Every summer, the municipality of Gortynia organizes a series of cultural and athletic events. Within the framework of these summer events, they organize the annual Panhellenic Folk Song Contest in the village of Agia Paraskevi in Lagkadia, aiming to preserve and promote the local traditions, through their most important means of expression: folk music.
This tradition has taken place for 40 consecutive years and is open to amateur singers and musicians, who specialize in folk music, and especially in the old, rare and unreleased songs. Participants compete in the following three categories: 1) Best folk song interpretation by young people up to 18 years old, 2) Best folk song interpretation by adults and 3) Best performance with a traditional musical instrument.
The 39th contest in 2012 was dedicated to the late Domna Samiou, as a tribute to her contribution to Greek folk music.