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Traditional culture and particularly music play an important part in Kythnos life. During spring and summer months the Greek island sees many informal concerts as well as panagiri, church festival events. Occasionally Kythnos hosts events for musicians and dancers from the mainland and other Aegean islands. The principal instruments played are a violin accompanied by a lute. However, music is also played with the stringed sandouri, tapped with two stick-like beaters, and the tsabouna, a bagpipe-type instrument. The resulting music is the foundation for dances, including the Kythnos Balos. Most summers the island festival will host musicians and dancers showing off their skills.