Lefkada is called the "island of poets" and not by chance. The creator of "Alafroiskiotou" and initiator of the Delphic holidays, Angelos Sikelianos, was born and raised here, while on the islet of Madouri, opposite Nydri, there is still the country house of the Lefkadian poet Aristotle Valaoritis, one of the pioneers of the Union of the Ionian Islands with Greece . The national poet of Japan Lefkadios Hearn (1850 - 1904) was also born in Lefkada, who lived in Japan as Yakumo Koizumi.
Rich in cultural heritage and tradition, Lefkada still has intense activity, as evidenced by its dozens of cultural clubs. Many events take place every year, with the highlights being the Festivals of Speech and Art and the International Folklore Festival, in the summer.
In Lefkada you will meet women who still wear the local traditional clothing. Famous are the Karsan embroideries and the woven fabrics of Lefkada. There are folklore museums in Karya and Sfakiotes.

The institutions of the "Festivals of Speech and Art" (1955), as well as the "International Folklore Festival" (1962) first appeared in Lefkada. The celebrations count dozens of extraordinary moments in their history, such as the extraordinary appearance of Maria Callas in 1964, her last artistic appearance in public. Lefkada has the oldest (after Corfu) Philharmonic in Greece (1850). The active Association contributed to the development of the musical education of the Lefkadians and history brought it many times present in important moments of the Nation, such as in 1864 playing for the Union of the Ionian Islands, in 1896 participating in the Olympic Games in Athens, etc. In August, the streets of the city are filled with dancers from all over the planet, where they dance and sing through the central market with their flags and banners leading the way.

Source: Spiritual Center of Lefkada Municipality