‘Leather, seashells and other shells’: event with musical/visual performance and historic walk – Chania 24th and 25th September

The sixth event of the “Open Sails 2022” comprises a musical/visual performance and a historic sound-installation walk in the Tabakaria district  in Chania.

Musical/visual performance:

September 24, 2022, at 19.30
September 25, 2022, at 19.30

Free entrance (get the free ticket here)

The ensemble TETTIX, Michalis Paraskakis and Alikis Chiotakis. will perform works by
Louis Andriessen – Workers Union (1975)
Lorenzo Troiani – Cratere a chalice. Figure Rosse (2013)
Michalis Paraskakis – Three Insects (2020)
Simon Steen-Andersen – Next to Beside Besides (2003)
James Tenney – Having never written a note for percussion (1971)
Robert Schumann – Piano Quintet op. 44, (1842 – arrangement by N. Galenianos)

Sound installation-walk: September 24-25, 12.00-19.00, Tabakaria district:
The walk can be started from any side:
from the beach front of Vivilaki street in front of the old Tabakaria, towards Kouloura, to the newer Tabakaria on the side of Agia Kyriaki. The public will be free to move around within this time frame and the full length of the walk will be 35-40 minutes. The map will be available at https://www.chania-culture.gr/.

 The skin shed from the animal after it dies, the empty shell that once protected a sea creature, and the Tanneries, former industrial leather processing sites, have something in common. They are empty shells that once housed a life form, an activity.
You meet all three in the historic neighborhood of Chania, next to the sea, where in the empty, abandoned and time-worn tannery buildings, one sees forgotten hides that were never used, while on the shore one finds sea shells side by side or sherds of clay or cement, pieces of crumbling buildings.

In this mysterious neighborhood that is gradually turning into a tourist attraction, TETTTIX in collaboration with Aliki Chiotakis are setting up a spectacle with unexpected audio and video presentations.

The contrasting physiognomy of the area – on the one hand industrial remnants of a bygone era and on the other hand  nature with the sea, rocks and tamarisks – inspires TETTTIX to perform works of contemporary music in which the hard, industrial sound meets the hum of the sea and the hissing of summer insects, while the video converses with the environment, music and rhythm in a series of expressionistic images.

A walking audio installation will give the public the opportunity to tour the neighborhood and learn historical details and information about how leather was processed, and enter one of only two working Tanneries.The narrations will be accompanied by sounds and music that will be created in an educational workshop with students from the Music School and the Venizelio Conservatory of Chania.

About ‘OPEN SAILS 2022’:

This year’s program of the Municipality of Chania and K.E.P.D.I.X.-K.A.M., which highlights original artistic production, “Open SailsTabakeria 2022″, attempts to continue the creative journey of original production of artistic projects that started the previous year, again giving special emphasis to contemporary practices. 15 original artistic actions, with more than 100 artists from all over Greece and abroad, active in various fields of arts, are making a pan-Hellenic premiere, here in the heart of the Mediterranean.

Until December 2022 Chania will be overwhelmed by dance, theater, visual arts, music, cinema, educational workshops and much more. Emblematic places of the city, from the Mikis Theodorakis Theater to the Etz Hayim Synagogue, from the San Salvatore Bastion to Agios Rocco, from the district of Nea Chora and Tabakaria, to the Tombs of the Venizelos,  Lake of Agia, the bridge of Kladisou, etc., will host separate artistic actions.


Source: chania-culture.gr


I'm Austrian living in Tavronitis, love nature, music, good books, sunsets, the sea, travelling, socializing and more. I came to Crete as a student in the early 70s, exploring the west and southwest of the island with friends by motorbike. When you are young everything is important and, there are lots of things to do...I did. Job, family,children, travelling the world. But I never lost my love for Crete for a minute. And seven years ago I ended up in this convenient corner of Crete, not only for holidays, but to stay and haven't regretted it for a minute.