#Translation Village Festival 2023

A Celebration of Translation, Music and Dance!

This year’s theme is again Translation, Music and Dance, which means we will be singing and dancing on the streets, squares and shores of the island for three days! There will be a main stage for music concerts along with various workshops and talks on translation, music, dance, and much more.

Join us for an enjoyable three days of critical and enriching conversations, interactive workshops, delicious local food and of course, participatory dance and live music.


What is Translation Village Festival ?

Organised by the Translation Village team, Translation, Music and Dance Festival offers a multilingual and transcultural experience for people who desire a free, fair and peaceful life.

Timolean Caknis, an 81-year-old local musician and resident of Imvros talks about how the island once hosted up to 200 small day-long festivals each year called panayiri (πανηγύρι, panigýri).

The festival is organised by the Translation Village in the spirit of these panayiris.

Timoleon Caknis

Translation Village Festival 2023: A Celebration of Translation, Music and Dance!

The fourth of the Translation Village Festivals will be held between 8th-10th of September 2023 at Imvros Island! 

Since its inception in 2017, the festival has continuously evolved, presenting a harmonious fusion of translation, music, and dance. The festival promises an unforgettable experience for all, bringing together diverse languages, music styles, dance traditions, and cultures.

Kicking off in the picturesque village of Gliki, the festival brings together multiinstrumental, multilingual, multigendered, and multicultural talents and participants. Jam sessions and dancing commence on the sunset of Friday, 8th September, and workshops, activities, and concerts continue until the night of Sunday, 10th September 2023.

Discover a world of participatory and accessible translation, music and dance workshops during this three day festival. Engage in enlightening discussions covering language, translation, technology, culture, and alternative economy models. 

With musicians, dance performers, and facilitators guiding the way, a series of captivating performances and activities await you across the villages of Kastro, Gliki, Aya Todori, and Shinoudi.

Bring your instrument to join the vibrant jams throughout the festival. Everyone is invited to take part in the joy of Balfolk dances and workshops.

Join the festivities – no translation, music and dance experience required for the workshops!


See you there!

The Festival Team

Who can join?

Translation Village Festival is the place to be for anyone who desires peace, both on earth and in their minds.

There is space for everyone who would like to enjoy multilingual, multigendered, multicultural and multiinstrumental music, dance and discussions, as together we demand a free, decent, fair, truly democratic, ecological, sustainable and peaceful world.

We offer a welcoming and inclusive environment for language and culture workers, translators, interpreters, musicians, dancers, locals and internationalists and provide a unique opportunity to connect in person, share experiences, and celebrate our shared values.

Don't miss this incredible gathering!

Mark your calendars, book your tickets and check the updates!

Who organises this?

Translation Village Festivals are organised collectively by a group of language and culture workers, translators, interpreters, musicians, dancers, locals and internationalists. This year the event will again highlight talented musicians and dance performers across a wide variety of multilingual and transcultural disciplines.

Translation Village have been organising wide-reaching public events and smaller gatherings over the past five years. We successfully hosted various events with different themes, including summer and spring camps, music festivals, participatory workshops and academic conferences.

1st Translation Village Event:

Translation and Nature Summer Camp 1.0
28-29-30 July 2017, Imvros Island

2nd Translation Village Event:

Translation, Nature and Technology Spring Camp
16-17-18 March 2018, Sirince-İzmir

3rd Translation Village Event:

Translation, Music and Nature Festival
6-7-8-9 September 2018, Imvros Island

4th Translation Village Event:

ImvrosFest 2022, Translation, Music, and Dance Festival, 18-21 August 2022, Imvros Island


Due to the global crises, pandemics and wars, there have not been many opportunities for people to learn from each other in person; sing and dance together; celebrate and discuss the positive aspects of local and global solidarity, together. We aim to offer some space and time where people can meet and take part in a programme of translation, dance, music, workshops and discussions during a 3-day long festival.

Translation Village would also like to emphasise the spirit of international solidarity and cooperation, while being locally based on the island.

We will bridge the local with the global in the ancient villages and shores of Imvros Island, in the universal languages of music, dance and translation.

We believe that both localism and internationalism are vital for the survival of humanity.

‘Being and suffering at the centre of these global problems’, we invite all language and culture workers, locals and internationalists, music and dance performers and lovers who believe there is a way for greater solidarity, cooperation and mutual aid.

The festival team have cooperated with local people and grassroots groups and organisations, and created a programme full of enjoyable and participatory workshops, concerts and dance activities to give festival participants the chance to discuss how they can manage local and global solidarity by using the welcoming and universal language of music, dance and translation.

Suitable for all people to enjoy and participate in, the four-day programme of pop-up experiences and activities will take place in multiple historical locations of the island across the four villages, providing the opportunity for the local community and professional artists, musicians and dancers to inspire residents and visitors.

A full version of the festival program is available here.

“We are living in a world in which we are either going to cooperate internationally or we are going to be destroyed’. All of the major problems we face, ‘and they are very serious problems’, are international or transnational. The recent developments showed us all that ‘There are no borders to pandemics, there are no borders to global warming, there are no borders to the threat of nuclear war’. Nothing. ‘Every problem we face is international’. There is a slogan, Internationalism or Extinction. ‘That’s what we actually face, and interpreters and translators are right at the heart of this.”

Noam Chomsky on “Internationalism or Extinction”, International Translation Day, 30 September, 2021.

Imvros Island

by Handan Haspika Zorlu

by Şenol Aktürk

Video credit: devadipmen

Video credit: Aktif Gelişim

Translation Village Festival, ImvrosFest2022, Imvros Island/Gökçeada, 18-21 August 2022