The Museum of Modern Greek Culture is collaborating with the Social Cooperative Enterprise (SCE) Folknet to organise an event that is open to the public this Sunday, to mark the start of the Greek carnival season or ‘Apokries’ which falls on Sunday, March 10.
In a tribute to Greece’s folk traditions during carnival, a troupe of northern Greek “bell-bearers” and musicians from Flambouro, 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 am.
This will pass by Kydathinaion, Tripodon, Kyrristou, Panos and Areos streets 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 am.
At 1pm there will be a presentation in the museum’s multi-purpose hall and at 2pm 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 extant modern Greek culture. This year’s event follows previous events presenting carnival traditions of Skyros, Naxos, Naousa, Soho, Mytilene and other areas to the public in Athens.