Rebetika (aka "rembetika") is the greek answer to fado ;-). It's close enough to klezmer that I want to spread the word.
You are invited to attend our Third International Weekend Conference
Present Projects and Future Prospects"
to be held at the Melina Mercouri Hall on the Island of Hydra, near Athens,
Thursday 16 October - Sunday 19 October 2003
See our website at: www.geocities.com/HydraGathering
++ The Hydra Rebetiko Gathering is an annual event, held in the third week
of October on the Island of Hydra. It is attended by people from all over
the world, Greeks and non-Greeks alike. We combine academic research,
performance and workshop sessions related to Greek music and Rebetiko in
++ In recent years there has been a great upsurge in interest in Rebetiko.
Books have been written. Biographies of the leading exponents have been
prepared. Films and TV documentaries have been made. Historic archive
recordings have been issued. And a new generation of performers has been
reviving the tradition in the clubs.
++ Our Conference brings together the main researchers and writers in the
field of Rebetiko, together with films and documentaries, and singers and
musicians who perform songs old and new. The Conference is open to everyone
interested in Rebetiko music. We aim to generate and circulate
Rebetiko-related materials in the English language, for the benefit of
non-Greeks and for Greeks in the diaspora who do not read or speak Greek.
++ We are particularly concerned to identify the roots of Rebetiko in the
wider area of the Mediterranean basin, and in Anatolia in particular. In the
past two years we have brought musicians and singers from Turkey who have
helped explore the roots.
++ Each year's Conference has a sub-theme. This year's will be
"Women and Rebetiko, and the Rebetiko Women "
++ In order to maintain the intimate atmosphere of the Gathering we are
limiting registrations to about 120. Therefore it is recommended that you
book early. The registration fee is £25 / 40 euros / $36 per person. Full
details of the Hydra Gathering are on our website at
If you wish to register to attend the conference, please send your details
by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
by mail to:
[Hydra Rebetiko Gathering]
Cambridge CB2 1RD
or by fax to: 0044  870 133 0145