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 as we thought. Despite having to reschedule our festival, we’re continuing our work on the 20th anniversary edition with positivity and enthusiasm.

If you purchased wristbands for our 2020 festival, you have several options.

* You can donate the cash value of your tickets to the festival.
* You can exchange your tickets for a credit voucher that you yourself or someone else can use for the 2021 festival.
* Another option is to have the value of your tickets split between a donation and a credit voucher.
* We appreciate your choosing one of the above options; however, if none of the above options work for you, we’ll gladly issue a full refund.

As you weigh these options, please consider that we are a small and independent non-profit organisation and that this is a challenging time for us as well. Your financial investment literally creates this event every year, and your funds go right to the heart of the festival. Our festival is primarily funded by the wristbands and tickets you purchase, and your money is used to cover numerous expenses, including rent for the cinema, sound equipment, flight tickets, rooms and fees for artists, programme printing and festival promotion in general. Our expenses aren’t limited to the activities during the two weeks in September however, as our team meanwhile works year round to organise the festival for you. If you are able, we ask that you keep your support with Sappho Women, as we continue our work during the upcoming months to create an even more special experience for us all next year. If we don’t hear from you by 1st of July, 2020, we’ll donate the cash value of your wristband to the festival.

If you haven’t purchased a wristband, and would still like to make a donation to the festival, then please get in touch with us. Any of the above requests can be made via contact@sapphowomen.org. We kindly ask for everyone to be patient and compassionate as we work through the process of addressing your questions and concerns.

Our website, banners and wristbands will be updated with the new dates for 2021 as soon as possible, and our wristband sales will resume again towards the end of this month.

We are very grateful for your continued support for us, our village, and our local community, and we look forward to 2021 and to sharing with you our most meaningful festival edition yet. Until then, please be safe and stay well.

With love,
Wendy, Ioanna and Liz

2021 Wristbands and Tickets

  • Week 1 – access between 11/09 – 17/09/2021: 50€
  • Week 2 – access between 17/09 – 25/09/2021: 40€
  • Week 1 & 2 – access between 11/09 – 25/09/2021: 80€

Why a wristband?
The wristband allows the organisers to tick a lot of necessary legal boxes in Greece that bypass the tight administration for handling money and issuing receipts on a daily basis. A wristband allows you to pay once, and get access to all the events at a hugely discounted rate.

This is how you will support your festival. It gives you free access to the headline events. This festival is yours and for 20 years Sappho Women has run it as a non-profit organisation. We rely on volunteers and pass many income opportunities to the village and local businesses. But the financial support does come from the women visiting. The wristbands allow us to put on world class acts, bring international DJs and to organise events and parties. The wristband sales allow us to continue with this annual event. You enjoy the festival – and you contribute to its success and its continuation!

Free access to:
All official Sappho Women events that are hosted in the Open Air Cinema, These include the Opening Night Party, Live Concerts, Movie Screenings, Sappho’s Alternative Fashion Show, Drag King Show, Cultural, sports and fun events.

Please check the events calendar to see which events are scheduled during the week(s) that you will be here

Discounts on:
Cruises, Day Trips, Walks and Workshops

What are the ticket prices if I don’t buy one?
In 2021 our funding model is continuing to change as the legal requirement of doing business in Greece get tighter. Visitors without wristbands will have to purchase a ticket for all official events. This will range from 10€ – 50€.

What if I am only coming for a week?
We’re delighted to offer three separate wristbands in 2020. One for Week 1 (valid between 11/09 – 17/09/2021), one for Week 2 (valid between 17/09 – 25/09/2021), and one wristband for both Week 1 & 2, which is valid for the entire festival between 11/09 – 25/09/2021. Please note that the wristbands will be colour coded, so please make sure that you purchase your wristband for the week(s) that you are here.

What if I am volunteering?
Part of the formal volunteer programme is a volunteer wristband that gives you access to events and areas. This requires you to sign up as a volunteer through our online application form and commit to set hours of working per day.

What if I live or work in Eressos?
Local residents and seasonal workers in Skala Eressos are eligible for a discount to purchase a wristband. This wristband is valid for the entire festival between 11/09 – 25/09/2021. Please make an application at the Sappho Women office in person.

What if I am presenting a workshop or talk?
You will be given a discounted rate for a wristband. Please apply for that when you apply for a workshop space.

I am a tour operator and I want to bulk buy wristbands?
Please contact our offices directly for a discount for a group tour.

How will I receive my wristband?
Your wristband can only be picked up on location in Skala Eressos, either from the Info Spot at the local travel agency Sappho Travel, or at the Cine Sappho Magicnights open-air cinema, before the start of the events. We are currently unable to send wristbands to your address. Please bring a printed copy of your invoice or tickets with you to Skala Eressos, and with this you can pick up your wristband(s). Your invoice and ticket(s) will be e-mailed to you the moment you have successfully completed the checkout procedure on our website.

Legal terms and Conditions
Wristbands are non-refundable and cannot be exchanged. Leave your wristband on for the duration of the Festival, it is non-transferable and replacements will not be provided.