We asked an experienced local government official, the mayor of Saronikos, Petros Filippou, for his opinion on an industry that was hit hard by severity both from the pandemic and from complaints of various reasons, the art industry and how it can get out of the impasse.

The point of view, invitation of the local authorities to action of Petros Filippos.

“The pandemic, in addition to the tragic cost to human lives, creates an extremely difficult economic environment. One of the sectors that has been severely affected is the working artists, who have so far been treated as the inevitable collateral loss of the health crisis, with the tragic result that they have difficulty even in their daily living.

As a result of this of evolution, our own culture is in danger, since it does not mean a cultural good without the mediation of the human factor, without the artist-actor in an active role in terms of dignity and security.

The next day of this Local Government can play an important role, with a dual focus, on the one hand the support of artists, on the other hand the local cultural development which is an essential dimension of national development.

This contribution is not unprecedented since For many years, primary government has been one of the most important recipients of cultural activities. I believe that the time has come to go one step further, so that the next day we can undertake, as cradles of local democracy and tradition, active initiatives of cooperation with the whole multifaceted and multifaceted world of art. the situation is favorable insofar as such key actions are provided for by the Culture Recovery Fund. The emergence of the cultural sector as an integrated sustainable development lever of local communities, the utilization of cultural specificities by region, the development of digital models of cultural production and innovative cultural services are the strategic pillars in which we can grow effectively and crucially.

I submit some ideas, which we are working on in the Municipality of Saronikos, so that some of them acquire an institutional and therefore more permanent character, which can be implemented only with close cooperation and partnership with the artistic potential of our country

  • Network of Mediterranean Cities in search of common cultural backgrounds and historical links with other cities, aiming at cultural exchange.
  • Cultural fraternities, for the creative exchange of cultural products with cultural communities of other countries and the development of intercultural dialogue
  • Ίδρυσ the Center for Intercultural Communication with the aim of organizing intercultural events and promoting intercultural theory and culture

At the same time we are ready to co-organize with Municipalities of Attica, applying all the health provisions, a great historical – scientific tribute for the 35 years from the National Uprising, entitled “The contribution of Attica to the Liberation Struggle”, framed by cultural events, precisely to highlight the role of art and tradition in every great moment of our people.

Local government is an institution that can produce primary cultural policy, utilizing many financial tools – main and secondary – with the aim of constantly composing entertainment, active citizen participation, the cultural networking of the Mediterranean and of course the support of the affected artistic potential. After all, it is perhaps the most appropriate institution of social organization that has the proven ability to stand in solidarity with those who fight for their lives but also with those who offer us a good life.

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