2023 Eleusis European Capital of CultureThe Opening Ceremony constitutes the official and emblematic launch of the artistic program of the 2023 Eleusis European Capital of Culture. A celebration open to all, which will take place on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 February 2023.
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The Opening Ceremony is inspired by the history and the mythology of the city: the Processions and the link between the Upper World and the Underworld. On the afternoon of Saturday 4 February, four Processions of people arrive at the city of Elefsina from sea and land: TimeCircus
The Processions traverse the city, passing from the Archaeological Site and the pedestrianised Nikolaidou Street, to end up at the seafront of the Old Oil Mill Factory, where residents and visitors − the fifth informal procession − will give them a special welcome.
The first phase of the Opening Ceremony is followed by a spectacular event along the seafront at 19:00, titled Mysteries of Transition, in the idea/conception of the General Artistic Director, Michail Marmarinos and directed by distinguished British director, Chris Baldwin.
The action continues right after, with the fifth − informal − procession of people moving along the seafront to the east. A Cultural Route with 21 different activities incorporates particular sites.
Then, the Old IRIS Factory opens its gates to the public for the first time, welcoming the cult band of the ‘90s, Stereo Nova (Konstantinos Vita and Michalis Delta).
The night concludes with an invitation to a dance in Warehouse 1 of the Old Oil Mill Factory, a party with music chosen exclusively by women DJs.
The Opening Ceremony ends on Sunday 5 February, when the whole city becomes an open-air stage: openings of two exhibitions, Mystery 17 Melina, as well as Mystery 44 7 Columns by Heiner Goebbels, lighting and video installations such as Mystery 32 Faces by Lina Bertucci, performances such as Mystery 108 KAMARES by Euripides Laskaridis, art exhibitions such as Mystery 177 Visions from the Underworld, the exhibition-installation Inventory II, Vasilis Gerodimos − Jenny Argyriou, tours such as Mystery 20 Narrative Archaeology.
See the two-day programme in detail here.