2015 Caldera Arts & Literature Festival

Atlantis Books presents the 2015 Caldera Arts and Literature Festival
featuring David Sedaris, Billy Collins and more

Main Sponsor


Aristotle Onassis’ will mandated that half of this fortune is donated for the establishment of the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, named after his son. For the last 40 years, Onassis Foundation has invested in education, culture and social solidarity, realizing significant achievements: the Onassis Cultural Centers in Athens and New York, the 6.300 scholarships, the funding of educational institutions and Greek Studies, the promotion of the Cavafy Archive, the support of distressed areas and the diffusion of Greek culture globally, are only a few.

Onassis’ passion for progress, via the Foundation, has been reshaped into open access to cultural and educational treasures. Acknowledging that the value of cultural archives lies in their openness and accessibility and that the impact of poetry is augmented when it reaches the general public, Onassis Foundation salutes Caldera Festival 2015 as a great initiative and supports its high-calibre programme.

Contributing Sponsors

Trailer for the 2014 festival, featuring footage from our 2013 edition.

We invite you to join us SEPTEMBER 11-13, 2015, in OIA, SANTORINI as we host a weekend of words, art, music and wine on our terrace overlooking the Aegean Sea.

In November 2011 and in June 2013 we hosted our 1st and the 2nd Caldera Arts and Literature Festivals. We’ve hosted internationally acclaimed writers such as Paul Murray, Ali Smith and Eugene Trivizas, as well as artists, musicians, and chefs who have generously shared their talents during a weekend of events that are free and open to the public. In July 2014, we hosted our 3rd festival to celebrate our 10th anniversary, kicking off the festivities with the wedding of two of our founding members.This year we present our most bursting, vibrant slew of performers ever. We are humbled by the list of participants, which continues to grow:

DAVID SEDARIS – Bestselling author and beloved humorist whose books have sold over eight million copies worldwide and have been translated into over twenty-five languages. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, the BBC,  National Public Radio in the U.S., and unbelievably, will soon be adding Atlantis Books as a puny footnote to that venerable list. In our opinion he is one of the handful of funniest, warmest human voices on the planet today and we are beyond honored to have him joining us.

BILLY COLLINS – No poet since Robert Frost has managed to combine high critical acclaim with such broad popular appeal. His work has appeared in a variety of periodicals including The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and The American Scholar, he is a Guggenheim fellow and a New York Public Library “Literary Lion.”  His last three collections of poems have broken sales records for poetry, and in June 2001, Billy Collins was appointed United States Poet Laureate 2001-2003.  He will be the first Poet Laureate hosted by Atlantis Books. If we never see another one again, this will have been enough.

ROSS DALY and LABYRINTH – Originally from Ireland, Ross Daly has spent much of his life in many different parts of the world and for the past 35 years he has made the island of Crete his home. Since 1975 he has been based there, and  is universally recognized as one of the foremost experts on the island’s rich musical tradition. He is also especially well known and respected for his ability to bring artists of different and seemingly unrelated traditions together in collaborations of unique quality and depth. In 1982 he established the Labyrinth Musical Workshop which is today situated in the village of Houdetsi 20 kms south of the capital city of Herakleion. Ross Daly performed at the 2014 Caldera Festival at Atlantis to standing-room-only crowds and we are truly grateful for the opportunity to welcome him back for an encore performance with the members of his Labyrinth Workshop.

JULIAN GARGIULO – Julian Gargiulo is a pianist, composer, and recording artist.  He has performed in the United States, Canada, England, Italy, France, Germany, Russia, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, China, and Australia, to both public and critical acclaim.  This year Julian was named a Steinway Artist. Mr. Gargiulo performs regularly throughout the world in halls such as Carnegie Hall (US), United Nations’ Dag Hammarskjöld Auditorium (US), Moscow Conservatory Hall (Russia), Verona Philharmonic Hall (Italy), The Esplanade (Singapore) and the Seymour Theatre Centre (Australia). He in unquestionably one of the most entertaining and enamoring classical pianists in the world today, a consummate talent, a transcendent professional of his art, and like Ross Daly, we are truly honored to be able to bring him back once more to perform at our festival.

SOTI TRIANTAFYLLOU – Soti Triantafyllou is a bestselling author (both fiction and non-fiction) and historian specialising in American history-related subjects. Soti lives between Athens and Paris and her books have been translated in various languages. She is one of the most acknowledged voices of Greek literature today and we are truly grateful to welcome her to perform at our festival.

AMANDA MICHALOPOULOU – Αmanda Michalopoulou has published seven novels, three short story collections and many children’s books. She has received various awards the Diavazo Award for her novel ‘Jante'(1996) and the Academy of Athens Award for her book ‘Bright day'(2013). The American translation of her book “I’d Like” won the International Literature Prize by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Liberis Liber Prize of the Independent Catalan publishers (2008). Her most recent book “Why I killed my best friend” (Open Letter, 2014) is longlisted for the The National Translation Award in the US.

AUGUSTE CORTEAU – Augouste Corteau has published 20 novels and has translated into Greek more than fifty novels, amongst which, works of Salinger, Updike, Nabokov, Cormac McCarthy, Annie Proulx, Colum McCann and Joyce Carol Oates. He is one of the most famous literary voices in Greece today and we are super excited to have him perform at our festival.

CAVAFY ARCHIVE – The Cavafy Archive, the ownership of which was tranferred to the Onassis Foundation in 2012, currently encompasses Cavafy’s manuscripts, photographs and personal proobjects of the poet. The Cavafy Archive/Onassis Foundation through its ultiple initiatives (educational, academic and artistic) in a variety of platforms seeks to initiate new channels of dialogue and interaction between contemporary readers and Cavafy’s life and work.

We will soon be posting more formal information on additional performers, sponsors, accommodations, and venues, as well as information on opportunities for festival attendees to meet and learn from our performers in exclusive intimate settings. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact us at hello@atlantisbooks.org if you would like help arranging your own travel and accommodation to the island. Tickets and rooms are booking up fast so now is the best time to make plans!

Our Caldera Festival 2015 will be our biggest yet. We hope the event will spearhead our major fund-raising push for the coming decade: to purchase the most beautiful building on Santorini, a hand-carved compound of caves in the village next-door to ours, and to transform it into a Writers’ and Artists’ Residency. More on this coming soon as well. For the moment, we begin with a WELCOME and GET EXCITED!

The Atlantis Books Crew.