The Folklore Company of Varnavas in the Municipality of Marathon is a non-profit organization established in 2002 in Varnavas, Attica – Greece. In 2003 the Interactive Historical Folklore Museum was set up containing a reproduction of a house of the last century and the European Museum of Bread was set up in 2005 containing over 1,500 exhibits of decorative bread from all over Greece and the world. This collection of bread is considered one of the largest in the world and the exhibition entitled “Roads of Bread” has travelled widely within Greece and abroad.
The museums play an active role in the preservation and conservation of our country’s cultural heritage with ongoing events and lectures about folklore, cultural heritage, volunteerism, agriculture (bread, wine, olive) traditional nutrition and health, environmentalism, quality of life and the showing of new artists’ work.
Their activities can be summarised in the following:
- Implementation of training programs for students and adults.
- Organisation of various art exhibitions, including painting, drawing, sculpture, handicrafts, jewellery, pottery, wood sculpture, photography (modern and old), mosaics, etc.
- Organisation of cultural events.
- Establishment of: a theatrical team, a library, and a big group of volunteers.
- Publication of books/ studies
- Development of CDs and DVDs.
Due to an increasing number of visitors, we rented new premises in 2010, which we renovated and reconstructed into a two-storey building of the last century with a traditional wine press, an outside oven, and a lower and upper floor.
For 12 years, we have been providing educational programs for school and adult pupils with collaborators who are educators, historians, co-operatives, farm entrepreneurs, music educators, philologists, oenologists, beekeepers, bakers, environmentalists, astrophysicists, etc., people with joy, responsibility, experience, and scientific training.
We created and operate a women’s department to develop entrepreneurship in the region, and reducing unemployment through actions of promoting cultural heritage and local traditional products.
Contact person: Milea PAPPA