Symeon Konstantinou

My name is Symeon Konstantinou. I was born in Athens, Greece in 2002 and since 2008 I live in Florina. I am a second-year student at Democritus University of Thrace, Department of History and Ethnology. I am a C2 (Proficient User), ESB C2 holder, so I speak English quite fluently. From an early age I found myself engaged with traditional dance since both my parents are well known traditional dance teachers.In fact, since 1986, they have been organizing the Greek Traditional Dance Seminar taking place in the Prespa region , a most significant event concerning the cultural activities in Western Macedonia. Living near the borders, I have always been interested and eventually started to study the history of the whole Balkan area, As a result , this has triggered my motivation for my studies at university. The rich musical tradition of the Balkans led me to the study of traditional music and specifically , percussions. As a member of the Association of Greek Traditional Dances “Lygkistes”, I have participated in numerous performances and festivals in Greece and abroad (Bulgaria, Poland, the USA, France, Italy, Germany, Albania, North Macedonia), spreading the dance and music tradition of Greece and my hometown Florina. I am an active member of the association “ Active youths (OENEF)of Florina, a Non-Governmental association having as main goal to promote and support Active Youth Participation in society and also to encourage and empower our youth’s contribution to issues of social, cultural and environmental interest. Through this experience I was given the opportunity to participate in several voluntary activities and European Erasmus programs, some of which were in Marienberg ,Germany and in Krusevo , North Macedonia.


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