Orfeas (Greek: Ορφέας), named after the mythical musician Orpheus. The major stories about him are centered on his ability to charm all living things and even stones with his music, his attempt to retrieve his wife, Eurydice, from the underworld, and his death at the hands of those who could not hear his divine music. Orfeas started off as a music band in 1997, which consisted of 16 musicians playing the guitar, piano, accordion, bouzouki, baglamas, drums..and performing in concerts in the region of Corinth, Greece. After all this, there was a turning point in its history, and Orfeas became an organization which formed part of the European Youth Program. The organization began functioning in August 2000. Our purpose is the utilization of free time, informing young people about international and national programs, and the encouragement of their active participation along with their European citizenship.
Furthermore, our goal is to organize and support national programs of the partner municipalities, heritage protection activities of the environment and organizing summer events, festivals, concerts, theatrical performances, exhibitions in cooperation with the local municipalities. Through our activities we try to develop solidarity and promote tolerance and understanding among young people in different countries. The respect for cultural diversity, with the fight against racism and xenophobia are the priorities of Organization Orfeas. By facilitating joint activities of young people from different cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds, Orfeas aims to develop the intercultural learning of young people making Europe a friendlier place in the same time.
An important priority for Orfeas Organization is to give access to all young people, especially those with fewer opportunities, to the Youth in Action Program and other educational activities.
Through formal/non-formal learning techniques and experiences, young volunteers will improve and acquire skills for their personal, educational and professional development.