Cultural Capital 2023 Elefsina: What the program of events includes


The program hosts more than 300 distinguished artists from Europe, America and Asia

The long journey of the Belgian artistic collective TimeCircus which he has traveled on foot in nine months 3,000 kilometers and after passing through Timisoara and the Hungarian Vesprem – the other two European Capitals of Culture in 2023 – it is now approaching Elefsina. That is, it ends the largest pilgrimage procession in the 3,500-year history of Elefsina and joins the other institutions and artists, Greek and international, in the city, for the start of the 2023 Elefsina Cultural Capital of Europe, which calendar-wise begins on January 1. However, the official opening ceremony of the institution will take place spectacularly on February 4, on the coastal front of Elefsina with “Mysterio_0 Mysteries of Transition”, conceived/conceived by the artistic director of Michael Marmarinou and directed by the distinguished British director Chris Baldwin.

Art unites!Michael Marmarinos said at the international press conference, presenting the program today. “So that we here now, are ready to celebrate – for good – an honest abolition of limits, borders, of all kinds. Art unites! The representation – even for a while – of an ideal, ideal world, within a context of joy, creativity, participation, sharing and generosity”.

Michael Marmarinos did not forget anything, even dedicating “a persistent ‘thank you’ to Melina Merkouris and Jack Lang, for the power they had to make such a vision a European Act – to enact the Dreams”. He also thanked “all those who, since then, until this moment, ceaselessly, raise their hands and by supporting, supporting, trying and encouraging, creating, overcoming the countless difficulties of the last moment, realize the common dream. But also all those from the countless series, who perhaps did not make it to the end, as well as those who could not be with us, by our side, at this last moment”.

The program of the 2023 Elefsina Cultural Capital

The Mysteries of Transition, 130 in all, draw inspiration from Eleusis, its history, as well as the contemporary challenges that govern it. It is a rich and innovative artistic, research and educational program, which will be developed throughout 2023. A total of 465 productions will be presented, in 30 different spaces of the city, indoor and outdoor, outdoor and public. Among them the Old Town Hall, the former refreshment bar on the beach front, the former IRIS paint factory, the old railway station, the warehouses of the old olive mill, the Olive Mill, the parking lot, as well as the area behind the Theater of the Old Olive Mill, EKEDA -The Labor Center of Elefsina of Western Attica and the Cultural Center L. Kanellopoulos, the TITAN factory, the archaeological site of Elefsina, the Clock, outdoor spaces such as the Oasis-Former Camping, as well as schools and stadiums.

The program hosts more than 300 distinguished artists from Europe, America and Asia.

Among others, Romeo Castellucci, Sasha Waltz, Jochen Sandig, Heiner Goebbels, Katerina Gregou and the National Museum of Contemporary Art, Theodoros Kourentzis, TimeCircus, Euripides Laskaridis, Eleni Karaindrou, Haruka Hirayama, Yannis Houvardas, Juan Sandoval, Patricia Apergi, Nikos Nauridis are participating. , Vana Xenou, Roxane Revon, Lina Bertucci, Menelaos Karamaggiolis, Maria Papadimitriou, Eva Stefani, Nikita Milivojević, Thodoris Oikonomou, Eleftheria Deco, Thierry De Mey & Percussions de Strasbourg, Syllas Tzoumerkas, Lena Kitsopoulou, Marina Satti, Filippos 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 Orchestra of the Alternative Stage of the National Opera , Stereo Nova.

Its program develops in three central thematic axes: ‘Man/Society, Environment, Work’, with the ambition to leave a sustainable legacy in the city, material and immaterial beyond the boundaries of the year of the title.

“And as Seneca says, some mysteries are not revealed all at once. Elefsina always keeps something hidden for those who will visit her again. So we are waiting for you all again and again” Despina Geroulanou, president of the Board of Directors 2023 Elefsis, welcomed the audience to the presentation.

More detailed information on the 2023 Elefsina European Capital of Culture program is available at

At the presentation, a greeting was addressed by the Minister of Culture, Lina Mendonithe Deputy Minister of Culture responsible for Contemporary Culture issues, Nikolas Giatromanolakisthe regional governor of Attica, George Patoulisthe mayor of Elefsina, Argyris Oikonomou and the president of the Hellenic Tourism Organization (EOT), Angela Gerekou.

The vice-president of the European Commission for the Promotion of the European Way of Life sent a video greeting, Margaritis Schinas, and the representative of the European Commission – responsible for Capitals of Culture, Sylvain Pasqua.


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