It’s been 110 years that the Lyceum Club of Greek Women (founded in 1911 by Callirrhoe Parren, a pioneer of the feminist movement in Greece) has served as a living ark of traditional dances and costumes from every part of Greece.
The Lyceum’s numerous dancers, dressed in wonderful traditional costumes from every corner of the country, astound their audience at every one of their performances with the beauty and the variety of dances from the Peloponnese, Roumeli, the Ionian Islands, Thessaly, Epirus and Macedonia, the islands of the Saronic, the Cyclades and the Northern Aegean, Crete, Thrace and the Dodecanese. A special section of the Lyceum’s priceless collection is dedicated to lost homelands, the dances and costumes of the Greeks of Asia Minor and Pontus.
It is this incredible wealth that we will have the opportunity to enjoy at the SNFCC, where, on Sunday, 11 July 2021, the Lyceum of Greek women will invite the public to join them in celebrating our great national holiday through demotic poetry, music and traditional dances.
Three hundred dancers from the Lyceum Club of Greek Women and seven of its Branches, along with the “Armatomenoi” from Messolonghi, will flood the Agora, the Visitors Center, the Water Jets and the Great Lawn of the Stavros Niarchos Park to perform more than 70 traditional dances from several regions of Greece, dressed in the respective local costumes.
The euphoria of this diverse spectacle will reach its climax at the Great Lawn, where dancers and visitors will come together in a circle dance, culminating in a true celebration in honor of the Heroes of the Greek Revolution.
The event will begin at the Lighthouse, with a presentation of emblematic costumes that evoke heroic personalities and events of the Struggle.
The themed events programming Faces of the Hero is realized thanks to the exclusive grant by Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).