The Greek culture ministry is strengthening is presence by working “transparently” together with private partners and by tapping into donations and funding opportunities, said Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis after a meeting with Culture Minister Lina Mendoni this week.
Mitsotakis met with Mendoni as part of his regular assessment meetings to be informed of progress being made on the implementation of government programing.
“The culture ministry is planning and implementing important and flagship interventions that will shape the cultural landscape in the coming years,” the PM said.
Top priority projects include the revamp of the National Archaeological Museum, the restoration of the Tatoi Estate, the opening of the National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST), the extension of the National Gallery set to be complete by the 25 March 2021 bicentennial celebrations, and the restoration of the historic Acropol Theatre, among others.
Mitsotakis also referred to the works being carried out on some 300 archaeological sites and monuments and on 20 new or modernized museums. A top priority for the culture ministry is to maximize Greece’s reputation in culture.
At the same time, a series of reforms are being implemented key of which is changing the framework of operation at museums allowing greater scope for diversified initiatives and projects.
Projects moving ahead include the modernization of the country’s museums, the extension of an e-ticketing system to sites and museums across Greece, enhancing museum shops, and leasing site cafes and restaurants.
Mitsotakis and Mendoni also discussed Greece’s initiatives ahead of the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer.