Opa! Greece may be having a hard time economically but now is a world record holder – for the largest Syrtaki dance! The Association for Social Impact and Culture to the Municipality of Magnisia organized the event on the main beach of the town of Volos under the light of the second full moon of the month, Aug. 31.
Some 5,640 people, aged from 14-to-89 danced to the music of Mikis Theodorakis’ Zorba the Greek, filling the town square and making it into the book of the Guinness World Records.
Enthusiasts from Volos, Larisa, Athens, Thessaloniki, Trikala and even from islands of the country joined the regional union of blind people, the national synchronized swimming team and many ordinary citizens, who decided to lock arms and make like Anthony Quinn dancing on the beach of Crete.
The idea came from a Volos resident, Alexia Halvatzakou who suggested it to the municipal services an alternative way to promote the area. The President of the Association for Social Impact and Culture Costas Halevas liked the idea and set about organizing the event.
The first Guinness record in this “discipline” was recorded on the island of Rhodes in 2009, where 1,670 people joined the Syrtaki dance, providing a lot of free promotion, and then Thessaly decided to adopt this creative idea. The event took place under the auspices of the District of Thessaly, the Municipality of Volos, the District units of Magnisia and Sporades, Larisa, Trikala, Karditsa and the Municipalities of Larisa, Trikala and Karditsa.
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