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Gramatik Eco Beatz in Crete


October 26th 2013, The European Sustainability Academy (ESA) in Drapanos hosted the debut performance in Crete, of famous Brooklyn hip-hop DJ, producer and composer GRAMATIK.

The FIRST..... OFF-GRID..... ECO-MUSIC event in Crete with Solar- Beatz - music power from the sun!



450 people came from across Crete and from Athens for this seminal event.

Gramatik audience


Age of Reason poster 2

2 local Greek bands Spiral Maze from Chania and Blue Square supported Gramatik.
This event launched the ESA Creative Entrepreneurs project to help aspiring Greek musicians and artists to promote their talent and to set up and run sustainable enterprise.


Gramatik website

Gramatic Facebook



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Powered only by Cretan sunshine, ESA is a beautiful building rooted in the earth amongst ancient rocks and olive trees, surrounded by nature. Its construction is a leading example of sustainability in practice. ESA is an experiential and creative place where people feel enlivened, uplifted and creative. Great living and great learning happens at ESA. A perfect setting for:

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Crete is the sustainable destination of the past and of the future.


The island birthplace of Zeus, Crete, nestled between Europe, Africa and the Middle East is rich with mythology, gastronomy, music, art, agriculture and one of the first civilisations, the Minoans. These days many rural Cretan villages, thrive on a sustainable lifestyle of barter and exchange with a strong connection with the land. ESA is thrilled to be collaborating with Cretan Urban Adventures to co-create a truly immersive sustainability experience which will make visitors leave with a richer connection with LIFE!