Volos Sets Guinness Record for Largest Syrtaki Dance

The City of Volos Sets Guinness Record for largest sirtaki dance

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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  1. Is there anything better to do to help the country’s future rather than dancing you idiots??? 

  2. Yeah, I guess everyone should just stay home and cry.

    This event gave people hope and it promotes the idea that great things can be achieved through organization and will, which is an idea that has been missing in the country. There is nothing wrong with sharing a bit of culture with the world, as it promotes tourism, pride and unity. It also shows the media and the world that Greece is not only made up of rioters and protestors.

  3. I never said that everyone should stay at home and cry. What I meants is for all Greeks to be one hand and try and lift the country from its crisis by working towards prosperity and not clubing. The country is in serious economic crisis and we all have to do something to get us out of this mess not by dancing. Be serious and think of something to put the country in the right track.

  4. Please trust me that the event was not clubbing, but it was good for business. In 8 years of living here, I never saw the waterfront so packed.

    Greece has to work with what it has and since tourism is one of the most important areas of revenue for the economy, this was a perfect way to promote it, especially in Pelion, which is an absolutely stunning area on the mainland that few people outside of Greece are aware of.

    I agree that, “”Greeks need to be of one hand,” but since this is not the case generally, this kind of event promotes that unity. I know that this kind of event will not save the economy, but it does have a positive purpose and it promotes the spirit of being Greek and as a former tourist, I know it gives a positive impression to tourists.


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