Yiasou Greek Festival


Culture

Greek Cultural Exhibit - The Yiasou Greek Festival features one of the largest collections of reproductive ancient Greek artifacts in the south. The collection consists of bronze statues, frescos, busts, vases, models of Greek temples and a museum quality replica of an ancient Greek war ship. Also included in the collection are ancient Greek, Greco-Roman, and ancient Egyptian statues, wall reliefs, swords, spearheads, vases, marble stones, daggers, coins, and videos of ancient Greece.

Changing of the Guards - The Changing of the Guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a popular tourist attraction that still takes place daily at the Parliament Building in Syntagma Square in Athens today. Witness the reenactment of these carefully selected presidential guards known as Evzones. Their performance is a display of uniquely synchronized movements as well as motionless stances. Evzones dress in traditional costumes that stem from different eras in Greek history. Their white flared sleeved shirts accompany a wool studded vest and pleated kilt or fustanella topped with pom-pom decorated footwear. This performance is both eye catching and sure to draw the attention of crowds of spectators. See festival guide for specific times.

Warriors of Greece - A Living History reenactment group dedicated to preserving the memory and ideals of the brave Greek Warriors who have defended Western Democracy and freedom for over 4,000 years. The Warriors of Greece and affiliates have been seen in parades, festivals, movie promotions and other public appearances all over the United States as well as on the History Channel, the Discovery Channel, Spike TV, the Military Channel, the BBC and others. They are also available for school presentations for audiences of all ages! Come see live Spartan Hoplite Warriors from 500 B.C. dressed in their trademark blood-red cloaks & tunics patrolling the festival grounds wearing authentic bronze armor and guarding the gates carrying real iron weapons. Ask them questions or even have your picture taken with one! Come to The Warriors of Greece Room downstairs and learn more about how their courage and skill in fighting saved Greece and all of Western Europe from tyrannical enslavement under the mighty Persian Empire of the East at the famous battles of Thermopylae, Marathon, Salamis and Platea during the Greco-Persian War. Freedom and Long Live Greece! Molon Labe.

Mount Athos Lectures by Fr. Michael Varvarelis - (Lower Level Cultural Center, Movie Room) Rev. Fr. Michael Varvarelis and Dean of Holy Trinity Cathedral will be presenting a series of lectures on what is known today as the “Holy Mountain”, the history of Mount Athos. Mount Athos is a mountain and peninsula in Macedonia, Greece. Mount Athos is the center of Eastern Christian Orthodox Monasticism. It is home to 20 Orthodox Monasteries where only monks are allowed to reside.
Thursday and Friday 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM and 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Short Films - Documentaries of modern day Greece.

Classical Greek Culture Lectures

Dr. Dale Grote, Associate Professor of Classics at UNC Charlotte, delivers his series of short lectures on a variety of topics of general interest about Greek history and culture. (Lower Level Cultural Center, Classical Lecture Room)


Thursday, September 5th"

  • 1:00 PM - 1:20 PM Getting to Know Greek Vases
  • 2:00 PM - 2:20 PM How Odd: Ancient Performance of Greek Plays
  • 3:00 PM - 3:20 PM Getting to Know Greek Temples
  • 4:00 PM - 4:20 PM This is Sparta! The Film "300”
  • 5:00 PM - 5:20 PM Sacred Delphi: The Anatomy of a Greek Sanctuary
  • 6:00 PM - 6:20 PM The Amazing Language of the Ancient Greeks
  • 7:00 PM - 7:20 PM Getting to Know Greek Statues
  • 8:00 PM - 8:20 PM Background of the March 2014 Film "300. Rise of an Empire

Friday, September 6th

  • 1:00 PM - 1:20 PM Getting to Know Greek Vases
  • 2:00 PM - 2:20 PM How Odd: Ancient Performance of Greek Plays
  • 3:00 PM - 3:20 PM Getting to Know Greek Temples
  • 4:00 PM - 4:20 PM This is Sparta! The Film "300”
  • 5:00 PM - 5:20 PM The Worlds of Greek Myth
  • 6:00 PM - 6:20 PM The Amazing Language of the Ancient Greeks
  • 7:00 PM - 7:20 PM Getting to Know Greek Statues
  • 8:00 PM - 8:20 PM Background of the March 2014 Film "300. Rise of an Empire
  • 9:00 PM - 9:20 PM Throw the Bums Out: Ancient Greek Democracy in Action

Saturday, September 7th

  • 11:00-11:20 Getting to Know Greek Vases
  • 12:00-12:20 Throw the Bums Out: Ancient Greek Democracy in Action
  • 1:00 PM - 1:20 PM Getting to Know Greek Temples
  • 2:00 PM - 2:20 PM This is Sparta! The Film "300”
  • 3:00 PM - 3:20 PM The Worlds of Greek Myth
  • 4:00 PM - 4:20 PM The Amazing Language of the Ancient Greeks
  • 5:00 PM - 5:20 PM Getting to Know Greek Statues
  • 6:00 PM - 6:20 PM Background of the March 2014 Film "300. Rise of an Empire
  • 7:00 PM - 7:20 PM Throw the Bums Out: Ancient Greek Democracy in Action
  • 8:00 PM - 8:20 PM How Odd: Ancient Performance of Greek Plays
  • 9:00 PM - 9:20 PM Open Mike: Audience Chooses the Lecture

Sunday, September 8th

  • 1:00 PM - 1:20 PM Getting to Know Greek Vases
  • 2:00 PM - 2:20 PM How Odd: Ancient Performance of Greek Plays
  • 3:00 PM - 3:20 PM Getting to Know Greek Temples
  • 4:00 PM - 4:20 PM This is Sparta! The Film "300”
  • 5:00 PM - 5:20 PM The Worlds of Greek Myth
  • 6:00 PM - 6:20 PM The Amazing Language of the Ancient Greeks
  • 7:00 PM - 7:20 PM Getting to Know Greek Statues