The Non-Profit Association “Routes in Marpissa” has taken part in the Call for European Heritage Days Stories 2022, an initiative of the Council of Europe and the European Union. Since 2018, European Heritage Days has been bringing together stories from around Europe to encourage people to engage with their cultural heritage and share their views on the European dimension of local cultural identity.
We are pleased to announce that our story “The “katikés” of Paros Island: traditional rural architecture as a symbol of sustainable living and collaboration” is one of the eleven stories awarded a grant this year.
At a time when the identity of Paros is evolving rapidly, the festival seeks to emphasize the importance of cultural continuity, creating a bridge of interaction between the past and the future. Awareness and information regarding an authentic but fragile island heritage today is vital, and is linked to common European values, such as respect for the environment, cooperation and the human scale in traditional architecture.
This distinction rewards the creative course of twelve years of our voluntary team to highlight the rich heritage of our place, and fills us with great emotion as, on this occasion, Paros acquires international attention.