River Party Festival
Who says that during the summer peak all the heat of Greece is on its beaches? The little village of Nestorio in Kastoria and the River Party Festival prove that in the late July and the beginning of August the banks of The HaliacmonRiver are as hot as the seaside is.
Summer Heat at the Riverside
The first edition of the festival was held in 1978 in a form of the end-of-summer party by the group of enthusiastic eighteen-year-olds.Its long tradition makes the festival one of the longest-held camping festival in the West Greece. Today, this annual five-day festival attracts more than 50,000 people who come from the country and the region to camp by the river, enjoying the idyllic forest scenery surrounding the festival stages. Everything about this festival is in the color of green, starting from what it promotes and ending with the unique color of the Haliacmon River. It promotes the concept of sustainability and the green initiative by showing that a region can be made a popular tourist destination without making any damage to its delicate natural surroundings. It was listed among twelve most important European festivals at the Europe Festival Awards in 2012.
Take me to the River
The festival site is easy to go around. It is divided in four festival areas: A, B, C and D. The audience is entertained at Main Stage, Green Stage, Youth Stage and DJ set which is located in the heart of the site i.e. the festival Area C. The festival features the leading names in the Greek rock music scene, as well as some foreign performers, such as JAMES, Glikerya, Estudianda Neon, Dub Inc, AndonisRemos, Atma, Cabaret Balkan, Nouvelle Vague and Thievery Corporation. The other three areas represent camping sites and contain facilities such as shower places, restaurant etc.
This little picturesque village offers its visitors a unique opportunity to blend partying with outdoor activities. In addition to the music program, the organizers offer a variety of activities and games. The visitors can do hiking, climbing, mountain biking, horseback riding, and walking. For those who like to compete there is a wide offer of sports in the Festival Area C, just opposite of the green stage, such as basketball, football, volleyball, and Ping-Pong, while visitors who are fond of combat games can play their heart out on the paintball ground. Individuals can do some archery or art. The offer also includes extreme sport activities in water such as rafting.
Let it go
It is said that this festival encourages people to freely express themselves. Singing and dancing, people feel liberated. It is chance to escape from the hustle and bustle of the cities and give in to natural beauty while listeningto some of the best performers. What is best about this is the fact that one does not have to push the boat out for this festival, it is enough to get to the river and the dawn-to-dawn party starts.