Eastern Mediterranean is the geographic region spanning from Greece in North to Egypt in South. Historically, this region is known as the Cradle of Civilization. This is where the ancient civilization existed in Greece, Anatolia, Persia, Mesopotamia, and Egypt.
The people of these areas, have had their shared and unique culture, cuisine, costume, music, traditional dancing, etc. for thousands of years. They all love their olives, yogurts, wines, and bread. They all have their dancing where they line up, hold hands, and move in unison.
Their music is unique. Their musical instruments, Neys, Ouds, Laoutos, Lyres, Kemences, Tars, Santurs, and Sazs existed and used in one form or another by all of them for thousands of years. Their musical scales encompass hundreds of varieties with notes that do not exist in Western music. They dance to tempos in 5/8, 7/8, 9/8, 9/4 and many more. They sing same songs that existed for thousands of years, each in their unique and beautiful language.
We believe the public would be very interested to find out about this culture and Melbourne, in its multicultural, cosmopolitan character, would present ideal environment for this purpose.
It is our mission to introduce the culture and music of the Eastern Mediterranean people through our Harmony Festivals.