Paou Festival

Paou Festival

Musical inquiries and artistic interactions in idyllic surroundings of great natural beauty

The University of Thessaly Music Ensembles (Vocal Expression Group) launch the cultural summer of the Paou festival each year, from 16 to 18 and from 26 to 28 August.

The voluntary work of hosting the artists participating in the festival also falls within the context of culture and music. Students and collaborators of the Music Ensembles come together, not only on the stage, but also in small working groups to support the festival hands-on.
The Paou Conference and Cultural Center turns, every year, into a place of music accompaniments. Accomplished musicians of different music backgrounds co-exist on stage and along with the audience, in a multisensory music journey under the starry sky, searching internal expression and meaningful communication.

The voluntary work of collaborators and members of the University of Thessaly Music Ensembles supports the Paou Festival.

​Artistic Director
Maria Thoidou
Specialized Scientific Staff of the University of Thessaly
Email: maria [at] music-village [dot] gr

The Conference & Cultural Center in the old Paou Monastery

The University of Thessaly Conference and Cultural Center is located about 43 km from the city of Volos, in Argalasti, in Mount Pelion. It is housed in the premises of the old St. Nicholas Monastery of Paou founded in the early 18th century and ceded in 1985 from the municipality of Argalasti to the University. 

The University of Thessaly, respecting the historical background of the site, proceeded to the necessary restoration and reconstruction works to make the premises better suited in order to function as a Conference and Cultural Center. The natural beauty of the area, the capacity to host a small group of people as well as the location of the venue-close to Argalasti and at the focal point of the road and hiking communication network of south Mount Pelion villages, render this Center an ideal place for conducting scientific and cultural events.