"Eleusis 2023" wins Melina Mercouri prize award
The award, amounting to €1.5 million, comes as a culmination of "the enormous progress that has been made in recent months in all areas of administration of the institution, in order to ensure its successful implementation", the European Commission typically states in its announcement. To add that "the transformation achieved by the 2023 Eleusis team is a true embodiment of the 'Mysteries of Transition'."
The evaluation committee closes its report by thanking the 2023 Elefsis European Capital of Culture for the extremely interesting and informative meeting with the implementation team and looks forward to the successful organization of the institution.
It is noted that the prize in question was established in 2010 in honor of the late Melina Merkouris and since then it has been awarded by the European Commission to every Capital of Culture that meets the criteria and successfully passes the control stages. The amount of the award is intended to finance the legacy of the institution.
On January 9th, the West Attica town of Elefsina will be designated a European Capital of Culture, along with Veszprem in Hungary and Timisoara in Romania.
“The transformation achieved by the 2023 Eleusis team is a true embodiment of the ‘Mysteries of Transition,’” the Commission said in its announcement, referring to the year-long program of 130 projects, including 465 events.
The opening ceremony is scheduled for February 4-5th, 2023.