Rebetiko Festival



2019 Rebetiko Festival: The surge of the underground

Rebetiko (Greek Blues) is urban improvised music melding Byzantine, Turkish, Greek, Sephardic, Jazz, and other forms.

Rebetiko musical and cultural expression are linked to song and dance that spread among the urban working-class populations in Smyrna (Izmir) and Constantinople (Istanbul) around the turn of the 20th Century. It found its home in the ports of Athens and Thessaloniki after the expulsion of Greeks from Modern Turkey in the 1920s.

Rebetiko pays homage to the past and reflects a modern Greece with new diverse musical influences.

Direct from Greece, Rebetien showcases its authentic Rebetiko sound and will be supported by international and local Rebetiko artists. See the artists tab on this page to view the line-up.

Supported by The Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture, Greek Festival of Sydney, Victorian Multicultural Commission & Neos Kosmos Media & Kape Communications.

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre and Melbourne Rebetiko Festival


Rebetien / Ρεμπετιέν (Greece)
Atsushi Tookaya (Japan)
Melbourne Rebetiko Ensemble with Aggie Gioftsidis
George Doukas and the D Strings (Sydney)
Polyxeni Melbourne
Mandolins of Smyrne
Rebetiko Trio
Alphington Grammar Band
Melbourne Bouzouki Orchestra with Dean Georgalas


Ground Floor Foyer

3pm: Doors open
3:30pm – 4:10pm: Alphington Grammar
5.10pm – 6pm: George Doukas and the D Strings (Sydney)
8:10pm – 8:50pm: Rebetiko Trio

Primrose Potter Salon

4:20pm – 5:10pm: Bouzouki Orchestra
5:40pm – 6:30pm: Polixeni
7pm – 7:50pm: Melbourne Rebetiko Ensemble

Elisabeth Murdoch Hall

3:30pm – 4:10pm: Mandolins of Smyrna
4:40pm – 5:30pm: Atsushi Tookaya
6:10pm – 7pm: Meyhane
7:30pm – 8.20pm: George Doukas
9pm – 10:30pm: Rebetien