Raising questions, getting things moving

The Ethnological Museum of Thrace presents the social and economic life of Thrace from the 18th century to the 1970s by means of objects, words, images, video and sounds. The material is suitable for educational programs. «The aim of the museum is not to conserve folklore,» writes Giannakidou in the museum’s excellent catalog, «but to create a lively means of getting to know the popular culture and customs of Thrace that will link tradition and memory to the issues of contemporary society.» What interests Giannakidou is raising questions for discussion and research, getting things and thoughts moving. The museum, housed in a very special building that the Giannakidou family paid for with their own money, aims to stimulate productive thinking and become a bulwark against ignorance and indifference.

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