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Corfu Philharmonic Orchestras on Greece’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List

Corfu Philharmonic Society. Photo source: Culture Ministry

The Greek Culture Ministry has inscribed Corfu’s Philharmonic Orchestras in the National Index of Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Greece’s intangible cultural heritage list recognizes the social and traditional practices that form the special identity and culture of each region.

According to the ministry, Corfu’s Philharmonic Orchestras are strongly connected with the island’s history and culture.

“We recognize the significant contribution of the orchestras to music education and the enhancement of social ties on Corfu,” Culture Minister Lina Mendoni said.

“Kapodistrias” Philharmonic Band. Photo source: Culture Ministry

The island’s philharmonic orchestras are strongly connected with the island’s cultural heritage, affecting music education and artistic creation for centuries. Based on voluntary participation, their music ensembles consist of wind and percussion instruments.

The oldest orchestra, the Corfu Philharmonic Society – was founded in 1840. Today, there are 16 active bands on the island, offering the opportunity to hundreds of students to identify and cultivate their musical skills as well as to contribute to the preservation of this long tradition and promote the work of significant Greek composers.

In addition, Corfu’s Philharmonic Orchestras promote the idea of volunteering and social inclusion through the integration of people from other countries, of different age or social background.

Skripero Philharmonic Band. Photo source: Culture Ministry

The request for the inclusion of Corfu’s Philharmonic Orchestras in the National Index of Intangible Cultural Heritage was submitted by the Philharmonic Society of Corfu and the Mantzaros Philarmonic Society.

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