An unprecedented incident occurred at a festival in Kavala, Northern Greece. A elderly woman from the audience approached the maestro of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Krinides and spitted at him for playing Bach and not the works of Greek composers.
According to local media reports, the woman in her 70’s approached the maestro in the intervals between two pieces. The Orchestra had just finished a work of Johann Sebastian Bach.
The woman asked the maestro why he plays German composers and not works of Greeks. But her reaction was not just verbal. She spitted at him and left the theater under the strong reactions of the audience sitting at the first rows..
The maestro but also the event organizer stressed that music is international and does not belong to any nationality.
The incident took place on July 1st at the Ancient Theater of Philippi during the event “Following the traces of Apostle Paul.”
After the incident, the event continued as planned … until another outburst of nationalism. This time it was a man from the audience who protested that the presenter referred to Krinides (Platanoleykes) with its Turkish name, that is Kavakia.
In intense tone, he referred to a “new Macedonian party” on the making and received the displeasure of the spectators sitting next to him.
The two incidents did not manage to stigmatize the event, however, they triggered concerns among the democrats who see nationalistic hysteria
These two incidents have not been able to stigmatize the wonderful event. But they have added concerns to Democrats who see nationalistic hysteria invading, albeit cumbersome, the “sacred” space of civilization, the Ancient Theater of Philippi,” local radio Sto Kokkino FM notes.
The Macedonia name issue and the agreement between Greece and FYROM has led to a spike of nationalistic sentiment.