Dearest Sappho Women festival family, With the 2022 festival fast approaching (eeek, only 31 days to go!), it’s high time to spread some good news to you all. First of all, we are overly excited to see that our village is nearly fully booked up, which means that you are all coming back to Skala […]
Dear Sappho Women festival family,
As it is nearly September, it is high time to provide you with another update. Even though the pandemic continues to provide us all with a number of challenges, we are very pleased to inform you that we will still be going ahead with an adjusted programme of events this upcoming September. The programme undoubtedly will appear quite different this year, but we are doing everything we can to offer you a varied and exciting selection of workshops, events and activities.
Throughout the two weeks we will be hosting several live concerts at the harbour of Skala Eressos, and because in 2021 we will be receiving financial support from our local municipality and prefecture towards some of the costs of these live performances, the entrance for these nights will be FREE of charge for all visitors. We will be following our government’s latest guidance regarding Covid and will adhere to all measures rigorously to ensure safety for all participants and visitors. As such, arrangements will be made for appropriate social distanced seating in the harbour area. Sadly it will not be possible to host any parties in 2021, as dancing is still prohibited at the time of writing this update, but you can rest assured however that you will still be able to enjoy a fun and packed programme at the local bars as well this year, since they will also be hosting numerous activities for you. We are obviously keeping a very close eye on whether any measures may be eased by the time our festival kicks off and we will adjust our programming accordingly if this should be the case. Our exact programme is currently being finalised and information will be updated on our website from this weekend.
Dear Sappho Women festival family!
We hope that you are all well and we want to thank you for your continued support for Sappho Women, our festival and of course the village of Skala Eressos.
We are very pleased to announce that we are still actively organising events for the 2021 International Eressos Women’s Festival since prohibitive restrictions were placed on our event last year. Although the exact details for this year’s festival are currently still being worked on, here is what we feel important to share with you already:
- Your safety and quality of experience is our highest priority. We are currently going to great lengths to develop a framework for hosting our events in a safe environment, we do this in close partnership with the local Greek authorities and health institutions. Included in this framework are a set of safety principles, such as social distancing measures, mask-wearing, cleaning regimes, food & low waste protocols. Our official 2021 festival events will all take place at an outdoor venue in Skala Eressos, Lesvos Island, Greece.
- Whilst the 2021 festival will continue to take place as planned, we would like to inform you that we are working on an adapted programme of events, one that honours the safety requirements for our activities. The festival programme of 2021 will most likely be somewhat different, and perhaps also more compacted, than what you are used to from us. If measures are eased, or perhaps even lifted, then we will make sure that this is also reflected in the final programme. We trust that you understand our position in this matter and that we are very much trying to juggle all our options to keep things safe, and still fun, for us all in 2021. More programme details will continue to be released over the next weeks.
- Since we will be offering an adapted programme this year, we have now also adjusted our wristband prices. We are now selling all 2021 wristbands at a permanent 20% discounted rate. Anyone who has purchased their 2021 wristbands at regular prices will be eligible for a refund of the difference. We will settle any such eligible refunds with you in person upcoming September. If you would like to consider making a donation to us, then this will of course be very much appreciated by us as well.
- As the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic still poses us with several measures and restrictions, we have determined that our 20th anniversary celebration should take place next year, in 2022. Sadly, many of you will still not be allowed to travel to us this year, and we feel very strongly about giving each of you the opportunity to celebrate our big anniversary edition together with us. We also believe that everyone will agree with us that celebrating, incl. hugging, kissing, dancing, and of course partying, is what we do best at our festival, and we feel confident that everyone will be able to freely and safely experience this again in September 2022. We can inform you that the dates for next year’s festival are set to: 10/09 – 24/09/2022. Wristbands for the 2022 edition will be available for purchase on our website online very soon.
