It’s been one century, since a group of people from Rethymno – with optimistic mood and open heart to every pleasant challenge – decides to put some colour to the everyday life of the city, during the Carnival season.
So, in 1914 the first Carnival of Rethymno was organized, bringing the original mark of the intentions of the people of Rethymno. Through the years, these intentions turned into actions that exceeded every time the expectations of their inspirers and finally turned to be an amazing event: the Carnival of Rethymno, a live organism, tending to reverse the natural route of life: the “older” it’s getting the better it is becoming!
This year’s carnival subject is focused on this inversion and invites whoever deeply hopes for better days, whoever sees rainbow colors beyond grey to be part of the large, emotional and fresh Team of the Carnival of Rethymno and share, create, have fun and experience things that nobody wants to miss.
We invite you to create and share this experience, having in our mind and our heart the fact that when people cooperate, every day becomes special and life itself becomes more beautiful. It is as simple as that.
GRANT PARADE OF RETHYMNO'S CARNIVAL 2017
Many years before...After nearly a century of celebrating the carnival, it is time to bid farewell and to pass on the carnival tradition to modern times.
Since 1914 beautiful Renaissance Rethymnon has been celebrating the carnival with its many humoristic events. A carnival of another era leaving behind its nostalgic aroma of romantic balls and the Rethymnians through laughter and their comical antics paying their tribute to "His Excellence, The King of the Carnival."
The Treasure Hunt, an old custom dating back to when the Carnival of Rethymno began about a century ago, was the reason for the creation of 'teams' in 1990, which would give birth once again to this age-old tradition.
In 1993, the Municipality of Rethymnon decided to help fund this popular event and requested the teams to take on the challenging task of creating and organising the Carnival of Rethymnon, which has become the most popular and famous Carnival of Crete!
The Organizing Committee of the Carnival welcomes you:
Stelios Samson, Pepi Birliraki, Manos Palafoytis, Delimpasi, Thanasis Diamanta Stavroulakis George Hasikos.
Responsible for Sectors:
Antonis Alexakis, Christos Alexakis, Stamatis Gavalas, Ioannis Dramilarakis, Thodoris Kelarakis, Peter Klapsinos, Popi Kryobrysanaki, Katerina Manetaki, Nikos Markantonis, George Nastos, George Papadosifos, Helen Patsachaki, George Pediabitakis, Michael Piskopakis, Akis Plaitis, Rena Seiragaki, Yannis, Dimitrios Skarvelis Skouloudis, Michael Starakis, Giorgos Stavroulakis, Stefania Fragkiadaki, Valantis Chompis.
Schedule of Events Rethymno Carnival 2017
Τhe 2017 Rethymno's Carnival schedule of events...
Sunday 22/01/2017 2the Teenage treasure hunt 'The dilemma'
2nd Teenage treasure hunt 'The dilemma'
Saturday 28/01/2017 Forerunner in Heraklion
12:00 Forerunner in Heraklion. The shouter of the Rethymno Carnival in the center of Heraklion.
10:30 Departure from 4 Martyres Square.
Wednesday 01/02/2017 Forerunner at Nick. Foka
17:30 Forerunner at Nick. Foka. The shouter of the Rethymno Carnival will be at the former City Hall of Nik. Foka.
17:00 Departure from 4 Martyres square.
Saturday 04/02/2017 Opening Ceremony Rethymno Carnival 2017
18:00 - 19:30 Opening events...
19:30 The Οfficial Opening of the Rethymno Carnival 2017 See more details bellow...
04 & 05/02/2017 20the Children's treasure hunt 2017 "journey to an unknown planet»
20the Children's treasure hunt 2017 "journey to an unknown planet». University of Crete, Gallos area
Friday 10/02/2017 Party of the groups for the 28the treasure hunt 2017
Party of the groups for the 28the treasure hunt 2017 - Megaro Hall
Saturday 11/02/2017 Guinness record
Attempt to beat the Guinness record for largest treasure hunt in the world!
11-12/02/2017 28th treasure hunt "An(t)axios"
Tuesday 14/02/2017 Serenades of another era
19:00 the Municipal Chorus of Rethymno, the European Section of the Music School Choir and Musicians of our city, together with the Carnival teams will revive the Kantada custom along the streets of the old town. It will begin at Agnosto Stratioti square and it will end at Megali Porta.
Wednesday 15/02/2017 Children's party at the Periigitikis club Hall
17:00 Children's party at the Periigitikis club Hall
Organizers: Periigitiki Club
Wednesday 15/02/2017 Art Workshops "Heroes of Carnival! Which hero do you want to be? "
18:30-20.30 Carnival program from the Museum of contemporary art of Crete (KEDIR.) – Art Workshops for adults and children, with the theme: "Heroes of Carnival! Which hero do you want to be? " at the Museum of contemporary art of Crete (Messolongi 32, Old Town). Telephone number is essential. Free admission
Thursday 16/02/2017 Tsiknopepmti
Barbeque and Dance throughout the city of Rethymno with the Carnival groups!
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Friday 17/02/2017 The Dance of the Rethymno Carnival 2017
Theme: "House of horror". Dance, food, drink, entertainment and presentation of theatrical-satirical skits from the Rethymno Carnival Groups.
20:00 PELAGOS HALL - Organizer: Rethymno Carnival Groups. Entrance fee 15euro.
Saturday 18/02/2017 Forerunner in Chania
12:00 Forerunner in Chania. The shouter of the Rethymno Carnival at the Market Square.
