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Cultural Coastline – Opening Ceremony


Cultural Coastline - Opening Ceremony

A Cultural Route with 19 different activities incorporates particular sites such as rooftops, courtyards, a car repair shop, tavernas, balconies, windows and penthouses, where visitors may explore experimental projects, choreographies, sound installations, Pontian lyre recitals, and seafood treats; a unique cultural experience.

#1 Holy Church of Archangel Michael of Elefsina

Association of Symians of Elefsina “Michael the Archangel”
Dodecanese dances accompanied by music, treats
Local Community Coordination for 2023 Eleusis Yannis Koukmas
Project Coordination for 2023 Eleusis Zoi Drakopoulou

#2 Wall in a private building, Kanellopoulou Street, opposite the Church of Archangel Michael of Elefsina

Phrases of the Authors, MNP Design
Project Coordination for 2023 Eleusis Eleni Zisimopoulou

#3 OLE Building

Philharmonic Orchestra of the Municipality of Elefsina, works from tradition, classical and contemporary repertoire

#4 Βuilding at the Kanellopoulou 17 – Mystery 85 – City Patterns

M2P presents a series of patterns printed on 10 natural-fiber banners. The project was created through a research process on the folk heritage and cultural history of the various communities of Elefsina. Working closely with the local cultural associations that represent different areas of Greece, as well as the people who comprise these associations, we recorded their experiences, their memories from their ancestry and places of origin, and, finally, their art and symbols, as those are manifested in embroideries and other artifacts. Subsequently, and in accordance with the methodology that runs through all of their work, M2P (Aliki Kakoulidou and Dimitra Vasilakou), isolated details from these images and narrations, and edited them into something new. The patterns correspond to ten different places: Asia Minor, Chios, Corfu, Crete, the Dodecanese Islands, Elefsina, Epirus, Peloponnese, Pontus, and Thessaly). Using the traditional silkscreen method, the banners were printed on natural fabrics, with eco-friendly materials. They will be posted on a corner building at 17 Kanellopoulou Street, thus creating a visual narrative in open conversation with the city’s contemporary look. Afterwards, they will be given to and repurposed by the cultural associations. The second stage of the work entails documenting the above mentioned research, curation and creative processes in the form of a printed document.

A project by M2P (Aliki Kakoulidou, Dimitra Vasilakou)
Collaborators Interviews, Data Collection and Text Editing conducted by Yorgos Drosos
Architecture and Architectural Lighting Design Kiki Kelesidou
Photographer Yannis Zindrilis
Traditional Printing house Michalis Karamalis
Project Coordination for 2023 Εleusis Georgia Voudouri, Neoklis Mantas

#5 Bus stop

Food market from businesses of Elefsina
Project Coordination for 2023 Eleusis Maria Paouri

#6 Private building E_FYGA Asia Minor

Conception – Directed by Yolanda Markopoulou
Video Design Erato Tzavara & Yolanda Markopoulou
Dramaturgy Ioanna Valsamidou
Dramaturgy collaboration Thanos Tsakalidis
Music Composition dorόs
Actors Iphigenia Karamitrou, Thanos Tsakalidis
With the participation of the members of the Asia Minor Association of Elefsina
Executive Producer POLYPLANITY Productions / Vicky Strataki
With the support of the History and Folklore Museum of the Asia Minor Association of Elefsina and “Mind the fact”.
Project Coordination for 2023 Eleusis Zetta Pasparaki, Morfi Galopoulou

#7 Dockers’ Roof

Sound installation, research/editing of sound material Manolis Manousakis

#8 Private building

Pontian lyre solo. Pontian Association of Elefsina “Nea Trapezounta”
Local Community Coordination for 2023 Eleusis Yannis Koukmas
Project Coordination for 2023 Eleusis Zoi Drakopoulou

#9 “Stratos” Tavern

Sea treats
Project Coordination for 2023 Eleusis Maria Paouri

#10 Port Open Space

Crane light installation

#11 Office building

Association of Epirus of Thriasiou Field and the Association of Peloponnesians of Elefsina, traditional songs through a unique musical dialogue
Local Community Coordination for 2023 Eleusis Yannis Koukmas
Project Coordination for 2023 Eleusis Zoi Drakopoulou

#12 Private Building, str. Kanellopoulou – “Kanellopoulou 33 (next to Teleios)”

How much does the neighbourhood keep hidden and how much does it unveil?

