Event Type:Events

Cultural Area:Centre of Mediterranean Architecture

Date:Wed, 11 Sep 2019 - Thu, 12 Sep 2019


Free Entry

11.09 events start at 19:00 / 12.09 events start at 20:00 / 15.09 events start at 18:30


Events related to the Asia Minor Catastrophe

In the context of the 97th anniversary of the Asia Minor Catastrophe, the "AGIOS POLYKARPOS" Brotherhood of Asia Minor Greeks of Chania, holds a series of events related to Asia Minor and the Asia Minor Catastrophe.

On Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 at 19:00 at the Exhibition Hall of CAM (Great Arsenali) in the old port of Chania, real-life-story telling about life in Asia Minor and the Catastrophe, by first and second generation Asia Minor Greeks as those were passed on to them by their parents and grandparents.

On Thursday, September 12th, 2019 at 20:00 also at CAM, fairytales from Asia Minor will be presented by the "Chania Storytellers", a group of people from various professional backgrounds who love to study and narrate folk tales.
They narrate tales from around the world aiming to disseminate oral tradition tales. They promote storytelling to adults and adolescents in the traditional fashion, as it was done in the old days.
The "Storytellers" are: Dimitra Valavani, Nikos Blazakis, Angeliki Beblidaki, Stella Rozaki, Vania Stambolaki, Despina Tziaki.

Nisteli (Constantinople) -Stella Rozaki
Foolish Peter (Dardanelles) -Vania Stambolaki
Laurel’s Daughter (
Kirkintzes) - Nikos Blazakis
Tales of Nastradin Hoxha (Asia Minor) - Despina Tziaki
The Sultan’s dog (Asia Minor) - Angeliki Beblidaki
The snake-tree (Smyrna) -Dimitra Valavani

Finally, on Sunday September 15th, 2019 in the morning, Mass will be celebrated at the Church of St. Nikolaos in Splantzia as well as a memorial service for our Brothers who were slaughtered during the Asia Minor Catastrophe.
At 6:30 pm at the Asia Minor Monument (Kissamou and Markou Botsari Str.) a commemoration will be held, celebrated by the Very Reverend Damaskinos Metropolitan of Kydonia & Apokoronas with wreath layouts and recitations by members of the Brotherhood’s choir.

The tales are told in the Greek language.

The Brotherhood was founded in 1983 by refugees, from various towns and villages of the never-to-be-forgotten Homeland who settled in Chania after the population exchange that followed the greatest disaster of our nation's modern history, the Asia Minor Catastrophe.
The aim of the Brotherhood is to keep the flame in the vigil lamp of memory always burning, and to spread the love for our roots to our children through activities that help preserve, promote and disseminate the customs and cultural characteristics of Asia Minor and Ionia.

Co-organization: Municipality of Chania | KEPPEDIH-CAM