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mission statement



The European Capital of Culture is an institution of Greek inspiration directly in touch with the core of the European idea.

As a celebration of the European cultural diversity, it demonstrates the common historic legacy, enriches the modern European experience and in the end promotes understanding and cooperation among the people.

As a development project, the “Capital of Culture” is a creative and organizing challenge but also an inexhaustible source of possibilities and opportunities for the city that undertakes it.

For the city of Larissa the decision for bidding for the title of “European Capital of Culture 2021” is a strategic choice about extroversion and making a significant connection with the European family.

The historical and cultural characteristics of Larissa compose a legend that begins like a river from the slopes of Olympus 8.000 years ago, crosses a fertile plain, both a crossroad and a granary, and flows in the city that gave birth to Achilles, sent off Hippocrates and is still standing here, home of new creators and young artists, with its symbols and its people ready for a new European adventure.