Thessaloniki’s present is full of creativity and innovation
Thessaloniki’s legendary past and its unique mix of cultures shape a lively present; a strong community and teams of young creatives keep the city spirit fresh – the reason Thessaloniki will be the host of the European Youth Capital 2014! New ideas are visible all around and it could not be any other way given that the city is part of the European Union’s Innovation Zone and a centre of major international institutions. The city of number ones – the first ever radio show and TV broadcast in Greece took place here – also hosts a great variety of international events – Thessaloniki International Film Festival brings together movies from all around the world – forming a place full of art.
A Lively Student Community
Thessaloniki has the biggest student community in Greece with 1/10th of its population being students and university professors. Aristotle Univerrsity – one of the oldest in Greece – and the University of Macedonia are the largest institutions of higher education in the country. Here also is the International Hellenic University, as well as the Technological Educational Institute of Thessaloniki.
In recent years a great number of local groups have created a unique force of creativity, keeping the city spirit alive and kicking! Street perfomances, cultural events and innovative happenings – Aristotelous Square transformed into a sandy beach for a whole day – reenergize the city streets, trasforming everyday moments into unique experiences!
European Youth Capital 2014
Thessaloniki was the host of the European Youth Capital 2014, proving that apart from a great historic past, the city has a dynamic present and a promising future!
As Epicurus said “Not what we have but what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance“.
Science Centre and Technology Museum “Noesis“
It is one of the most high-tech museums in Greece and Southeastern Europe, featuring a planetarium, a star theatre and a motion simulator with 3D projection, as well as several exhibition spaces.
A Metropolis of Innovation
As an attractive Metropolis, the city belongs to the European Union’s Innovation Zone, meaning an area designed to house innovative enterprises and research organizations, contributing to the economic growth of the entire region. Also, Thessaloniki is the centre of Cedefop, the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training and Black Sea Trade and Development Bank, BSTDB.
The City of Number Ones
Thessaloniki has kept the best out of every culture that evolved in its core becoming the city of number ones. It was the first city in Greece to trnsmit a radio show in 1926 (created by Christos Tsigiridis) and TV show – back in 1961, in the course of the 25th International Trade Fair of Thessaloniki, and the first one to form aprivate TV station – Challen 3, in 1964. Thessaloniki Song Festival has its roots here too and so does the Thessaloniki International Film Festival. The State of Northern Greece – one of the oldest Greek institutes – is also to be found in Thessaloniki
The Mosaic of our Hearts
Mosaic is the technique of cresating images with small pieces of coloured glass or stone. This specific form of art is valuable knowledge passed on by ancient Greece, the Macedon legacy, Byzantium and the Romans. Today the word mosaic is used to express Thessaloniki’s multicultural character – small bits of many cultures, shaping one multicultural heart. Thessaloniki’s new city logo can also be viewed as a mosaic, bringing together the city’s numerous features.
As Melina Merkouri said: “This is what I want: Thessaloniki to become the most beautiful European Capital of Culture”.