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And the 2017 Emerging Cultural City is ... Athens

Greece's capital has been awarded for managing to maintain a thriving cultural scene despite the country's financial crisis

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Athens. Photo: Travel + Leisure

27 October 2017

Crisis-ridden Athens still manages to shine. Last week it was acknowledged with a Leading Culture Destinations Award.

In a ceremony held in London, Athens was named the 2017 Emerging Cultural City of the Year "for managing to maintain a thriving cultural scene despite the country's protracted financial crisis".

"Our city is attractive, safe and open to innovation," said Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis, who received the award on behalf of Greece.

He took the opportunity to reaffirm the city's commitment to cultural excellence, pointing out that it has also been named UNESCO'S World Book Capital for 2018.

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