Amari Green Festival

Amari Green Festival is back on July 22-25

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Amari Green Festival, 22-25 July 2022

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If you’re in the mood for some exploration, the Amari Green Festival is back on July 22-25, encouraging people of all ages to get the car or the bus and visit Amari valley and Panagron.
The Amari Green Festival is free for anyone to take part in.

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The festival is advocating for preserving tradition and moving forward in the development of the region, with a particular emphasis on sustainable development.

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Most of the events of the Amari Green Festival 2022 will take place at the School of Asomaton - at the Panakron Estate - in the center of the Municipality of Amari, while many parallel activities and events will take place in the villages of the Municipality.

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Artistic and musical events will entertain locals and visitors every night! A musical tribute to Miki Theodorakis "Miki ... of the poets". Narration: Anna Psarra. Song: Erofili and Argyro Kaparou. Piano: Kostas Giannakis. Concert and traditional folk music with Maria Koti and her group on the theme "I am also written in the cards". Concert by Georgia Dagaki, all at Ktima Panakron, and a theatrical performance entitled "Theros,  Eros, Hero" based on two dramatized short stories by Alexandros Papadiamantis. Direction - Adaptation: Lilly Meleme at the Apostoloi Theatre. On the last evening at the Panacron Estate do not miss an evening of singing music, and dancing by the young people of Amari.

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  Through guided tours, the Festival participants will have the opportunity to get to know the unique cave "Notiki Hole" Paul Faure in the village of Nithavri, walk in the vineyard of Amari in the village of Patsos, to experience the authentic custom and the traditional technique of "shearing the sheep" in the village of Pantanassa, to tour the rare Byzantine Temples in the village of Meronas, to learn about the traditional fabrics in the village of Kouroutes.In the framework of the Festival, a special event will be held on the theme "A journey in space and time of the local Church in the Municipality of Amari", which will be followed by a photo exhibition with the most important images from the Churches and Landscapes and a presentation on the theme "Legends and traditions, lost stories connected to the customs of Amari villages with place names and relics that we have".

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Visitors can also enjoy cooking demonstrations. Talented Chefs will pair traditional recipes with local seasonal products.

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7th AMARI GREEN FESTIVAL

PROGRAM

Friday, July 22, 2022

10:30 – 14:00: Nithavri: We will be waiting for you in the fountain of the village for a 4X4 ascent at an altitude of 700m to the cave "Southern Hole" Paul Faure. Guided tour - hosted by the Cultural Association of the village.

12:00 – 21:00: Kouroutes – Cultural & Eclisiastic  Center: "Exhibition of Folk Art of Old Kouroutians" in collaboration with the Cultural Association of Kouroutes.

18:00 – 21:00: Asomaton School/ Panakron Estate: "Clay". We invite both adults and children to feel creative and make the soil a work of art in a demonstration by Giorgos and Natassa Vardaxis with the support of the Cultural Association of Vistagi.

18:00 – 22:00: Asomaton School/Panakron Estate: Information Providing on the Amari Waste - Processing Unit, which is a crucial project for the Rethymno Regional Unit and Amari.

18:00 – 19:30: Asomaton School/Panakron Estate: "Biological bee products and Natural cosmetics". Speech by Ms. Hara Maggana, biologist/beekeeper, member of the Board of Directors of the DIO Institute, and co-founder of Bee Naturalles.

19:30 – 20:30: Asomaton School/Panakron Estate: Botanical walk at the Asomaton School. This is followed by a cooking demonstration by chef Giorgos Papyrakis with organic raw materials married with the local tradition and with the support of DIO.

21:15 – 22:30 Asomaton School/Panakron Estate: Musical tribute to Mikis Theodorakis "Mikis ... of the poets". Narration: Anna Psarra. Song: Erophili and Argyro Kaparou. Piano: Kostas Giannakis.

22:30 – 00:30 Asomaton School/Panakron Estate: "I am also written on the papers of the connoisseurs." Concert  Cretan and traditional folk music with Maria Koti and her music group. Maria Koti (vocals, percussion), Stavros Maragoudakis (lyra, vocals), Manolis Manousakis (lute, vocals), Vladimiros Ouranos (bouzouki) and Haris Chatzimanolis (guitar, vocals).

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Saturday, July 23, 2022

10:00: Patsos – Drymos: Vineyard walk. Speech/wine tasting on "Organic viticulture: promotion and prospects of local wines" by Mr. Stamou,  Agronomist/Vinegrower, Consultant of Organic Agriculture, Member of the Institute of Organic Agriculture DIO.

Speech by Ms. Katerina Karabatea, Chemist of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki who possesses an MSc in Oenology, is a Graduate Oenologist (DNO) Dijon, France,  Doctoral Candidate of the University of Western Attica and Regular Taster/Judge at the  International Wine Competitions: Berliner Wein Trophy, Mondial des Vins Blancs Strasbourg) on "Bioprotection, Local Varieties, and Protected Geographical Indication Wines".

