Levadia, a small town North of Athens and near Delpi, has a rich cultural heritage dated from the ancient times.
The epicentre of many people’s activities is the river Herkyna, which flows through the city and was the driving force behind the industrial development of the town. The area of the rivers' springs, is a natural park situated at the exit from a canyon. It is filled with rich vegetation, small waterfalls, arched-bridges and an open air theatre. Traces of the glorious past such as the ancient Trofonios oracle and the medieval castle are still evident.
The Municipality of Levadia is making serious efforts to revitalize the river and transform it into a focal point for culture, tourism and commerce. Ancient ruins and historically important industrial buildings are being restored. The Watermill has been turned into a cultural centre and old industrial heritage buildings now host museums, galleries, a conference centre and small shops attracting the attention of tourists and artists.
Proposals for sustainable urban growth, the establishment of an open trade centre coupled with further restoration of both historical and industrial buildings, have been submitted to the E.U. for financing. The town is also an active member of the Greek River Cities Network.
The Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism of the Municipality of Levadia is responsible for the implementation of actions aiming to preserve popular culture and local customs. There is a commitment to support the work of emerging artists, athletes and organisations. This is being delivered through the cultural education of citizens, the establishment of multiple cultural and sports events and the provision of the necessary logistical infrastructure.
The Municipality of Levadia, in the framework of Memory of Water, hosted two artist residencies, a digital laboratory, a local urban laboratory and created the web platform for the project.