Top institution and a pillar of cultural life of the city, Patras International Festival has a glorious 27 years history and heritage, remaining one of the top summer cultural events with an international reach in the country.
Patras International Festival was founded in 1986 by Thanos Mikroutsikos, its first artistic director, who gave it an international orientation, putting the event on the map of the major festivals in Greece and abroad.
Emphasizing on music, the character of the Festival expanded to include the fields of theatre, dance, film and visual arts. It became a platform of fruitful and constructive dialogue, a melting pot of ideas and a venue of leading cultural events.
Through the years, numerous leading national and international artists and bands passed from the city of Patras.