Conference – Workshop

Intercultural Europe and the promotion of the significance of traditional games and sports will be in the centre of the international conference which will be carried out in December in Kavala from the lead partner, the Municipal Public Benefit Organisation of Kavala, with the participation of scientists from Greece and the countries of the project’s partners.

The main goal of the conference was the interdisciplinary approach and connection of traditional and ancient sports with philosophy, sociology, folklore, psychology, education, arts, physical education and economy.

Traditional sports and games are the leverage for creative involvement and connection with anthropographic elements of each partner country, and their recording, preservation and diffusion of these elements consists one of the main criteria of organising the international conference.

Among the participants of the conference were academics, authors, social scientists and researchers, as well as people from traditional sport and game preservation and promotion communities. In addition, a discussion will be attempted with representatives of education, NGOs and volunteer groups.

Additionally, the conference will be accompanied by workshops which aim at the experiential approach of traditional sports and games, the connection of sports with children’s emotional development, the incorporation of research methods and they will also try to lead to new and effective reference approaches.

Participation in the conference is free. Those who will attend it will be provided with participation certificates at the end of the conference.

International Inter-scientific Conference, Workshops, Traditional toys exhibition
“Sports and games in science, life and art”»
12th – 14th December 2014, Imaret Kavala

Imaret – Commencement

17:30 – 18:00
Admission – registration of participants Registrations for the workshops* of Sunday
18:00 – 18:05
Welcome remarks from the Mayor of Kavala, Mrs Tsanaka Dimitra
18:05 – 18:10

18:10 – 18:15

Welcome remarks from the President of Dimofelia, Mrs Iosifidou Anastasia
18:15 – 18:25
Brief presentation of the “Europe is our playground” project, Ms Ypsilanti Vassiliki, Head of the Development and Environment Department of Dimofelia
18:25 – 18:35
Fotopoulou Stavroula – Villy (ResumeAbstract), Director of Modern Cultural Heritage and Intangible Cultural Heritage of the Ministry of Culture & Sport – Historian, Opening Speech, “The game and intangible heritage. Playing with experiences, memories, past and present”

Imaret – Session A

Education, Arts, Philosophy, Religion, Literature, Social Anthropology

Coordinator: Gkougkouli Cleo, Social Anthropologist – Assistant Professor, Department of Cultural Heritage Management and New Technologies, University of Patras

18:45 – 19:05
Karakatsani Despina (ResumeAbstract), Associate Professor, Department of Social and Educational Policy of University of Peloponnese, Education, “Here we don’t play, we work!”
19:05 – 19:25
Kouria Aphrodite (ResumeAbstract), Art historian – Independent curator, Arts, “Child and Game in the mirror of modern Greek art”
19:25 – 19:45
Kontou Aggeliki (ResumeAbstract), Doctor of Philosophy, Sociologist – Philosopher, Hellenic Open University, Member of Associate Educational Personnel (MSc “Cultural Organisations Management ”), Philosophy, “The playful element in philosophical thinking: Expressions and Epistemological searches”
19:45 – 20:05
Break – Coffee
20:05 – 20:25
Lampropoulou Anna (ResumeAbstract), Byzantinist – Historian – Research Director of the Institute of Byzantine Research, Religion, “Game during the Byzantine era: Sources and archaeological findings”
20:25 – 20:45
Kanatsouli Meni (ResumeAbstract), Child Literature Professor, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Literature, “The game in literature books for children and through literature books”
20:45 – 21:05
Velioti – Georgopoulou Maria (ResumeAbstract), Social Anthropologist – Associate Professor, University of Peloponnese, Social Anthropology, “Puppet theatre as a game in Greece: historic – anthropologic quests”
21:05 – 21:30

*Registration of participants at the Department of Culture, Τ: 2510 240983, E-mail:

Imaret – Session B

Museology, Environment, Psychology, Sociology

Coordinator: Aggelos Palikidis, Lecturer – Teaching of History, Democritus University of Thrace

09:30 – 10:00
Admission – registration of participants
10:00 – 10:20
Reuter Christiane, Museum Curator at “Toy Museum Lydia Bayer”, Museology, “A Toy Museum in the city of Games, Nuremberg”
10:20 – 10:40
Mpotsoglou Kafenia (ResumeAbstract), Associate Professor of Preschool Pedagogics, Department of Special Education, University of Thessaly, Environment, “Outdoor play areas: Sport or learning areas”
10:40 – 11:00
Papadopoulou Kallirroi (ResumeAbstract), Assistant Professor of Developmental Psychology, University of Athens, Psychology, “Adult participation in children’s games”
11:00 – 11:20
Vythoulka Kaligeri Kalliopi – Despina (ResumeAbstract), Social Worker – Certified trainer of lifelong learning, Sociology, “The construction of toys as a means of reminiscence. A biopsychosocial sport for seniors”
11:20 – 11:40
11:40 – 12:00
Break – Coffee

Imaret – Session C

Sport & Modern Society, Sport & Economy, Creative Economy, Physical Education, Media

Coordinator: Takis Papadopoulos, Former Associate Professor, TEI of Eastern Macedonia – Thrace

12:00 – 12:20
Joanna Kalecinska, Warsaw, Professor of Tourism and Recreation, University of Physical Education Jozef Pilsudski of Warsaw, Athleticism – Modern Society, “Traditional games and sport activities of the Polish people in a modern European society”
12:20 – 12:40
Kostas Georgios (ResumeAbstract), Professor, Department of Physical Education and Athleticism of Democritus University of Thrace, Athleticism and Economy, “Sport Recreation and Game in Modern Society”
12:40 – 13:00
Leandros Nikos (ResumeAbstract), Professor, Department of Communication, Media and Culture of Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences, Creative Economy, “Game, Tradition and Creative Economy”
13:00 – 13:20
Kampas Antonis (ResumeAbstract), Associate Professor, Department of Physical Education and Athleticism of Democritus University of Thrace, Physical Education, “Physical Activity & Sport for Health: The remedy is Exercising”
13:20 – 13:40
Makrynioti Dimitra (ResumeAbstract), Professor of Sociology, Department of Early Childhood Education, University of Athens, Media, “Playing on the small screen: Entertainment, Knowledge and Social Control”
13:40 – 14:00

