From 10-13 June, we had the first dance and singing festival in Lebensgarten, Germany, with Kyriakos Moisidis, Laura and Brigitte Schmitz. Brigitte's lovely singing brought everyone into the group and provided a perfect starting place for the traditional dances. We were blessed with live music from four outstanding Greek musicians: Kostantis Kourmadias, Panagiotis Zikidis, Yiorgos Ntavliakos and Katerina Douka.
It felt very special, at this time of great conflict and frustration between Germany and Greece on the world economic and political stage, to come together in the joyful healing oasis of music, dance and song which unite us all.
Next year's Tanz- und Sing-Festival will take place from 2-5 June, 2011 in Bad Herrenalb, Germany, with Laura, Kyriakos and musicians, and Christian Bollman offering the singing. More info at: www.heilung-und-tanz.de/index.php?article_id=152
In 2012 the Festival will be in Lebensgarten again and will continue alternating between northern and southern Germany as a collaboration between Declan Kennedy of Lebensgarten and Beate Frey of Heilung-und-Tanz in Bad Herrenalb.