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The Vardaris Neighborhood Group of the Self-Help Promotion Program of Thessaloniki – AUTH – OKANA, organizes for the 3rd consecutive year the “Vardaris Festival”, an open neighborhood celebration with a variety of activities.

Festival program

11:00 – 11:30: Start of the celebration with a patinade by “The Krousmata” of the Voluntary Counseling Station of Thermaikos.

Actions focusing on Vardaris:

11:30: 13:00: “Bardaris soup”
14:30 – 16:00: “Worlds Café for the Vardaris changes”
16:00 – 17:30: Open discussion on social exclusion (by members of AMKE REVMA, Iris Women’s Centre, EN DYNAMEI Group, Self-Help Promotion Programm, Kherel Shisha Lounge)
17:30 – 19:30: “Living Library” with the theme “Stories from the edge of the city”

Children’s activities:

11:30 – 13:00: Face painting (Tsiki yo Arts Kleio face painting)
11:30 – 13:00: “Games of the World” (Self-Help Promotion Programm)
13:00 – 14:00: Theatrical game with Eleni Giannousi, actress – designer/psychotherapist of theatropedagogical workshops
18:00 – 19:00: Presentation of the fairy tale “The Butterfly Peace” (REVMA)
19:00 – 20:00: “Like a treasure hunt” (Garden Seminars)

Artistic actions:

Throughout the whole festival: Painting exhibition entitled “I am you” (Iris Women’s Centre)
11:00 – 13:00: “+Creating the banners for the Vardari Neighbourhood Festival” with Rania Fragoulidou, Visual Artist, Lecturer of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and the students of the department Georgia Malyouri, Vasiliki Vlahogiannis, Errieta Grammenou and Dora Tsopaki.
14:00 – 15:00: Basket weaving (Vardaris Neighbourhood Group)
15:30 – 18:30: “Playing, creating, learning”, Ceramics Workshop for children and adults with the ceramist Lia Papailia.

Music and dance activities:

18:30 – 19:30 Hip Hop lesson for young and old (Aspa lil monster crew – hip hop kids)
19:30 – 20:00: Flamenco performance (Studio Pellizco)
20:30 – 21:30: Circus night (MONOKYKLO & Drops circus house)
22:00-23:00: Live from “Bayanlar”.
Picnic after music with the musical group “It’s going to be time” (bring your lawn mat and your personal plate/glass/fork to reduce your environmental footprint)

Collective kitchen with free contribution*:

  • International – traditional cuisines: (Georgia, Italy, China, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Gypsy cuisine) from local businesses, from the women of the Iris Women’s Centre and from the Kherel Shisha Lounge.
  • Buffet (we bring whatever food we want to share with everyone)
    Bar from the Cooperative grocery and café Eclectik*.
    *The income from the kitchen & bar will be donated to the Vardaris Neighbourhood Group’s activities.
3rd open neighborhood celebration "the "Vardari Festival"
3rd open neighborhood celebration “the “Vardari Festival”


Vardaris Neighborhood Group, Self-Help Promotion Program – AUTH – OKANA
Participating in the event are: residents and businesses of Vardaris, Women’s Assembly 8 March, Garden Seminars. In cooperation with the 2nd Municipal Community of the Municipality of Thessaloniki

Participating with information stands:

REVMA, BIOME, Eclectic Cooperative Grocery & Kafeneio, POSITIVE VOICE, Iris Women’s Centre, Garden Seminars, Circle-The incommon workshop, Narcomaniacs Anonymous, “Odysseus” – Solidarity School, Observatory for Rights in the field of Mental Health,Ceramics Group of the PPA, Pervolarios of Thessaloniki, José Martí Cultural Association, Women’s Assembly 8 March, Solidarity Kitchen, Association of Employees of EYATH, “Crazy Pomegranate” – Under Establishment of a Common. Integration PPA, Fylis AUTh, Chefs for zero hunger, Kherel Sisha Lounge.

Self-Help Promotion Program

The Self-Help Promotion Program bases its mode of operation on contemporary critical approaches to the science of Psychology and other social sciences, as well as the field of addictions. Based on these approaches, the program emphasises the social, political and cultural dimensions of the causes of the problem of addiction and other psychosocial problems. At the same time, people and their needs are placed at the centre of the interventions implemented, with their emancipation and the recovery of their dignity as the main priorities. The central pillars of the interventions carried out by the program are the concept of self-help/mutual aid and the protagonist role of those directly concerned.