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  1. Mesmeric Folk Festival Calls Greeks Home

    Folk music, at its best, is born of centuries-long symbiotic relationships between communities, land and loss. Vitsa, in mountainous northwestern Greece, is so remote that few other influences have diluted its mournful, hypnotic folk, played annually at the spiritually charged panegyri festival. Today the village has a constant population of just 50; most in the community leave to find work. But hundreds return each summer for the festival, to join a dance that mourns lost friends and experiences, while simultaneously celebrating whatever and whoever remains.

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