San Diego Hosts the 2017 Folk Dance and Choral Festival: The Largest Greek Orthodox Youth Gathering in the US

Sunday, February 19th, 2017
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Photo: Dimitrios Panagos

Archbishop Demetrios, Geron of America recently arrived in San Diego in anticipation of 2017 Folk Dance and Choral Festival (FDF) of the Metropolis of San Francisco, according to a press release from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.

His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, Geron of America arrived in San Diego Thursday February 16, for the four-day celebration of Faith, Dance and Fellowship taking place this year at Town and Country Resort Hotel in San Diego.

Photo: Dimitrios Panagos

Upon arrival, Archbishop Demetrios was welcomed by His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos of San Francisco, Bishop Apostolos of Medeia, Metropolis Philoptochos President Jeannie Ranglas, Archon Theofanis Economidis, FDF Director Fr. Gary Kyriacou, and hundreds of Dance Festival Participants at the opening ceremony of 2017 FDF.

Photo: Dimitrios Panagos

On Friday February 17, the Archbishop attended a full day of semi-final dance competitions and the choral competition, all taking place in the two large performance stages of the hotel’s conference center.

More than 2,500 young people participated in the events and the total number of attendees is estimated to have surpassed three thousands. Parallel to the competition events there were also a multitude of workshops geared towards elementary, middle school, high school, college students, as well as workshops for parents.

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