The Prime Minister’s speech
“The ancient flame is transformed into a modern light course. The light of the 21st century embraces the Acropolis. It is a celebration beyond borders and languages. The values that were born in this place are a universal property”, said the Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in his greeting at the lighting ceremony of the Acropolis.
“The previous lighting was already 15 years old. Time had worn it down. Their technology was outdated.
The change under way today was a conscious political choice. To re-integrate the symbol of classical Greece into everyday life. The practical goal was twofold.
On the one hand, to highlight the space with its volume and geometry.
On the other hand, the facilities should be modernized, gaining more durability and a smaller energy footprint.
And the Acropolis itself is at the same time a mine of memory, a trigger of creation and an eternal compass.
In an environment of absolute accessibility.It is indeed a heavy duty to invite Greek artists to illuminate the work of Greek ancestors that for centuries illuminates and will illuminate the whole of humanity.
In the pandemic that besieges the world today, our whole refuge and weapon are the values of solidarity and equality.
Three years ago, President Macron spoke of a new European sovereignty, and the intervening events confirmed its necessity. Problems can not be answered individually except with the cooperation of all the countries and peoples of our continent which is our common homeland. It is up to us to win the crucial bets of our times if we face them together.
Let no shadow dazzle the values of modern Europe but embrace them with even more light that the Acropolis will emit day and night forever”, said the Prime Minister.