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Workshop on the subject of Polyphonic Song & Musical tradition

A Scientific Workshop on the subject of Polyphonic Song & Musical tradition was organized by Pogoni Municipality on Saturday, August 9th, at 11.00am in the Hall of the Polyphonic Song Center at Ktismata in Pogoni Municipality within the scope of the Project titled “POLYPHONIC SONG: A CHANNEL TO NETWORKING AND DISTINCTION OF COMMON CULTURAL CHARACTERISTICS IN THE AREAS OF POGONI AND GRECIA SALENTINA - (Polysong)” of the European Territorial Cooperation Programme “Greece – Italy 2007 – 2013”.

The Scientific Workshop proceedings begun with registration and welcoming speech by Mr. Kapsali Konstantino, Mayor of Pogoni. Then, under the coordination of Vice-mayor of Delvinaki, Mrs. Matsia Vassili, Mr. Sourelis Nikolaos followed, President of the Association ‘GRECIA SALENTINA’, who made an introduction and then there was a speech by Mr. Raptis Vassilis, folklorist, while the Workshop continued with speeches by Mr. Lolis Konstantinos and Mr. Tellis Panagiotis – musicologists, and with the presentation by Mr. Pappas Georgios – a polyphonic song performer who studied Byzantine music.

A presentation of polyphonic songs followed by the music band Inoro, as well as by the polyphonic music bands of Ano Deropoli and Dervitsiani. Then, there was an impressive musical intervention made by the polyphonic band of Ktismata. The Workshop goal was to inform on the highlighting, promoting and preserving the cultural heritage of the Intervention Areas as far as music and their cultural tradition are concerned, in combination with the development of alternative tourism forms. In the event, there were participants from various settlements of Pogoni Municipality, while the public’s disposition for discussing with the speakers was striking.

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