Today, the visitor who is interested in living or getting to know in the city and municipality of Ioannito moments where elements of popular culture, such as music, dance, celebrations, events will offer him moments of relaxation, coexistence but also knowledge from the more or less distant past, is available throughout the year.
In general this is done in cases such as:
1. Visitors participation
In the city of Ioannina, outdoor festivals are not held on an annual basis like in the villages, but one can participate in the following cases:
Α. Halloween - Tzamala. In all districts of the city (at times around 60) on Tyrini Sunday, the old outdoor custom of Tzamala takes place, i.e. lighting a fire with wood alongside traditional dancing and singing, while the treat of wine, hot beans and traditional pitta is common.
B. Halloween-Parties of the local various cultural Associations. During the Halloween, they are often the traditional feasts in indoor cultural venues whose inhabitants live in Ioannina, but draw from villages and have founded similar associations (eg Metsovites, Syrrakiotes, Zagorisians, Pogonisii, Konitsiotes). The same is true of the New Year. At this point, there may also be feasts that do not mention Epirus, such as Cretan and Cypriot students and more.
C. Christmas-New Year's Eve: In recent years, the organization of traditional feasts accompanied by food in shops of Ioannina, such as cafes, bars, restaurants, etc. at noon on Christmas and New Year's Eve has developed into an institution and has become widespread in the city.
D. Tsipouro Distillation Festivals. In October- November, in many households mainly, but also in public spaces of the communities of the municipality of Ioannito, the tsipouro distillation festival evolves into a traditional feast with music, dance, traditional dishes and... tsipouro, adding to the traditional production process, the continental hospitality and being another proposition to visitors.
In all the municipal units and communities of the municipality of Ioannina (the old municipalities of Pamvotida, Perama, Pedini, Anatoli), especially in the summer, there are traditional festivals or folk festivals (eg Momogeri in Anatoli, Pitta Festival in Kosmira, Carnival in Katsika, etc. a.), where everyone participates.
It is worth noting that, centered on Ioannina, the visitor can take a distance of it at night, to go to festivals or folk holidays of many cities or villages of Epirus, where hundreds are held in the summer and many in many Of these, the organizers try to preserve the particularities and the particular musical and dance style of their area or village. Indicatively there are villages such as Vovousa, Drosopigi, Sklivani, Metsovo, Syrrako, Kalarrites, Zitsa, Kefalovrysos, Vitsa, Delvinaki, Parasalamos etc.
Traditional music and dance events
Throughout the city and the municipal districts, traditional music and dance performances and festivals are organized throughout the year by the dozens of Traditional Dance Departments of the Municipal Associations. The main venues for these events in the city are the B. Pyrsinella Hall of the Cultural Center, the open-air theater of the Society for Epirotic Studies, the central square, Mavili square, in Molos, etc. In relation to information and planning, one can get information from the website of the Cultural Center www.pkdi.gr
At the same time, traditional music concerts or tributes to persons or regions of Epirus with special characteristics in the fields of dance, music, costume, customs, etc. are frequent. They are also held in other venues and smaller stages, apart from the above, as well as in entertainment centers , bar etc.
(written by Mr. Ilias Gkartzonikas, teacher of traditional dances and former Director of the respective Department of the Cultural Center of the Municipality of Ioannina)