10:30 Departure from 4 Martyres Square
Saturday 18/02/2017 Art Workshops "Masks with the technique of gypsogazas"
12:30-14:30 Carnival program from the Museum of contemporary art of Crete (KEDIR.) – Art Workshops for children with the theme: "Masks with the technique of gypsogazas" in the Visual laboratories (Himaras 8). Necessary to booking by phone; Entrance free
19 to 23/02/2016 City Festival in Mikrasiaton square
From 19:00 until 22:00 every evening musical ensembles and artistic groups of pupils and students who will present their work!
Daily from 17:00-19:00 workshops art work and disguises for children and not only.
Thursday 23/02/2016 Bike ride around town for kids and adults
19:00 Agnosto Stratioti Square. Friends of cycling disguised along with their bikes go on the most crazy, colourful and fun bike ride of the year filling the streets of the old town with fun, imagination, bicycles and masqueraders. The action is supported by the Cycling Club of Rethymno and the Climbing Club of Rethymno. It will end Mikrasiaton Square.
Friday 24/02/2017 Cretan traditional Serenades.
19:00 From the square of the Agnosto Stratioti. The children of the music school of Rethymnon, the musicians of our city and the Teams of the Rethymno Carnival will revive the custom of Cretan Serenade.
20.30 Ending with a Cretan feast by musicians of our city at mikrasiaton square.
Saturday 25/02/2017 Children's parade & Night Parade
17:00 Beginning at Theotokopoulou junction
18:30 Ending and kids party in the courtyard of the 3rd high school. Party at Periigitiki Club (St. Francis Street) at the end of the parade-organised by CLUB PERIIGITES
21:00 Night parade Starts from the junction Theotokopoulou. A Group of Brazilian percussionist Batala Creta will take part
22:30 Ending with live concert with Nikiforo at mikrasiaton square.
Sunday 26/02/2017 Parade of teams and floats
Parade of teams and floats / 14:00 Beginning at Theotokopoulou junction. Dj party at the square. Polytechneio (Sohora)
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Monday 27/02/2017 Ash Monday
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Opening Ceremony Rethymno Carnival 2017
Saturday 04 February 2017
18:00 Megali Porta.
Carnival stroll through the streets of the old town, with the Carnival King. The procession ends at the square of Agnosto Stratioti.
19:00 Agnosto Stratioti square. Salutation from the Carnival King
19:30 The Οfficial Opening of the Rethymno Carnival 2017 from the Mayor of Rethymno George Marinakis and presentation of the theme and the poster of 2017. Next follows the presentation of the costumes of the teams that will take part in the Carnival of 2017.
20:30 Concert with SBARAQUACK in a non-stop live program with Funk, Disco, Rock ' n roll and Balkan rhythms and many more surprises!
Traditional Custom: a day of meat eating before lent and fasting begin!
Hatzidakis & Paren Siganou 3, with ANEMOMYALOYS
In front of the Cafe Centro, 4 square, witnesses ARKALOI
In Net Cafe in e.g.lateia 4 Witnesses, DAKTYLODEIChTOYMENOI
Outside the Galero (Fontana Rimonti), saying "I want to be with tonight with bouzouki go!", the EMIS and EMIS
Paleologos (Logia), ASChETOI
Loggia, ALL BITSIOZOI and ALAS. .. GATOI
Ierolochiton square since 20:00 with the PARTALIA, the RAKODIKASMENOYS and the TSAPATSOYLIDES
Multilingual language school (Theotokopoulou 29), with the BLURRED
Sisses, with the ALLADANARIDES
Parade of teams and floats
Sunday February 26, 2017
14:00 Beginning at Theotokopoulou junction. Presentation by Rania Kostaki and Pandelis Spiridakis. 15:00 Dj party at the square. Polytechneio (Sohora)
18:30 El. Venizelos. Closing Ceremony Reth. Carnival 2017 / Burning of King Carnival, spectacular show with Fireworks / Live Concert with MALOU / Mikrasiaton Square street party FROM the GROUP of ALLANTALLWN (after the end of the parade)
Monday February 27th, 2017
MUNICIPALITY OF RETHYMNO PERIVOLIA 12:30 Traditional Koulouma with bean soup at the parking Perivolia (Gorgopotamos & Kalogeraki). Organised By: Municipality Of Rethymno – KEDIR & Cultural Association Perivolion – Myssirion «Emmanuel Pachlas '.
GERANI 10:00 the battle of the kites. 12:30 the parade of the camel. Koulouma with kites Carnival events and sarakostiana dishes. Organizer: Cultural Association "the pride" Gerani.
ARMENI 12:00 Revival of the custom smudge with traditional koulouma.
ELEYTHERNA11:30 Revival of traditional custom of Mpegiraki and moytzoyrwmata by young people of the village. Treats by the cultural Association of Eleftherna.
ROYSSOSPITI Traditional koulouma and kite-flying by the cultural association Royssospitioy and the Carnival group ARKALOI.
SOMATAS 11:30 The cultural association Swmata offers traditional bean soup.
FOTEINOY 11:00 Traditional koulouma, bean soup and kite-flying. Organizer: Cultural Association Of Foteinou.
MUNICIPALITY OF MILOPOTAMOS - MELIDONI 12:00 Aygomazwma and 14:00 Stealing of the bride and Kantis
MUNICIPALITY OF AMARIOY – MERWNAS 12:30 MERWNAS Traditional events, games, music, with the participation of everyone.