2018 Rebetiko Festival

In a takeover of Melbourne Recital Centre, Rebetiko Festival brings the Greek music of ‘rebetiko’ to Melbourne. Starting from 3pm on Saturday 10 March, Rebetiko Festival will pay homage to the Greek Blues, rebetiko, created in the hash dens of Piraeus 100 years ago by Greek refugees from Asia Minor. Now a globally respected musical style, Rebetiko Festival 2018 celebrates the music made from passion, pain and love woven together of Byzantine, Turkish, Roma and Jewish cultures.

Featuring a mix of international and local artists, Rebetiko Festival 2018 hosts a range of performances and experiences from a lineup featuring international stars Chrysoula K & Purpura (Greece) and Pliri Ntaxei (Greece), local artists Rebetiki, Zourouna, Melbourne Rebetiko Ensemble, Philhellenes with Mairead Hannan, Adrian Close and Wayne Simmons, Melbourne Bouzouki Orchestra with Dean Georgalas, Manasis School of Greek and Dance Culture and more.

Welcoming the return of Greece’s Chrysoula K & Purpura to Melbourne, the duo and their ensemble performs a selection of their own original material with a mix of traditional songs taken from Greece, Argentina, Portugal, Armenia and Italy in Elisabeth Murdoch Hall. Performing in the Salon, Pliri Ntaxei (Greece), made up of bouzouki, baglamas, folk guitar and voice, brings their classic folk orchestra reminiscent of 1930s Greek ensembles, to transport audiences to the exciting, tumultuous and at times adventurous sounds of the rebetiko. Considered one of the shining stars of authentic rebetiko music, Pliri Ntaxei’s songs speaks of a life past and the continual tragedies of modern Greek life.

The festival will take over Melbourne Recital Centre all Saturday afternoon with events taking place throughout Elisabeth Murdoch Hall, the Salon and public foyers where Manasis School of Greek and Dance Culture will perform along with Bouzouki Student Orchestra in two open performances for all to enjoy.

Festival Passes are on sale now and will guarantee entry to all events across the afternoon. For more information and how to book go to or call the box office on 03 9699 3333.


Saturday 10 March 2018, from 3pm
Melbourne Recital Centre
Rebetiko Festival
Festival Pass $69 ($55 concession)

Supported by the City of Melbourne, Victorian Multicultural Commission, Greek Festival of Sydney, The Greek Centre for Contemporary Culture & Neos Kosmos Media

Lineup & Set Times


3-4pm Melbourne Bouzouki Orchestra with Dean Georgalas
5-6pm The Philhellenes – with Mairead Hannan, Adrian Close & Wayne Simmons
7-8pm Piri Ntaxei (Greece)
9-10pm Zourouna


3-4pm Chrysoula K & Purpura (Greece)
5-6pm Melbourne Rebetiko Ensemble
8-9pm Rebetiki


4pm & 6pm Manasis School of Greek and Dance Culture Bouzouki Student Orchestra


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