Elefsina considered a bright example of how communities can deal with modern challenges. From a downgraded area, it became a town-model to be envied. It turned old factories into cultural venues and, in parallel, acquired a "green profile", as well as adding to the need to support multicultural diversity as promoted by UNESCO.
Artist Steven Antonakos, a prominent member of the Greek diaspora, became widely known for his installation "Search", specifically designed for the Old Olive Factory in Elefsina in 2011, his last show in Greece. Today, Elefsina is a major industrial center, with the largest oil refinery in Greece.
It is the home of the renowned Aeschylia Festival, the longest-lived arts event of over 4 decades, in the Attica Region. Elefsina celebrates culture and art by hosting a vibrant program every summer that aims at placing the arts in the center of the city, while also creating a beneficial liaison with Europe.
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