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Cultural Association Center
Cultural Association Center, Gavalochori. Anna-Chrysa Rutter, Foundation for Gavalochori
Cultural Association Center, Gavalochori. Anna-Chrysa Rutter, Foundation for Gavalochori
Cultural Association Center, Gavalochori. Anna-Chrysa Rutter, Foundation for Gavalochori
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Located in the main square on the street that goes to the Folklore Museum is the Cultural Association Center of Gavalochori. It is a somewhat contemporary looking building painted a pale yellow with green trim on the many windows that front the street. This is the building where most of the major indoor community events of the village take place.

The building for the Cultural Association was erected between 1982 and 1986. The land was donated by the Liondaki brothers, who lived in Gavalochori, and the building was built at a cost of 2,700,000 drachmas (the equivalent of about €11,500 at the time). The construction was funded by a variety of sources: The Association of Gavalochorians of Attica contributed 200,000 drachmas, the Ministry of Culture 300,000 drachmas, and the Cultural Association 2,200,000 drachmas. The building belongs to the Cultural Association of Gavalochori.

The Cultural Association Center is the site for a variety of activities. Because it contains shelves of books donated by community members, it functions as a library for Gavalochori and is open on Thursdays between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. so that residents can read and check out books.

Every year on January 6, the new year is celebrated in the building with the cutting of the Christmas cake, vasilopita. It is also used for events as varied as elections, meetings of the Cultural Association, conferences, art exhibitions, exercise classes, and traditional dance lessons. Community members are allowed to use the space free for events with the Cultural Association’s permission. To make arrangements to host an event in the space, contact Katerina Bakatsaki at mpaklion@yahoo.com or +30 6944 89 9233.

The Cultural Association of Gavalochori (originally called by the distinctive title Proodos (Progress), was formed in 1910 with 350 founding members. The purpose of the Association was:

  • The social and spiritual development and support and execution of all work contributing to the overall culture and progress of the inhabitants of Gavalochori and the surrounding villages
  • The participation of the members of the Association in national emergencies in support of general interests
  • Maintenance of a library so its members could read useful books
  • Establishment and maintenance of a shooting range for shooting practice for its members

Throughout its history, the Association has been the major force in Gavalochori behind many significant community developments and projects, including raising money for and building the primary school. The Association continues to organize social and cultural events to raise money for the improvement of the infrastructure of the village, and many of its members serve as volunteers for various projects. Anyone who is a permanent resident of Gavalochori, owns a home there, or has ancestry from Gavalochori can become a member of the association by paying an annual fee of €5.

Located in the main square on the street that goes to the Folklore Museum is the Cultural Association Center of Gavalochori. It is a somewhat contemporary looking building painted a pale yellow with green trim on the many windows that front the street. This is the building where most of the major indoor community events of the village take place.

The building for the Cultural Association was erected between 1982 and 1986. The land was donated by the Liondaki brothers, who lived in Gavalochori, and the building was built at a cost of 2,700,000 drachmas (the equivalent of about €11,500 at the time). The construction was funded by a variety of sources: The Association of Gavalochorians of Attica contributed 200,000 drachmas, the Ministry of Culture 300,000 drachmas, and the Cultural Association 2,200,000 drachmas. The building belongs to the Cultural Association of Gavalochori.

The Cultural Association Center is the site for a variety of activities. Because it contains shelves of books donated by community members, it functions as a library for Gavalochori and is open on Thursdays between 6:00 and 8:00 p.m. so that residents can read and check out books.

Every year on January 6, the new year is celebrated in the building with the cutting of the Christmas cake, vasilopita. It is also used for events as varied as elections, meetings of the Cultural Association, conferences, art exhibitions, exercise classes, and traditional dance lessons. Community members are allowed to use the space free for events with the Cultural Association’s permission. To make arrangements to host an event in the space, contact Katerina Bakatsaki at mpaklion@yahoo.com or +30 6944 89 9233.

The Cultural Association of Gavalochori (originally called by the distinctive title Proodos (Progress), was formed in 1910 with 350 founding members. The purpose of the Association was:

  • The social and spiritual development and support and execution of all work contributing to the overall culture and progress of the inhabitants of Gavalochori and the surrounding villages
  • The participation of the members of the Association in national emergencies in support of general interests
  • Maintenance of a library so its members could read useful books
  • Establishment and maintenance of a shooting range for shooting practice for its members

Throughout its history, the Association has been the major force in Gavalochori behind many significant community developments and projects, including raising money for and building the primary school. The Association continues to organize social and cultural events to raise money for the improvement of the infrastructure of the village, and many of its members serve as volunteers for various projects. Anyone who is a permanent resident of Gavalochori, owns a home there, or has ancestry from Gavalochori can become a member of the association by paying an annual fee of €5.

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