Lygkistes was established in Florina in 1995 with the objectives to study and preserve Greek traditional culture – as expressed primarily through dance, music, and costumes – and to disseminate these traditions to the younger generations. Our association has approximately 400 members, ranging from 5 to 75 years of age.
Lygkistes performs at many dance and cultural festivals in Athens and throughout Greece. We participated in the 2004 opening ceremonies of the 2004 Olympics.
In addition to activities in Greece, every year Lygkistes hosts an international seminar of Greek Traditional Dance in Prespas for teachers and students of dance and ethnography. Participants have come from all over Europe, North and South America, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, South Africa, the Ukraine, and India to learn dances from teachers