Schoolwave plays with tradition

One of the most exciting events of our Faces of the Hero themed series is, without a doubt, this year’s student band Schoolwave Festival, dedicated to the 1821 national anniversary and dubbed “Schoolwave plays with tradition”.


Selected bands will perform unexpected versions of traditional songs.

This year’s Schoolwave invites young musicians and singers to take part in the celebration by reinterpreting traditional music and demotic songs, in their own way, their own style and in accordance with their own sensibilities. “Playing with tradition” is an opportunity for them to develop a real and creative relationship with demotic music, which many youth bands may have little knowledge or appreciation of.

The SNFCC’s invitation was driven by an observation made by the Schooligans, the team that organizes the festival: in the last few Schoolwaves, they witnessed a spontaneous shift of certain school/university bands towards traditional music. The Schooligans speak of children who are discovering the beauty of demotic songs and performing them in their own, “revamped” way. Free of mock solemnity, but bursting with the creative momentum of their youth, the richness of their references and the freedom with which they manage and deploy their influences, the student bands are sure to astound their audience with their adaptations of demotic and rebel songs!

The line-up includes the Red Gloves (school band from Kalamata), The Confusion (university band from Athens), and Musica Ficta (graduate band from Athens).

The Schoolwave Festival

Since its introduction in 2005, Schoolwave has been bringing together school and university student bands from all over Greece in an annual music festival. Around 200 bands apply to take part each year, with the final selection made by a committee of acclaimed musicians, composers, songwriters and radio producers. For three days, at the end of the school year, the bands get together to play their music for thousands of their peers, to mark the start of the summer holidays. There are no restrictions on music genres; the young musicians choose to play whatever they like and expresses them: from rock, metal and punk to jazz and hip-hop, even rebetika and traditional music – anything goes.

The Schoolwave Festival was hosted at the SNFCC in July 2017 and 2019.

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The themed events programming Faces of the Hero is realized thanks to the exclusive grant by Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).

Due to public health measures, there may be changes regarding either the staging of the event, or the maximum number of participants.