Video PlayerPatras - European Capital of Culture 2006We look at the Patras video, being crowned European Capital of Culture 2006
1.000.000 total attendance; 1.200 volunteers; 3.000 artists from 40 different countries; 370 performances; 27 visual art exhibitions; 11 publications;
3 international conferences; 7 new cultural venues; 327 days of events within one year; spending not in excess of budget; transparent management of funds.
An amazing year for Patras; a breathtaking experiences for all of us who sailed on the boat of “Patras 2006”.
Managing Director of the “Patras 2006” Organisation and Representative of the Greek Ministry of Culture
The small ship of Patras – European Capital of Culture is completing its long journey. We have seen excellent performances and artistic courses and above all, we have established a new international identity for Patras, one which surpasses its stereotype as a great Mediterranean port.
We have raised Patras’ history and dynamics to prominence. We have ensured a new look for the city, an appealing image which will be invaluable for the development of our tourism. At the same time, with responsible, considerate and realistic municipal policy, we have established crucial cultural infrastructures.
Through the Artistic Programme of the European Capital of Culture, thousands of our citizens, as well as visitors, have had the opportunity to experience the timeless European and International Culture. We have achieved many valuable things. These will serve as the starting point in order for the city of Patras to turn into a large European-Mediterranean Centre of Culture and Development.
A big thank you to all those who have contributed to this beautiful journey since its commencement in 1998.
Mayor of Patras, President of the Board of Directors of the “European Capital of Culture – Patras 2006”
By hosting the institution of the European Capital of Culture 2006, Patras had the chance to experience rich activities and become highly acclaimed in the cultural map of Europe. The Ministry of Culture wholly supported this effort and offered the city a great boost in order for it to make good future use of this experience. The infrastructure and know-how gained by the organization provides the developmental basis for establishing Patras as the metropolitan centre of Western Greece.
Minister of Culture