Thursday June 1st – Old Elefsina Railway Station
Start time: 18:30 | Free entrance
This project, around the industrial history and culture of the city will be captured in the form of a documentary and presented in the OPEN ELEUSIS Digital Archive at the end of 2023. A production of the 2023 Eleusis European Capital of Culture.
In the context of “Mysterium 32 Open Eleusis – a documentary, many stories”, on Thursday June 1, at 18:30, the first oral history introduction meeting entitled “Eleusis tells its memories” is being organized at the Old Railway Station of Eleusis, with speaker the historian Tasoula Verbeniotis. Two more two-day seminars will follow, June 10-11 and 17-18, with the aim of creating an oral history group of the city. The participants, under the guidance of historian Tasoula Verbeniotis and with the technical support of cinematographer Michalis Kastanidis, will be introduced to oral history and will be taught interview techniques with the aim of creating an audio-visual archive of oral testimonies of the city’s residents. The team will have at its disposal the necessary technical means for the audio-visual recording of the interviews. The seminar is open to the public, while it is also addressed to the educational community.
Registration is required either on June 1st or in the online form.
The project is implemented in collaboration with the Humanities Research Center (KEAE).
The Mystery 32 Open Eleusis project is implemented within the framework of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan Greece 2.0 with funding from the European Union -NextGenerationEU.
Oral History Seminars “Elefsina tells her memories”
How was life in our city when factory machines could be heard everywhere? When the smells from the chimneys came into the house? When the workers’ parties were held in the factory yards? Eleusis is changing, the industries are disappearing and the life of the city is changing, but the memories of the people are still alive. Can we take firm steps in the present if we do not know our past?
a/ Action Presentation – Preparatory meeting
Thursday, June 1, 2023, 6:30 p.m., Old Elefsina Railway Station (I. Travlou location)
Greetings: Michail Marmarinos, Artistic Director 2023 Eleusis European Capital of Culture
Speech: Tasoula Verbenioti, historian, “The Importance of Oral History and Memory”.
The event will close with a treat and conversation.
b/ Two two-day Oral History Seminars.
10 June 2023, Saturday, 15.00-20.00
11 June 2023, Sunday, 10.00-16.00
17 June 2023, Saturday, 15.00-20.00
18 June 2023, Sunday, 10.00-16.00
Venue: Old Town Hall of Elefsina (Nikolaidou Pedestrian Street)
People - Society
The first axis spans the evolution of society from Antiquity to the present in order to connect the strange with the familiar, to discover hidden aspects, memories and elements of cultural diversity. The thematic axis People | Society focuses on inclusion, the way that European society is shaped and, the ways in which we interact with each other, through the three themes/notions “Europe of Citizens”, “Europe, Daughter of Phoenix” and “Human Mysteries”.
2023 Eleusis European Capital of Culture is setting up a three-day celebration to say goodbye to the Belgian collective TimeCircus that returns to Antwerp after six months and to hand over – now officially – ARKOPOLIS, the ark of eternal youth, this unique cultural space to young people and to the residents of Elefsina.
2023 Εleusis European Capital of Culture presents from the 4th until the 7th of October, for the first time together, the artistic projects of the trilogy Mystery 13 I_LEFT, conceived and directed by Yolanda Markopoulou, completing a multi-year long artistic research, focused on refugee, uprooting and starting over at a new place.
Mystery 42 Futuring Waters’ exhibition and parallel events introduces us to the artworks created through a process of co-authorship initiated by the artist and educator Jenny Marketou with the help of Greek and international scientists, artists, curators, architects, archaeologists and activists among others around water rights and hydropolitics, a complex political thought around water.