new!!! Augustos travel to efxinus pontos (karadeniz) : pics here
KALLITEXNIKI STEGI PONTION, FOLKLORE AND CULTURAL CLUB.
THESSALONIKI MACEDONIA, GREECE
We participate at festivals all over the world, organized to promote the expressions of traditional culture such as music, dance, singing, crafts, and other forms. Our artists meet together with a purpose of peace and friendship. By promoting the folk arts of our country to the other participants and the audience, our performances are a contribution to the respect of cultural heritage and traditions of peoples.This philosophy is a contribution to the effort for transmitting the artistic heritage as a key factor for mutual understanding towards cultural diversity and for international cooperation. It is based on exchange and transmission of the world heritage to the youth as to ensure its continuity.
Welcome to "Kallitexniki Stegi Pontion B.Elladas" or "The house of Pontian artists".
Pontos was the land of our fathers, where they left from, at 1922, because of the Mustafa Kemal (Ata turk's) genocide against Greeks, Armenians and Assyrians.
Our society aims to keep our language (ancient greeks), music, dances and culture.
From 1981 we have been participated to numerus festivals all over the world.
We are proud member of IOVHELLAS International Organization of Folk Art.
If you want to contact us pls write to:
"KALLITEXNIKI STEGI PONTION
542 49 THESSALONIKI GREECE"
or call us at:
or e-mail us at:
stegipontion @ mail.gr
Learn more about "pontos" and pontiac culture:
There are over than 4 million pontiacs all over the world. Most of them in Greece.
Traditional rural Pontic house The term Pontic Greeks, Pontian Greeks, Pontians
or Greeks of Pontus (Greek: Πόντιοι, Ποντιακοί or Έλληνες του Πόντου, Turkish:
Karadeniz Rumları) can refer to Greeks specifically from the area of Pontus in
the region of the former Empire of Trebizond on the Black Sea coast of Eastern
Turkey, or in other cases more generally all Greeks from the shores of the Black
Sea or the Pontus. Greeks from Trabzon traditionally speak Pontic Greek. The
terms Pontic and Pontian can be used interchangeably.
Pontos inherently means 'sea' in ancient Greek. In Greek mythology, as mentioned
by Hesiod, Pontos was the child of Gaia and Aether. The term was used in ancient
times for both the Aegean and the Black Seas. The Black Sea area generally, and
the region around Trabzon specifically, are where Jason and the Argonauts sailed
to find the Golden Fleece in the adventures of the Argonautica of Apollonios the
Historically the Black Sea was initially known as the Axenos (inhospitable) Sea,
prior to its colonization by the ancient Ionian Greeks of Miletus and other
Greek city states. The first Greek colony established on the northern shores of
ancient Anatolia was Sinop circa 800B.C. After the colonization of the shores of
the Black Sea the name changed to Efxinos (hospitable) Sea. In time, other
Greeks followed their path and, as numbers grew, more Greek colonies were
established along the Black Sea coastline of what is now Turkey, Georgia,
Russia, Ukraine, Romania and Bulgaria.
The region of Trapezus, now Trabzon, was also mentioned by Xenophon (430 - 355
BC) Anabasis, when his 10,000 soldiers had reached the Pontic Euxine Sea and
cried out 'Thalassa! Thalassa!' - "The sea! The sea!", the local people
understood them. They were Hellenes as well and, according to Xenophon, they had
been there for over 300 years. Over thousands of years the Trapezus colony,
later called the Pontos Pontos region flourished, contributing to the
development of a rich civilization with a strong Hellenic basis. This is
verified by a various ancient Greek and Roman historians. For example, many
accounts exist of the Mythridatic wars and the reign of Mythridates the Eupator
and later his son Mythridates II. With the passage of time and the establishment
of the Eastern Roman empire Pontos was placed under its control. Pontos remained
isolated from the 'modern' Greek-speaking world afterward. This isolation
however helped maintain the Pontic language with its strong roots to the ancient
Greeks. For many years later they lived under Ottoman rule but maintained a
strong sense of Hellenism and Greek Orthodoxy.
Throughout its long history Pontos was also inhabited and invaded by the
Persians, Romans, Alexander the Great, Germany, Russia and finally, the Turks.
The land also had its share of royal rulers such as the Komnenos family, which
made Trabzond (Trapezounda) Empire of Trebizond capital from 1204 to 1461.
