News & activities of the area

The International Puppet Festival of Kalamata is an initiative of the Experimental Stage of Kalamata in collaboration with the Municipality of Kalamata and is organized every year in May. Every year it hosts special puppet shows by important Greek companies, as well as artists who are active abroad. Special emphasis is also given to the educational part with workshops for the manufacture and animation of puppets for adults and children, as well as a number of outdoor games and events.

The International Jazz Festival of Kardamili has become a special "colorful" festival that fills Mani and its visitors with musical notes and smiles!

Over the last 6 years, each Spring take place more than 50 free concerts in 30 different locations, squares, beaches, cafes, bars and restaurants in the area.

The beautiful shops are preparing several events, special menus and surprises for the participants who open the jazz tourist season in an event that advertises the Messinian Mani in the best way, all over the world!

This is a multi-day musical feast with interesting jazz musicians and groups from Norway, Greece, USA, Austria, Scotland, England, Sweden and Argentina.

So, every spring they return to Mani, with more musicians from more countries, with a wide variety of concerts starting early in the morning and lasting until late at night.

Wherever you are and where you stand those days you will hear at least one saxophone!

May Day is an important holiday when Messinians celebrate the coming of spring by holding family picnics in the countryside and picking colorful wildflowers, which are woven into wreaths and garlands and hung over doorways. Many festive events are organized throughout the region. The same day the workers are peacefully demonstrating in the Aristomenous Str, celebrating the events in Chicago USA on 1886.

Messinia's prestigious floricultural and commercial exhibition features various events and festivities culminating in an impressive parade of floats decorated with fresh, colorful flowers and accompanied by children’s dance groups. Usually it is happening at late May in the area of the Railway Park of Kalamata