Educational Programmes

educational program

Storytelling

Three Asia Minor Tales

Three fairy tales, “Cinderella”, “Giusel Patsatzis” and “The Rooster and the Sarandabelas”, recorded from the narratives of Asia Minor refugees, aspire to bring children into contact with the oral folk tradition of Asia Minor.They are tales that en

tertain, amuse and indirectly provide information about the plant diversity of the area, about cultural elements and social values, while at the same time referring to the first wave of immigration at the beginning of the 20th century:. The first one is in the Megas collection and the other two belong to the Papadopoulos-Demertzis collection of tales, as presented in volume IV of the Asia Minor Chronicles.

The narration is accompanied by live music and traditional songs that add a melodic atmosphere and enrich the experience of young listeners. During the narration there is interaction with the audience and children are invited to join in the songs.

the hammocks of spring

The Hammocks in the Spring

Fairy tales, myths and songs full of flowers and a craft workshop

I wonder how the first anemone was created; which nymph did Zephyr embrace? Where does the tradition of the hammock come from? What is the most beautiful flower? And how did a little peasant girl’s dress get filled with poppies?

Three myths and two folk tales full of flowers and colours, combined with traditional songs, take children on a journey to flowering fields, forests, and streams, to landscapes full of flowers and fragrance.

They will hear about heroes from Greek mythology, a tradition that reaches our days from ancient times, traditional songs from the Eastern Aegean and Epirus and two fairy tales full of colourful flowers!

After the storytelling is complete, participants make their own handmade craft inspired by the stories they heard.


demeter's gifts

Demeter's gifts

What gifts did Demeter offer to the mankind? Who was her daughter and how does her story bring us hope? The myth of Demeter and the daughter Persephone is the starting  point which is followed by a visit to the threshing floor and the traditional wood-fired oven, so that the participants learn about the importance of growing cereals, about agricultural occupations, and the change of seasons while they hear related traditional customs, beliefs and songs.

Participation fee upon request: It depends on the length of the workshop, number of participants etc.


bread

Visit a traditional wood oven

We visit the traditional wood-fired oven of Pityos where we meet the baker, we discover the equipment and ingredients for bread making we hear a fairy tale about the sweetest bread as well as proverbs and sayings about this precious good. We learn about the cycle of bread, from seed to flour and from flour to bread. At the end we put on our aprons and make our own buns.

Participation fee upon request: It depends on the length of the workshop, number of participants etc.


herissia pasta

A handful of handmade “herissia” pasta

In a small village a grandmother makes handmade pasta. Her grandchildren ask her to help her so she starts to explain all the steps and answering their questions. They go on cooking the pasta and enjoy a delicious meal which they liked so much that they want to stay there in the evening so that the grandmother will tell them stories from the village and songs and make pasta again. So it happened and the children learned the secrets of the recipe and cooked for the whole village and a whole feast stared.

A storytelling performance in which the participants, in a fun and experiential way, learn the value of simple ingredients in our kitchen as well as the recipe of the traditional dish of Pityos.

At the end, the participants take with them a bag of hand-made spaghetti (a handful of pasta) along with the recipe.

Participation fee upon request: It depends on the length of the workshop, number of participants etc.