Элевсин, Каламата иRhodes entered the shortlist of the title contest The cultural capital of Europe in 2021. The decision was made in Athens a group of independent experts evaluating applications from 14 competing greek cities.
A shortlist will give cities a significant benefit in cultural areas, economic and social sectors. And participation in Competition – a guarantee of long-term development. Honorary title allows the city to enhance the image and attract tourists. At the end of 2016, the expert group will meet again in Athens, to name only one winning city.
In 2021, the Greek city will be the fourth time Cultural capital. In 1985, Athens played this role, 1997 – Thessaloniki, in 2006 – Patras. Greece applied for from interested cities back in 2014. Apart from Eleusina, Kalamata and Rhodes for the title claimed Corfu, Delphi, Ioannina, Larissa, Mitilini, Messolonghi, Piraeus, Salamis, Samos, Tripolis and Volos.
The very initiative of the competition belongs to Melina Mercury. Over time, the idea has become one of the most ambitious projects. EU in the field of culture. The city, named Cultural Capital, is also will receive the prize of Melina Mercury in the amount of 1.5 million euros, provided that He fulfilled all the conditions of the competition.