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Ifestia Festival 2024 in Santorini

The festival is entirely dedicated to the volcano eruption that changed the landscape of Santorini forever in the mid-second millennium BCE

Dates: September 21, 2024

Ifestia Festival
Ifestia Festival

Every September, the island of Santorini, created by a volcano, celebrates “Ifaisteia” (from Greek ηφαίστειο or volcano). The festivities include a series of live music concerts, photography and art exhibitions, theatrical and dance performances. The major highlight of the festival is the recreation of the volcanic eruption on Santorini. That famous Minoan Eruption occurred in the area around 1600BC,

Santorini Volcano

Santorini volcano eruption, which occurred about took place 3,600 years ago, was one the most explosive volcanic eruptions in human history. It led to the disappearance of the Minoan civilization, an Aegean Bronze Age culture, which existed from approximately the 27th century to the 15th century BCE. Santorini caldera is currently about 7.5 by 4.3 mi wide (12 by 7 km), surrounded by 980-ft (300-m) cliffs on three sides. Nea Kameni and Palea Kameni are two small islands inside the caldera. The Santorini volcano is still active, with the last activity observed in the 1950s.

The influence of the eruption cannot be overrated for the ancient civilization living in Europe during ancient times. Therefore, the reenactment of this huge event serves as a commemoration of how easy everything can be changed by nature. The spectacular show is made by fireworks flying out of the volcano, making it a stunning view. Not only the fireworks show, but also sound and light effects are used to reenact the lava flow and the explosions of the volcano.

Where to see the fireworks

The fireworks are launched from the coastal village of Oia, located on the northwestern tip of Santorini and overlooking the caldera. During Ifestia festival, Oia is the epicenter of festivities. Lave cave hotels, villas and suites, perched above the caldera are the best places to admire the beauty and power of nature.

Many spectators also rent out small boats to position themselves near the volcano caldera to enjoy the pyrotechnic spectacle to its fullest. Cruise ships also flock to the caldera to grant their passengers the most amazing views.

Festival Program

The culmination of the festival usually begins with the concert of a top Greek performer. Music is followed by fireworks after darkness falls on Santorini. It's a great experience, combining lights colors, and music. Ifestia attracts many visitors to Santorini during the mellow month of September.

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