Archive for February, 2023

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This afternoon the carnival bridal procession: oi Kales took place in Skopelos town. Around 15.00 we started walking through the town, singing and dancing and many inhabitants of Skopelos watched and presented the people in the procession with rice pudding, meatballs, cheese and sausage pies and wine and other drinks!

It was amazing to see the amount of young people that participated in full costumes. Fortunately there were also many experienced participants. The turnout give us hope that this old tradition will continue to be performed in the following years. Many older inhabitants were moved by the procession that passed by their houses.

At the beginning of the afternoon the groom met the bride on one of the small squares in town. He gave her her flowers and a ring and kisses were exchanged and after that we could start walking through the rest of the village. The groom and bride were accompanied by the father of the groom, the best woman and the sister of the bride.

The walk through the town brought us to many squares and in many streets where we danced and sang.

Fortunately there was a big group of experienced singers who were close to the bride and the groom in the procession and they gave us the words for the most important song that we had to sing. On the squares other songs were sung too. Jannis, the accordeon player accompanied us and we thank him for everything!! Until next year!!

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Trates 2023

Last Sunday, as a part of the Skopelos carnival, the Trates gathering started at the municipal cafe. About six boat crews gathered there and showed of their boats. Singing and dancing took places and we were amazed by the inventive costumes that were shown off. Later the boats and their crews roamed the street of Skopelos.

Tomorrow, Sunday, around 15.00 hours the Skopelos Wedding party (oi Kales) will start walking, dancing and singing in the streets of Skopelos. Starting point the cultural and folklore “headquarters” close to the folklore museum.

Many people will be dressed in traditional Greek costumes from Skopelos and the rest of Greece. If you want to find the group look for them on the village squares and follow the singing.

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Trates 2023

Tomorrow at 14.00 hours the traditional Skopelos ”Trates” will start at the municipal cafe in the harbor. From there they will start roaming around Skopelos town. If you want to offer something for the buffet for the Trata participants, please do!

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10.30 hours we assemble at Milos Square. We will walk down to Glyfoneri and up on the donkey path to the asphalt. From there we will walk from the crossroad to Glysteri and down the valley. On the beach we will share a picnic- contributions welcome. Transport will be available to pick up Scramblers from the beach who would like a lift back to the starting point of Milos Square.

All are welcome to join the Scramblers on this walk. Any question phone Muriel 6983010118

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Experience the Best of the Sporades: Hiking on Skopelos Island. From lush pine forests to hidden beaches, explore the best of Skopelos’ nature and history on foot

14 FEBRUARY 2023

Skopelos, the most densely vegetated island of the Aegean Sea, is an absolute paradise of green and blue. Pines cover the island from coast to coast and merge with the crystal-clear blue waters that surround it, creating a picturesque view that is beyond breathtaking. The lush island’s beauty is enhanced by dozens of trails and old cobbled paths that cross its natural terrain, making it a leading destination for trekking and adventure.

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Experience the Best of the Sporades: Hiking on Skopelos Island

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It never gets boring to hear the sound of the springwater and especially when the waterflow gets stronger after snowfall.

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In 2007, the 9th of February was designated as “International Greek Language Day”.  The celebration of the Greek language aims to highlight the pivotal role that it has played through the ages.

Source: https://www.mfa.gr/missionsabroad/en/ireland-en/news/international-greek-language-day-february-2022.html

Greek poet George Seferis was born Georgios Seferiades in Urla close to Izmir, Turkey. He worked as a diplomat for the Royal Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs and received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1963.

Source: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/george-seferis

Denial (Άρνηση) is a poem by George Seferis published in his collection Turning Point (Στροφή ) in 1931.

After the coup that overthrew the Greek government in 1967, Seferis went into voluntary seclusion and many of his poems were banned, including the musical versions which Mikis Theodoraki had written and arranged. Denial came to be the anthem of resistance to the regime and was sung by the enormous crowds lining the streets at Seferis’ funeral.


On the secret seashore
white like a pigeon
we thirsted at noon;
but the water was brackish.

On the golden sand
we wrote her name;
but the sea-breeze blew
and the writing vanished.

With what spirit, what heart,
what desire and passion
we lived our life; a mistake!
So we changed our life.

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8ο Folklore Dance Festival “Diamantis Palaiologos” 7-8-9 July 2023

A festival that has grown into an institution. Dancing, fun, passion, tradition, music, guided tours, seminars, parallel activities, shows, parties and so much more in store for you this July on Skopelos!

After three years of hiatus and silence, it’s time to pick up where they left, once again, with #meraki. More than 600 dancers and 7,500 spectators will be meeting in Skopelos this summer.

The Folklore Dance Festival “Diamantis Palaiologos” is back in full swing for the eighth year and applications for participation just opened!

The civil non-profit organisation “Plegma” and its large team of volunteers, would like to invite dance groups from every corner of Greece to apply for participation in the 8th Folklore Dance Festival “Diamantis Palaiologos”, which will be held in Skopelos from 07 to 09 July 2023.
Anyone interested to take part can review the terms and conditions and submit their applications online, on the festival’s website: https://www.dancefestivalgr.gr

The Folklore Dance Festival “Diamantis Palaiologos”, a member of the European and Word Folklore Festival Association and certified with the EFFE LABEL quality mark by the European Festivals Association, has established itself through the years as a vibrant institution of tradition and culture with international reach.

Over the course of this three-day celebration, Skopelos will tune in to the melodies and dances of different traditions and cultures, which will showcase their diversity, richness and depth through a series of dance performances, along with parallel activities, such as workshops, seminars, exhibitions, open rehearsals, parties, etc.

The Folklore Dance Festival “Diamantis Palaiologos” has won recognition in the Tourism Awards 2017 competition (SILVER award in the “festival” category) and in the Best City Awards 2016 competition (SILVER award in the “culture” category), It has also been the subject of academic research and studies by both Greek and foreign universities and presented as a case study at numerous academic conferences.

Info: https://www.dancefestivalgr.gr/| http://www.plegma.org

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Instagram: dancefestivalskopelosgr

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Boat strike

Ferries will stay in the ports across Greece during February 8-9 after the Pan-Hellenic Seamen’s Federation (PNO) announced a 48-hour strike in all ship categories. According to an announcement, the umbrella union of Greek seamen are demanding a revised collective labor agreement for 2023 with pay raises. The PNO is also protesting against uninsured labor and is calling for the establishment of a permanent system for the financial support of unemployed seafarers. The union is requesting for an increase in the monthly unemployment benefit to 650 euros for the unmarried and to 850 euros for married seamen, with an additional 150 euros for each dependent person, and free medical care for seafarers and their families. The strike will start from 06.01 in the morning of Wednesday, February 8 and will last until 06.00 in the morning of Friday, February 10. Travelers who have booked ferry tickets  February 8-9 are advised to check with their travel agents or contact local port authorities for further information. Source: https://news.gtp.gr/2023/01/24/ferry-travel-greek-seamen-announce-48-hour-strike-for-february-8-9/

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