Messolongi, Greece

"A travel through the ancient greek traditions"

12-19 of june 2019

This is a week long
Travel documentary workshop

When : from the 12th untill 19th of June 2019

Where: Messolongi, Greece (west greece, delta)

Focus: Photo-documentary, narrative story creating, personal development

Participants: 10

Price: 880€*

*(not inc.) Travel expences to Athens, lunch and supper, drinks

Reservation: to confirm your place in the workshop an amount of 150 euro has to be payed in advance

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The ancient greek gypsy pilgrimage tradition, Festival of Ai Symi

Traveling back in time with traditional Gypsy musicians guiding the ancient warriors, during days and nights, trough the village up to the mountains where lays a sacred monastery, ceremonies and traditional dancing are practiced to celebrating the victory, freedom and the baptisms of the future generations. 

Traditions whose roots reach as far as the ancient Greece 1000bc


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Workshop description 

This photography workshop will be about finding your own unique vision of the traditional celebration in the southern Greece  village of Messolonghi by using the camera to explore in a direct, spontaneous way. Open to both serious amateurs and professionals alike, from fine art photographers to documentary photographers, it is a workshop that will emphasize the development of your own personal way of seeing photographically. This worksop will also be about learning how to edit your work intuitively and will include discussions about how to take your photography to the next level. 


Jordi Oliver, one of Spain best photo documentary photographers. Specialised in humanistic photography and working with the Gypsy community for more then 10 years. Known for his alternative learning method, a born educator, teaching you how to bring your personal way of seeing out into your photographs.

Detailed program


Wednesday 12/06/2019

6 pm: Leaving by bus from Athens to Messolonghi

8:30 pm: Arriving to hotel, The Socrates organic village, Wild olive

9:30 pm: Supper and welcome at the hotel


Thursday 13/06/2019

9 am: Breakfast and briefing

10 am: By bike we will go to the town of Messolonghi

11 am: Meeting with Vasilis Artikos, great local photographer, introduction about the pilgrimage. 

2 pm:  Lunch

5 pm: Discovering the area and localisation

9 pm: Supper at restaurant 


Friday 14/06/2019

9 am: Breakfast and briefing

10 am: visit to a local gypsy community

2 pm: Lunch

8 pm: The Saint Simon festival is launched by gypsy musicians, we will witness the first opening and have supper in the town with the involved families. These festive activities will last until 7 am. 


Saturday 15/06/2019

10 am: Breakfast and briefing

11 am: The participants of the festival are going with the musicians from one member’s house to the other to pick up “the brothers in arms” (ancient warriors) and have a tour in the center of Messolonghi.

2 pm: Lunch

7 pm: photographical discussion, by Jordi Oliver and Vasilis Artikos

10 pm: Traditional celebration at the centre of Messolonghi


Sunday 16/06/2019

10 am: Breakfast and Briefing

11 am: Visit to the sea side 

2 pm: Lunch 

7 pm: Celebration at the central church, Agois Spyridonas, a parade will start from the church until the monastery (located in the mountains). The brothers in arms and the gypsy musicians will go to the mountains with horses and start the ceremonies of the baptisms. 

11 pm – 8 am: Dancing and drinking in the forest around the monastery, each family group have their own designated area. 


Monday 17/06/2019

9 am: Breakfast and Briefing

10 am: Going back to the monastery for the baptisms of the gypsy children, an orthodox ceremony will be given along with traditional rituals. 

2 pm: Lunch 

7 pm: The families are having a parade, going back from the mountain to the town. The celebration continues in the centre of Messolonghi and ends in the Island of Agia Triada (St. Trinity), to honor the fallen heroes of Klisova. 

10 pm: Supper


Tuesday 18/06/2019

9:30 am: Breakfast and briefing

10:30 am: Editing at the hotel 

2 pm: Lunch at Messolonghi

7 pm: Exhibition of our work through the form of an audiovisual, open to all public in the cultural centre of Messolonghi. 


Wednesday 19/06/2019

9 am: Breakfast and briefing

10 am: Bus to Athens, estimated arrival time 1 pm


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