Encardia is the name of a musical ensemble inspired by, creating and presenting melodies and songs from the rich musical tradition of Southern Italy. The group came together in 2004 and has performed almost 400 live concerts in the regions of Greece, Italy, Southern France, Algeria, Germany, Switzerland and Cyprus. The troubadours of encardia have released four albums, all of them critically acclaimed. The unique connection they share with their audiences while in concert has often been notably mentioned by the media. They have cooperated with the most important representatives of the Southern Italian musical tradition for album recordings as well as in live performances (G. Avantiaggiato, R. Licci, Daniele Durante, C.Villani, E. Castagna, Ghetonia, Mala Lingua and many others). They have also performed with well-known greek fellow artists such as A. Bakirtzis, N. Portokaloglou, F. Delivorias, K. Thomaides, V. Lekkas, C. Tsiamoulis, A. Ioannides, N. Xidakis, Klaudia Delmer, the symphonic orchestra of the municipality of Athens and many others. In March 2012, the documentary of Angelos Kovotsos about “encardia”, called “Encardia, the dancing stone” won the prestigious Audience Award in the 14th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival.