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Acropolis Museum (courtyard)
Sacred musics of the world
SEASON 2021/22 - 1st Sacred Music Festival
Holy Τuesday 19 April 2022
Δημιουργική Ομάδα

GNO Intercultural Orchestra

Orchestra conductor Harris Lambrakis



Orestes Gargoulakis (flute), Elsa Stournara (accordion), Stavros Papakyritsis (oud), Christos Syngelos (oud, ney), Seray Yalçın (oud, voice), May Angelaki (lute), Effie Psiachoulia (kora), Manolis Christodoulou (qanun), Yann Ecorchard (violin), Sophia Zafiriou (violin), Cid Carmo (tarhu, violin), Victoria Tascu (yaylı tambur), Labrini Gioti (Swedish nyckelharpa, voice), Savvas Koudounas (Constantinopolitan lyre, violin), Anastasia Papageorgiou (Constantinopolitan lyre), Martha Papadogianni-Kouranti (cello), Giannis Tikof (double bass), Stathis Koutouzos (percussion), Mohammed Alabdali (percussion), Alexandra Balandina (percussion), Harris Lambrakis (ney)




Πρωταγωνιστές Παράστασης

Practical information:

- Audience members can enter all venues for free, on a first come first served basis. No advance booking is required.

- Due to the limited space available in many of the festival venues, some of the concerts will be repeated up to three times per day, to give the chance to as large an audience as possible to attend them.

- The concerts of the festival will be of short duration (from 25 to 40 minutes on average), so that audience members can attend more than one, if they wish so.

- The distance from one venue to the other is small, so that audience members have the chance to enjoy many of the festival events.

- The detailed programme will be available online at and, while the printed programme that will be distributed to the public will include a map with all the venues, summary descriptions of the events, and QR codes referring to the detailed programme on the GNO website.

- All preventive measures against COVID-19 will be adhered to in all venues.

Acropolis Museum (courtyard)

Sacred musics of the world

1st Sacred Music Festival

Starts at 18.00 and 20.00clock

Duration: approx. 30 min.

Capacity max. 1,000 person



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The Intercultural Orchestra set out on its extraordinary journey into the world of music in October 2019. Based on the idea that music can be a common place, where people can meet and interact on an equal basis, and serve as a platform of communication of different beliefs and cultures, it foregrounds respect and acceptance, synergies emerging from a need for deeper communication, and new musical creation freed from stereotypes, dogmatism and fixations. Currently it consists of more than 20 members, who are permanent or temporary residents of Athens, professionals and amateurs, from Greece, Turkey, Syria, Cyprus, France and Portugal, and to this date has given concerts in such venues as the GNO Alternative Stage, Byzantine and Christian Museum, Municipal Theatre of Piraeus, etc.

In this concert the Intercultural Orchestra of the Greek National Opera presents a programme inspired by the sacred music of Cyprus, Portugal and the Scandinavian countries, the Sufi musical tradition of the East, the European medieval lamentations of the Virgin Mary, and the Appalachian Mountains.


Acropolis Museum

The Acropolis Museum is situated about 300 metres south-east of the Parthenon in the historic area of Makriyannis and its entrance is next to the Dionysiou Areopagitou pedestrian walkway that links several archaeological sites of Athens. It first opened its gates to the public in 2009 and it houses the archaeological findings from the Acropolis and its outskirts. The Museum’s exhibition, organised according to topographical, chronological and thematic criteria, offers visitors a full picture of the site and its history during antiquity. Moreover, the building, which was designed by architects Bernard Tschumi and Michalis Fotiadis, ensures the visual connection of the Museum’s exhibits with the rock and the monuments of the Acropolis, aiming to become the continuation of the natural and built environment.


First Sacred Music Festival info leaflet available to read and download here