ANO Festival

With a view to showcasing the pipe organ housed in St. George’s Cathedral in Ano Syros and, at the same time, revive the Ano Syros medieval settlement, the Roman Catholic Bishopry of Syros has been organizing the “ANO” International Organ Festival since 2017. The Festival’s program of events includes concerts, lectures, viewings of the pipe organ, and tours of the Ano Syros medieval settlement.

The pipe organ

The pipe organ at St. George’s Cathedral in Ano Syros was crafted in Italy in 1888. On that very same year, it was given as a gift by Pope Leo the XIII to the Cathedral Basilica of St. Dionysius the Areopagite in Athens. It remained there until 1951 when Bishop Georgios Xenopoulos made arrangements to have it transferred to Syros. It is Greece’s oldest and fully functional organ. Crafted during the Romantic Era, it possesses the authentic sound of that time’s pipe organs, while its wood-carved façade renders it a work of art. Its overall refurbishment and repair was completed in 2016 and its first presentation to the public took place in August of the same year during a celebratory concert at St. George’s Cathedral, also known as “San Tzortzi”, which was filled to full capacity.


Catholic Bishopry of Syros
Hon. f. Peter Stefanou, Catholic Bishop of Syros

Syros Greek Catholic Association
Isidoros Salahas, President

Artistic Programming Department

  • Christos Paraskevopoulos, Artistic Director
  • Nikos Kanellopoulos, Program Consultant
  • Yiannis Kavouras, Production Support

Communication & Development Department

  • Haris Vekris, Executive Director
  • Maria Mavrikou, Sponsorship Supervisor
  • Nikos Roussos, Financial Manager
  • Aristea Yiannou, Media Officer/ Parallel Events
  • Nikos Meramveliotakis, Kostas Valsamakis, Website Design & Development
  • Yiannis Manousos, TV Spot Director
  • Nikos Ragkousis, Nikos Desipris, Photographers
  • Vaggelis Aragiannis, Text Checking
  • Freiderikos Roussos, Optical Identity of the Festival

Front of House Department

  • Leonardos Paleologos, Peter Roussos, Maria Roussou, Anna Sigala, Louisa Varthalitou, Michalis Voutsinos, Front of House Services
  • Dominikos Roussos, Safety Advisor

Technical Department

  • George Roussos, Screen Display Coordinator
  • Kostas Kapellos, Organ’s Conservation Supervisor

Hospitality Department

  • George Sigalas, Hospitality Supervisor
  • Despina Roussou, Transport coordinator

ANO Festival / KATO tour 2020

Date: 20/08/2020 – 22/08/2020

The 4th ANO International Organ Festival has planned three concerts for August 2020. Those will take place at St. George’s Cathedral in Ano Syros. In compliance with the protocols aimed at containing the Covid-19 pandemic, the concerts will be virtual ones and held in the absence of any audiences. On the nights that the concerts take place, a festival projection screen will be set up at a specially selected outdoor spot around the island, a different one each time. Via that screen, a limited number of guests will be able to enjoy each concert. Free entrance.