Houdetsi Festival


Houdetsi Festival is a 4 day celebration of music, food and art that takes place in the little village of Houdetsi located 23 km due south of Heraklion, on the island of Crete.

The first two editions (2010, 2011) attracted more than 5,000 spectators each year. In 2012 more than 15,000 people from all over the world attended the festival!

Every night from 21:00 till the morning there are concerts on five stages in the village. The Crafts Market starts every evening at 19:00 and the Luthiers Exhibition is open all day. 

Also, you can visit the Labyrinth's Musical Workshop instruments' exhibition all day.

All the events are free for the public!

Houdetsi Village has been an international attraction for musicians since 2002 as Labyrinth Musical Workshop organizes seminars and masterclasses with musicians from all over the world for the last 10 years. Houdetsi Festival, as well as Labyrinth Musical Workshop's activities, are an initiative of Ross Daly who is also the artistic director of both.

A few words from the Artistic Director:

"This year's Houdetsi Festival, as all of the previous editions in previous years, relies entirely on the spirit of volunteer work on the part of all of the illustrious musicians who will be participating, as well as on the part of all of the many people, each in his own way, who participate in the organizational aspects of the festival. We are deeply grateful to all of them as we clearly recognize that it is due to their efforts that this festival exists.

For us here at the Musical Workshop Labyrinth, it is a recognized and established fact that the meeting of different people from different origins, each bringing with him something special and unique is the essential requisite for the birth of the new and the renewal of the old. When such meetings take place, frequently the new creation as a whole surpasses the sum of its parts. An invisible but decisive element is at work which is none other than the spirit of creativity itself. A spirit that is available to all, each according to his/her nature, but controllable by none. It is from these meetings of different peoples and different cultures that we at Labyrinth are constantly learning and enriching our lives and it is our desire, through the means of the Houdetsi Festival, to share this magical experience with our neighbors as well as with our visitors from far and near."

- Ross Daly

Please find the program and more information at Houdetsi Festival Official Website 

For your stay, our nearby Kalimera Archanes Village and Eliathos Residences could be great options.


Choudetsi Nikos Kazantzakis 701 00, Crete, Greece

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  • Yiannnis

    Kalimera Andreas I hope you are fine. Would you kindly send us your enquiry at [email protected] Many thanks for your attention. I am here to help you. Yiannis

  • Andreas Mainka

    Die Beschreibung ist gut gelungen, aber wo kann ich den genauen Termin erfahren? Ich erstelle gerade einen Beitrag über Kreta und möchte Gäste darauf hinweisen, vielen Dank

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