The International Pharos Contemporary Music Festival has established itself as one of the most innovative and cutting-edge annual music events in the Eastern Mediterranean. Under the artistic supervision of the internationally renowned Cypriot composer, Evis Sammoutis, the Festival is dedicated to the promotion of new music: The well-established masterpieces of the contemporary music literature of the 20th century as well as new works by the younger generation of composers.
The theater, designed by the famous architect Andrea Palladio in 1580, has been miraculously preserved until today, after almost 500 years, and is considered the oldest indoor theater in the world. Along with villas and palaces designed by Palladio, is part of the world heritage protected by UNESCO. The Festival takes place between mid-May and mid-June, one of the few times of year when the theater is open for performances. The Festival is divided into several sections: opera, symphonic and chamber concerts, musicological conferences.