Research Center of Music-Museum Vassilis Tsitsanis
Since the end of September 2016, the Research Center of Music-Museum Vassilis Tsitsanis is a cultural and research space and the new art center of the city of Trikala. In addition to its permanent collection of exhibits from the life of the creator Vassilis Tsitsanis, it is a pole of creation, which hosts artists from all over the country to create, compose, exhibit and communicate their work.
The aims of the Museum are cultural, artistic, scientific and educational. Its mission is to highlight the work of the famous Greek folk composer, lyricist and singer Vassilis Tsitsanis and other important personalities of the Greek folk music, the development and preservation of cultural heritage and the attraction of new audiences.
In order to achieve its aims, the Research Center of Music-Museum Vassilis Tsitsanis provides a recording studio and a library in its premises, wanting to become a facilitator and safeguard to the artistic creation of the area. Moreover it seeks to enable research for digital recording, documentation and display of important data and information from the life and work of Vassilis Tsitsanis and their presentation to the public.
The Museum, in addition to the recording studio and library spaces, extends to the first floor of the old Trikala jail building shared with the archeological site of the Twin Ottoman Baths located on the ground floor of the historic building. The temporary exhibition is hosted in the three rooms of the first floor, about 100 sq.m. each, with the informative material about the life and the work of Vassilis Tsitsanis as well as the story of the building and its transformation to its current use. In the exhibition, at its current state, there are hosted one of Tsitsanis' bouzoukis, various photographs, musical instruments, some of his personal belongings and rich audiovisual material from his work, such as scores and records with authentic performances of his songs. The exhibition is expected to be completed with the addition of more of the composer's personal belongings, such as gramophones, record players, cameras leading to the creation of a fully interactive experience for the visitor.