Vicky Balomenou: Dream a Little Dream

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As a child, she was enthralled by legends and myths. By the time she was all grown up, she had amassed a collection of fairy tales from all over the world. And thus, the Fairy Tale Museum was born...

In the capacity of a psychotherapist/family therapist, Vicky Balomenou initially began to utilise fairy tales in her practice, and no less than four years ago she founded the Fairy Tale Museum. “My initial concept was that such a museum would be able to connect children with folk tradition and the intangible cultural heritage of fairy tales. With my husband Fotis Kakogiannis by my side, and along with friends who specialise in education and literature, we embarked upon bringing our vision of creating the Fairy Tale Museum into reality– a non-profit organisation dedicated to the preservation and dissemination of cultural heritage within the scope of the universal nature of fairy tales, the opportunity to get acquainted with a variety of different cultures through them, and the development for a love of reading. At the Fairy Tale Museum everyone, irrespective of their age, can learn the art of fairy tales through interactive exhibits and a marvelous collection of rare books housed in the study hall. In addition, a variety of programmes are available that give children the opportunity to travel through the magical world of fairy tales. These are aimed at strengthening their creativity, imagination, and their love of reading books.”

By talking to Vicky Balomenou, it becomes evident that her plans regarding the Fairy Tale Museum are, day by day, becoming a dream come true, much like in fairytales. “Our vision for the Fairy Tale Museum is that it becomes a cultural centre for children by means of promoting their creativity and imagination. Developing partnerships abroad with other children’s museums and organisations is one of our primary goals. We are already members of the European Fairy Tale Route Association and are also participating in the European Horizon programme. Our aim is to engage in the exchange of various experiences and ideas while developing common programmes and activities that will help encourage children to get acquainted with other cultures and civilisations. Our long-term goals include the foundation of an academy to conduct research on everything fairy tale related– basically, to specialise in happy endings.”

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