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Voices in Limbo, Soundtrope Festival

Soundtrope Festival as part of this year’s first Biennale of Western Balkans, held for the first time in the city of Ioannina from 11 to 14 October 2018, will present a set of cultural events related to the intangible cultural heritage of the Western Balkans, which is the main thematic of the Biennale.

Specifically, Soundtrape Festival will explore the important cultural legacy of the Balkans, the Polyphonic Song, one of the most interesting musical forms in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Balkans, as well as internationally in the context of Traditional Polyphony.

The event will take place on Saturday, October 13, 2018, including the screening of the short film Nemercka directed by Avrilios Karakostas followed by the musical performance Voices In Limbo in which a musical dialogue will take place between the award-winning female polyphonic group from the village of Deropoli and the musicians Kostas Echelon (fx, synths, looping) and Antonis Papadopoulos (synths, live electronics, sound design).


Female polyphonic group, Deropoli, Albania

A journey in time through folklore and traditions.
…bodies, sounds and images, a gift of the older generations; Their preservation in the present and their concession in the future is of utmost importance.


Avrilios Karakostas was born in Athens, Greece. He has directed numerous short films, documentaries, commercials and promo videos for theatrical plays.

Nemercka, his latest short film, won the Best Narrative Short Film award at Hong Kong Arthouse Film Festival and has been officially selected for the 22nd Athens International Film Festival (AIFF), Festival Silhouette 2017 in Paris, 6th International Short Film Festival of Cyprus (ISFFC), 39th National Short Film Festival and 22nd International Short Film Festival in Drama, Greece, among others.


Antonis Papadopoulos (a.k.a W.M.H) was born in 1983 in Corfu. He is best known as a guitarist and sound designer for such band as Omma, Dr.Atomik, Antonis Livieratos, K.I.D, and Your Painted Smile.

He is a curator and artistic director of Soundtrope Festival.

As What Makes Happiness? he is composing soundtracks for films and documentaries and collaborating with other musicians and artists, creating in real time soundscapes from the noise to ambient.


Ekelon has spent the better part of the last twenty years behind a mixing board.

In 2000, upon returning from his audio technology studies at Salford University, he embarked on a series of collaborations as a studio producer and live mixing engineer.

He also composed and released his own music either through various bands or under his own name.

For the last couple of years he has been working out of his new studio The Cave. He is also one half of the electronic duo Lip Forensics. His passion for electronic music stems from his interest in creating new sounds, as well as re-processing older ones, even those of traditional music and instruments. “One of the biggest challenges facing a producer is creating new soundscapes, be it sounds or music that have never been heard before”.




Το Soundtrope Festival ως μέρος της φετινής – πρώτης Μπιενάλε Δυτικών Bαλκανίων η οποία διοργανώνεται για πρώτη φορά στη πόλη των Ιωαννίνων από τις 11 έως τις 14 Οκτωβρίου 2018 θα παρουσιάσει ένα σύνολο πολιτιστικών δράσεων με θέμα την άυλη πολιτιστική κληρονομιά των δυτικών βαλκανίων η οποία αποτελεί και τον κεντρικό άξονα της διοργάνωσης.

Συγκεκριμένα το Soundtrope Festival θα κάνει μνεία στο σημαντικό πολιτιστικό κληροδότημα των βαλκανίων το οποίο δεν είναι άλλο από το Πολυφωνικό Τραγούδι το οποίο αποτελεί μια από τις πιο ενδιαφέρουσες μουσικές φόρμες στην Ανατολική Μεσόγειο και στα Βαλκάνια αλλά και στο παγκόσμιο ρεπερτόριο της Λαϊκής Πολυφωνίας.

Η εκδήλωση θα λάβει μέρος το Σάββατο στις 13 Οκτωβρίου 2018 στην οποία θα περιλαμβάνεται η προβολή της ταινίας μικρού μήκους Nemercka σε σκηνοθεσία του Αυρήλιου Καρακώστα και θα ακολουθήσει η μουσική performance Voices In Limbo στην οποία θα πραγματοποιηθεί ένα μουσικός διάλογος του πολυβραβευμένου γυναικείου πολυφωνικού σχήματος από το χωριό της Δερόπολης με τους μουσικούς Κώστα Έκελον (fx,synths,looping) και Αντώνη Παπαδόπουλο (synths,live electronics, sound design).

Ένα ταξίδι στο χρόνο μέσα από τη λαογραφία και τις παραδόσεις.

.βιώματα, ήχοι και εικόνες , ένα δώρο των παλαιότερων γενεών, όπου η διατήρηση τους στο παρόν αλλά και παραχώρηση τους στο μέλλον αποτελεί υπέρτατη αξία.