Ο τοπικός πολιτισμός της περιοχής των Τζουμέρκων
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The region of Tzoumerka is assessed in terms of its tradition in music and dance and therefore presents some distinct qualities which are most evident in a cluster of villages called βλαχοχώρια (vlachohoria). The βλαχοχώρια (vlachohoria) have a unique music and dance culture which is a subset of Epirus’ overall tradition. It’s particular because it identifies with both the Σαρακατσάνοι (Sarakatsani) people and the folklore customs of the neighboring Xiromero settlement. The βλαχοχώρια (vlachohoria) make up an area that is open to all sorts of influences that travel throughout the region. These influences follow the routes of traders, sheep farmers and even musicians who gradually and over time have enriched the local repertoire. Local troupes are formed in-house in the renowned βλαχοχώρια (vlachohoria) settlemenys of Syrrako and Kalarrytes.

The remaining region is supplied with troupes from Ioannina, Arta and Trikala who come to assist local performers. The oldest troupe in the region was called Γεροδημαίων (Gerodimaion). Other troupes subsequently followed. For example, the troupe of Μπεσιραίων (Besiraion) is based in Trikala while the troupe of Διαμανταίων (Diamantaion) is local to the Pramanta settlement. Here the local repertoire adheres to heavy τσάμικα (tsamika) style dancing and hints on the κλέφτικα (kleftika) type songs. The influence of this style of dance and song seems to carry on in the neighboring Xiromero settlement but meanwhile also leaves its mark in Arta.

Narrative by Pia Vasiliou of Matsouki, Musician