Arts and Culture
Volos Municipal Theater
The economic development of the city
was accompanied by exceptional progress in the fields of education and culture,
with the foundation of libraries, model schools, municipal theatre, publishing
houses and the publication of magazines and daily newspapers.
The popular painter Theofilos worked in
Volos and the villages of Mt. Pelion from the end of the last century until
the 1930s, continuing a long tradition in the decoration of churches and
mansions and creating many important works of art. He was "discovered"
in 1935 by the modern painter Gounaropoulos who later decorated the church
of Holy Trinity which is situated on the seafront, close to the Volos hospital.
Around the time that Theofilos arrived in Volos,
the city was also the birthplace of world-wide fame, Giorgio De Chirico,
whose father was the italian Evaristo De Chirico, manager of the Thessalian
Railways and the engineer who designed the Pelion railway. Giorgio spent
his childhood in Volos, where he discovered forms and mythological elements
which are the hallmark of his work.
The Municipal Conservatory
The artistic tradition continues to play an
undiminished role in the city to this day. Volos Municipal Conservatory
continues, along with several other private Music Schools, the long
musical tradition which has developed in parallel with the city
itself. Many important performers of the Greek musical scene have
had a close relationship to the city of Volos and this tradition is
continued to the present day by such famous figures such as Vangelis,
as well as less known talents who are making a career on the
contemporary musical scene.