Raise my soul

The Hellenic Parliament Foundation for Parliamentarism and Democracy, the municipality of the city of Drama and the Ephorate of Antiquities of Drama present the Exhibition “Raise my soul… images and music of the refugees of 1922” as part of the commemorative events for the 100 years since the Asia Minor Catastrophe, at the atrium of the Archaeological Museum of Drama. The main axes of the exhibition are life before 1922 in Smyrna, Ionia, Cappadocia, Pontus, Constantinople, Propontis, Eastern and Northern Thrace (Eastern Rumelia); the Exodus, the loss and trauma of refugeeism, life and music creation in the new homeland; but also, the intake of younger generations.

Photographic, audiovisual, and archival documents of important institutions for the preservation of historical memory in Greece, as well as numerous documents contributed by local associations, organizations, and individuals, are “in discussion with” lyrics and various melodies: mourning songs, traditional songs and dances, Asia Minor rebetika and the newer Greek music production, influenced by the musical breath of the refugees.

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