12:00 – 14:00: Visit – pilgrimage to Agios Antonios in the Patsos gorge. This is followed by wine tasting at the Kourkoulos Winery.

12:00 – 21:00: Kouroutes – Cultural & Eclisiastic  Center: "Exhibition of Folk Art of Old Kouroutians" in collaboration with the Cultural Association of Kouroutes.

18:00 – 21:00: Asomaton School/ Panakron Estate: "Clay". We invite both adults and children to feel creative and make the soil a work of art in a demonstration by Giorgos and Natassa Vardaxis with the support of the Cultural Association of Vistagi.

18:00 – 19:00: Asomaton School: Botanical walk together with the participating farmers of DIO, chef George Papyrakis and the visitors of the festival.

19:30 – 20:30: Asomaton School /Panakron Estate: Cooking with local organic ingredients.

21:30 – 00.30: Asomaton School/Panakron Estate: "Concert of Georgia Dagaki". Her lyre music is stunning and her voice takes us on a Dionysian journey. The musicians: Alexandros Chrysostomidis (guitar), Loukas Kalantzakos (drums), Giorgos Makris (wind instruments), and Vangelis Stephanopoulos (synthesizer) are with her.

 

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Sunday, July 24, 2022

10:00 – 13:00: Amari Dam Reservoir - Pantanassa: The custom and the traditional technique of "sheep shearing" will be presented at the exit of the gorge in collaboration with the Cultural Association of Pantanassa, at the "Kefalovrysa" site.

10:15 – 11:30: Cultural Association Hall of Apodoulou: "Possibilities of cultivation, trade & standardization of the local raisin-olive": Speech by Mr. Evangelos Kaltsas, organic farmer, olive grower/processor in Thassos (Veluitinos) in collaboration with DIO and the Cultural Association of Apodoulou.

12:00 – 14:00: Kouroutes – Cultural & Eclisiastic  Center: "Presentation of a traditional olive factory" in collaboration with the Cultural Association of Kouroutes.

11:30 – 14:00: Meronas: "Ode of the Temples - a tour of the Byzantine Temples that are situated both inside and outside the settlement" by Fr. Emmanuel Vamiedakis in collaboration with the Cultural Association of Merona.

18:00 – 20:30: Vistagi: Guided tour of the Folklore Museum. "We play like the old days: Revival of children's games while the grandmothers also prepare a treat of the old times" for all children in collaboration with the Cultural Association of Vistagi.

19:00 – 20:30: Hall of the Municipal Council - Agia Fotini: Speech by  Maria Kanava  Philologist - Researcher of Sorbonne University on the topic "A journey through space and time of the local Church in the Municipality of Amari". This is followed by a photo exhibition with the most important Images from Churches and Landscapes curated by the artist Katerina Giavridi. After that, a presentation will take place on "Legends and traditions, lost stories connected with customs of Amari villages with toponyms and heirlooms that we have".

20:30 – 21:00: Agia Foteini Town Hall – Municipal Council Hall: Intervention of the Archaeological Service of Rethymnon for the projects that have been launched in the area of the Municipality of Amari.

20:00 – 22:00: Theater of Apostoli village: Theatrical performance entitled "Theros, 'Eros, Hero" (‘’Summer, Love, Hero’’) based on two dramatized short stories by Alexandros Papadiamantis. Directed by: Lilly Melemé. Music editing: Semeli Papaoikonomou. Actors: Irini Hieronymaki, Christos Matsiarokos, Panagiotis Raios, Pari Trika.

 

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Monday 25 July 2022
9:30 - 14:00: Municipality of Amari - Council - Agia Fotini:  Photo exhibition - "Icons, Churches and Landscapes in the Municipality of Amari".

18:00 - 00:00. Asomaton School/ Panakron Estate Exhibition "Geopark Psiloritis UNESCO".

19:00 - 20:00. Asomaton/Panakron Estate: event on "The process of upgrading the Asomaton Agricultural Research Station to a "Research and Livestock Development Network of the Asomaton School". Investment for the development of sheep and goat farming in Crete".

20:00 - 20:30  Asomaton / Panakron Estate. "Comparative and business advantage" by Dr. Charalambos Fasoulas - Professor of Natural History Museum and member of the Council of the UNESCO World Geopark Programme.

21:00 - 21:30  Asomaton / Panakron Estate. "Tasting of local wines and cheese products" offered by local producers.

21:30 - 00:00. Asomaton / Panakron Estate "The young men and women of Amari... are gathering... with Amariotika". Song - music - dance.

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The entrance is free at all the events and free transportation is provided by the Public Bus Services.

 more info https://www.amari.gr/