To Domadi Greko


Get to know the language to get to know the territory

The Greek-speaking Jalò tu Vua Association at Bova Marina (RC) has been working to safeguard the culture of Greek Calabria since 1972. It has always been particularly committed to passing on the language to the younger generations. The present state of things shows just how important this work is.

Only a few hundred native speakers of Calabrian Greek have remained and many recognise the fact that it is important to save the language and keep it alive. All the association’s efforts are now focussed on a single goal: increase the numbers of speakers.

With this in mind, in August 2015, we organised the first ever summer school of Calabrian Greek for those who wished to approach the extraordinary Graecanic culture, locals and non.

To domadi Greko – The Calabrian-Greek Week, from the 5th to the 12th August 2016, is an intensive Graecanic language course, providing two streams: the first for beginners, the second one, which goes into greater depth, for those with good linguistic skills as well as for scholars of glottology, linguistics, Greek studies etc..

To complete the experience, those enrolled will be conducted on an ad hoc cultural itinerary based on their particular needs.

For the entire duration of the course, various Calabrian-Greek cultural issues will be presented by eminent Graecanic scholars who will hold highly interesting lectures on various topics regarding the Graecanic Area as a source of precious cultural, spiritual, natural and identitarian treasures.

Then, there will also be an Excursion to some of the area’s foremost destinations from Pentedattilo, an uninhabited place, full of magic and the atmosphere of times gone by, up to Bova, considered the beating heart of Greek Calabria. From Gallicianò, the temple of Calabrian-Greek music and language, to the Amendolea River, a place of silence and unique natural beauty. And then to Stilo, Bivongi and Gerace and through their narrow streets, amid the monuments of Magna Grecia.

The culture trails are experiencing a moment of great popularity as demonstrated by the growing numbers of cultural enthusiasts who come here to hike down trails steeped in history.

Welcome to Greek Calabria!


Friday 5th August 2016
9.30 – 10.00 am Reception and welcome
10.00 – 11.00 am Historical-cultural outline
Tito Squillaci
11.00 – 1.00 pm • Language
2.00 – 3.00 pm • Language
3.00 – 7.00 pm • Excursion
Bova – Chora tu Vua

Saturday 6th August 2016
10.00 – 11.00 am Pre-history in Greek Calabria
Sebastiano Stranges
11.00 – 1.00 pm Language
2.00 – 3.00 pm Language
3.00 – 7.00 pm
Excursion Amendolea 

Sunday 7th.  August 2016
10.00 – 10.30 am Speaking Greek in Calabria today
The role of Greece
Sara Minuto
10.30 – 11.00 am Conversation with
Domenico Minuto
11.00 am – 1.00 pm Language
2.00 – 3.00 pm Language
3.00– 7.00 pm Excursion to Gallicianò

Monday 8th August 2016
10.00 – 11.00 am Calabria’s spiritual tradition

Daniele Castrizio
11.00 – 1.00 pm Language
2.00 – 3.00 pm Language

Tuesday 9th August 2016
11.00 – 1.00 pm Language
3.00 – 10.00 pm
Excursion to Stilo, Bivongi, Gerace

Wednesday 10 August 2016
10.00 – 11.00 am A meeting with native speakers

Domenico Nucera Milinari
Salvino Nucera
11.00 – 1.00 pm Language
2.00 – 3.00 pm Language
3.00 – 7.00 pm Excursion to Pentedattilo

Thursday 11th August 2016
10.00 – 10.30 am The role of Hellenophone cultural associations
Antonella Casile
10.30 – 11.00 am How to valorise local products
: the case of bergamot

Domenico Cuzzucoli
and of gorse
Maria Volontà
11.0 – 1.00 pm Language
2.00 – 3.00 pm Language
3.00 – 7.00 pm
Excursion to Bova Marina – Jalò tu Vua, the Synagogue and the Archeoderi Archaeological Park

Friday 12th August 2016
10.00 – 10.30 am the Greek-Calabrian musical tradition

Valentino Santagati
10.30 – 11.00 am Between revitalisation and
Maria Olimpia Squillaci
11.00 – 1.00 pm Language
From 9.00 pm on… conclusions and farewell party
with singing and music
sto uso dikòmma [according to our custom]


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