Participants

Contact & Activities

Participating city

Karditsa
38.554 inhabitants

Local contact

Department of Edication and Culture
Paraskevi Sdrolia
Artesianou 1
431 31 Karditsa
++30 2441350898

Participation 2019

The participant is committed to:

Organising a week of activities, taking into account the focal theme.
16 September
Translated by Vaios Zaharis & Zoi Sfairopoulou
10.30 17th Panhellenic Torch Relay of Blood Donation organized by the Municipality of Karditsa, in collaboration with the Panhellenic Association of Blood Donors (P.O.S.E.A.) and the Blood Donors’ Association of the Prefecture of Karditsa and other local authorities. The starting point of the relay will be the office (House) of the Blood Donors’ Association of the prefecture of Karditsa, (L. Sakellariou street) while the finishing line will be the city’s central square, Freedom Square.
- Public signing of the Charter of the European Mobility Week by the Mayor, before the start of the bicycle ride.
- Meet EDGAR the Europeans’ Mobility Week maskot
12.00-13.00 Experiential detection and recording of accessibility problems, in the city center of Karditsa, by the Municipal Authority, in collaboration with the A.M.E.A.(people with disabilities) Municipal Association of Karditsa.
09.00-13.00 Ιnformative event on safe cycling under the title “The benefits of walking and cycling to our health" which will take place at the Primary Schools of Karditsomagoula, Artesiano and Mitropoli villages of Municipality of Karditsa and will be conducted by members of the Cycling Association of Karditsa in addition to a competent member of the Department of Education and Culture of the Municipality and the 1st Local Health Team.
16.00 Tree planting in the backyard of KDAP (Center for Children Creative Activities), by children and the teachers of KDAP, in collaboration with the Municipality's Cleaning, Recycling & Green Department and the Department of Education and Culture. (βάλε διευθυνση ΚΔΑΠ- γιατί έχει και ιδιωτικά)
19.30 Evening cycling in the city organized by the Mountain climbing Association of Karditsa in collaboration with the Cycling Association of Karditsa and the Municipality of Karditsa, starting at the Freedom Square. The displaced persons, hosted in Karditsa, will participate too, with the help of Developmental of Karditsa A.C.
17 September
08.30 Coloring our city, an event held in the Sports Park, during which we will color the sidewalk of Al. Panagoulis Street, along with the students of the 4th Junior High School, in collaboration with the Children's Libraries of the Municipality of Karditsa
10.00 Educational Lessons with the topic “Safe Driving and Cycling” for the students of the 2th Primary School at the lecture hall of the school by the Traffic Police Department of Karditsa.
10.00 «Physical Exercise, Health and Nutrition for Young People», by Thanasis Chasialis, Professor of Physical Education and PhD candidate of the University of Thessaly and Vasiliki Varra, Dietician and Nutritionist, and «Eating healthy – I exercise daily» educational lessons for the students of the 5th and 9th Primary School at the lecture hall of the 5th school by the sports teachers Vasiliki Ganouri and Apostolo Gania,
10.00 Tree planting in the schoolyard of the Music School of Karditsa, by its students, in collaboration with the Municipality's Cleaning, Recycling & Green Department.
10.00 Visit of the 14th Primary School to the Traffic Education Park of the Municipality and Traffic Education lecture by the authority in charge of the Department of Education and Culture of the Municipality and educational lesson about «The benefits of walking and cycling to our health» by the 1st Local Health Team of Karditsa
18.30-20.00 Games and exercise with the children of the Social Welfare Center of Thessaly – Karditsa Branch of the Treatment and Rehabilitation Center for Children with Disabilities, with the assistance of the dance teacher Xenia Papathanassiou and the help of the makeup artist Haroula Koukouvani , at the grove of Pafsilipo. They all welcome in their playground, the young displaced persons, hosted in Karditsa.
18.30 Let’s all walk together, by the Municipality of Karditsa, in collaboration with DOPAK, the Mountain Climbing Association of Karditsa and the KAPI (Protection Center of the Elderly) of Karditsa. The starting point will be the Freedom Square and the finishing point will be at the Municipal Stadium, where a concert will take place.
19.30 Concert at the Municipal Stadium, where food can be donated and collected instead of a ticket, in support of the Municipal Social Grocery, by the Department of Social Protection, Education & Culture.
18 September
08.30 Coloring our city, an event held in the Sports Park, during which we will color the sidewalk of Al. Panagoulis Street, along with the students of the 4th Junior High School, in collaboration with the Children's Libraries of the Municipality of Karditsa
09.00 Tree planting in the backyard of the Children Library “Angeliki Varela” by students of the 9th and 10th Primary Schools, in collaboration with the Municipality's Cleaning, Recycling & Green Department.
10.00 Educational Lessons with the topic “Safe Walking and Cycling” for the students of the 5th and 6th Grade of the 8th Primary School by the Traffic Police Department of Karditsa.
10.00 Physical Exercise, Health and Nutrition for Young People, by Thanasis Chasialis, Professor of Physical Education and PhD candidate of the University of Thessaly, and Vasiliki Varra, Dietician - Nutritionist, an education lesson for the students of the 2nd Senior High School, the 1st and 2nd Vocational Schools (EPAL) and the Music High School, at the lecture hall of the 1st Vocational School of Karditsa (EPAL)
15.00-20.00 The entire city is transformed into a museum with plenty of artworks by the local artists! The open street (telephone dividers/ Providers) κατανεμητές τηλεφωνίας, are the canvases where color, liveliness and beautiful pictures will take the place of gloomy grey by our city’s artists.
19 September
9.00-11.00 Thematic tours at the Archaeological Museum of Karditsa planned by the curators with main subject the study of transportation and transportation means during the antiquity, in the light of excavation findings, addressed at students of the 1st and 9th Primary Schools of Karditsa
09.00 Educational Lessons with topic “Safe walking and Cycling” for the students of the 5th and 6th Grade of the 5th Primary School of Karditsa, by the Traffic Police Department of Karditsa.
9.00 Physical Exercise, Health and Nutrition for Young People, by Thanasis Chasialis, Professor of Physical Education and PhD candidate of the University of Thessaly, and Vasiliki Varra, Dietician - Nutritionist, an educational lesson for the students of the 1st Grade of the 1st and 4th Senior High Schools, at the lecture hall of the 4th Senior High School of Karditsa
9.00 Cycling with the students of the 14th Primary School staged by the Department of Education - Culture of the Municipality, in collaboration with the Traffic Police Department of Karditsa.
09.00 Tree planting in a public area at Samaropoulou street, by students of the 5th Primary School,, in collaboration with the Municipality's Cleaning, Recycling & Green Department.
10.00-12.00 Collaboration of the Children’s Libraries of the Municipality of Karditsa, with the Theodoridio Center Horizons & with 8th Primary School of the city, on the theme of traditional & improvised indoor & outdoor games, at Refreshment Bar of the grove of Pafsilipo.
18.00 At the event room of the KAPI (Protection Center of the Elderly) of Karditsa :
- Information event with topic “Osteoarthritis and Osteoporosis and the importance of movement for senior citizens/ the elderly”. The main speaker will be the orthopedic surgeon Passias Athanasios, in collaboration with the social assistance program «Help at Home» of the Municipal Unit of Mitropoli of the Municipality of Karditsa and the KAPI of the Municipality of Karditsa.
- Information event on the European Program « Digital skills for senior citizens”, by Vasileio Kourkouna and Sotiria Bakalakou
20.30 Official opening of the Karditsa 19th Ecological Festival at the grove of Pafsilipo. The main focus of this year’s Festival is «Composting – Reuse– Recycle» and is organized by Ikosfera, in collaboration with the Prefecture of Thessaly P.E Karditsa, the municipality of Karditsa, Karditsa Development Ltd, the Union of Cultural Associations Karditsa , the Association of the villages of Agrafa, the Naturalistic Club of Karditsa, the Association of the friends of the Museum and other public local authorities.
20 September
09.00 School collaboration for the environment of the Elementary School of Karditsa for children with special needs, with the 6th Elementary School, at Agia Paraskevi park, with motion and dance from the dance professor Xenia Papathanassiou.
09.00 Tree planting in the schoolyard of the 3rd Senior High School by its students, in collaboration with the Municipality's Cleaning, Recycling & Green Department.
9.00 Educational Lessons with topic “Safe Walking and Cycling” for the students of the 6th Primary School of Karditsa, by the Traffic Police Department of Karditsa.
09.00-11.00 Vehicle extrication Demonstration after a car accident by The Fire Department of Karditsa, in collaboration with EKAB (Immediate First Aid agency) under the supervision of the Traffic Police Department of Karditsa, intended for children of the third grade of Lyceum of the 1st and 2nd EPAL and the 2nd and 5th General Lyceum, to be held at the open field next to the Fire Department of Karditsa.
10.00 Physical Exercise, Health and Nutrition for Young People, by Thanasis Chasialis, Professor of Physical Education and PhD candidate of the University of Thessaly, and Vasiliki Varra, Dietician - Nutritionist, an education lesson for the students of the 7th Primary School
09.00-13.00 Treasure Hunt: discovering public buildings with historical significance, in the center of my city, held by the Children’s Libraries of DOPAK, in collaboration with the 1st, 8th and 12th Primary Schools
11.00 Easily accessible walkabout in the historical center of Karditsa, organized by the Museum of the City of Karditsa, in collaboration with the A.M.E.A.(people with disabilities) Prefectural Association of Karditsa, the Special Primary School of Karditsa and the Unified Vocational Lyceum - Gymnasium of Sofades
18.00 Program “Kids Athletics” at N. Plastiras square in collaboration with EAS, SEGAS & the Athletic Cultural Association “Perseas”.

19.00-21.00 Volleyball and tennis games for all, by the Karditsa Volleyball Association (S.P.A.K.) and the Tennis Sport Association "Phaethon" and “Olympia”, under the supervision of the Civil Protection Programs Application Department of the municipality of Karditsa, at the N. Plastiras Square.
21 September
12.00 Demonstration in the central Square of Freedom of an electric cart, an electric bicycle and an electric scooter, held by the Associate Professor Theodoros Kosmanis and his associates, the Department of Production Engineering and Management, of the International Hellenic University (Thessaloniki).
Afternoon
Ecology Festival Events at the Pafisilipo Grove
18.00-19.00 “Mister Blue” a tale about recycling by Mirto Fouka, Teacher and musician.
19.00-20.00 Educational workshops “The vultures” by the Greek Ornithoilogical Association
20.00-21.30 Documentary “The last of the Πασπροπάριδων», by the Greek Ornithological Association
21.30 “Rembetiki company” (Odiseas Sakellaropoulos, Ilias Papalitsas, Giorgos Filipou and Giorgos Koutis)
22 September
10.30 Bicycle ride organized by DOPAK & the Municipality of Karditsa. The starting and finishing point will be the square of Freedom, the central square of Karditsa. The ride will take us as far as Kompelos and it will have a total length of 16km.
- The Mayor will present awards to the companies and businessmen that help promote eco-friendly means of transportation in our city, after the bicycle ride is finished.

Afternoon
Closing ceremony of the European Mobility Week 2019
18.00 We are blocking the Iroon Politechniou Street from the Iezekiil street up to Ipsilantou Street so that special activities can take place in this part of the street:
- different games for the young and the older, like rope-jumping, εννιάδα, tic tac toe and a traditional game from ancient times, πεντόβολα, with the Children Libraries of the Municipality of Karditsa.
- Backgammon games for all, by the association “contemporary competitive backgammon – club of Karditsa”
- a performance show on stilts by Maria Georgopoulou.
- meeting EDDAR, the European Mobility Week Mascot, we play and get selfies with it.

Citizens’ information stands will also be available:
- Of the 2 Animal Care Clubs: Animal Care Club of Karditsa “FILOKARDi” & Animal Care and Cultural Association “Diasozo”, that promote awareness raising and information sharing regarding topics of house pets & stray animals management
- Of the Greek Mountaineering Club of Karditsa, that promotes the ideals of respect and love towards nature, the protection of the natural environment and of our cultural heritage
- Of the Blood Donors Association of the Prefecture of Karditsa, that promotes awareness and information on the issues of blood donation and bone marrow donation
- Of the Greek Red Cross Department of Karditsa
- Of the 2st Local Health Team of Karditsa

18.30 Happy songs played by the Municipal Philharmonic Orchestra of Karditsa at the central streets of the town

19.00 Music concerts at the central Freedom Square, under the supervision of the City Music School, the Department of Programming and the support of the Prefecture of Thessaly and the Association “Action for Culture” - Culture Workshop "ΤΟ ΕLATIRIO" with the following artists performing:
- Vivid Souls (Efthimis Kostopoulos, Eva Batsari, Anna Papageorgiou, Elisavet Ritsiou, Ioannis Ritsios and Vaggelis Tsioulos)
- Sleepover (Eleftheria Papaoikonomou, Eva Argyropoulou, Vangelis Tantos)
20.00 The Mayor mr Vasileios Tsiakos, will present awards to the companies and businessmen that help promote eco-friendly means of transportation in our city, after the bicycle ride is finished.
20.15 Closing ceremony of the European Mobility Week 2019 with sort speech of the Mayor Vasileios Tsiakos and greeting of the official guests
20.30 Fireworks show
20.40 We will all be lighting the lanterns of wishes together and then let them fly up in the sky, thus making a wish
21.10 The music concert will resume
- Dance show performed by Cleopatra‘s Dance School
- DRIVE – IN LOVERS (Vaggelis Kotsios, Giannis Sakkas and Kostas Hartalamis), with Rock ‘n Roll 60‘s & 70‘s music, accompanied by performances by the students of Cleopatra’s Dance School
- Music Getaways (Ntina Englezou, Spyros Vaiopoulos and Giorgos Prassas)
23.00 End of the concert
Carrying out a Car-Free Day event by closing one or more streets to traffic, and opening it to pedestrians, cyclists and public transport. This should preferably happen on 22 September to mark your town or city as part of World Car-Free Day.
Implementing one or more new permanent measure(s), which contribute(s) to modal transfer from private car to environmentally sound means of transport.
Permanent measures implemented this year:
New or improved bicycle facilities
  • Improvement of bicycle network (creation of new lanes, extension, renovation, signposting etc)
  • Develop public bicycle hiring and sharing systems
  • Improvement of bicycle facilities (parking, locks etc)
  • Installation of charging points for e-bikes
  • Launch of free-floating bike-sharing schemes
Public transport services
  • Development of new technologies to improve public transport
  • The development of accessible transport services for all
Traffic calming and access control scheme
  • Speed reduction programmes in zones near schools
Accessibilities
  • Create wheelchair ramps
New forms of vehicle use and ownership
  • Launch of online car-pooling and car-sharing schemes
  • Charging points for electric vehicles
Participation in related EU initiatives:
  • European Week of Sport
  • Project EDWARD (European Day Without A Road Death)
  • The Covenant of Mayors (as signatory)
  • The CIVITAS Initiative (as signatory)
  • JRC Project on Social Biking