Traditional Greek Music Night – Kissamos 21st June

The Municipality of Kissamos organizes the series of events “Musical Antibodies” throughout the summer in Kissamos and invites us on a journey full of musical choices for every taste.

As part of these events, Nikos Margaritakis and his orchestra will entertain us on World Music Day 21st June at 21.00 with a folk art program in Tzanakaki Square, Kissamos.
Entry: free

Event manager: Giorgos Chachlakis 698 279 9636

Source: EPOFEK Kissamos

About Nikos Margaritakis

He was born into a self-taught musical family, on January 28, 1953. His father, Theofilos, known throughout Kissamos and beyond, played the lute ( Cretan music), his brother Giorgos bouzouki, while his mother sang. He was never taught music in any school.

After the end of his military service, in 1975, he left for Paris where he worked for three years in various entertainment centers. In the summer of 1976, he had the great honor of meeting and working with Jacques Lacarriere , who invited him to participate in a music and dance tour in France with Greek music and lyrics by Greek poets. Here we should note that Jacques Lacarriere was a French writer, one of the main contributors to the promotion of Greek literature in France, a critical translator, essayist and thinker.

He returned to Greece where he worked in the family center “Klimataria” with his brother and parents until 1983. In the same year he returned to Paris, where he was invited to work as a musician. During his stay in France a French colleague asked him to write the music for a Greek documentary in 1987. Nikos Margaritakis accepted despite his lack of experience, and within a few days he had the composition for the six orchestral pieces ready. The documentary was successful in all cinemas in France and later on in many other countries.
He returned to Crete the same year, to work here until 1996. He then returned to Paris once again for six months.

For the past 16 years he has been mainly involved in the composition of orchestral and artistic music, and has beenteaching music and artistic singing to 30 students and a choir at the Conservatory of the Holy Metropolis of Kissamos & Selinos, at the Tsatsaronakeio Polykentro.

In 2021 he strongly felt the need to honor the memory of his father Theofilos. Thus he wrote songs of Cretan music, which his father loved and served throughout his life. The CD, on which elite artists of Crete sing and play, has already been released (2021) and received many positive reviews and comments.


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.