10 years “Routes in Marpissa”

A three-day celebration in the centre of the Aegean Sea

23, 24, 25 August


…It all started in August 2010, when we invited you to the first cultural festival “Routes in Marpissa” to walk together in Marpissa, the traditional settlement of Paros, which has maintained its authentic Cycladic character unchanged over time. Soon our group grew bigger, it became a large team of volunteers, and the festival evolved into an institution with international distinctions.

For ten years, at the end of the summer, Marpissa is ready to open the houses and yards to the public and to host hundreds of people from all over Greece and abroad.

The characteristic architecture, the rich folk culture, the unique environment, and all that constitute the special character of the village are presented through thematic routes, points of interest with experiential activities, workshops for all ages, lectures, projections, contemporary art exhibitions and concerts that lead up to a traditional Cycladic feast.

This year, “Routes in Marpissa” complete 10 years of continuous presence and we organise a three-day celebration with many surprises in the centre of the Aegean Sea. Having as a point of reference the team’s archive on the cultural heritage of Paros and being inspired by the joyful and moving moments that we have shared with volunteers, residents, artists and visitors over the years, we set a long festive table and you are all invited.

Come, walk… and celebrate with us in Marpissa!


Friday 23, Saturday 24 & Sunday 25 August 2019
Hours: 19:00-23:30
Marpissa, Paros
Admission is free to all events



19.00   “I just turned 10!”,  workshop for primary school children

with Eleni Svoronou, writer – environmental education officer WWF Greece
[Aristoteli Square]


19.00   “Photographing the celebration”, photography workshop for adolescents

with Athanasia Panagea, photographer – photography instructor – cultural manager
[Courtyard in the church of the Nativity, St. Efstathios]


19.30  “The physiognomy of Marpissa through reading its landscape”, observational walk

walk with Dr. Archontoula Vasilara, Department of Urban and Regional Planning, School of Architecture, NTUA, Architect NTUA
[Starting point: Christos Square]


21.45 “(Re)Related”, performance of contemporary dance

Conception / Choreography: Anna Anoussaki
Performers: Anastasia Valsamaki, Dimitrios Mytilineos, Nepheli Kadinopoulou-Asteriou.
Music: Konstantinos Bakoyannis
[Efstratios Aliprantis Square]


22.15 Gadjo Dilo concert

10 years GadjoDilo, 10 years Gypsy Swing!
[Courtyard in Marpissa’s Municipal Building]


24.00 – “Xyloukanika and other night stories”, narration for adults and adolescents

Narration: Lily Lambrelli. Music: Yiannis Psariotis
[Christos Square]

09.30 Morning Activity: “The unseenworld of the caves”, A visit to the cave of St. George – St. Nicolas 

with Yiorgos Anoussakis, speleologist of the Hellenic Speleological Society
Level of difficulty (moderate), duration: 10 minutes, (closed toe shoes required)
[Meeting time: 09:00 at the Municipal sports field of Marpissa or 09:30 at the Monastery of St. George]


19.00  “Im-prints of a celebration”, a workshop for primary school children

with MUMS – Graphic Design Studio, Marina Mantzari and Katerina Fotinopoulou
[Aristotelis Square]


19.00 “My dear eyes, dance…Compositions and recompositions of joy and celebration in the traditional Greek dance”, workshop for adolescents and adults

with Vassilis Karfis, physical education teacher – instructor of traditional Greek dance
[Christos Square]


20.30 “Things that bones owe to rocks”,  reading

with Thomas Tsalapatis in the context of the contemporary art exhibition “Summer is the opposite of history”
[Nicolas Stellas Memorial]


21.00  Projections of animated short films for the whole family from the awarded program of Animasyros International Animation Festival

The projections will start with the short film that the students from Archilochus-Marpissa primary school created in April 2019, under the supervision of the Italian animator Thomas Künstler
[Christos Square]


22.00 10 years Routes in Marpissa concert

10 musicians will be back to Routes in Marpissa and collaborate for the first time in a unique, festive concert
Vangelis Karipis, Petros Klampanis, Yiorgos Kontoyiannis, Stavros Lantsias, Spyros Manessis, Martha Mavroidi, Spyridoula Baka, Alexandros Botinis, George Xylouris(Psaroyiorgis), Sokratis Sinopoulos
[EfstratiosAliprantis Square]

19.00 “Parian spinning tops”, construction of wooden spinning tops

with Fanouris Petropoulos, wood turner – musician
[Courtyard in Nikos Perantinos Sculpture Museum]


19.30  “Spinning Tops’ Championship” for adults

(categories: advanced, beginners)
[Courtyard in Nikos Perantinos Sculpture Museum]


19.30 “A celebration with the Cycladic figurines” workshop for primary school children

[Agrotoleschi Building]


21.15  Tsampouna and toubaki folk music

with musicians from Paros and Antiparos
[Starting Point: Mills Square]


22.00  Traditional feast

with Nikos Economides, Kyriaki Spanou, Panos Vergos, Yiorgos Gavras and Nikos Tsantanis
[Papa-YiorghiStamena Square]

In parallel with the festival’s program, during the three days 23,24,25.08.2019, 19.00-20.00, you can also visit:

  • The thematic stations and routes of experiential activities that have been designed by the voluntary organizing team of “Routes in Marpissa” for the celebration of the 10 years of the festival within the traditional settlement
  • The residence of Aspropoulou family, the residence of Anoussaki family and the windmill of Agouros family
  • The group exhibition of contemporary art“Summer is the opposite of history”
    Artists: Natalie Yiaxi, Anthie Daoutaki, Yiannis Papadopoulos,Thomas Tsalapatis
    Curated by Despina Zefkili
  • The photography exhibition on the festival Routes in Marpissa by Athanasia Panagea

[Pefko Square]


Place of events: Marpissa, Paros
Admission is free to all events
The organizers reserve the right to make changes in the program.