Cretan Festival to Celebrate Kazantzakis’ Russian Travels

The “Travelling” festival on Crete is dedicated to the travel books of Nikos Kazantzakis. This year, the focus is Soviet Russia.

A series of cultural events are set to take place in Heraklion and in the village of Myrtia between the 18th and 22nd of July, as part of the “Travelling… Russia” Festival, organized by the Nikos Kazantzakis Museum, the Region of Crete, and the Municipality of Archanes-Asterousia.

For the third consecutive year, the Nikos Kazantzakis Museum in Myrtia village will organize the “Travelling” arts & literature festival, which focuses on the different places that inspired the famous Cretan writer. This year, the theme of the festival is Russia.

Kazantzakis wasn’t just a writer. He was a traveler, and a lifelong student of the world – always with a desire to learn. He visited Soviet Russia for extended periods between the years of 1925 and 1930, spending a total of two years in the country. During this period he fell in love with its people and became very interested in its history and politics, often meeting with important Russian figures.

The festival events, which will be inspired by and dedicated to the author’s travel books, will include theatre performances, readings, live music and dance performances, exhibitions, games, film screenings, and more.

The festival conveniently follows the Russian Film Festival, which is planned to take place at the Bethlehem Gate Municipal Open-Air Cinema in Heraklion between the 9th and 15th of July.

“All my life one of my greatest desires has been to travel – to see and touch unknown countries, to swim in unknown seas, to circle the globe, observing new lands, seas, people, and ideas with insatiable appetite, to see everything for the first time and for the last time, casting a slow, prolonged glance, then to close my eyes and feel the riches deposit themselves inside me calmly or stormily according to their pleasure, until time passes them at last through its fine sieve, straining the quintessence out of all the joys and sorrows.”
Nikos Kazantzakis, Report to Greco

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