The institution of the European Capital of Culture returns in 2023 to its native country. With culture and art as a vehicle, the city of Elefsina— and Greece as a whole—is at the centre of the world map. It emerges as a source of social development, innovation and collectivity. The 2023 Eleusis European Capital of Culture presents a rich and innovative artistic, research and educational programme entitled MYSTERIES OF TRANSITION, which develops on three central thematic axes: People | Society, Environment, Labor. Together, these three themes create a sustainable legacy beyond the boundaries of the title year.
The beginning is marked with a spectacular Opening Ceremony, Mystery_0 Mysteries of Transition, which will take place on Saturday 4 February 2023 at 19:00, on the coastal front of the city, under the conception of the General Artistic Director of the organisation, Michail Marmarinos and directed by the distinguished British director, Chris Baldwin.
The MYSTERIES OF TRANSITION programme draws inspiration from Elefsina, its history, as well as the contemporary challenges that govern it, presenting throughout 2023, a total of 465 productions in 30 different venues in the city, hosting more than 300 distinguished artists from Europe, America and Asia. Among others, the 2023 Eleusis program includes: Romeo Castellucci, Sasha Waltz, Jochen Sandig, Heiner Goebbels, Katerina Gregou & the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Theodoros Kourentzis, TimeCircus, Evripidis Laskaridis, Eleni Karaindrou, Haruka Hirayama, Yannis Houvardas, Juan Sandoval, Patricia Apergi, Nikos Navridis, Vana Xenou, Roxane Revon, Lina Bertucci, Menelaos Karamaggiolis, Maria Papadimitriou, Eva Stefani, Nikita Milivojević, Thodoris Economou, Eleftheria Deco, Thierry De Mey & Percussions de Strasbourg, Syllas Tzoumerkas, Lena Kitsopoulou, Marina Satti, Philippos Koutsaftis, Evi Kalogiropoulou, Navine G. Dossos, Athens State Orchestra, Marina Fokidi, Dresden Symphony Orchestra, Yolanda Markopoulou, Christodoulos Panagiotou, Novoflot, Humanhood, Argyro Chioti, Dome Wood & Sam Steverlynck, Angela Bruscou, Steven Berkoff, Intercultural Alternative Stage Orchestra National Opera, Stereo Nova.
Find Out the Programme of the 2023 Eleusis here.