On the occasion of the World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development 2020, celebrated on May 21, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis attended the first rehearsal of the National Theater for the play “Persians” by Aeschylus.
He was accompanied by Culture and Sports Minister Lina Mendoni. According to government sources, the PM spoke for more than an hour with the actors in the performance and listened very carefully to their concerns and comments, which more broadly reflect the concerns of the people of art on the way to the resumption of cultural activities in Greece.
Mitsotakis also listened to their proposals for solving the long-term problems of the industry that are becoming even more pressing during these difficult days, due to the consequences of the pandemic.
The PM stated that the government wants to find a solution to these long-standing problems and gaps that are observed, while emphasising that his interest in this area is genuine and not merely coincidental. “Culture will not be treated as a market product. We will not leave the people of art unprotected.”
Χθες, στην πρώτη πρόβα του Εθνικού Θεάτρου για το έργο «Πέρσες» του Αισχύλου, άκουσα τις ανησυχίες και τις επισημάνσεις των συντελεστών. Στόχος μας είναι να δρομολογήσουμε την επίλυση των χρόνιων προβλημάτων του κλάδου που γίνονται ακόμη πιο πιεστικά αυτές τις δύσκολες μέρες. pic.twitter.com/ykAitNDHmb
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