It is with great pleasure that we invite you at the 23rd Peliti Seed Festival .
This Festival is the main event of the Community of Peliti throughout the year, celebrating the traditional seed varieties and this year we are also celebrating the 28 years of the Community of Peliti (1995-2023).
The 23rd Peliti Seed Festival, organized by Peliti, www.peliti.gr
with the kind support of :
The Region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace
The Center of Environmental Education of Paranesti
The Seed Freedom
The Union of Cypriot Farmers
The Cyprus Song Association
The Mindful EBID
The Association Kokopelli in France,
The movement No patents on seeds
The Green Team Bulgaria
All the excited with the Seed Festival of Peliti women and men from all over the planet.
A brief historical reference for the Peliti Seed Festival
The Peliti Seed Festival, which took place for the first time on 1999, at Karpi village in Kilkis, Greece, was the first public exchange of seeds in Greece.
October 1999: the second celebration of seeds took place in Karpi village in Kilkis, Greece.
2000: the celebration took place at Pomakika villages, on the mountains of Rhodope prefecture, in Greece.
2001: the celebration took place in the town of Serres, Northern Greece.
2014 was the starting point for the International Seed Solidarity Caravan. The International Seed Solidarity Caravan started from Peliti and went to the headquarters of Kokopelli in the South of France. Organizing events in Greece, Italy and France.
On 2015 during the celebration for the 20 years of the Community of Peliti (1995-2015) took place the 1st World Commons Meeting
On 2016 the theme was: seeds, immigrants, refugees, solidarity.
On 2017, the 1st Olypic Seed’s Festival was organized. Seventeen have participated and it was then that we created the declaration of the celebration.
On 2018, the 2nd Olympic Seed’s Festival was organized. Seventeen countries have participated.
On 2019, the 3rd Olympic Seed’s Festival was organized. Ten countries have participated.
On 2022, the 4rd Olympic Seed’s Festival was organized. Five countries have participated.
The Peliti Seed Festival is a global meeting for local seed varieties and has inspired thousands of people worldwide, encouraging them to organize corresponding Seed Festival in Greece, Bulgaria, Turkey, Cyprus and other countries. The big difference that the Peliti Seed Festival has is that everything is free: accommodation, food, seeds, workshops, music, etc. Of course, if anyone wants to support the Peliti Seed Festival, voluntarily, with a workshop, with seeds, money, etc., any help is welcome.
Every year, thousands of people not only from Greece but also from all over the world participate in the Peliti Seed Festival.
Among these people are included renown personalities on the world movement for freedom of seeds, of land, of water, etc. Indicatively, we mention Dr. Vandana Shiva (2013 & 2015) from India, Michel & Jude Fantom, (2013) from Australia, Hugo Blanco (2015) from Peru, Jody Koperiski (2015) from Canada, Margrinos Rey (2015, 2019) from France, Tapsoba Ali De Goamma Burkina Faso (2017, 2019), Ananda Guillet (2018) from Kokopelli France, John Caccia (2018) from U.S and many others.
It is now time, also, for you all, to tune in and focus on collecting seeds from the varieties you cultivate, becoming, thus, one of those who will offer some seeds and a lot of happiness in the 23rd Peliti Seed Festival. One of Peliti’s philosophical principles is to support the freedom of man to hold his own seeds, so that, each year he is not dependent, neither on the market nor even on Peliti.
We encourage all of you that either have received seeds from Peliti during the previous years, or you keep up traditional varieties, to come this year on 23rd Peliti Seed Festival, in order to offer rather than receiving seeds. The festival is open to anyone who is interested, regardless of his/her cultivating seeds or not. The cultivation of traditional varieties and their free distribution is a profound political action. By the term “political” we mean the action we choose to solve the agricultural, environmental, economic and social problems of our country and not only. Peliti’s Seed Festival is a picture from the future. Everyone offer to the community, and, through that action, everyone has what they need. This is how we envision our future. We all offer to the community and we all have free access to all goods. This way, the festival can be organized through the voluntary offer of work, food, materials, seeds, plants, music, etc. All these are offered freely at the festival (seeds, plants, food, music, dance, speeches, activities, etc).
Seed distribution 11:00 a.m. – 14:00 p.m.
Speeches – Workshops
Creative employment for children
Workshop ‘mosaic with seed’, open seedbed and much more.
We present the gardens of hope that are consisted from local varieties of seeds in war zones in Syria and in hospitality areas for refugees and immigrants in Greece
Singing for Peace of Peoples.
The Cyprus Songs Association will present songs from Cyprus. Musicians and singers will sing Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot songs.
Singing for Peliti
We present farmers around the world who preserve their own seed.
We will also have an exhibition of traditional agricultural tools and household utensils. The collection is by Theodoros Dimitriadis, who will talk about the usage of the tools.
The Forest of wishes in Peliti Land.
In the land of Peliti there is the forest of wishes. Here they can go children and adults. In the Forest of Wishes, we enter silently and respectfully. Here is the tree of wishes. When you get there you will recognize it from your heartbeat. Sit quietly in the tree of wishes and ask him for what you want. You should only be careful about what you will ask for. Why the tree has the power to help you satisfy your desire but has no judgment what is good and what is bad. In the forest of wishes reside and the fairies that help the plants to grow up. If you are lucky you can meet them.
Tell us where do you come from,
Connect the place you live with Peliti, we are all tuned and connected.
21th Peliti Seed Festial and 5th Olympic Seed Festival will be closed with fertility customs by the Cultural Association of Pagoneri K. Neurokopiou Drama, member of the Center for Cultural Development of Eastern Macedonia.
And much more that you will see and live at the festival.
You can request information from :
Website of Peliti : www.peliti.gr
Face book: Peliti Seed Festival – in English
Face book events
You Tube Peliti channel : You Tube peliti
“Let God keep us healthy,
so we always be able to meet and have fun,
dancing on circular and be free like the rivers”
Until we meet again
How to get to Peliti
It would be great if you would like to support financially Peliti’s actions and we thank you for this in advance.
By depositing in Peliti’s Bank Account:
Piraeus Bank of Greece
Account Number: 6198-040030-332
IBAN: GR10 0171 1960 0061 9804 0030 332
Beneficiary: Alternative Community of Peliti
all the best