The Ministry of Culture and Sports, the Ministry of Development and Investment and the Metropolitan Organization of Museums of Fine Arts of Thessaloniki (MOMus), organized on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 the day “FUTURE is handmade in Greece” on “The future is handmade in Greece” Greek Crafts, in the context of the 85th Thessaloniki International Fair.
The conference presented the landscape that is shaping in Greece, but also the current trends that are emerging internationally and offer opportunities for new jobs through the development of integrated value chains, from sustainable and ethical utilization and processing of natural raw materials to exports. leading to a substantial cultural, social and economic revitalization of local communities.
In the two sections of the day participated with presentations and presentations Dr. Aikaterini Polymerou-Kamilaki ,, Omot. Researcher, former Director of the Research Center of Greek Folklore of the Academy of Athens, Chairman of the Craft Committee of the Ministry of Development and Investment and Member of the National Committee Greece 2021, Mrs. Angeliki Giannakidou, President of the Ethnological Museum of Thrace, Mrs. Anna Economidou, Master of Ceramics and Executive of the Small and Medium Enterprises Support Directorate, G.G. Of Industry of the Ministry of Development and Investment, Mr. Nikos Golas, Silversmith, Vice President of the Center of Traditional Crafts of Ioannina and President of the Association for the Promotion and Promotion of the Art of Silversmithing, Mrs. Syrago Tsiara, Art Historian and Deputy Director of MOMus-Museum of Contemporary Art, Ms. Areti Leopoulou, Art Historian and Curator of MOMus, Mr. Giannis Ziogas, Professor of the Department of Fine and Applied Arts of the University of Western Macedonia and Mrs. Fotini Karyotaki, Visual Artist – Textile designer.
The meeting was greeted by the Minister of Development and Investment Mr. Adonis Georgiadis and the Deputy Minister of Culture and Sports, Mr. Nikolas Giatromanolakis, in charge of contemporary culture, representing the inter-ministerial initiative for the revival, which is evolving and is implemented in the framework of the National Plan for Recovery and Sustainability Greece 2.0.
Specifically, the Minister of Development and Investment Mr. Adonis Georgiadis overcame the need for a modern approach to Greek handicrafts with a systematic registration of craftsmen in order to formulate targeted strengthening and promotion policies of the sector, giving as a typical example of this example Greece start-ups. “We do not see handicrafts just as something museum to admire, we want to give space to Greek handicrafts to grow as a branch of the economy, precisely because of its comparative advantages, the rich tradition it represents and the artistic dimension that it represents. it involves “, said Mr. Georgiadis.
For his part, the Deputy Minister of Culture and Sports, in charge of contemporary culture, Mr. Nikolas Giatromanolakis, stressed the need for a holistic approach, which will treat Greek handicrafts as a whole chain of added value that will contribute to the strengthening of local communities in from a sustainable and lenient development model, and to the emergence of a new generation of artisans through vocational training and certification, business support and international networking. “The day and the exhibition stand at the 85th TIF, dedicated to Greek Handicrafts, mark the beginning of the implementation of the project of modern culture with a total budget of € 18 million that has joined the Recovery Fund and provides for the revival, support and promotion of Greek with modern design. Talented creators show us how our cultural heritage is evolving into a modern national development opportunity that creates jobs and highlights the Greek aesthetics. The State now understands the value and importance of handicrafts and adopts a different approach “, Mr. Giatromanolakis noted characteristically.