The cities of Athens and Piraeus have joined forces to promote culture by hosting over 270 events over the next few months, as part of Athens’ role as 2018 World Book Capital.
As announced during a press conference on Thursday, The Megaron Athens Concert Hall and the Piraeus Municipal Theater will host performances and cultural events focusing on book and narration, in collaboration with other major cultural organisations and smaller art groups.
During the press conference, Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis said that Athens and Piraeus are two cities which combine a unique cultural heritage and history with modern creation and innovation.
“They are safe, open and multicultural cities,” he noted, adding that major international events such as documents 14 and the World Book Capital set the foundations to establish the city on the international culture scene.
The joint initiative also marks the start of operation of Athens Concert Hall’s newly established Annex M Center of Visual Arts, with the launch of a trilogy titled, “The Unwritten Library”.
Starting on July 10, the trilogy will include educational activities for all, video screenings, readings and open discussions, which will take place in both Athens and Piraeus.
Piraeus Mayor Yiannis Moralis also spoke of the city’s cultural identity and the collaboration of the Piraeus Municipal Theater with the Greek National Opera, the Athens-Epidaurus Festival and the National Theater of Greece. “Our efforts focus on establishing Piraeus as a cultural destination apart from a getaway to other locations,” he said.