Although promoting choral art and producing high-quality performances on stage are of primary importance to the organizing committee, the International AV Choral Events are all about developing a comprehensive life experience for the participating choir members, conductors and visitors. In light of this, the International AV Choral Events organize different social events that either include live performances from the choristers (e.g. Festival Parade and Open Concerts) or involve live performances from local Greek bands.
The Festival Parade
The festival parade is typically held on Saturday noon between the time interval of 12.00-14.00. Choirs participating in this event have the unique opportunity to march from the initial meeting point (Holy Church of Panaghia in Karpenissi) to the centraly square of Karpenisi (city center), wearing their costumes, and singing together with the municipal band. The parade convey ends up to the central square of Karpenisi where local authorities and festival organizers welcome the choristers and all choirs perform their most impressive song in a single-song a Capella (unofficial) performance. This year, the festival visitors will have the opportunity to taste local products, such as local sweets, barbeque products, aperitifs, raki (tsipouro), feta cheese, etc, to dance and to become one with the locals. Participation to this event is mandatory unless strong religious or other reasons apply for the choir.
The Festival Gala(s) are joyful celebrations where participating choirs get the chance to eat, drink, sing and dance together while listening Greek rhymes/music by a live Greek orchestra (bouzouki, voices, guitar, keyboards, etc). During these events, choristers and choirmasters of different nationalities get to know each other better and meet with the members of the organizing committee. The Festival Gala(s) are typically organized right after the end of the Festival events (close to 22.00) in a big Gala rooms in the near proximity of Karpenisi from Friday to Sunday. Participation to the Festival Gala(s) is OPTIONAL and requires a-priori registration. The number of participants, the days of participation as well as the type of reservations (free drink or buffet) should be indicated in the Festival form but can be updated by June 15, 2017.
Outdoor Activities & Open Concerts
During the Open Concerts, the friends of choral music and the festival visitors will have the unique opportunity to actively participate in theme-days in accordance with the features of the Open Concert venues.
River art: During the Open Concert in River art, interested choir members can experiment with and taste the local Grek cuisine, produce art by the river (following the instructions of the architect – artist Dora Terzi) and hear in person the details of constructing, architecting and bringing to life the River Art concept hut. Registration fees are detailed in the application form.
Saloon Park: The Open Concert in the Saloon Park offers to interested choir members the opportunity to participate in numerous activities for all ages in a well organized and secure space, including horse riding, climbing rappel, archery, mountain bike riding as well as little Indian canoe, small train in the woods, trampoline and aerial passage over the little valley of the saloon. Registration fees are detailed in the application form.
Koryschades & Voutyro Villages: Participation to these Open Concerts, provides the choir members the unique opportunity to become familiar with the local traditional architecture, to walk in the picturesque trails of the respective villages and taste local spoon sweets, tsourekia, raki (tsipouro) as well as Greek foods. Visitors can enjoy their aperitif or lunch in nearby well-known meeting points.
Kefalovryso area: Participation to this Open Concert will offer the participating choir members the extraordinary opportunity to walk between the trees in the nearby forest, enjoy their coffee/lunch in the well-known taverna in the nearby area, take a tour in the nearby trout breeding ground, visit the memorial of the 1823 fight in Kefalovryso, visit the small pond with ducks in the near area and drink fresh water from the water springs located in the area.
Visit to the Holy Monastery of Panaghia (Madonna) Proussiotisa : Although this event is not an official AV Choral Event, a visit to Karpenisi is almost always accompanied with a visit to the incredible monastery of Panaghia Proussiotisa in the Prousos area. Interested group members will travel through a breath-taking cliff to reach the Holy Monastery, visit the village of Proussos and taste local products, such as the Proussos Prosciutto. Similar visits to other nearby villages, such as Fidakia, Megalo Chorio (Big Village) and Mikro Chorio (Small Village) can be part of the choir’s itinerary.
Sea tour to Lichadonesia : According to mythology, Heracles’ wife, Dihanièra, thinking that she was a deceiver, sent him a poisoned tunic with him. At the time that Hercules wore the chiton and began to suffer from the pains he grabbed the servant and hurled him to the sea. Its members fell around the Cape Kineio, where Neptune transformed them into small islands, known today as the Lichadonisia. In fact, the islets are the result of volcanic activity and a large part of them was sunk by an earthquake that occurred in 426 BC. This new event enables the visitors in Karpenissi to take a small day trip to a cluster of 7 small islands in the northwest of Evia between the Maliakos and the Northern Evoikos Gulf, just to 2 hours away from the Karpenissi city center. The beach and the waters of Lichadonisia are probably among the most beautiful in the area. Golden sand and turquoise shades make up the scenery of the beautiful spot that you will enjoy swimming. The waters are relatively warm and shallow for several meters from the coast.
Some interesting photos and information of the respective events can be found in the Gallery and Karpenisi tabs.