Guided tour within the SKG Bridges Festival “Buildings Have a Voice”


State Conservatory of Thessaloniki


Sunday 12 May


Various sites in the city

Guided tour within the SKG Bridges Festival

“Buildings Have a Voice” discover landmark buildings that will take you on a trip to the multicultural music of Thessaloniki

Sunday 12 May 2019 11:00

Starting point: State Conservatory of Thessaloniki


Thessaloniki, as a multicultural city, hosted many nationalities, according to the recording of its history. A great part of her musical culture, the sounds and sounds that embraced the city and offered the visitor of Thessaloniki a wealth of sounds and musical accents, were forgotten over time.

The music of the Greeks, the Jews and the Ottomans and the Western Europeans at the beginning of the 20th century coexisted in the area of ​​the city center in a “give and take” process, creating a multicultural musical mosaic combining the voices of the Orthodox and Catholic Priest, Mouzinis and Ravinos, but also the sounds of Greek Musical Tradition, Sephardic Song, Ottoman Cosmic Music and Western Formal Music.

To the question whether there is multicultural music in Thessaloniki, the State Conservatory through SKG BRIDGES FESTIVAL and Graffiti II Music invites us to discover a part of the sounds of the city’s musical mosaic. In addition, specific buildings will be presented through this route, which, although remaining silent, have a lot to tell about the musical environment they were hosting and are still hosting.

The tour – tour includes the synagogue YasLezikaron (26th Herakleion Street), the Ottoman YahudiHamam, the Sanctuary of Aghios Minas, the Allatini Jewish mansion, the Catholic Church of Amiantos Armenia and the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki (Frangon 15) following a linear path, whose distance is about 800 meters.

The aim of the journey is to present the cosmic music of the different cultures that lived in Thessaloniki at the beginning of the 20th century through a course where the Greek cosmic music and the corresponding song meet the cosmic Ottoman music and the Sephardic (the Spanish-Jewish song of Thessaloniki) and, finally, the cosmic and formal western music, whose booster is the State Conservatory of Thessaloniki for more than 110 years.