Rethroning the violin in Epirotic music

A multicultural lakeside city hosting people of different ethnic backgrounds and their music: “This was Ioannina 200 years ago, a completely different state and society than it was after World War II,” says Christopher King, the distinguished American ethnomusicologist.

When Violin Was King | Athens | November 30

The American School of Classical Studies invites US ethnomusicologist Christopher King for a discussion on the violin in the traditional music of the Epirus region of northern Greece.

The lure of traditional summer festivals

Every summer, festivals on the Greek islands and the mainland begin in late June and end on August 15 with the Assumption of the Virgin Mary, like in Olympos on Karpathos (pictured).

Museum initiative aims to help maintain Cycladic traditions

The Museum of Cycladic Art has launched Cycladic Identity, an initiative to preserve and highlight the character of Greece’s famous island cluster and attract donations and sponsorships, with which it will support organizations active in the islands with programs related to culture, biodiversity and intangible cultural heritage.

Firewalkers honor Saint Constantine in mystery-shrouded, centuries-old rituals

Sotirios Gkaintatzis danced across burning coals, his stomping bare feet raising sparks and puffs of smoke as he held aloft an icon of Saints Constantine and Helen. He is the leader of a group of “anastenaria” – the devotees of St. Constantine who celebrate these centuries-old rites in a smattering of small villages near Thessaloniki.

Greeks fly kites for Clean Monday holiday despite pandemic

Colorful kites danced in the skies above the hilltops and seafront promenades of Athens on Clean Monday as Greeks turned out to celebrate the Eastern Christian holiday in their traditional fashion after being hit hard by the pandemic during the winter.

Parks to remain open for kite flying on Monday

The government is expected to announce Friday that parks in cities will remain open on Monday when Greeks mark the first day of Lent – dubbed Clean Monday – and citizens head to open spaces to fly kites. 

Greek Carols | December 24 – January 8

The Domna Samiou Choir, an ensemble created in 1993 by the late doyenne of Greek folk music, performs traditional Christmas carols from different parts of the country and different eras.

Easter accidents boost calls for strict regulations

In the wake of a cameraman’s death during a traditional event and the accidental shooting of an 8-year-old girl on Easter Sunday, calls have grown for the imposition of restrictions on potentially dangerous customs.

Yiorgos Kaloudis | Athens | February 21

In August 2017 Yiorgos Kaloudis brought music back to the Ancient Theater of Aptera, 17 centuries after the ancient city's demise. On Thursday, February 21, the master of the traditional Cretan lyre will perform a recital at Athens's Museum of Cycladic Art.