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Nice port visit from cruise ship

Written by Rodney T W
When I went up on deck of the Costa Concordia early in the morning to get a look at Rhodes, I was surprised to see the walls, turrets and castle around the city. It had a Disneyland-look I didn't expect. For a cruise
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The Medieval Rose Festival this is an annual event which has taken place since 2006 during the months of May or June. The Rose Festival gives our visitors the chance to transport themselves back into the medieval times in Rhodes and participate in the Witches and Fairies Dance, with Fire Eaters, Jugglers and Jesters, all dressed perfectly in medieval costumes.

The entire town transforms to the medieval times, with magnificent dance and music performances; this is the perfect experience to enlighten oneself in the rich history of the medieval town.

'Sound & Light' performances, attracting visitors from all over the world. Situated within the Castle grounds, the perfect setting to witness the Medieval Period, during the times of the Knights of Rhodes and the Crusaders who, together with the people of the island united in a common struggle against the attacks of the Turks, led by Suleiman the Magnificent in 1552. The story is based on the stage of siege and ends with the conquest of Rhodes by the Turks and departure of the crusades of St. Jean of Jerusalem and the last Grand Master , Phillipe de Villers de L' isle Adam on 1st January 1523.
The whole programme is accompanied with music and grounded by several coloured light spots to the walls of the Grand Master, windows, and battlements. The show lasts 50 minutes. The performances are held in Greek, English, French, German, Italian and Swedish.

The Flower Festival. Around mid- May the Rhodes Cultural Organization organizes the annual Flower Festival (Anthestiria). With a guaranteed spectacular show of flowers and theme floats decorated for this parade. The parade takes place on the Mandraki harbour. An event not to be missed!

Film Festivals. In June the Municipality of Rhodes and the Image & Environment Society organize the Ecofilms, Rodos International Films and Visual Arts Festivals. These events are becoming strikingly popular. It is the only environmental film festival in the Mediterranean and the Balkans. Productions of short films, documentaries on environmental and ecology themes are the main sources for this event. With a strong emphasis to encourage the awareness of issues related to the environment we are living in today.

The Cultural Events organised by the municipality and the cultural society of Rhodes during summer (from July to September) consist of various concerts (classical/modern music by famous Greek and International artists) and frequent theatrical performances. There are also several art exhibitions taking place throughout the summer.