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Excerpt of the speech of the Minister of Culture Lina Mendoni at the HANDOVER 2024

“It is with great pleasure and satisfaction that I am attending today the final act of the European Capital of Culture 2023. During the past year, the coveted title was shared by Veszprém in Hungary, Timișoarain Romania and Elefsina. Today the epilogue of a successful event is being written and the baton is passed to Bad Ischlin Austria, Bodo in Norway and Tartu in Estonia.  

We finish in the same place where we started, at the iconic Acropolis Museum, where Elefsina took the baton a year ago. Here, in this ark of the universal values of culture and democracy, the solid foundations of our common European identity, which sprang here before shining throughout our continent and from there to the ends of the earth. At the starting point, in the birthplace of the now established institution of the Capital of Culture, the inspiration of Melina Mercouri was to take root and bring people, ideas and creations closer together.

This initiative had the rare luck to originate from the official state but was immediately embraced by civil society and the artistic community. It was thus transformed from an acquisition into a real European asset, expanding and spreading to ever larger audiences in outlying parts of our continent. And to demonstrate the unity of meaning that has run through its culture and creation over the centuries. For European culture is neither a succession nor a confluence of intellectual and artistic currents. On the contrary, it is a long-standing and profound cultural capital that remains both alive and vital, constantly nurturing innovation and creativity.

I believe that this is what permeated the philosophy and the message of 2023Eleusis.”

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Mystery 112: Maria Papadimitriou Dual Theatre, Or On Friendship

Mystery 112: Dual Theatre, Or On Friendship, a work by the distinguished artist Maria Papadimitriou, which includes a series of open fiction art workshops for – and with – the residents of Elefsina, will be presented from 22 January to 29 February.


Mystery 137 Transition Towards Professional Solidarity

A series of discussions, workshops and events will be organised from 6 to 10 March by 2023 Eleusis, in collaboration with the Culture for Change network, regarding the future and the development of collective initiatives by professionals in the cultural sector.


Mystery 176 Cinema Days

2023 Eleusis organizes screenings of documentary works related to its artistic program, the city, as well as contemporary reflections on key and timeless issues. Always with a hidden ambition to transform Eleusis into a landmark of a unique cinematic experience.


Mystery 20 Performing Arts Initiator – Narrative Archaeology

2023 Eleusis European Capital of Culture organises for the first time on 29 and 30 March, at the Elefsina Old Oil Mill Factory, the conference “Narrative Archaeology | Performance in archaeological sites and excavation of human experience.” This two-day meeting takes place in the framework of the composite art activity Mystery 20 Performing Arts Initiator – Narrative Archaeology, with the aim of promoting an interdisciplinary dialogue between Arts and Archaeology.

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