Our event on traditional Greek music at the Hellenic Centre in London was opened by the President of Omilos who vividly illustrated the panhuman, common element that exists within us and unites us, giving us the infinite strength to be well.
His speech follows:
“The Philosophy of Omilos is very simple. We believe that every human being has the right to be and can be well in their life. Difficulties will always exist, no one can say that there aren’t any difficulties in life, but we believe that every one of us has the power within them to be well. The centre of Omilos’ philosophy is the human being, each and every one of us. But you will ask: “how can we be well?”
Let’s say that the human being is a tree. A tree is strong and healthy when it has very deep roots, very good roots, healthy ones.
And you know, Greece has very, very deep roots which begin with Homer, Aeschylus, Plato, Aristotle, Socrates and reach Elytis, Kavafis and many other contemporary Greek poets.
And so, every Greek learns, just as every human being in every people does, to make their anguish, their pain, their joy into a poem, a song, a dance.
By dancing, the person performs, let’s say, a ritual act and takes the problem and lifts it up high. It is the tsolias (Greek man wearing traditional Greek clothes) who hits his foot on the ground and lifts it up into the air, thus taking the problem from the earth and giving it to the sun. And Greece has a lot of sun! Many problems and a lot of sun!
So, let us delve into the essence of folk music, our tradition, and let us deepen into it to see what happens. Thank you very much.”