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A significant moment for the “Cultural Route of the Ancient Theatres of Epirus”

The delegation of the DIAZOMA Association, composed of Messrs. Stavros Benos, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Yiannis Zirinis, Electrical and Mechanical Engineer, member of the Association and an expert in the development and European resources field and Andreas Fatouros, co-founder of CLIO MUSE, made a working visit to Epirus on 16-18 January 2018. The visit took place within the framework of the “Cultural Route of the Ancient Theatres of Epirus” project, an Integrated Territorial Investment (ITI) Program of the Regional Operational Program of Epirus 2014-2020 with a funding of 37 million euros.
During the trip a meeting was held at the Epirus Regional Office, which was attended by Messrs. Alekos Kakrimanis, Regional Governor of Epirus, Stratos Ioannou, Deputy Regional Governor of the Region of Preveza, Mrs Eleni Rokkou, CEO of Epirus SA, Messrs Stavros Benos, Yannis Zirinis and Andreas Fatouros.

The following four stages of implementation of the cultural route of the ancient theatres of Epirus were discussed:

  1. Infrastructure: Monitoring and continued implementation of archaeological works (e.g. restoration of the ancient theatres in Epirus). Review of needs in infrastructure and implementation of relative projects.
  2. Promotion tools: DIAZOMA and Clio Muse will contribute a digital guided tour of the ancient theatres of Epirus as well as the website of the route.
  3. Entrepreneurship: Development of a cluster of local businesses, which should be completed by March 2018.
  4. Supervision: An instance was set up to deal with the monitoring of the implementation of the program.

A joint press conference followed, where it was officially announced that a launch event for the opening of the cultural route of the theatres in Epirus will take place on October 20, 2018. During this event, citizens, local communities and tourism industry representatives  will be invited to get acquainted with this new holistic program.

Οn January 17,  Stavros Benos also spoke at an event co-organized by the Ephorate of Antiquities of Arta, the Regional Unit of Arta, the Municipality of Arta and the DIAZOMA Association at the Archaeological Museum of Arta, the topic of which was  “The Cultural Route of the Ancient Theatres of Epirus – The importance and the magic of synergies”. During the event, the enhancement of the monuments of Arta via the creation of a cultural route around the ancient theatre of Amvrakia was also discussed.

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