The association “Friends of Mykonos Folklore Museum” was established in 2011, to express the will of Mykonians, as well as visiting art lovers, who wished for the museum’s facilities to continue operating in a secure environment.
The association also exists to document and improve the condition of the collections, to solve existing and future facilities issues, and to help the museum reach a wider audience.
Early in December, an art workshop for kids is realized, with the help of the “Friends”, culminating in the construction of a “karava”, the sized down model of a boat, that locals traditionally decorate their houses with during Christmas, or hold while chanting carols from door to door.
The second Sunday in September the grape harvest feast takes place, at Milos tou Boni (Farming Museum). There, both kids and grown ups can participate in grape stomping and the production of grape must, continuing an ages old Dionysian tradition .
Educational courses are regularly devised by the restless volunteer Dimitra Nazou, often with the help of other members of the “Friends”, which are aimed at kids of all ages, sourcing their subjects from local traditions, myths and stories, and often reference various aspects of islandic life. Regular presentations and workshops are run at local schools, concerning folkloristic subjects, enabling the younger generations to engage with the tangible and intangible heritage of the island. Seminars for all ages are run, teaching traditional styles of knitting, lacework, embroidery, jewelcrafting and doll-making. The museum also published books, organizes concerts and exhibitions as well as theatre shows that aim to promote cultural action on the island and financially help the institution.
With a yearly subscription, you can became a member of the “Friends of Mykonos Folklore Museum”, and help ethically and practically our goals, which are propelled by our love for the traditions of our home. Beyond this, with a donation, a sponsorship, or by adopting a part of the museum’s collection, you will actively help preserve and promote the uniqueness of the museum.