The 42nd annual Greek Orthodox Folk Dance & Choral Festival (FDF) will take place January 11-14, 2018 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in San Francisco, CA.

In recognition of Great Lent, which in 2018 begins during the traditional FDF weekend in mid-February, FDF 2018 will instead take place over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend in mid-January, January 11 through the 14th, to be exact.

Everyone is invited to attend, not just parents, yiayiades and papoudes. For those wishing to stay at the hotel, a special FDF room rate of $195 per night has been secured. Please log on to yourfdf.org and follow the directions for booking.

PLEASE NOTE: When making hotel reservations under the FDF room block via the link on the FDF web site, please be advised that the hotel charges a non-refundable deposit of one night’s room rate per room at the time of booking.

Hosting over 3,000 participants annually, FDF is the largest youth ministry program of the Metropolis of San Francisco. It is also the largest youth ministry of the Annunciation Cathedral parish. This ministry is dedicated to promoting, encouraging and continuing the Orthodox faith, Greek heritage and culture among individuals, families and communities by expressing it through folk dance, song, art, music and language.

Beginning Thursday night with the Opening Ceremony, and concluding Sunday evening with the Awards Show, FDF includes three days of Greek dance and choral competition, as well as non-competitive “exhibition” dance performances, with nearly 100 groups participating. Educational workshops about the Orthodox faith are offered to all attendees throughout the weekend. FDF’s Diakonia Project – a project designed to promote and encourage dance groups to perform charitable acts within their communities – has also evolved into organizing an additional all-hands community service project on-site during FDF weekend. In addition, various entertainment options and activities fill the weekend, including concerts, glendia, guest speakers, musicians, comedians and kids events, all of which have helped encourage guests from around the world to come visit and partake in this fantastic weekend.

Don’t forget the most important thing: daily worship and the Sunday Divine Liturgy. There is a chapel in the hotel for daily services. On Sunday, January 14, the Divine Liturgy will take place in the hotel’s ballroom, beginning at 9 a.m.

We wish our groups well. All of them are participating: To Mellon: Pre-K-1st grade, directed by Irene Kyriacou and Katerina Sarikakis

Revmata: 2nd-4th grade, directed by Katerina Sarikakis, Trina Misthos and Eleni Taptelis

Thisavri: 5th-7th grade, directed by Irene Kyriacou, Lea Lyberopoulos, and Lea Papavasiliou

Spithes: 8th -12th grade, directed by Irene Kyriacou, Lea Lyberopoulos, and Lea Papavasiliou

The Cathedral also has another group, Atithasi, made up of young adults, directed by Michael Garibaldi and Nicole Garibaldi. The group will perform in Division 4.

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