Hello everyone! From today we’re starting our new social media campaign, a countdown to the start of the 20th anniversary edition of the International Eressos Women’s Festival. Are you ready? The time is passing and soon we will meet again. So that’s how it starts. 6 Months till the 11th of September. Are you ready […]
WOW, we’ve been totally overwhelmed by your response. Thanks to ALL of you who took the time to throw your hands up in the air, we knew we could count on you. Here’s to challenging discrimination on all levels, however and whenever you feel able to. We are indeed STRONGER TOGETHER. Sappho Women would like […]
Join us in supporting this year’s International Women’s Day theme. Get those hands up! We’re looking forward to seeing our finished gallery on the 8th March so get sending in those photos. You can send them to via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or via our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/sapphowomen A huge thank you to Sam Griffiths of Miss’Chief […]
Good morning lovely peeps! We proudly announce that the wonderful Nadine Benjamin will be here with us again in 2021 for an utterly captivating opera performance! Expect arias from Puccini and Verdi, as well as American Song. We are so very grateful that Nadine has said ‘YES’ to celebrating our 20th anniversary here together with […]
Friday 22 May 2020 Dear Sappho Women festival family, We would like to thank everyone for your overwhelming and heartwarming reactions last Sunday, when we published our very difficult decision to postpone this years festival. Your support means the world to us, and we’re deeply sorry that we won’t be able to make it happen […]
Sunday 17 May 2020 Dear Sappho Women festival family, It is with great regret that – due to the Covid-19 pandemic – our Sappho Women team is today announcing the postponement of our 20th anniversary edition of the International Eressos Women’s Festival, which was scheduled to run from 5th to 19th of September 2020. Although […]
SAPPHO WOMEN are proud and excited to present the Rainbow Girls! Get ready to have a gang of sweet angels, punch you in the heart! Erin Chapin, Caitlin Gowdey, and Vanessa May -the dynamic trio known as Rainbow Girls- have emerged as a much-loved live act both abroad and on their California home turf. Rainbow […]
Time to get packing? New Show, New Look, New Categories….New King to be crowned! This year it’s going to be BIG! Could it be you? On Wednesday 11th September 2019 @ 21:00hrs (doors open @ 20:00hrs) the Drag Kings of Eressos return. We invite you all to take part or come along, enjoy the show […]
We would like to wish ALL women in our community a happy and empowering International Women’s Day! Thanks to everyone who took the time to send in entries to our photography competition, we received in excess of 80 images and thoroughly enjoyed your creativity! Big shout out to Flamingo Beach Bar, Budda Bar, Gialos and […]
Happy World Book Day! To mark the occasion, we are inviting suggestions for your recommended holiday read (all languages welcome.) Send in the title of your favourite book by female authors via our Facebook page. Closing date for entries is 1st July 2019 (max 1 entry per person). We will then hold a ‘book club’ […]
A big shout out to all the lovely supporters of ‘Wine Women and Words’, and all women out there who are of ‘a certain age’. That is, pre, during or post menopause. Hot on the heels of the success of the Wine Women and Words events, you are invited to contribute to the first of […]
To beat the winter blues AND to remind you there are a few festival wristbands still available at a discounted price, we’re holding a photography competition! Let us see some of your favourite shots, not just from 2018 festival but from previous ones too. We’re giving away some great prizes for your artistic and creative […]
An Hour of Fun in Nature! Join the nature pedagogues Katharina and Undine from Germany and surprise yourself with your own senses. In this fun and challenging workshop you will develop your perception and senses by using nature. We will be walking into the hills behind the harbour so bring walking shoes and a hat. […]
We are delighted to announce that Eva Iglesias will return to Skala Eressos in 2019! Eva was born in London to Spanish parents and spent her informative years growing up in North London. She currently lives in Southampton, but travels all over the UK and Europe performing. Her singing career started some 10 years ago […]
“It’s hard to walk the streets of Skala Eressos during this fortnight without being reminded every few steps that women are beautiful, fun, sensuous beings and this is a time when we all seem to shine. The island is ours for a couple of weeks and we are swinging our hips!” Singer and entertainer Lara […]