Imaret – Session D

Urban Development, Technology, Game and Dyslexia, Presentation of the partnership’s research

Coordinator: Nikos Karagiannakidis, Historian, PhD Candidate, History, Ionian University

17.00 – 17.20
Admission – registration of participants
17:20 – 17:50
Gkougkouli Cleo (ResumeAbstract), Assistant Professor, Department of Cultural Environment Management and New Technologies, University of Patras, Urban Development, “Playing outdoors. The game as a claim and appropriation of public areas by children”
17:50 – 18:10
Kirginas Sotiris (ResumeAbstract), Teacher – Research associate of the New Technologies Laboratory in Communication, Education and Media, Technology, “Digital games beyond recreation”
18:10 – 18:30
Nikolaidou Penelope (ResumeAbstract), Special Education Teacher – member of The Greek Society of Toy Libraries, Education, “Toy Library: area of game and recreation”
18:30 – 18:50
Garyfalaki Eleni (ResumeAbstract), Education & Training Consultant, Game and Dyslexia, “Learn by playing board games”
18.50 – 19.00
Break – Coffee
19:00 – 19:40
Szymanska-Stulka Katarzyna (Poland), Makatsori Amalia (Germany), Nenov Nikolay (Bulgaria), Daceva-Filipova Sveza (Sweden), Alkistis Vlachou (Greece), Presentation of main research, “Selection of Traditional Sports and Games”
19:40 – 20:00

Municipal Tobacco Warehouse – Inauguration of the Traditional Toys Exhibition

20:45 – 21:00
Inauguration of the Traditional Games and Sports Exhibition Welcome remarks: Mayor of Kavala, Mrs Tsanaka Dimitra, Deputy Mayor of Culture, Mr Lychounas Michael, President of Dimofelia, Mrs Iosifidou Anastasia
21:00 – 21:30
Presentation of the traditional games construction workshop from the Kapi (Centre of Open Protection for the Elderly) of Kavala
21:30 – 21:45
Awarding of Organisations, Volunteers and Groups that participated in the Festival “Ftu que pezi”
Cocktail evening – Music: Piano Forte

Workshops (Pre-registration mandatory)

10:00 – 12:00
Workshop: “Making a Toy Library: from theory to action”
Mpistas Ioannis (ResumeAbstract), Teacher (Special Education) & Secretary of The Greek Society of Toy Libraries, Nikolaidou Penelope (ResumeAbstract), Teacher (Special Education) & Member of The Greek Society of Toy Libraries
Location: KDAP Mea (Ag. Lucas)
Addressed to nursery and primary school teachers, Social Structures for Disabled people / Up to 30 participants

10:00 – 12:00
Workshop: “The Game with another look”
Karadimitriou Kostas (ResumeAbstract), Lecturer at the Department of Preschool Education Studies, ∆Democritus University of Thrace, Penteri Efi (ResumeAbstract), Doctor of Psychopedagogics
Location: “Pythagoras” Cultural Centre
Addressed to nursery and primary school teachers / Up to 30 participants

10:00 – 12:00
Workshop: “A box full of games”
Exarchos Nikos (ResumeAbstract), Art Teacher – Painter – Collector of Greek Games
Location: “Pythagoras” Cultural Centre
Addressed to children aged 6 to 10 years old, 1st – 5th grade / Up to 15 participants

10:00 – 12:00
Workshop: “Let’s play narration”
Evi Gerokosta (ResumeAbstract), Narrator – Author
Co-organisation with Metaihmio publications
Location: Halil Mpei Complex
Addressed to children aged 4 to 12 years old / Up to 30 parents and 30 children

10:00 – 12:00

10:00 – 12:00

Workshop: “Games and Dyslexia”
Garyfalaki Eleni (ResumeAbstract), Education & Training Consultant
Location: Municipal Tobacco Warehouse
Co-organisation with the Association of Parents and Guardians of children with dyslexia and learning difficulties
Addressed to adults, parents, teachers and children with learning difficulties / Up to 80 participants

Award ceremony for the competitions of illustrated story, creative writing and photography of the schools of primary and secondary education of Kavala
Location: Municipal Tobacco Warehouse



Contact information:
Municipal Public Benefit Organisation of Kavala – Dimofelia
Development & Environment Department
Information: Lazaros Sarigiannidis, Makrina Stratilati, Vassiliki Ypsilanti
117 Omonia Str, Kavala · 2510 831388 (εσ.2) · ·
Project website:

Scientific Committee
Velioti – Georgopoulou Maria, Social Anthropologist – Associate Professor, University of Peloponnese
Vlachou Alkistis, Culturologist, Head of the Department of Culture of Dimofelia
Gkougkouli Cleo, Social Anthropologist – Assistant Professor, Department of Cultural Heritage Management and New Technologies, University of Patras
Karakatsani Despina, Associate Professor, Department of Social and Educational Policy of University of Peloponnese
Chatzinikolaou Teti, President of the Hellenic National Committee of ICOM (Intenational Council Of Museums)

Organising Committee
Sarigiannidis Lazaros, Economist, PhD
Stratilati Makrina, Politologist, MSc
Ypsilanti Vassiliki, Politologist, MSc

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