8th Festival of Traditional Dance & Music of Patmos, 6 – 8 September 2019 -Outdoor amphitheater of the Holy Cave of the Apocalypse
The 8th Festival of Traditional Dance and Music of Patmos will be held from Friday 6th September to Sunday 8th September 2018, at the outdoor amphitheater of the Holy Cave of the Apocalypse, with Free Entrance. Artistic directors are Maria Michelli and Theologos Michellis.
Patmos will be the meeting point for 180 dancers and 30 musicians from different regions of Greece.
The Festival of Traditional Dance & Music of Patmos, after 8 years of consistent presence in the cultural activities of the island, constitutes a constant cultural reference point of the Greek musical-dancing tradition and claims its own special place in the cultural production of the country. Artistic directors are Maria Michelli and Theologos Michellis.
Patmos, the island that has been designated a World Heritage Site by Unesco, with its strong spiritual character and its rich cultural presence, welcomes some of the most beautiful creations of the Greek musical dancing tradition, for the eighth year.
The three-day musical-dancing event, which attracts hundreds of Greek and foreign visitors every year, will host 10 dance groups this year, presenting their special dancing and musical idioms, traditional costumes and customs, which will be accompanied by musicians of recognized skill and artistic value.
The audience will have the opportunity to watch a musical-dancing journey that starts from Pontus and passes through Propontis, Eastern Rumelia, Florina, Thessaly, Peloponnese and the Aegean islands, composing the mosaic of the Greek cultural musical-dancing tradition.
The festival includes parallel activities in order to provide the participants with a personal experience in the cultural and musical-dancing tradition of Patmos. In this context, a workshop on “The musical-dancing tradition of Patmos” will take place, addressed to the members of the dancing groups that will be hosted on the island, including a presentation about the local cultural identity and the teaching of the local dancing repertoire by Maria Michelli and the contribution of Theologos Michellis about the special characteristics of the musical tradition of Patmos.
The main goals of the Festival are the promotion of cultural diversity and artistic expression, cultural exchanges and the promotion of the Greek musical-dancing tradition.
In combination with offering a quality event to the public, the Festival of Traditional Dance and Music of Patmos is one of the island’s top cultural events and has gained prominence among the most important domestic festivals of its kind.
Dance groups will take part in the Festival:
1.Eastern Rumelia Folklore Dance Group of Thessaloniki
(Dance teacher: Pavlos Litoudis)
2.Gomostos Cultural Association
(Dance teacher: Diogenis Economou)
3.Lyceum Club of Greek Women of Samos
(Dance teacher: Eleftheria Karageorgiou)
4.Cultural Association of Thessalians of Fyli “Rigas Feraios”
(Dance teacher: Despina Germola)
5.Pylos Cultural Association
(Dance teacher: Agis Tsakalakos)
6.Rodochori Cultural Association “Komninoi”
(Dance teacher: Kostas Vasiliadis)
7.Refugee Association of Eastern Thrace of Agia Triada
(Dance teacher: Ioannis Tsalikis)
8.Dance School “Aloni”
(Dance teacher: Dionysis Travlos)
9.Association of Greek Traditional Dances “Lyngistes”
(Dance teacher: Yiannis Konstantinou)
10.Dance Department of National Technical University of Athens
(Dance teacher: Dimitris Daniilidis)
& Youth Music Lab of Chios (Music teacher: Theologos Michellis)
8th Festival of Traditional Dance & Music of Patmos-
Patmos, Friday September 6 – Sunday September 8 2019 – Outdoor amphitheater of the Holy Cave of the Apocalypse
Organization: Cultural Center of the Municipality of Patmos. Co-organization: Municipality of Patmos, South Aegean Region. Supported by the Holy Monastery of St. John the Theologian of Patmos
Presentation: Aristides Miaoulis Event start time: 19:30 Admission to the public is free
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