Our Association is working towards a performance troupe, which will travel and share the beauty of Cretan Dance.
Under the skillful instruction of Nikolaos Markakis (BFA, MFA), we explore the traditional dances of the various regions of Crete.
Participants learn about the history and traditions of Cretan dance, and showcase their learnings at various performances. Lessons are hold twice a month, and all ages are welcome! Contact our Association today to register:
Our Association is proud to share the rich and vibrant Cretan Musical Tradition by offering Instruction in Traditional Cretan Music.
Our Instructor, Giorgos Vrontinakis (direct from Greece) guides our students on their musical journey. These lessons are offered virtually, via direct webcast, in a group setting.
Group lessons are offered twice a month , and individual lessons can be arranged. Contact our Association today to register:
Our Association offers a tasty and educational learning experience that is immersive and fun for all of our participants!
Various Instructors from parts of our community share their talent, tips, and best practices to guide our participants on their culinary journey. All are welcome!!!
Our participants sample traditional Cretan and Greek cuisine in a fun environment. Participants can register online at www.hamiltoncretans.ca/e-shop .
Sharing the history, traditions, and culture of Crete is one of our Association's primary goals.
We offer lectures and workshops on a variety of subjects, exploring the people, places, and events which shaped Cretan culture.
Through, lectures, workshops, and other engaging media, our Association continues to share the profound impact and influence the island of Crete and its children have had on history and society.
Our Association hosts social events throughout the year, both collaboratively with other organizations and on our own.
Commemorations of significant events in Cretan history, social nights, dinner dances, road trips, movie nights, and events for children and more are all part of our Associations efforts to share our Cretan Heritage with the wider community.
These events are shared and can be found on our Facebook and instagram pages, contacting us at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by visiting our website at:
The following multimedia items have been carefully curated by our Cultural Committee, and have been selected on the basis of sharing the incredibly rich, vibrant, and valuable facets and traditions of Cretan culture and Folklore.
Our goal is to promote and share these traditions and glimpses in to a continuing way of life, and to engage and inspire our members and friends through videos, documents, and interactive activities designed to continue these treasured traditions.
You will see artisanship perfected by generations, including the production of ceramics (sourcing and refining materials locally!), the production of natural fibres and cloth through traditional methods, the traditional methods of cheese making, and traditional decorative wedding breads and more!
In collaboration with our Brother and Sister Cretan Associations in North America, we will also be sharing an interactive series via Facebook Live (the events will be recorded), featuring experts on various subjects ranging from traditional music and dress, cuisine, artisanship, and more!!!
Check out our Facebook Group Page for more information.
"Keramion” is a modern pottery workshop in Crete which operates under the supervision of potter Giorgis Dalambelas, who with passion, love, and following the tradition, creates real works of art. It is no coincidence that the laboratory is in “Margarites” village, a special place with a rich tradition in pottery.
The Penelope Ghandi Mission is a pioneering initiative instituted by the Viard University Olathe Mountains, whose goal is to promote and curate the traditional production and artisanship of weaving endemic to the mountain regions.
Here is the link to the University of the Mountains page:
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This video shows the time honoured tradition of decorative Cretan Wedding "Kouloures" prevalent in the Rethymno prefecture.
This video illustrates the traditional methods of cheese making which are still being practised on various regions all over Crete. The demonstrator Mr. Klados also discusses how rennet was harvested from lambs assist in production.
Additionally, the preparation of traditional Cretan Wedding Pilafi or Rice Pilaf is demonstrated.
A presentation by renowned Cretan Musician Antonis Martsakis and organized exclusively as a collaborative effort for the first time ever by Cretan Associations across North America!
Antonis explores the roots and influences of Cretan Music, and also examines the various instruments with past and present to give voice to Cretan music.
He also explores traditional Cretan costumes from around the island, with discussion around style and influences.
A fascinating examination of the presence and contribution of women to the repertoire of Cretan Music both past and present.