The Panegyris



Panegyris Day One
7:30 pm, Saturday, December 16, 2017

Michelis Hellenic Cultural Center
196-10 Northern Boulevard
Flushing, Queens, New York 11358
Cosponsored by
Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church Flushing, New York


Panegyris Day Two
7:30 pm, Sunday, December 17, 2017

Cretan House
32-33 31st Street
Astoria, Queens, New York 11106
69 E 79th Street, New York, NY 10075
Cosponsored by CULTURAL CRETE USA


The Axion Estin Foundation proudly presents two concerts dedicated to the musical traditions of the institution of panegyris. Panegyreis (i.e., plural of panegyris,) were principal commercial fairs of various Greek provinces. A panegyris would have been held on the day of the celebration of the local patron saint. We will feature the folk musical traditions represented in a typical panegyris, including Byzantine hymns dedicated to the patron saint of the village, local folk music expressions, as well as the “guest” folk musical traditions that the non-Greek people following the seasonal trade routes brought with them from across the Balkans. The overall goal is to introduce New York audiences to the multi-layered folk musical traditions that have co-existed and co-evolved for centuries in the Balkan peninsula and parts of Asia Minor. We start our journey this first year with an exploration of the Cretan traditional musical traditions as manifested in Church chanting and folk music singing in the island of Crete.

The two concerts are scheduled for two consecutive days on December 16 and 17, 2017, in two major Hellenic communities of Queens, New York. The concerts will be 75 to 90 minutes long and they will start at 7:30 pm. Please find location information below. Both concerts are free and open to the public.



The two panegyris concerts of December 16-17, 2017 are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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