The stories of people, their wanderings, memories and traumas, and of course the city itself and its landmarks come to inhabit on the verge of private and public space, in a half-finished building, in an in-between place, where there are no doors to intercept, divide or protect.

PYRKAL factory, the female workers, the refugees, the cement, Panelefsiniakos, the balconies, the kids’ games, the big Kronos strike, Panagiotis Farmakis, the courtyards, the feasts, the loves, the longings, Kazantzidis’ grave, become the primary material of the research. Small fragments of images and stories create a collective way of storytelling.

Using a song by Stelios Kazantzidis, the stories of the residents of Elefsina and the body as tools, the 6 choreographers of U(R)TOPIAS Academy of Choreography compose a world made of their own personal and emotional engagement with the city. They articulate fragments of an everyday life that, despite adversities, has learned to water its beauty and sing of its longings.

Artistic Curation Patricia Apergi, Dimitra Mitropoulou
Choreography/ Performance Christiana Kosiari-Fasolaki, Katerina Foti, Diamanto Hadjizacharia Giorgos Papadopoulos, Elian Roumie, Emmanouela Sakellari
Song Performed by Stelios Kazantzidis
Song Written by Thanasis Polikandriotis/ Lefteris Papadopoulos
Music Editing Manolis Manousakis
Light Design Nikos Vlasopoulos
Documentation Grigoris Panopoulos
Production TooFarEast
Production Manager Christos Christopoulos
Production Assistant Konstantina Douka-Gkosi
Studio Manager/Research Consultant Anastasia Tsopelaki
Project Coordination for 2023 Εleusis Angeliki Lampiri, Athina Pavlidou

#13 Workshop o Teleios

Sound installation, Research/editing of sound material Manolis Manousakis

#14 Little corner house

Installation, reference to Stelios Kazantzidis
Project Coordination for 2023 Εleusis Zoi Moutsokou, Anastasia Tsopelaki

#15 Block of Apartments

The Mourning Rock, cinematic fragments from the emblematic documentary by Filippos Koutsaftis
Curation of the video-installation – Editing Fjorida Cenaj

#16 Port of the fishermen

Sound installation, research/curation of sound material Manolis Manousakis
Logo of the Cultural Capital, Design MNP Design
Project Coordination for 2023 Eleusis Eleni Zisimopoulou

#17 Olive Oil Pier
Association of Cretans of Elefsina “I Megalonissos”, a circular music and dance event around the sculpture of Aspasia Stavropoulou
Local Community Coordination for the 2023 Eleusis Yannis Koukmas
Coordination of Associations for 2023 Eleusis Zoi Drakopoulou

#18 Canteen of the new marina of Elefsina

Sound action of cars, Research / editing of sound material Manolis Manousakis
Team Pavlos Samourkasidis, Yannis Parcharidis, Giorgos Simeonidis, Nikos Mossos

#19 Social housing building

Phrases of the Authors, Designed by MNP Design
Project Coordination for 2023 Eleusis Eleni Zisimopoulou

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Mystery 178 Collecting flowers with her girlfriends

From 29 March to 8 April, 2023 Eleusis European Capital of Culture presents in the foyer of Cine Eleusis Cultural Centre Mystery 178 Collecting flowers with her girlfriends, an exhibition dedicated to the flora of the Archaeological Site of Elefsina, created by the artist Violeta Diamanti-Meletiou and the teacher Irini Yovanou.


Mystery 197 Paper World - A Letter about Elefsina

From April 13th to April 16th, 2023 Eleusis European Capital of Culture presents an exhibition with artistic creations by Nicoletta Granitsa (aka Magemeli, a name that is inspired by the “alchemical” society of bees), under the title: Mystery 197 Paper World – A Letter to Eleusis, at the Canteen – Art Hub.


Mystery 176 Cinema Days

“The 3rd three-day documentary screening event is coming to the historic Cine Elefsina with an unpredictable tribute by the Greek Documentary Association, the premiere of the film ‘Persephone, the Red Carpet,’ and screenings for children and young adults!”

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