The city of Thessaloniki is hosting the 3rd International Contemporary Art Fair (TICAF), which opens its doors this Thursday at the Thessaloniki International Exhibition Centre.
TICAF will be exhibiting a total of 1,500 works from more than 450 Greek and international artists including Alekos Fassianos, Pavlos and American Sol LeWitt while internationally renowned sculptor Takis will be the honoured artist.
The Deputy Minister of Macedonia and Thrace Katerina Notopoulou is expected to inaugurate the 3rd TICAF this evening at 8pm.
The fair will run until the 25th of November.
The Thessaloniki International Contemporary Art Fair is organised by the National Agency for The Organisation of Exhibitions, Congresses and Cultural Events (HELEXPO S.A.) together with Pantelis Tsatsis, Artistic Director.
This is an art fair that invests in the strategically important geographic location of Thessaloniki, its multicultural identity, its rich and long history. Thessaloniki’s history spans some 2,300 years. An important metropolis by the Roman period, Thessaloniki was the second largest and wealthiest city of the Byzantine Empire. Thessaloniki is home to numerous notable Byzantine monuments several Roman, Ottoman and Israel structures. Worldwide known Mount Athos with its Monasteries, Mount Olympus, home of the ancient Greek Gods, Vergina Archaeological Museum (Royal Tombs) and Amphipolis are only an hour away from Thessaloniki.
Thessaloniki, 2014 European Youth Capital, is a popular tourist destination in Greece and renowned for its festivals, events and vibrant cultural life in general. It is considered to be Greece’s cultural capital. Events such as the Thessaloniki International Trade Fair and the Thessaloniki International Film Festival are held annually.
In 2010, Lonely Planet ranked Thessaloniki as the world’s fifth-best party city worldwide, comparable to other cities such as Dubai and Montreal. For 2013 National Geographic Magazine included Thessaloniki in its top tourist destinations worldwide, while in 2014 Financial Times FDI magazine declared Thessaloniki as the best mid-sized European city of the future for human capital and lifestyle.