Athens Cultural Institutions to Get Emergency Funding by Culture Ministry


Greek Culture Ministry. (Photo by Eurokinissi

ATHENS -- The National Theater, the National Opera and the Museum of Contemporary Art and other cultural institutions in Athens will receive funding amounting to 10,350,000 euros, the Ministry of Culture announced on Thursday, to help them manage during the coronavirus pandemic.

The emergency funding will be distributed as follows: National Theater of Greece, 3 million euros; National Opera, 2.3 million; Athens Concert Hall (Megaro), 3.6 million; Athens State Orchestra, 400,000; National Gallery of Art, 350,000; Hellenic Museum of Contemporary Art, 500,000; and Greek Festival, 200,000 euros.

The decision was signed by Minister Lina Mendoni and Alternate Finance Minister Theodoros Skylakakis

Another 4,260,000 euros will be distributed as emergency funding to cultural institutions of Thessaloniki, as announced on November 18.

"Under the difficult circumstances created by the pandemic," Mendoni said, "we must support civilization at large. The emergency support of the largest cultural organizations secures their viability, the production of high-quality work and the retention of jobs of artists, technicians, administrators and their corresponding vendors."