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Day of Melina Mercouri


On Saturday 22.6.2013 culture will take over Plzeň. Not only thanks to Lively street, but also thanks to that the Den Meliny Mercouri (Day of Melina Marcouri) will take place on the English river bank. The organizers prepared nearly 30 sites with many different workshops and activities for childres of also higher grades, different theatrical and music, even dance performances.

On Saturday 22.6.2013 culture will take over Plzeň. Not only thanks to Lively street, but also thanks to that the Den Meliny Mercouri (Day of Melina Marcouri) will take place on the English river bank. The organizers prepared nearly 30 sites with many different workshops and activities for childres of also higher grades, different theatrical and music, even dance performances.

The biggest summer action under the head of the European main town of culture is moving from America to the river Radbuze! Summer peace will be evoked by activities that where prepared for you by plzeň artists and non-profit organizations.

The vacation atmosphere can be evoked even with unfortunate weather. On the 22nd of June, let's enjoy the day on the river bank to the fullest! Dozens of people dedicated their energy for the preparation of this program; waiting for you on the bank will be deckchairs, made by volunteers in the deckchair workshop during the festival Kontejnery k světu (Containers to the world).

Welcome summer with stripes

We're announcing a challenge to set a Czech record of the most people in a striped top! Sailor shirts belong to the river,

in which all participating in Dne Meliny Mercouri will be wearing. We're looking forward to that also visitors will come in striped tops and help us get into the Czech book of recortds! The counting will occur on 22.6. at 18:00 at the podium  UBE Dance Stage under the inspection of an inspector from Agentura Dobrý den. Come and show everyone that people of Plzeňáci won't let themselves be drowned!

And what else awaits you by the river?

On English riverbank and in Kopecký sady (Kopecky gardens) a program will be prepared of plzeň non-profits. On the  Kopecký sady intersection and English riverbank the CUBE Dance Stage will be built with a national display of street dance; after whole day dance workshops and competitions the choir Canticorum will take over the stace under the Komerční bank and in the early evening the band Burlesque will lively it up a bit.

In front of the conservatory you'll see the dancery, where, for dance and listening, Seniorkapela a Kapela 35. pěšího pluku FOLIGNO will be playing. Also several dance studies are prepared, which will spice up the dancery with it's performances.

Children will be able to participate in diverse creative activities, create their own puppet print a shirt in our screen printing workshop, the elder for sure won't miss  Autobus linky 2015 (Bus lines), where, from 20:15, Viktorka na Řípu will performe.

In the evening you can look forward to the unique 60 meter projection trough of the river Radbuza. It won't be a classical videomapping, but a one of a kind live audio-visual composition with the theme of life around the water, which starts at 21:30. More about the program:  Program 

Melina Mercouri
(18. 10. 1920 – 6. 3. 1994)

A Greek actress and singer, beautiful and very lively woman. She played not only in Greece, but also in Broadway and in muvies. She won several distinguished acting prizes and nominations: in 1960 for the best actress in the Mezinárodním (International) film festival in Cannes 1962, 1964, 1970 a nomination for Golden Globe.

In the years 1981–1989, 1993-1994 she became the Greek minister of culture twice. From that post she concieved the project Evropské hlavní město kultury (European main town of culture), which belongs to the most successful projects in the history of the European Union with certain benefits in culture, travel commotion and economy.

The project EHMK was proclaimed and introduced to life on the 12th of June year 1985. Therefore  in Plzen – the main town of culture in Europe 2015 – we remind you 12. of June (or a Saturday closest to that day) like DEN MELINY MERCOURI (Day of Melina Mercouri).