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Summer School of Tzoumerka

Summer School of Tzoumerka

The University of Thessaly / Department of History, Archeology and Social Anthropology organizes, in cooperation with the Municipality of Northern Tzoumerka, the 6th Summer School, to be held from 26th (Sunday) to 31st (Friday) August 2018 in Syrrako, North Tzoumerka, Ioannina. The theme of this year's Summer School is: "Our festivals. Times are changing, festivals are staying. "
Theoretical starting points
The Greek panigiri (πανηγύρι) is an important festival and a celebration. A ritual that has multiple functions and symbolisms. Even in the last few decades, during which the festival has been transformed, it continues to organize and unite the community, to allow community members to perform religious worship events, and it is also used as a place for economic, cultural and social exchanges.
Tradition is renewed and reestablished through the festivals. The past is revived and linked to the present. Participants seek immersion in the community pool. It is the first level of operation. On the second level, in the field of dancing and dancing, well-known social structures and new social interactions or conflicts are formed. At the same time, new cultural behaviors emerge. There is often no identity renewed, rather the new identity of the lonely city inhabitant with the cultural influences of the mass culture of the industrial society is shaped.
In the traditional dances of the Greek plains, the Modern Greek identity is now expressed in a strong and liberal way, with the accompaniment of the sounds of the so-called neo-demotics. It is undoubtedly a cultural process fed by the musical composition and instruments of the orchestra, slowly gaining ground in the mountainous area as well.