Kíklos means ‘circle’

it’s how we dance – together, as equals, to celebrate the greatest of joys; to endure the greatest of sorrows

it’s how we grow – like a ripple; the lightest touch can reach the farthest

Kíklos is devoted to rekindling, rebranding and spreading Greek traditional culture, both in its capacity to preserve, but more importantly, in its capacity to innovate as a collection of living art forms.

Kíklos supports the evolution of traditional culture by providing a sustainable platform for emerging artists who draw inspiration from these idioms to create new, contemporary works of art.

We feel the necessity to adopt a more cosmopolitan approach in highlighting an underrepresented part of our culture to extend this endeavor to new audiences.

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Niko Paterakis is a greek composer and founder of KÍKLOS FESTIVAL.

As a multi-instrumentalist, he began composing music for performing arts while living and studying in the UK in the late 2000’s. During this time, he performed original material in the world-renowned SWSX Festival (Austin, TX – 2010) and premiered his first musical theater production, ANO THROSKO: Musical for the 21st Century (sponsored by ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND).

A few years later, he was awarded a scholarship to study for a Master’s Degree in Film Scoring at Berklee Valencia (Berklee College of Music – Valencia, ES).

After graduating in 2014, Niko moved to New York to work for ROLI, a thriving music tech start-up that introduced innovations such as the Seaboard.

Since then, he has been composing for libraries and select projects, as well as researching Greek traditional music, which led him to found & manage kíklos festival under the auspices of the Consulate General of Greece in New York.