Empowered by Culture: Examples from Greece by Rana Zincir Celal

Long time ECF advisor and friend Rana Zincir Celal was in Greece at the end of June for the Stavros Niarchos Foundation International Conference on Philanthropy and Sustainability in Athens and to visit the Thessaloniki Biennale. She shares her insights about these cities and their thriving efforts to include citizens into daily cultural life. 

While the international media focuses on the tension and brinksmanship of the negotiations, I left Greece last week moved by the inspiring and committed leadership of its many civic leaders who are charting a course for the future, undeterred, responding to the fragility of the current situation in ingenious and inspiring ways.
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Partnership between the Municipality of Athens and Athens Bienniale

On 25 June 2015, ECF President HRH Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands was in Athens to speak at the event announcing the partnership between the Municipality of Athens and 2015 ECF Princess Margriet Award Laureate Athens Bienniale. The event took place at the Municipality of Athens, where the Mayor of Athens Mr Yorgos Kaminis made the official announcement.

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