…Even our heart suffers and pains
is fully occupied and “drifted” by love
and with bouzouki and guitars
sings softly and sweet like a bird…

12th Seminar-Meeting 2021

After the difficult period for the whole world, created by the health crisis due to the pandemic which forced us to postpone last year’s International Rebetiko Seminar-Meeting, we decided to return to our favorite island to exchange smiles, expectations for an optimistic future and to enjoy our music in the natural environment of the island.

Keeping all the measures and the continuous instructions taken by the European Union, the Greek Government and the Local Municipality in the field of Health, in order to deal with the epidemic of Covid-19 in our country, we held the 12th international seminar-meeting for Rebetiko, July 18-25, 2021 in Skyros, at the Folklore and Ethnological Museum “Manos and Anastasia Faltaits” and at the premises of the PEAP of the Municipality of Skyros.  Classes and events took place outdoors. Responsible for the lessons is the musician Spyros Goumas. Responsible for administration is George Makris. Our supporters in this action is, as always, the Folklore Museum “Manos and Anastasia Faltaits” and the PE.A.P of Skyros Municipality as well as the Skyros Shipping Co. (SNE) which welcome us in their hospitable places and we all  enjoy  the beautiful journey of our rebetiko music.

The seminar-meeting, together with the parallel and open to the public events is an institution, which exceeds the limits of the Greek territory.  Its range reaches Sweden, Belgium, Luxembourg, Turkey, Cyprus, Finland, England, France, Netherlands, Israel, etc. Moreover, the seminar preserves and promotes the value of rebetiko song as one of the main diachronic components of our urban civilization. Its timeless value brings new data to our music, contributing to the creative abilities and improvement of new musicians and their musical expression especially after the recognition and registration of Rebetiko in the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, December 2017.

The voluntary effort of our team is based on our love for musical tradition, which enriches us with enthusiasm, passion and power to overcome many daily difficulties.

George Makris and Spiros Goumas

Information tel: 0030210-6410211, 00306972335227 e-mail: makres@otenet.gr and info@spirosgoumas.gr

Detailed information about the seminars and the minutes of the previous Seminars -Meetings on the rebetiko song you can find and download on website www.rebetikoseminar.com Information about Skyros Island can be found in the following site www.skyros.gr

We hope and we’re going on. We dared! This year was also a difficult year, but   keeping   the hygienic measures, with care and in cooperation with the local bodies, we held our meeting for the rebetiko song, as always in “Anemoessa Skyros”. The song rose to our lips, filled our hearts and the smile lighted our eyes again… Together with us, who have been gathering for twelve years now, in July, from Greece, Cyprus, UK, Turkey, Holland, France, Israel, Finland… and the local community with the visitors of the island in a meeting to share our smiles, our anxiety and our response to an optimistic and better future. We all became a company, a voice and we proved without exaggeration that rebetiko, an integral musical element of our cultural heritage is always present to accompany us and to remind that it is an incomparable element of our identity. We wish you all to be well and meet you again next year…

Summer moments 2021 “The Rebetes” at the Platia, Skyros Island Video by Niko Sikkes



Friday night, 23.7.2021, in the square of the town of Skyros. Words are rather useless, the image speaks itself ..video-description Rika Vlahou


“Ntimeni san archontisa” Stelios Keromitis, Ioanna Georgakopoulou 1940. 12th rebetiko seminar meeting, Faltaits Theater. Skyros Island 24/7/2021 https://www.facebook.com/100004631730353/videos/860629668194208/

..last year was a difficult one but we dared and we succeeded…we hope and go on… Skyros Island, summer 2022 https://youtu.be/UQj0bFJFm3s


More Seminars

More Seminars

Proceedings of the rebetiko seminar-meetings in Skyros

Proceedings of the rebetiko seminar-meetings in Skyros are posted on the website of the seminar. Among others you can find a historical and sociological approach of the development of rebetiko song, the names of the musical scales (dromoi) in rebetika, historical references to the life and work of great composers, singers and skilled players of rebetiko (Thanasis Manetas, Costas Bezos (A. Kostis), Marika Papagika, Panagiotis Tountas, George Mitsakis, Giannis Papaioannou, Costas Kaplanis), even for not famous but not less important musicians of the interwar period (Kostas Faltaits, Grigoris Asikis, Dimitris Atraidis, Giakoumis Montanaris, Costas Tzovenos, Stavros Pantelidis) but also personal information for the not famous Urban musicians.
Historical data for Mortes, Koutsavakia and Magkes. You can also find Fado and rebetiko social relationships, an interesting approach titled “women in rebetiko” by the rebetiko researcher Gail Holst-Warhaft, an approach to the dances of 9, information about the flowering of rebetiko in Piraeus, the imprints of rebetiko in the neighborhoods of Piraeus, the growth of rebetiko in Thessaloniki and of course the rebetiko in Finland as well as personal revelations how the rebetiko touches our soul.