This is a documentary project examining an ancient custom that is still alive today in Northern Greece. The custom of the bell bearers is a folklore tradition that is believed to be connected to the worship of Greek Gods and a possible residue of ancient rituals in honour of the God Dionysus. The men of the village dress in costumes and they wear bells of different sizes. The bells make noise and it is believed that they are used to frighten the evil spirits and to awaken nature to the coming of spring. The performances are also intended to encourage agricultural fertility. The performances take place in several villages in the municipality of Drama, with different costumes in each.
Derek Anderson • Julija Bernatovica • Jennifer Brown • Iga Gozdowska • Monika Holkova • Kinga Kocimska • Eleni Laparidou • Anneleen Lindsay • Craig Marshall • Douglas McCaffrey • Ross Parker • Magdalena Slowik •