42nd annual Folk Dance and Choral Festival returns to San Francisco
It is with great excitement that we start the New Year with the 42nd Annual Folk Dance and Choral Festival from January 11 – 14, 2018 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in San Francisco, California. This is the first time FDF will be in San Francisco since 1998, and the City by the Bay is ready to welcome this outstanding ministry of the Metropolis.
“It is a joy to bring FDF to San Francisco, the home of our Metropolis, and to provide this forum to share our faith and culture with the greater community,” stated His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos. “I know that our Board of Trustees and Management Team have been working very hard to facilitate the multi-faceted plans for this event and I am grateful for their ongoing dedication to this important effort. I am especially proud of our parishes for the way they continue to embrace this ministry and I look forward to a weekend of Faith, Dance and Fellowship.”
The festivities will start with a streamlined Opening Ceremonies that will welcome this year’s participants and also celebrate the geographic diversity of our Metropolis, with groups attending from throughout the western region of the United States. This year’s FDF theme, “Uplift”, elevates the spirit of FDF and the feelings of exuberance and inspiration throughout the weekend.
FDF is also pleased to welcome contemporary singer Giorgos Tsalikis who will be performing the evening of Saturday, January 13, 2018. Tsalikis is known for his upbeat musical style, his energetic performances, and for the way he engages the audience to build momentum during a show. He also regularly partners with charitable organizations to provide for children with cancer, those with disabilities, and other special needs groups.
The 2018 Metropolitan Anthony Humanitarian Award will be presented to His Eminence Metropolitan Nikitas of the Dardanelles, a distinguished Hierarch of the Ecumenical Throne who resides in San Francisco and has been serving as the Director of the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute fo
r nearly 11 years. Prior to his arrival on the west coast, he served as Metropolitan of Hong Kong and Southeast Asia from 1996 – 2007. Metropolitan Nikitas serves as Chairman of the Committee on Youth for the Ecumenical Patriarchate since 2007, and is the Coordinator of the Patriarchal Committee on Human Trafficking and Modern-day Slavery. He is well-known within the Metropolis of San Francisco and has been a strong supporter of our parishes. Metropolitan Nikitas, has a deep affinity for Greek Folk Dance, and is especially committed to promoting the involvement of youth and young adults in the Church.
The Elios Award of Excellence will be presented to Byron Scordelis, who is a founding member of the Elios Society, has served for many years as an Elios Society/Elios Charitable Foundation (ECF) Board Member, co-chaired the ECF’s biennial Hellenic Charity Ball, and has served as chair of the ECF Grants Committee for the past five years. Scordelis is an active steward at the Saint Nicholas parish in San Jose, and is also on the Board of Directors for the All Saints Foundation for the
Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco. In recognition of his devotion to the Church, Scordelis was installed in 2017 in the Order of Saint Andrew the Apostle as Archon Hypomnematografos. Scordelis and his wife, Stephanie, reside in Saratoga.
Over the years, FDF has become synonymous with Faith, Dance and Fellowship. This ministry is more than just one weekend – it is a way of life. It is a celebration of our Orthodox faith. It is a way to honor our Hellenic heritage. FDF is not about competition. FDF is about building bonds as an Orthodox Christian family and to celebrate our unity and to cultivate our faith for the future of our Church.
Visit yourfdf.org for complete details. See you in San Francisco!
By Kristen Bruskas
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