The Folklore Archive was founded in 1918 by Nicolaos G. Politis, with Stilpon Kyriakidis as first Director.
In 1926 the Folklore Archive and the National Music Collection, founded in 1914, were placed under the aegis of the Academy of Athens.
In 1944 the Senate of the Academy of Athens approved of the first Regulations for the Operation of the Folklore Archive, compiled by Georgios Megas.
In 1966 the Folklore Archive was renamed the Hellenic Folklore Research Centre (Law 4545/1966). In 1967, the Senate of the Academy of Athens approved of a new set of Operation Regulations.
In accordance with the Law on Research (Law 1894/1990), the personnel of the Centre, formally referred to as compilers, were renamed Research Staff and assigned positions on the basis of committee review. Since 1996, thanks to the assistance afforded by European Community programmes, the Centre has been modernising its operation and digitalising its rich archival material. Such programmes include the Development and Modernisation of Library and Archive, the Information Society and the Culture 2000 European Community Programmes.
The aims of the Hellenic Folklore Research Centre are the following:
- To collect all published texts on folk culture, to extract any relevant information and to compile bibliographies.
- To enrich unpublished material drawn from oral tradition through fieldwork, through such means as the institution of competitions and the circulation of questionnaires.
- To preserve in their original form or in copy the texts of the Folklore Collections of the Centre.
- To classify in separate archives the folklore material which has been extracted in such a manner that it is accessible to research.
- To publish the Annual of the Research Centre for Hellenic Folklore and various independent scholarly publications in the form of books, maps, records, DVDs, etc.
President: Panos Ligomenidis
Members: Panayotis L. Vocotopoulos, Spyros Evangelatos, Thanassis Valtinos
Alternate Member: Chryssa Maltezou
Supervisor: Stephanos Imellos
Aikaterini Polymerou-Kamilakis (Tel. +30210 3318042)
- Development of a National Support Centre for the Documentation of Greek Folk Culture.
The Folklore Centre participates in the European Programme Information Society through digitalization of its archival collections and introduction of their data into databases.
- 15th Congress of the ISFNR (Link: http://www.isfnr-athens2009.gr/ ).
The Folklore Centre has undertaken the organization of the 15th Conference of the ISFNR, due to take place in Athens, 21-27 June 2009.
Call for Papers- (EXTENDED) DEADLINE 30TH SEPTEMBER 2008
- One-Day Conference: "Constantinos Psachos as Musician and Scholar".
On November 30th 2007 the Hellenic Folklore Research Centre of the Academy of Athens is organizing an one-day conference on the topic: "Constantinos Psachos as Musician and Scholar", to be held in the east wing of the central premises of the Academy of Athens.
Constantinos Psachos had a manifold scholarly and artistic personality. His work and his contribution to historical, scholarly and musicological research in the three areas of traditional Greek musical creation (ancient, Byzantine and demotic) played an important role in the development of Greek music. This conference includes papers by musicologists who know well Constantinos Psachos' work. During the conference, the small Panharmonium, made by the firm of Steinmayer in accordance with C. Psachos' instructions, will also be presented. This unique instrument belongs to the museum collection of the Hellenic Folklore Research Centre. It was kindly donated by Mrs. Eleni Dallas. The original music for the Delphic Festivals of Eva and Angelos Sikelianos, written by Psachos and long believed to have been lost, will also be heard at the conference. The conference will end with the presentation of C. Psachos' choral pieces for Aeschylus' Prometheus Bound and of Suppliants and of the revised version of the Delphic Hymn to Apollo.
- In Praise of the Olive.
The exhibition In Praise of the Olive is one of the most important recent initiatives on the part of the Centre. The exhibition presents all aspects of the place of the olive in Greek life - cultural, athletic, religious, artistic, symbolic and dietary. It underlines the national dimension inherent in the olive and its links with the landscape and inhabitants of Greece over thousands of years. The exhibition was organized as part of the celebration of the Olympic Games in 2004 and was housed in the central building of the Academy of Athens from 16 June to 30 September 2004. It enjoyed notable success and attracted favourable comment from both press and public and some 15,000 visited it. Subsequently, during 2006, the exhibition was displayed at Volos, at the Delphi Europe Centre, in the Municipality of Piraeus, the Thessaloniki International Exhibition, in the Security Council building of the United Nations in New York and in the European Parliament in Brussels. The catalogue is being reprinted in both Greek and English by the Archaeological Receipts Fund of the Ministry of Culture. At present the exhibition is being prepared for display in China, on the occasion of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. An English-Chinese edition of the catalogue is also in preparation.
- Opening of the Hellenic Folklore Research Centre building at 3 Ipitou St., Athens.
At midday on Friday 2 June 2006, the building of the Folklore Centre was officially opened by the President of the Hellenic Republic, Mr. Carolos Papoulias. Also present were Ms. Marietta Yiannakou, the Minister of Education, the Vice President of Parliament, Mr. G. Sourlas, Mr. K. Stephanis, the President of the Academy of Athens and Mr. N. Matsaniotis, General Secretary of the Academy. Present, too, were various members of the Academy, university chancellors, mayors, members of the academic community and friends of Folklore.
- One-Day Academic Conference: "The Hellenic Folklore Research Centre and Fieldwork". Conference Programme.
Α one-day conference, entitled "The Hellenic Folklore Research Centre and Fieldwork" was held on 3 June 2006. The research staff of the Centre presented the results of their research. Nineteen papers were given dealing with fieldwork carried out by the corresponding number of researchers. The conference was attended by Folklore specialists and experts in related disciplines. Present, too, were members of the general public with an interest in folk culture. The Conference Proceedings are to be published in a special volume.
- The Museum for the Acritans of Europe.
On 28 May 2006 the permanent exhibition "The Acritans of Europe" was installed in The Acritans of Europe Museum. The museum is located in the border village of Palaeochora in the Municipality of Pelekanos in the region of Hania. The exhibition was officially opened on 9 July 2006. The Museum is now functioning normally.
- The Museum of Bread, Amphikleia.
The museum was realized and brought to completion under the academic guidance of the Folklore Centre. It is supervised by "Dadiotiki Estia", the Cultural and Folkloric Association of Amphikleia.
- The Museum of the Olive, Kapsaliana, Municipality of Arcadi, Rethymnon.
The museum is prepared under the academic guidance of the Folklore Centre.
Address: 3 Ipitou str., 105 57 Athens, Greece
Telephone: +30210 3318042 / 3318043
Fax: +30210 3313418
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