En route to a new "cultural revolution": A comprehensive strategy for Kalamata culture

(First Publication, Eleftheria newspaper, June 2018)


It has been attributed to her for many years by the name "city polytropos". A protagonist of a peer-to-peer experiment since the 1980s, Kalamata has gained positive publicity with the creation of remarkable arts schools and the emergence of innovative events such as the Dance Festival, while modern cultural infrastructures are gradually being developed. Nevertheless, it is clear that the city is unable to make effective use of its cultural capital for the benefit of the well-being of its citizens. For this to happen, it is urgent to formulate a specific vision and to implement a coherent strategy that will highlight culture as a protagonist of its developmental regeneration. Let's look at the main axes:

1. Making use of the heritage of claiming the cultural capital: Although they were spent on claiming the organization - without result - hundreds of thousands of euros, no action has been taken to implement the results of the experts. It is immediately necessary to work with the independent, technocratic administration of the Dance Mansion as a viable multifunctional conference, exhibition, cultural events and educational programs. Still, it is urgent to operate a Museum of Contemporary Art, missing from the city. To establish a Youth Orchestra as well as to start the construction of open theater in the Agora directly. To make the city an international educational center of professions related to culture, with the cooperation of a municipality, University, TEI, Chamber of Commerce and other relevant institutions.

2. With the evolution of cultural events and infrastructures: With the inclusion of the International Dance Festival in the framework of the Hellenic Festival to ensure its self-image and its viability. With the transformation of the DEM.PE.TH. in a theater workshop in collaboration with amateur theaters. With the co-organizing of cultural events with neighboring municipalities and the development of permanent cooperation with established cultural institutions, such as the Concert Hall, the Opera House, the National Theater, the Foundation Onassis Foundation and the Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center. With the further development of cultural education and its integration into schools (Farris' faculty cooperation with education agencies).

3. Emphasis on the triptych of culture-tourism-sport: With the emergence and interoperability of the existing museums (common ticket, a website, educational programs) and the creation of new themes (Naval Tradition, Water in the dam of Pamissos). With the direct promotion of the visitors to the Thurias archaeological site. By harmonizing the existing cultural and sporting events in the city and in connection with the development of cruise tourism and the Beverage function on the West Beach.

4. By developing cultural diplomacy: The area that Kalamata can and should play. With its participation in cultural and developmental networks, such as Europa Nostra, the Eurocities and Medcities Cities Association, and the European Cultural Tourism Network (ECTN). By promoting collaborative collaboration with the established cultural institutes of Europe (British Council, French Institute, Goethe Institute, etc.). By claiming the permanent establishment of EU agencies and the holding of major international events, as well as the productive use of existing twinning, especially with the Chinese Shi'an.

The return of the city of civilization

Making good use of its valuable cultural capital, Kalamata can be dynamic and confident in the future. The response to the existing management will not come from communication activism but from the adoption of a comprehensive proposal that will highlight the city's quality human resources for the benefit of the whole. In order to return those who had to leave and work together with its many dynamic elements, so that the vision of this new "cultural revolution" becomes a reality. People's time will come again soon. And with her culture guide, Kalamata returns.