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If you want to get the real feel of Ikaria, you should attend at least one festival, to dance Ikarian dances with the locals! In the all night festivities, plenty of wine and local specialties are offered. The feast of the Virgin Mary is celebrated on the 15th of August, in ten venues throughout the island. Best known are the ones of Lagada, Akamatra, Kosoikia and Karavostamos.
In late July, Ikaria celebrates its independence from Ottoman rule. A book fair, folk art exhibitions and musical performances are organized in numerous villages of Ikaria and neighbouring Fournoi. Local theatre group “Exodos Aigaiou” puts up plays in open air venues, taking full advantage of the island’s mountainous, dramatic scenery.