Polyphonic Caravan

This film is part of the file submitted for the inscription of the Polyphonic Caravan in the List of Best Practices for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible CulturalHeritage, UNESCO, 2003). The film is based on archival material from the institution’s twenty years activity. It is a presentation of its history, the work have been done so far aiming at researching, promoting and passing down polyphonic song of the Epirus to younger generations. Polyphonic Caravan is an institution founded in 1998 in a village of Epirus to gradually embrace the entire region’s borderline communities, spreading its activity in Greece as well as in Albania, Bulgaria, Italy, Germany. It is a long-term institution, with a key contribution to a new blossom of polyphony in Greece and the creation of a growing community of Polyphony, by deepening bonds with local communities while at the same time trying to broaden international horizon. It is finally a multi-tasking “work in progress”, with the eyes of people co-travelling in this amazing journey of voices.

Alexandros Lambrides

He was born in Athens and he spent his childhood in the border region of Epirus. He graduated from the Department of Mining Engineering of National Technical University of Athens. He studied film direction at the Stavrakos School, while he furthered his studies in Paris. Alexandros was an associate of Theo Angelopoulos in five films. He began directing documentaries before and during his studies. He has worked for years as a radio producer, while among other he has directed the TV production Other Lights. His documentary The End of an Eternity has enjoyed wide international distribution. In 2018 he was proclaimed honorary citizen of Dropoli for his contribution to the promotion of Epirus Polyphonic Song and honorary citizen of the community of Olympos, Municipality of Karpathos, for his contribution to the living heritage of the village.