FDF and the Greek Diaspora

FDF and the Greek Diaspora

Alkis Raftis is the president of the International Dance Council at UNESCO, Paris. He is an avid dance researcher, with an emphasis in the ethnographic study of traditional Greek dance. Raftis attended the Greek Orthodox Folk Dance & Choral Festival (FDF) for the first time in 1991 when it was held in Seattle, WA.

History of Oktoberfest from Oktoberfest Denver

History of Oktoberfest from Oktoberfest Denver

Why do we celebrate Oktoberfest? The Oktoberfest tradition dates back to October 12, 1810, when the Crown Prince of Bavaria married Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen. Going against tradition, the couple invited the common folk of Munich to participate in the celebration. Over the next five days, 40,000 people celebrated their marriage on the fields in front of the city gates. The following year, they threw another party to honor the royal couples’ wedding anniversary. Since then, Oktoberfest has been celebrated year after year in countries around the world.

International Folk Dance Festival in Thassos, Greece

International Folk Dance Festival in Thassos, Greece

The island of Thassos is referred to as “Greece’s Best Kept Secret.” It sits near the northern coast, surrounded by the gorgeous blue waters of the Aegean Sea. Unique shops, restaurants, cafés, and bars line the lively streets. The natural beauty and welcoming culture make this island the perfect vacation destination.