…Even our heart suffers and pains
is fully occupied and “drifted” by love
and with bouzouki and guitars
sings softly and sweet like a bird…

12th International Seminar-Meeting on the rebetiko 18-25 July, 2021 Skyros Island, Greece

The 12th International Seminar-meeting on rebetiko song will take place at the Folk Museum “Manos and Anastasia Faltaits” in Skyros Island 18-25 July 2021.

Dear friends,

After the difficult period for the whole world, created by the health crisis due to the pandemic which forced us to postpone last year’s International Rebetiko Seminar-Meeting, we decided to return to our favorite island to exchange smiles, expectations for an optimistic future and to enjoy our music in the natural environment of the island.
Keeping with a sense of responsibility, all the measures and the continuous instructions taken by the European Union, the Greek Government and the Local Municipality (*) in the field of Health, in order to deal with the epidemic of Covid-19 in our country, we announce the holding of the 12th international seminar-meeting for Rebetiko, July 18-25, 2021 in Skyros.

The 12th International Seminar-meeting on rebetiko song will take place at the Folk Museum “Manos and Anastasia Faltaits” in Skyros Island 18-25 July 2021. Classes and events will take place outdoors. Responsible for the lessons is the musician Spyros Goumas. Responsible for administration is George Makris. Our supporters in this action is, as always, the Folklore Museum “Manos and Anastasia Faltaits” and the PE.A.P of Skyros Municipality as well as the Skyros Shipping Co. (SNE) which welcome us in their hospitable places and we all  enjoy  the beautiful journey of our rebetiko music.

The seminar-meeting, together with the parallel and open to the public events is an institution, which exceeds the limits of the Greek territory. Its range reaches Sweden, Belgium, Luxembourg, Turkey, Cyprus, Finland, England, France, Netherlands, Israel, etc. Moreover, the seminar preserves and promotes the value of rebetiko song as one of the main diachronic components of our urban civilization. Its timeless value brings new data to our music, contributing to the creative abilities and improvement of new musicians and their musical expression especially after the recognition and registration of Rebetiko in the UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, December 2017.

The voluntary effort of our team is based on our love for musical tradition, which enriches us with enthusiasm, passion and power to overcome many daily difficulties.

Because of the number of the participants is limited, we’ll keep strict priority. Please contact us by phone or e-mail in order to declare your participation.

George Makris and Spiros Goumas

 Information tel: 0030210-6410211, 00306972335227e-mail:makres@otenet.gr  and  info@spirosgoumas.gr
Detailed information about the seminar (lessons, speeches, concert etc.) will be announced later on website www.rebetikoseminar.com  In the same link you can find and download the minutes of the previous Seminars -Meetings on the rebetiko song. Information about Skyros Island can be found in the following site www.skyros.gr
(*) For travel to the islands, either by boat or by air, with the exception of Lefkada, Evia and Salamina, one of the following will be required: vaccination certificate (14 days after the second dose) or PCR test 72 hours or Rapid test 24 hours or Self-test 24 hours or Certificate of illness (2 months after the illness and up to 9 months).

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Proceedings of the rebetiko seminar-meetings in Skyros

Proceedings of the rebetiko seminar-meetings in Skyros are posted on the website of the seminar. Among others you can find a historical and sociological approach of the development of rebetiko song, the names of the musical scales (dromoi) in rebetika, historical references to the life and work of great composers, singers and skilled players of rebetiko (Thanasis Manetas, Costas Bezos (A. Kostis), Marika Papagika, Panagiotis Tountas, George Mitsakis, Giannis Papaioannou, Costas Kaplanis), even for not famous but not less important musicians of the interwar period (Kostas Faltaits, Grigoris Asikis, Dimitris Atraidis, Giakoumis Montanaris, Costas Tzovenos, Stavros Pantelidis) but also personal information for the not famous Urban musicians.
Historical data for Mortes, Koutsavakia and Magkes. You can also find Fado and rebetiko social relationships, an interesting approach titled “women in rebetiko” by the rebetiko researcher Gail Holst-Warhaft, an approach to the dances of 9, information about the flowering of rebetiko in Piraeus, the imprints of rebetiko in the neighborhoods of Piraeus, the growth of rebetiko in Thessaloniki and of course the rebetiko in Finland as well as personal revelations how the rebetiko touches our soul.