MYSTERY 0 MYSTERIES OF TRANSITIONThe Opening Ceremony of 2023Eleusis European Capital of Culture, Greece
Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th February 2023 - Elefsina is transformed into an open-air celebration of Europe.
A two-day event which free to the public and streamed via national TV.
Mystery 0 / MYSTERIES OF TRANSITION consists of a multifaceted spectacle that develops along the coastline, connecting the land, the sea and the air of Elefsina.
During the day of Saturday 4th of February four cultural processions arrive at the city's coastal front from four different starting points, in four different ways: via the sea (Sacred Sea Route), via Iera Odos (21Km), from other European countries including Belgium (TimeCircus pilgrimage), and through the city itself (The Elefsinian movement). The associations of the city will unite, the residents and visitors of the city will meet, and together they will watch and participate in the start of the MYSTERY 0 / MYSTERIES OF TRANSITION.
The main show of the evening focuses on the history of Elefsina, its past, present and future. This is the story of Elefsina, its harbour, life and dreams.Through this story we introduce many other voices from the past and the present. We are even invited to think about those yet to be born in Elefsina and indeed around the world. The audience along the shoreline and those watching on TV will be entranced by original music, enchanting choir singing and impressive lighting and digital graphics.
- Director of the Opening Weekend: Chris Baldwin
- Concept: Michail Marmarinos, General Artistic Director 2023 Eleusis
- Composer: Angelos Triantafyllou
- Light Design and Projections: Petko Tanchev
- Sculpture Designer: Philippe Geffroy
- Sound Designer: Manolis Manousakis
- Costume Designer: Paris Mexis
- Executive Production: View Master Events
- With the participation of: Athens State Orchestra and Chórεs
- TV Director: Tilo Krause
- General Coordinator: Yannis Arvanitis
- Full credits you can download from here
After the coast-front show, the audience is invited to extend their evening by walking along the ‘cultural coastline’ of Elefsina and experience dozens of additional cultural events which both tell us something about the place and its past and present and also offers an insight into some of the events taking place throughout 2023.
You can watch here a recording of the main show and a 15-minutes introduction to the day:
Sunday 5th - THE SHARED CITY – locals and guests from Greece and around the world are invited to explore the city and its sights, delights, and tastes. The day starts with an offer for an in-situ visit of the installation of the mysterious object and then a special selection of exhibitions, tours and events will be waiting for everyone to engage and explore, thus marking the beginning of this spectacular and long-awaited year.
The programme of the Opening Ceremony Weekend you can find here.
Full programme of 2023 Eleusis for the year of the title you can find here.