Category: Elements inscribed on the National Inventory of ICH

Collaboration and Solidarity: Agricultural Cooperative of Zagora in Pelion | 2018

The Agricultural Cooperative of Zagora in Pelion, as an organized form of social and solidarity cooperative, has solid foundations based on the principles of co-operatives and the solidarity of its members. Since its establishment in 1916, its main aim has been to meet shared economic, social and cultural needs through a jointly-owned and democratically managed […]

Saint Symeon’s (t’Ai-Symiou) Festival in Mesologgi (2018)

The festival of Saint Symeon’s (t’Ai-Symiou) is a custom with historical, religious, musical and dance dimensions which takes place twice a year in Mesologgi: – on the 2nd & 3rd of February (Ypapadi) – on the four-day celebration of the Holy Spirit ( Saturday to Tuesday- usually in June). It is one of the biggest […]

The art of weaving and a good safeguarding practice in Asteroussia (Crete) (2018)

With the term weaving we mean the production of fabrics and clothes (raw material securing, initial processing, weave), an art directly linked to social and other parameters. When referring to the Weaving art at Asterousia mountains, we first mean the accumulated knowledge of weaving across time, transmitters of which are the oldest women weavers and […]

Traditional Stone Craftsmanship at lagadia Village in arcadia

The Traditional Stone Craftsmanship at Lagadia village in Arcadia (in the Peloponnese) consists in practical knowledge regarding the procurement and processing of raw materials (stone, earth etc.) as well as the creation of buildings, as this was formulated mainly during the 18th and 19th centuries at Lagadia village in Arcadia. Lagadia in Arcadia has been one of the hubs […]

Patounis’ olive Soap Workshop

Patounis’ Olive Soap Workshop is a historical firm which has been in continuous operation since the 19th century in the town of Corfu. Its commercial activity was originally launched in Zakynthos. In 1891 the son of Apostolos Patounis built the premises of the soap workshop in Corfu (serving initially as an annex and later as the headquarters of the business), […]

Transhumant Livestock Farming

The term “transhumant livestock farming” indicates the annual movement of flocks of sheep and goats between summer and winter quarters, irrespective of the distance travelled or the means by which the latter is traversed. The practice of moving is at the heart of the cultural and social constitution of montane livestock-breeding communities and has largely […]

The Τraditional Festival -Panigyri- of Syrrako

The traditional festival of Syrrako at Tzoumerka in Epirus (Ioannina Regional Unit) is a music and dance event and simultaneously a rite that is identified by the locals as a significant element of their cultural heritage. The knowledge which is associated with its performance is passed down from one generation to the next reinforcing a sense of […]

Polyphonic Song of Epirus

The Polyphonic Song of Epirus, one of the most significant examples in the repertoire of world polyphonic music, is a living tradition and an element of the cultural identity of the populations of the borderland region of Epirus and the Greek minority of Albania. It was developed in parallel with byzantine music, whereas it shares […]

Karagkiozis Shadow Theatre

Shadow theatre is a theatrical performance (either comic or dramatic) enacted by a master puppeteer (karagkiozopaichtis) and his assistants, who manipulate flat articulated cut-out figures (shadow puppets) and scenographic effects aided by the interplay of light and shadow, dialogues, dances and songs. A performance of Greek shadow theatre constitutes an exceptionally artful combination of many expressive means. The […]


Rebetiko is an urban popular music that flourished in the first half of the 20th century. With influences from both folk and Asia Minor songs, it reflects the historical and social context of its time, during which the private life of the margins developed in particular. Over time, it spread to the social strata of […]