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Matala Beach Festival

At a meeting of the Mayor of the Phaistos region, the President of Monoteochiki and representatives from Matala, it was discussed that the Matala Beach Festival is expected to take place again in June 2023.

So after probably on June 18th street painting and on June 23rd, 24th and 25th the Matala Beach Festival will take place. Keep your fingers crossed and look forward to an MBF 2023 with art and music


Matala Beach Festival

For the Matala Beach Festival, the small fishing village turns for one weekend into a “hippie paradise”.

Were you one of the hippies who used to live in the caves and on the sands at Matala in the 60s and 70s? Or are you simply a music fan wanting to celebrate peace and love with us through music and art? Whoever you are, Matala welcomes you. In the 60s & 70s, the international media became intrigued about the hippie travelers making their homes in the caves at Matala beach. That intrigue continues today with people of all ages visiting the village to relive the memory of the hippie era.

Since 2011, the Matala Beach Festival takes place in Crete (except for the “Corona years” 2020-2022). The Matala Beach Festival takes place right on the beach – but eventually runs through the whole place. There are bands from the Greek and international music scene. The entrance to the area is free. Direct access to the main stage costs 5 euros for the entire weekend (number from 2019).

The Matala Beach Festival includes events for children and adults. Worth seeing is the annual “Street Painting” – when the streets in the village become a huge painting (on the Sunday before the festival). The concerts on the beach and the beach parties are of course the highlight and suitable for all audiences.

The story since 2011

In June 2011 the Festos Municipality threw a festival on the beach to celebrate the launch of the ‘Myth of Matala’ book featuring photos of the hippie cave residents during the 60s & 70s. It was a hippie reunion. 35,000 people heard about it and flocked to Matala beach. In June 2012 over 58,000 people visited the festival weekend and the word is quickly spreading.
It was a huge success as free events which brought together music and arts fans from all generations together on the beach beneath the caves to celebrate peace, love and happiness. Matala Beach Festival 2013 introduced to 70.000 people the meaning of LIFE!

In June 2013 we invited Harry Keyworth to be the first solo artist to drive our Road To Matala Tour along the original ‘hippie trail’ of the 1960s and 1970s. Overland from London to Crete in the VW Beetle. The tour culminated in Harry performing on stage at Matala Beach alongside artists including Hugh Cornwell former frontman of The Stranglers, The Doors Tribute, Janis Joplin Tribute, Locomondo, Pink Floyd Tribute, Tonis Sfinos and many more!

Matala Beach Festival was getting a huge event with more than 80.000 fans!!!
MBF is a joint Venture of Several Organizations!
Together we make a Difference!

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