Like other Christians in Asia Minor as Armenians or Assyrians, Pontic Greeks had
to face persecution and suffer ethnic cleansing at the beginning of the 20th
century (Hofmann 2004). In 1923, after hundreds of years, those remaining were
expelled from Turkey to Greece as part of the population exchange between Greece
and Turkey defined by the Treaty of Lausanne.
Nowadays, the actual number of Pontic Greeks is unknown. The largest communities
of Pontic Greek (or people of Pontic Greek descent) around the world are
(according to Pontian Diaspora 2000):
more than 2 million in Greece
more than 500,000 in Russia and in other countries of the former Soviet Union
120,000 in the Ukraine
50,000 in Georgia ("Rumka") (a number of whom speak Turkish)
80,000 in the United States of America in the following cities:
Astoria, Queens, New York
56,000 in Australia
25,000 in Kazakhstan
20,000 in Canada, most notably in:
11,000 in Uzbekistan
5,000 in Syria
2,000 in Armenia
Some writers estimate that there are 300,000 people of varying degrees of Pontic
Greek descent (Ömer Asan 1996) in Turkey (in Trabzon, vast majority are Muslim
and a majority (225,000 - 250,000) speaking Turkish today). There is also a
sizable Pontic community in Germany (~ 100,000 people) and a significant growing
number in the Republic of Cyprus. A small portion of Greek-Americans are Pontic.
The culture of Pontos has been influenced by the topography of the different
regions of Pontos. The cities located in the North, like Trabzon, Sinope were,
from ancient times, trading centers. They retain this title till today. In these
cities upper level education flurished. The markets provided the majority of the
Pontian music retains elements of Greek, Persian, and Celtic music. The music is
often fast in tempo and can sometimes be high-pitched. Pontian music is played
primarily to be danced to, with dance steps substantially different from that of
Greek and Turkish dancing.
Listen here to traditional black sea (karadeniz) music
The following is a list of Pontian musical instruments.
kemenche, kementze or lyra (Grk. Λύρα)
The kemenche or kementze is similar to its Cretan, Cypriot and Thracian
counterparts. All three can be regarded as the forefather of the violin. The
kemenche is played all over the world by people of Pontian descent.
Pontian dance retains the aspects of Persian and Greek dance styles. The dances
called Horoi (Grk. Χοροί), singular Horon (Grk. Χορόν), are circular in nature
and are each characterized by distinct short steps. A unique aspect of Pontian
dance is the tremoulo (Grk. Τρέμουλο), which a fast shacking of the upper torso
by a turning of the back on its axis. Pontian dances are similar to Greek dances
in being danced in a line and forming a circle. Many Pontian dances are almost
identical in steps to Greek dances. Pontian dances also resemble Persian and
middle eastern dances in that they are not led. That is there is not one single
leader in the dance formation. This is different from Greek dances but is a
widespread aspect of Persian and middle eastern dances. The following is a list
of Pontian Dances
Omal -(Grk.ομάλ)-meaning calm
So gonaton-(Grk.σο γόνατο)-meaning on the knee
Langefton-(Grk.λανγκευτόν)-meaning jumping or hopping
Karslidikon-(Grk.καρσλίδικον)-Meaning from Kars
Dipat or Giavaston-(Grk.διπάτ)-Meaning double step
Ters (from Kioumoush Maten)-(Grk.Tερς)-Meaning wrong or incorrectly
Ters (from Ak Dag Maten)-(Grk.Tερς)-Meaning wrong or incorrectly
Trigona (from Trapezounta)-(Grk.τριγόνα)
Trigona (from Matsouka)-(Grk.τριγόνα)
Trigona (from Kerasounda)-(Grk.τριγόνα)
Seranitsa (from Trapezounta)-(Grk.σερανίτσα)
Serra-(Grk.σέρρα)-Named after the region Serra
Masher or Maheria(Grk.Μαχαίρια)or Pyrecheios(Grk.πυρήχειος)(Trk.Biçak Üyünü)-
ancient Greek dance described by the ancient historian Xenophon meaning sound
Kots-(Grk.κοτς)-Meaning Heel dance
Kotsari-(Grk.κότσαρι)- Meaning Heel dance
Pipilomatena-(Grk.πιπιλομάτενα)- Meaning soft eyes
Momogera-(Grk.μομόγερα)-Meaning immature old men
Gemura-(Grk.γέμουρα)-Meaning from Gemura
Diplon Omal-(Grk.διπλόν ομάλ)-Meaning double calm
Kalon Korits-(Grk.καλόν κορίτσ)-Meaning good girl
Kymishanalidikon-(Grk.κιμισχαναλίδικον)-Meaning from Gumushane