Larissa was the only Greek candidate city invited to participate in an international conference for former and candidate ECoCs, organized by Novi Sad, the Serbian city that is currently stating its claim for the ECoC 2021 title.
The executive director of Larissa’s ECoC 2021 Bid Office, Mr. George Sarlis continued his networking programme with a visit to Leicester, UK. There, he met Mr. Peter Chandler, Creative Workspace Development Manager at Leicester City Council and Ms. Lucy Phillips a team executive of Leicester City’s Bid for the title of UK City of Culture 2017.
Representatives of Larissa prefectures met to discuss cooperation and synergies in the framework of Larissa city’s ECOC bid. Then they joined a crowd of more than 500 hundred Larissians and watched an extravagant show by the South Coast Youth Symphony Orchestra, that was supported by Larissa’a bid coordination office for ECOC2021
The Candidacy Office in collaborating with the fanzine Fmag organise a photo competition under the theme “the other side of Larissa”. Amateur and professional photographers are invited to submit photos showing less known aspects of the city as they experience them in their everyday lives. The competition is supported by the Fplus photography club.
Representatives from the 7 municipal councils of the Larissa prefecture meet today to discuss joint actions for the city’s ECOC bid. The meeting will be followed by a separately organised unique concert of the South Coast Youth Symphony Orchestra at Mylos, that is supported by the Candidacy Office. Bid volunteers will be on the spot to offer information and gather support signatures.
Team members and volunteers of Larissa’s bid for the ECOC 2021 participated in the 7th World Conference and Gathering of Thessalians that took place in Larissa last weekend. They informed participants about the Candidacy, they collected support signatures and they asked the Thessalians who live abroad to spread the message of Larissa’s bid across the world. Bid Executive Director Mr. Giorgos Sarlis addressed the conference and spoke of an enormous opportunity for Larissa to liaise directly with the core of European cultural production and take advantage of the flourishing creative industries. The same evening the cultural association “to Lykeio ton Ellinidon Larissas” performed traditional dances at the Municipal Kipotheatro to honour the Thessalians from abroad.
Mr. Giorgos Sarlis, an EU expert, cultural manager and consultant on Community funded Projects was appointed executive director at The Office of the Candidacy of Larissa for ECOC 2021. Mr. Sarlis has extensive experience in local government, especially in the fields of EU projects implementation and cultural management. From 2007 to 2015 he was a member of the European Commission’s TEAM EUROPE Network, a panel of EU experts coordinated by DG COMM.
The town of Kileler supports Larissa’s effort to bid for the title of ECOC 2021 as stated in a municipal council decision taken by a majority on June 25th. Furthermore the town council designated the director Mr. Aki Mitsiouli to participate in the liaison committee that will develop event proposals for the cultural capital
The towns of AGIA and TEMPI have declared their support to Larissa’s bid for the European Capital of Culture 2021. The town councils decided to back the Bid and, upon invitation by the Mayor of Larissa, designated liaison persons who will contribute to the overall bidding strategy.
In an interview to the Athens Press Agency, the artistic director Mr. Giorgos Voulgarakis spoke of the Larissa’s obligation to design and implement a high quality cultural programme if it its aspiration to become ECOC 2021 is to be realised. He added that this programme will be of great cultural value not only to the people in Larissa but also to Europeans.
More than 90 representatives of cultural operators participated in an open consultation event, held at MYLOS’ Theatre on Thursday, 25 June. At the initiative of the artistic director George Voulgarakis, the cultural strategy of Larissa was discussed ahead of its bid to become European Capital of Culture 2021.
The Pineios Festival, an outdoor gathering of arts and culture in Larissa, hosted the launch event of this year’s European Music Day in Greece.
The Candidacy Office of Larissa for ECOC 2021 will be moved to the banks of PINEIOS River this weekend where the yearly Festival is taking place. Collection of signatures, river talk with the citizens and kids art will be some of the actions that will take place.
With three successive dynamic events, Larissa states its claim for the title of ECOC 2021.
Larissa can and will present a highly competitive and attractive proposal for ECOC said the mayor Mr. Kalogiannis at a press conference, held at “Mylos” in the presence of Deputy Mayor for Culture and Science Mr. Panos Sapka, artistic director Mr. Giorgos Voulgarakis and the Head of Communication Ms. Olga Stavropoulou.
Larissa’s candidacy for European Capital of Culture 2021 will be presented at a press conference, on Tuesday June 2nd 2015, at 12:00, at Mylos.
The newly appointed artistic director, Mr. Giorgos Voulgarakis, launches a dynamic public consultation round and invites the local community to collectively think and form the bid of Larissa for ECOC 2021.