Address by the Secretary General, Ministry of Culture and Sports
“…a poem is a city at war.”
It is with great satisfaction that we have been following an iconic cultural institution, as is the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation, maneuvering itself dynamically and creatively within the field of contemporary artistic creation and also groundbreaking multidisciplinary research, utilizing material and human resources on an international level, stemming from innovative and groundbreaking foundations.
The Program “Ancient Drama – Multidisciplinary and Inter-Artistic Approaches”, which has brought to Greece the international network, Contested Cities, explores a novel relationship between ancient drama and studies concerning the urban environment, focusing upon the timeless and particularly relevant issues of displacement and refinement.
Through various actions which include meetings, workshops, and seminars involving researchers from different fields of the subject area, as well as artistic actions, exhibitions and theatrical performances, the program aims to explore the various dimensions and interactivity, the implications, the conflicts and, ultimately, the fruits of the aforementioned bipolar state of modern times.
We would like to congratulate this initiative of the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation and we are in full support of their contribution, to contemporary artistic production and to a productive academic dialogue, and we hope to promote similar initiatives which assist to the creation of a new wave of influences and intellectual and artistic choices, seeing as our basic beliefs and goals lie in the improvement of our society via contact with cultural wealth, regardless of its era, origin, or form.
We sincerely wish the very best to the Michael Cacoyannis Foundation on this outward journey and we are confident that this initiative will inspire many others both at the national and the international level.
Dr Maria Andreadaki-Vlazaki
From Charles Bukowski’s poem “A Poem is a City”