Tuesday, September 23, 2008

European capital of culture

Marvelous Melina Merouri, when she was a European stateswoman, invented the concept of a yearly "capital of culture".

Today, it's the Beatles' lively city: Liverpool. In five years' time, in 2013, it will be Natacha's marvelous metropolis: Marseille.

The cultural connotations of Marseille are as ancient as humanity, as deep as the Mediterranean. Bernard Latarjet, director of the Marseille-Provence 2013 project, explained lucidly: "The authentic cultural questions that Europe must face up to and answer are named immigration, racism, male/female relationships, religion and ecology. Marseille is located on a planetary line of fracture. There is no more cosmopolitan city on Earth."

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