Rhythm finds its way into the secret places of the soul.​.Plato

Learn an Ancient Frame-Drum: The Rhythm of Ancient Rituals

Υou will have the chance to hear and play an ancient Greek frame-drum, called tympanon, and try to sync with the rhythm of ancient worshiping rituals. How are we going to do that?

First, we will take a closer look at typical Greek rhythms and play all together in order to realize how cool is the feeling of participating in a music band. What’s more, we will have the chance to experiment with different percussions and realize that music is for everyone and not only for the musicians!

A unique (and truly one-of-a-kind) experience that is offered only by SEIKILO Cultural Space!

What will be Provided?

An ancient Greek tympanon will be provided to each of the participants during this experience. These frame-drums are handcrafted by the world-renowned niche brand Luthieros.

Who can Participate in this Experience?

No need to be a musician or have any kind of former musical education. In case you are a professional musician, this experience can be tailored to your level of knowledge, just let us know in advance!

meet your


Nikos Varelas will be your guide and cast light on the mysteries of the ancient tympanon.

With music experience for more than two decades, studies in Greece and Turkey, and focus on both Greek and Middle East frame drums, he is one of the few Greek percussionists who regularly participate in ancient music bands.

Apart from being an amazing musician, Nikos is an equally cool tutor with studies and teaching experience in Greece and abroad, both with young and adult students. He teaches both in English and Greek.

experiences that last for a lifetime // as featured on

«It was super enthralling!»

(✮✮✮✮✮«[…] to be able to see, play and purchase, real replicas of the ancient lyres and citharas was super enthralling and left me with an adrenaline high. […] this is a must see that you would regret not visiting while you had the chance!»

- Arvidex, TripAdvisor

«A wonderful blend!»

(✮✮✮✮✮«It all starts with a place a little hidden from the throngs… and when you find it, the exhibition is simply a hidden gem. It was a very interesting experience about the research and developments towards bringing the Ancient Greek music back to life. A wonderful blend of history, culture and music goes into the personal presentation. Well worth fitting into your schedule!»

- Dan, AirBnB Experiences

«A highlight of Thessaloniki!»

(✮✮✮✮✮«A highlight of Thessaloniki. The guide was engaging and interesting, explaining the history, music and myths, and he played the instruments delightfully. It was great to have the chance to play one of them! The board games were very interesting as well.»

- Dave, TripAdvisor

book your spot now!

Are you ready to experience something unique? Send us a message, and we will get back to you soon!

our meeting spot


On foot

Our meeting spot is at SEIKILO Cultural Space, at the very center of Thessaloniki. Just a 5 minutes walk from the famous Aristotelous Square!


By bus

No matter where you are in Thessaloniki, you can take the bus and hop off at one of the numerous “Aristotelous Square” bus stops. Then, it is a 5-minutes walk to the SEIKILO!



The great majority of the city’s public buses stop at “Aristotelous Square” such as 02, 10, 11, 14, 27, 31 etc. What’s more, you can always ask the bus driver as you hop on!


By taxi

Alternatively, you can use a taxi and just name the address: Filippou 5.

Want more "experiences" to choose from?

Our team is responsible for many (truly one-of-a-kind) experiences focusing on ancient Greece, music, wine-tasting, well-being, mythology, etc.