It takes place every year at the end of September, in Larissa (Greece), at the premises of the industrial monument “Mylos Pappa“, which includes scenes and stages of theatre, dance, music, puppetry and cinema, but also less conventional, open and closed spaces that can host performances, concerts, rehearsals, workshops, installations, exhibitions and all kind of cultural events.
The aim of the festival is to highlight the contemporary trends of the performing arts, to promote inclusivity, accessibility, artistic diversity and original creation and to bring artists and audiences into creative dialogue, turning challenges into opportunities.
The program of the festival includes theater, dance, music, dance theater, music theater, performance art, contemporary circus, puppetry, stand-up comedy, exhibitions, installations, fine arts, photography, seminars, workshops, concerts, screenings, street arts, interactions, symposia etc.
Mill of Performing Arts was held for the first time in September 2014, as an initiative of SMouTh which was embraced by the Mayoralty of Culture and Science of the Municipality of Larissa. Since 2016, the Mayoralty co-organises the festival together with SMouTh who is holding the artistic coordination. In 2018, in collaboration with the Greek National Opera, the festival hosted the national meeting of music theatre companies. Since 2017 a part of the festival is dedicated to the inclusion and accessibility, and in 2020 it was fully accessible.
2021 is a milestone year for the global community, the cultural sector and especially the performing arts that have suffered from the devastating effects of the pandemic. This year’s festival is changing, developing and aspiring to track and capture the transition.
Applications for 2021 are closed. For proposals concerning performances, concerts, exhibitions, installations, workshops, films and videos, an open call will be announced again in the beginning of 2022.
SMouTh (Synergy of Music Theatre) is the eldest and more active music theatre company in the Greek Region. In collaboration with the Mayoralty of Culture and Science of the Municipality of Larissa, it organises and curates two annual festivals.