The leaves of the rose
The relationship between tradition and contemporary culture is a field the SNFCC explores and revisits often when planning its cultural projects and initiatives. And it is precisely because of its significance that selected events, realized in partnership with distinguished organizations (such as the Lyceum Club of Greek Women or the Domna Samiou Greek Folk Music Association) return again and again.
In 2021, the “theme” is provided by the 200-year anniversary of the Greek Revolution, which calls for a re-examination and reconsideration of a number of issues related to modern Greek history. One of those is our relationship with tradition and, indeed, the legacy of songs and dances that connect us, spontaneously and emotively, with the folk culture of the Greek people, before and after the National Uprising of 1821.
The Third Meeting of Youth Folk Ensembles that will be held at the Great Lawn, in a partnership between the SNFCC and the Domna Samiou Greek Folk Music Association, is the perfect way to appreciate how this relationship, despite the massive changes our way of life has undergone, remains both alive and fruitful. It was proven, besides, by the great Domna Samiou, whose example is a boundless source of inspiration for the younger generations of artists. Which is why the event is named after her favorite song, “The leaves of the rose”.
Continuing her work and legacy, the Domna Samiou Greek Folk Music Association, under the art direction of its chairman, Socrates Sinopoulos, a student and close associate of Domna Samiou, brings to the Great Lawn of the Stavros Niarchos Park 350 musicians up to the age of 35, bands and vocal ensembles, all dedicated to the performance of traditional music, in a massive celebration that everyone is invited to join for free. Over two days of music and songs from all over Greece, bagpipes, lyres in several local variations, lutes, ouds and tzourades, as well as Western instruments, reveal the extraordinary possibilities that result from the meeting of young musicians with the treasures of tradition. Proving in action, through songs that the Greeks sang centuries ago, and still sing (and dance to) to this very day, the power of ancestral memory.
The themed events programming Faces of the Hero is realized thanks to the exclusive grant by Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF).