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Ministry Invites Greek Cities to Apply for European Cultural Capital

ECoC-Logo-inThe culture ministry on Tuesday called on Greek cities interested in becoming Europe’s Cultural Capital for 2021 to submit applications.

Every year one city of two EU member states which have made it to the finals is designated European Cultural Capital.

For the year 2021, cities in Greece and Romania are vying for the title. The city named will also receive the Melina Mercouri prize of 1.5 million euros on the condition that it has implemented all of the criteria presented in its application.

A group of independent experts will evaluate and then narrow down applications submitted by candidate cities before nominating the city to be awarded the title of Europe’s Cultural Capital and the Melina Mercouri prize.

Melina Acropolis_cultureConceived in 1983 by then Greek Culture minister Melina Mercouri and established in 1985 with Mrs. Mercouri’s French counterpart Jack Lang, European Cultural Capital aims to safeguard and promote the cultural wealth and diversity of European cities as well as bring Europeans closer together.

Thessaloniki_cultureIt also provides cities with a unique opportunity through the preparation procedure to enhance their image and promote an international profile as well as draw in considerable economic, social and cultural benefits.

Patra_cultureThree Greek citiesAthens in 1985, Thessaloniki in 1997 and Patra in 2006 — have since then been named cultural capitals, drawing the international spotlight with events and activities.

Interested cities may contact the Irini Komninou and Garifallia Gani at the culture ministry on tel. 210.3313848 & 210.3230323, e-mail:

For further information (in English), press here.

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