The Eternal Festival


Delos, a small island to the southwest of Mykonos awash in spectacular ruins, was a major cult center of the ancient world and the site of what might have been the first cross-cultural festival in human history—the Delia, a quadrennial celebration in honor of the Delos-born sun god Apollo. Several thousand years later, festival culture is once again ascendant. Contemporary gatherings like Burning Man, Primavera Sound and AfrikaBurn draw pilgrims from across the globe for communal ritual, revelry and cross-cultural musical exchange accompanied by large-scale participatory works by a new breed of visual artist. At the same time, more traditional gatherings, like the world sacred music festivals in Fez and Rajistan, are seeing a resurgence.

In honor of this lineage, Further brought the South African artist Daniel Popper to Mykonos to construct a large-scale figurative sculptural installation that reinterprets the story of Apollo’s birth, building a metaphorical bridge between the Scorpios peninsula and ancient Delos. Upon the installation’s completion we hosted a weekend-long cross-cultural gathering—a mini-Delia—in collaboration with Roots Revival, an international project uniting musicians, musical styles, traditions, and instruments from across the world. The three-day music and arts festival featured an array of panel discussions around contemporary art and architecture, the preservation of musical and dance traditions, and the history of Delia and Delos, featuring prominent panelists and moderators, such as Dezeen founder Marcus Fairs and the French architect Arthur Mamou-Mani.

Throughout the festival, conversations began at sunset and featured a range of artists, architects, critics, and historians on topics ranging from contemporary festivalization to the preservation of music and dance traditions, and the apex between the ancient history of Delia and Delos and contemporary culture.

June 7: Further Mykonos: The Eternal Festival kicked off with Roots Revival group Quieter than Silence, a cross-cultural project blending Syrian, Persian and Sufi musical traditions, followed by tropically inflected electronic music collective Feathered Sun.   

June 8-9: We welcomed Persian opera singer Ariana Vafadari, alternative Syrian dance collective Dabkesim, and Mercan Dede, the acclaimed Turkish composer, DJ, and ney and bendir player, followed by Scorpios resident Valeron & Band.