Maria Marangou

First of all, whichever government comes to power should learn that culture exists, with or without the Olympic Games. Then it should see to culture user management, through thinking, vision and imagination. It should have criteria for dealing with culture. It must be able to analyze and synthesize its management at home and abroad for a country whose culture is its greatest asset in terms of society, communication and the economy. It should organize the management of culture by treating prehistoric, classical, Byzantine, modern, popular and serious culture as one powerful, integrated continuum. The government should act on the basis of meritocratic criteria, and not of opportunistic or criteria of clientage. By means of overall planning, it should retain and continue whatever is good, while being aware that it is operating in a country where culture is an everyday, contemporary need. That’s all. Maria Marangou is director of the Rethymnon Arts Center.

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