St. Demetrios & the children

2011 Folk Dance Festival!

The Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries of the Direct Archdiocesan District of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese is excited to announce a new addition to its list of ministries,  the first annual Direct Archdiocesan District Folk Dance Festival! Happening in 2011, groups from any of the District’s parishes will be welcome to participate and the event will be open to the public.

The Direct Archdiocesan District Folk Dance Festival will be a way for the people of our District to come together in the spirit of fellowship and fun and to celebrate our Hellenic culture through our traditional songs and dances. The Festival will allow groups from parishes across the region to showcase their knowledge of traditional dances and costumes native to Greece.

In a nod to our rich cultural and ethnic tradition, the District’s Festival will not be focused on competition. We face competition in so many aspects of our everyday lives and we want to promote the Festival as an opportunity to express the joy and traditions of our Greek culture without competing against one another. We do not dance to be perfect or to be the best, but to express our love and admiration for our culture, a love and admiration that comes from deep within our beings. At the District’s Folk Dance Festival, the system of rating will instead focus on each individual group and their improvement over the course of their performances. The goal is to create an environment similar to a festival or panagiri, a time for celebration and jubilation!

Activities at the FDF will include performances, workshops, a Glendi for all participants and the public, and Divine Liturgy on Sunday morning. Information for churches and groups regarding performances, schedules and other information will be announced in the coming months.  For more information contact us at or visit

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The Direct Archdiocesan District, housed at the Archdiocese in New York City, encompasses parishes in most of New York State, the western half of Connecticut, Washington, D.C. and the Bahamas. The Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries is led by its director, Fr. Evagoras Constantinides, and is under the pastoral care of His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios.