The Municipality of Chania announced the official opening of the photo exhibition on “Traditional Crafts of Crete” that was held on Saturday, April 20, 2024, at 18:00, at the Russian Barracks. The Russian Barracks building is a modern Shelter for highlighting tradition and hosts activities (workshops, presentations, etc.) that highlight the rich intangible cultural heritage of the place.

During the official opening of the exhibition, on April 20, artisans of traditional professions told stories about their art, while short documentaries were also screened. At the same time, the “Harchalis” Music Association “introduced” young and old to the world of traditional music.

The exhibition in question includes photos of 20 traditional professions, will operate daily and complements the project of highlighting the intangible cultural heritage of the Municipality of Chania, for traditional professions that tend to disappear. The photos are accompanied by a QR code that leads to a video where you can watch the traditional artisans describe and analyze their craft.

The photography of the artisans was undertaken by Michalis Kalaitzakis, while information as well as rich multimedia material (videos, photos) can be found on the website


Photo project manager: Michalis Kalaitzakis

Photographers: Michalis Kalaitzakis – Yiannis Markogiannakis

Graphic editing: Vassilis Pitsonis, scripta

Professions represented: Potter, Coachman, Barrel Maker, Bookbinder, Tanner, Bellmaker, Shipwright, Chair Maker, Knifemaker, Instrument Maker, Traditional “Phyllo” Maker, Clothes Knitters and Tailors, Soap Maker, Tailor for Cretan Costumes, Typographer, Weaver, Photographer, Smith, Cinema Machine Operator, Fisherman


Russian Barracks, Shelter for the Promotion of Tradition

Exhibition opening hours: Monday to Saturday, hours: 09:00 – 14:00 (By Appointment)

The exhibition is also accessible during the venue’s opening hours for other activities (workshops, presentations, etc.)

Free entrance

Information about the exhibition: 2821341613

Web page:

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