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In its eighth year of cultural activities, the Rapsani Guesthouse of the Self-Help Promotion Program of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki has prepared a rich programme of events and invites you from 1 to 24 August in the beautiful village of Rapsani.

Systematically, from 2016 until today, many events are organized in Rapsani, throughout the year. These actions aim to highlight the history and culture of the region, to promote the community – collective character, the reflection and discussion on the development potential of the place. They present important issues related to art, education, culture, the environment and current social and political issues.

The events are organized with the active participation and cooperation of various institutions and associations, as well as the residents of the area and culminate in the summer months, especially in August. So this year, during the month of August, there will be a variety of events in different parts of Rapsani, which are addressed to everyone, regardless of age and without any financial burden. This month is full of educational, ecological, recreational and cultural activities, which will introduce children and adults to interesting practices and current social issues.

Of particular importance for the realization of the actions, is our cooperation with the Rapsani Municipal Library. We warmly thank the Women’s Association, the Cultural Association of Rapsani and all the contributors of this year’s actions for their warm and selfless response to our call.

With the village being a short distance from the nearby urban centers and the surrounding areas, we are looking forward to welcoming you all, residents of Rapsani and non residents, to spend an August full of entertainment and creativity!

Guesthouse Rapsani - Renewal of the programme of events and activities for August 2023
Guesthouse Rapsani – Renewal of the programme of events and activities for August 2023

Press conference

On the occasion of the start of the August activities organized by the “Rapsani Guesthouse” of the Self-Help Promotion Program of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, a press conference was held for the presentation of this year’s programme of events.

The press conference began with Sotiris Lainas, Dr. of psychology, deputy scientific director of the Self-Help Promotion Program, who referred to the objectives and the three main axes of the Program’s activity in Rapsani, the reintegration of members of the programs, the training of health workers in critical approaches to addiction and the prevention and cultural actions in the community.

Alexandros Georgiou then took the floor, speaking about the framework of the activities in the community, and the areas of activity, which are ecology and the environment, history and folklore, culture and the arts, as well as important current affairs issues.

The press conference was closed by Ersi Roumelioti, presenting this year’s programme of events, with emphasis on the cooperation with the eclectic contributors of the actions, such as Pantelis Boukalas, Natalia Labadaki, George Avgeropoulos, the partnership with local community organizations, but also with the Larissa Grain and Flour Museum, the Municipal Observatory of Larissa, the School of Fine Arts of A.U.T.H, the Boulouki group, the Ecological Movement of Thessaloniki.

Updated detailed program of actions

1/8 “Cards, postcards, postcards for young and old!” Wheat and Flour Museum, Design Curated by Konstantina Kontsa Anthropologist, Scientific Officer of the Museum 19:00 Agios Athanasios courtyard

2/8“Eggplants vs Pumpkins”Rapsani Youth Volleyball Friendly Match 20:00 Rapsani Stadium

3/8 Seminar on polyphonic singing With Natalia Labadaki 18:00 Museum of Wine & Vineyard

4/8 Concert by the polyphonic singing workshop of Natalia Labadaki 21:00 Museum of Wine & Vineyard

5-7/8 “Paul Klee …uphill in Rapsani” Laboratory of handmade paper & monotype. Rania Fragoulidou, Visual Artist, Teacher at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki & the students Vasiliki Vlachogianni, Georgia Malyouri. 19:00 Primary school.

8/8 “The Wedding of Uncle George” – Karagiozis performance From the shadow theatre of Panagiotis Panagoulis 21:00 central square

9-11/8 “Catch the Pencils!” Creative Writing Program for children 13 to 20 years old, with philologist-writer Haroula Apostolidou 19:00, Agios Athanasios courtyard *11/8 The activity will take place on 20:00 at the Museum of Wine & Vineyard

12/8 “Creating a public herb garden in our village” With organic farmer Nikos Misyrlis 19:00 outdoor area of the Rural Clinic

13/8 “In a piece of clay I capture nature” Ceramics workshop with ceramists Lia Papailia & Lia Clay and Lia Papaya, Yannis Psara, 19:00 Primary school, 19:00

12&13/8 “The Larissa Terrace Film Festival travels to Rapsani” Screening of films from the International Short Film Festival of Drama, 21:00 Museum of Wine & Vineyard

17/8 “Searching for the lost treasure in the alleys of Rapsani” A hunt by children for children 18:30 Central Square

18/8 “I went high on Mount Olympus to listen to Rapsani” Sound exploration workshop for children with the music educator, sound artist Konstantina Stavropoulou. 19:00 Central Square

18/8 “Man and the vastness of the universe” An experiential astronomy experience from the Municipal Observatory of Larissa. 21:00 Aloni Rapsani

19/8 “The sustainability of traditional building” Presentation of the action of the Buluki & A tour of a typical house in Rapsani. Dimitra Tsiakousskoglou – Cultural manager, member of the Buluki group. Panagiotis Doumakis, Architectural engineer of Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, ClimaDesign TUM Achilleas Archontis, Petras 18:30 Primary School

20/8 “The importance of public and common goods: The Example of Water” Participate in the discussion: People’s Assembly of Stagiates, Union of Employees of EYATH-DEYAL, Kostas Nikolaou, Doctor of Environmental Studies and cooperator, visiting professor of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, moderated by journalist Despina Theodorou 20:00 central square.

It will followfolk night with: Lina Nutsou, Giorgos Papavasiliou, Giorgos Koltsidas, Kostas Gkaifyllia 22:00 Central Square

21/8 “Waterways and taps of Rapsani” Thematic tour aimed at recording and mapping the taps of the village, by Yannis N. Dr. Kontos, Dr. Civil Engineer, researcher and lecturer of the Department of Civil Engineering of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.

Screening of the documentary “Until the last drop” By George Avgeropoulos 21:00, Museum of Wine & Vineyard

22/8 Pantelis Boukalas: “Popular song as evidence of history”, 21:00Museum of Wine & Vineyard With the accompaniment of musicians: Filippos Fassoulas (clarinet), Kostas Gkaifillas (guitar), Lina Nutsou (voice), Panagiotis Kraias (voice)

23/8 Pantelis Boukalas: “From the Thieving Songs of the 1821 Revolution”, 21:00, Museum of Wine & Vineyard With the accompaniment of musicians: Kostas Dedousis (clarinet), Kostas Gkaifillas (guitar), Lina Nutsou (voice)

24/8 “How do we make soil? we create a fertile soil machine” Composting workshop for young and old with Thanasis Makris. Ecological Movement of Thessaloniki. 19:00 Anilio

24/8 «Electric Solo». Concert with guitarist Bampi Papadopoulos, 21:00, Museum of Wine & Vineyard

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.