12th Festival 21-25 October 2015
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The city of Naoussa

Naoussa is the town where the organizing institution of the festival resides. Naoussa, a city in central Macedonia and municipality of prefecture Imathia is built at the foot of Vermio mountain. 

The city has a glorious history and a rich tradition. In February 1822, the citizens of Naoussa declared the revolution against the Turks. The rebels defeated the Turkish army of Kehagja Bey. For the first time a Turkish army was confronted by Greek rebels and lost. On 10th of April 1822 Naoussa fell. The Turks totally destroyed it. The last defenders were killed in Zafeiraki’s tower and the women and children preferred to fall in the waterfall of Arapitsa rather than fall in the hands of Turks. For this sacrifice Naoussa was nominated a “heroic city” along with Mesologgj, Souli and Arcade. 

Naoussa was liberated on 17th of October 1912 and since then, it has followed a rapid course of industrialisation, which was intensified after the end of   World War II and established the city as a model of growth. Particular growth was marked in the sector of textile industry, while a big part of workforce deals with the agriculture. Basic productions are apples, peaches, cherries and grapes, which give the wine of Name of Origin of Superior Quality of Naoussa. 

Naoussa is a city of unique beauty. Places such as the grove of Saint Nicolas and the ski centre in Three - Five Pigadia constitute a pole of attraction for thousands of visitors. The archaeological site of School of Aristotle is just outside the town, where two eminent personalities, the great philosopher Aristotle and Alexander the Great met. 

Finally, the traditional carnival of Naoussa is well known all over Greece, where the history takes flesh and the entire city lives in festive rhythms. The characteristic of Naoussa is the warmth and the hospitality of its residents. In a few words, it is worth visiting Naoussa and getting to know its history at first hand.
 



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