POLYPHONICA was established in 2011 as a non-profit company with cultural and social objectives. It strives to provide children and youths from underprivileged backgrounds (regardless of their place-of-origin, their religion or their language) with the opportunity to participate in a community that offers them a chance to learn and create.
POLYPHONICA is an organization devoted to music, the fine arts, and literature, whose broad goal is to encourage children and youth to develop their potential by acquiring self-confidence and self-respect, qualities essential for their development as responsible people and citizens in society.
POLYPHONICA’s first project was the creation of a cross-cultural youth choir, the POLYPHONICA VOICES, in which young people learn to sing in a correct and safe manner, in order to communicate and to cooperate. The musical education and direction of this group has been assumed by the experienced musician and concert master, Mariza Vamvoukli , with the assistance of Elsa Kundig and Myrto Tikov. The registrar for the Choir is Elli Kosteletou. The choir has been designed for young people between the ages of 7 and 15.
In March of 2014, POLYPHONICA organized a percussion workshop, including mainly African drums, the POLYPHONICA DRUMS TEAM. This workshop has been designed for young people between the ages of 8 and 15, who come in contact with the music and the rhythms of international ethnic tradition. This section is under the direction of musician and teacher Giorgos Fasolis, assisted by Michalis Afolanio.
In October 2015, POLYPHONICA initiated a dance class, the POLYPHONICA DANCE, for ages 8-16. Body movements, theatrical games, patterns which provide confidence, improvisation, openness and group interaction would help youngsters gain coordination, fluidity, reflexes, precision, awareness of their actions in space and time. The teachers working with the youngsters are Yiannis Nikolaidis, dancer/choreographer/teacher and Candy Carra, choreographer/movement specialist/educator.
Participation in the musical activities of POLYPHONICA is free-of-charge for the underpriviledged children. POLYPHONICA is supported by sponsorships and donations, an association of “Friends” and by volunteers.
POLYPHONICAis run by the General Assembly of its Founding Members and a seven-member Board of Directors.