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Andros’ ‘Methexis’ Experiential Festival to Reveal the Aegean’s Traditions

The Aegean’s cultural and culinary traditions will be on show during the “Aegean Methexis” experiential festival, which will be held on the island of Andros from June 19-21.

The festival is organized by the local “Plegma” non-profit organization for a second year with the aim to bring locals and visitors closer to the Aegean’s gastronomy, music and dances through “methexis”, which in ancient Greek means spiritual meeting, contact or communication.

The three-day event will include:

  • Seminars of traditional dances (of Andros, Kea and Crete),
  • Music instrument workshops (violin, lute, santouri, traditional songs),
  • Interactive lectures on folklore and traditions,
  • Local “panigiria”, which are music and dancing festivities, as well as “veggeres”, the informal evening meetings with friends that usually end up singing and dancing,
  • Tasting events of local products including traditional specialties, sweets, wine, raki, herbs and more.
Andros

Photo Source: Municipality of Andros

The festival’s participants will also have the chance to explore Andros and discover its traditional settlements and trail network, as well as visit the island’s stunning beaches.

“The aim of the festival is to introduce the diversity and wealth of Aegean tradition to a wide audience through music and particularly traditional instruments… These elements, together with gastronomy, constitute our intangible cultural heritage and offer inspiration, creation and entertainment,” the organizers said.

“Furthermore, the festival will promote Andros as a destination with an unique cultural identity where tradition co-exists with the contemporary on one of the most beautiful, yet unexplored islands of the Aegean.”

The closing date for entries to the “Methexis Festival” is June 8, 2020.

The deadline for the early bird registration is January 31.

For more information in English and in Greek visit the website, www.aegeanmethexis.gr.

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