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ΕΛΕVΣIS: arrival of a notable someone | person, thing or event

Synonyms: advent, arrival, appearance, emergence, materialisation, surfacing,

occurrence, dawn, birth, rise, coming, looming, nearing, advance, embodiment

One of the five most important sacred cities of antiquity, the city of the Elefsinian Mysteries and birthplace of Aeschylus, Elefsina – thanks to its natural port and strategic location, 21 km west of Athens, in the Thriassian Plain, the northwesternmost tip of the Saronic Gulf – was transformed from the 19th century onwards into the productive engine of Greece and one of its largest industrial centers. The signs of industrialization are prominent on the body of the city, affecting it and often building the perception of a place that keeps its cultural wealth well guarded, like a timeless mystery.

The image of Elefsina as a city that has been hit hard by industry, remains dominant in public perception. 2023 Eleusis  European Capital of Culture seeks to unveil the invisible side of Elefsina, marking a new era for the city and its transition to a new model of development, focusing on its dynamic cultural assets.

2023 ΕΛΕVΣIS European Capital of Culture:

Fostering and development of the tangible and intangible Economy of the city through culture and research.

The European Capital of Culture as an institution focuses on highlighting the richness, diversity, and common aspects of European cultures, seeking to reinforce ties and mutual understanding between European Citizens. It also aims at the revelation and development of the tangible and intangible Economy of a city via the interventional contribution of Art, Culture and Research. With these main principles as a guideline, 2023 Eleusis focuses on four strategic objectives: Culture, People, City, Environment.

For further information about the artistic vision and strategic objectives click here: