, swim in the crystal clear Aegean Sea, pamper yourself with a massage and eat the fresh local produce.
The Women’s Festival in Skala Eressos is a non-profit community-driven event. A core team of Sappho Women runs the logistics, and we operate out of the office of local travel agency Sappho Travel.
Come and find us in town during the festival and make sure to visit the information desk for information, to sign up for excursions and workshops, for wristbands and printed programmes.
Wendy Jansen is the president of Sappho Women, and has been “chief volunteer” since 2004. She works tirelessly to further the organisation’s mission and goals, and has an important advisory role when it comes to the festival programme and event budgets. Her many years experience make her a festival all-rounder, as well as a valued member of the team. Wendy develops websites by day (including this one), and at night you might catch her DJing at the opening of the festival, or at one of the local bars.
Joanna Savva is the director of Sappho Women, and a dynamo with a purpose. You will find her in her office at the center of the village, or spot her on stage at the opening night, presenting a show or dancing the night away in one of the bars. Joanna has worked to bring visitors to her hometown of Skala Eressos for two decades. She is the owner of local specialist travel agency Sappho Travel, as well as Sappho Estate Agency, and her vibrant office is the go-to for all visitors to the village.
Liz Turnell has taken on the exciting task of being the Events Manager of Sappho Women since 2017, and as such she has very quickly become one of the most appreciated members of the team. She’s a real grafter when it comes to communicating with artists, workshop providers, volunteers and team members, and she is responsible for producing the events that will eventually make it into the festival programme. You’ll be able to meet Liz at the info spot during the festival.