Athens Kicks Off Carnival Season with a Tribute to Greece’s Folk Traditions



Carnival. Photo: ANA-MPA

In a tribute to Greece’s folk traditions during carnival, the Museum of Modern Greek Culture is collaborating with the Social Cooperative Enterprise (SCE) Folknet to organize an event that is open to the public this Sunday, to mark the start of the Greek carnival season or ‘Apokries’.

A troupe of northern Greek “bell-bearers” and musicians from Flambouro and Serres will present their local carnival traditions, which include impressive costumes and music, in a procession through the streets of Plaka beneath the Acropolis starting at 11:30. This procession will move through Kydathinaion, Tripodon, Kyrristou, Panos and Areos street where the museum’s various current facilities are located (Aeridon Baths, Panos Street Museum, and Tzisdaraki Mosque) and arrive at the spot where the museum is to be relocated, at Areos 10.

At 13:00 there will be a presentation in the museum’s multi-purpose hall about similar events organized in Plaka in the past and then a Folknet representative will refer to the SCE’s five-year action organizing bell-bearer processions in Thessaloniki.

At 14:00 there will be a revival of a carnival tradition called ‘Babougeroi’ observed in Flambouro, Serres at the Areos site.

Entrance to all events is free of charge.

The Museum of Modern Greek Culture is the only state museum whose mission is to record, verify, preserve and present modern Greek culture. This year’s event follows up previous events presenting the carnival traditions of Skyros, Naxos, Naousa, Soho, Mytilene and other areas to the public in Athens.

(ANA-MPA)