The Folklore Workshop has as its primary objective the study of traditional Hellenic dance, song and music. As one of its most active departments of the Community’s Cultural Institute, it has been entrusted with promoting these cultural activities to ensure their inheritance for the current generation of Greek Montrealers and as well as those to come.
To this end, over the course of the year, the Folklore Workshop holds various cultural events at different venues ranging from small performances and workshops during the Greek festival in August to full-scale productions at the renowned Place des Arts theatre.
Over 450 students are currently participating in dance classes in Montreal, Laval, Roxboro and the South Shore. The main performing groups are “Trantellines”, “Pegasus”, “Orpheas” and “Terpsichore”.
The group benefits from an extensive collection of traditional costumes it has been able to acquire over the past few years.
“Erato” is the group of traditional song. Participating in conjunction with the dancing groups or on their own, they are frequently called upon to perform at our community functions.
Newly established within the Cultural Institute is our traditional musical group called “Lalitades”. The plan is to have them accompany the dance and song groups at various events.
Finally, our traditional theatre group “Thiassos” has, to date, held performances on a smaller scale along with the other groups. The goal is to transform it into a permanent stand alone fixture within the Folklore Workshop to eventually be able to hold large full-scale productions on their own.
Since September 2008, a newsletter entitled “Horographimata” has been published on a monthly basis online and is also available in our local Greek newspaper “TA NEA”.
Recognising that our Community’s various local organisations and associations represent critical entry points, the Folklore Workshop stands ready to share their wealth of culture knowledge with these groups at a moment’s notice.

Our traditional theatre group “Thiassos” has, to date, held performances on a smaller scale along with the other groups. The goal is to transform it into a permanent stand alone fixture within the Folklore Workshop to eventually be able to hold large full-scale productions on their own.

for more information please contact: Takis Tzotzis at dtzotzis@sympatico.ca

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