Syn Festival is a Greek multi-arts festival. Each year its theme is derived culturally and socially from Greece and is an open invitation to other cultures towards inclusive and timely artistic dialogue in Scotland. The festival showcases a variety of exhibiting and performing arts, including photography, installations, painting, illustration, film, theatre, dance, and music of different genres. A selection of experiential and technique-building art workshops will also be available to the public free of charge.
To date, Syn Festival is a purely volunteer led organization that is open to volunteers from all different ethnic and professional backgrounds. The purpose of the festival is to create a space where members of the vibrant community of artists in Scotland can communicate their work, share their skills and experiences, network, and expand their audience.
In the past three years we have hosted three festivals in Teviot Row House (March 2014, May 2015 and March 2016) and two group exhibitions in the Filmhouse as part of our collaboration with the Edinburgh Greek Film Festival (November 2014 and November 2015). We have collaborated with Time To Change (now Art Ripples) in their June 2015 exhibition in the Tent Gallery and we have forged links with the Drama Short Film Festival, Be-There Corfu Animation Festival and Alba New Music Festival. This summer we hosted a shadow theatre event in Teviot Row House and at the moment we are preparing for the latest edition of our collaboration with Edinburgh Greek Film Festival, a group photography exhibition with the title Imagine the Sounds, exploring the role of auditory elements in the cinematic art and experience.
Our mission at Syn Festival is to create a scene for art that is of a high standard, while at the same time providing equal opportunities, support, and exposure to all artists. Proceeds from all donations that we receive in our events will go towards supporting organisations and charities that are working in the communities of Scotland and Greece.