Crowdfunding to the rescue of Ancient Greek Theatre


A crowdfunding initiative has come to the rescue of the ancient theatre of Cassope, in the hope of raising sufficient funds to restore the magnificent theatre, located in Epirus, north western Greece.

The campaign was kick-started by the non-profit organisation Diazoma which in turn partnered with the National Bank of Greece using the latter’s crowd funding platform, urges people to donate money to the “Ancient Theatre of Cassope” action, hoping to raise the target amount of 80,000 euros. The campaign has so far raised 3,393 euros and will be open until 31.12.2016.

The ancient theatre of Cassope is built in the southern foothills of Zaloggo and overlooks the peninsula of Preveza, the Ambracian Gulf, the Ionian Sea, the island of Lefkada and the Acarnanian Mountains. It was originally built in the 3rd century BC with a seating capacity of 6,000. It hosted music events, theatre performances and political gatherings of the Cassopean League.

Diazoma is a non-profit association set up in 2008 with the purpose of researching, studying, protecting, showcasing and, if feasible, using again ancient theatres and other venues for events, such as ancient odeons and stadiums. It is supported by academics, intellectuals, artists and members of the public determined to take the fate of these monuments into their own hands and give dynamic assistance to the State and its relevant services in the effort to bring ancient theatres into modern-day life.