On Saturday, April 29, the inauguration took place in a brilliant opening event for the public, in the presence of the entire Municipal authority of Aigialeia, representatives of the Region of Western Greece and the whole partnership of the Interreg FAME Road project.
Representatives from Comune di Gravina in Puglia, Comune di Grottaglie, Universus Csei and ERFC European Regional Framework for Cooperation were participated to the event. The project officer Mrs Tina Ranieri graced the municipality’s events with her presence and by refering the significance of the Interreg projects to the promotion of our territories.
The old slaughterhouses of Aigio transformed in an impressive space and a point of reference for the city. It is the result of a collective and amazing effort of people and institutions, who had as a common element the desire to create something unique for Aigialeia.
This building is a beautiful journey from 1900 to today, a place of reference and memory of the history of Aigio, which connects the upper city with the coastal zone and vice versa. A perfect technical project, with respect to local tradition and history, which aims to pass on the ideas and values of the Fame Road project, which is nothing more than making Aigio and Aigialeia a tourist destination 365 days a year.
The “FAME Road HUB” space is the culmination of the project “Food Art Movement Energy – The Road to Country Experience” with the acronym “FAME ROAD” financed by the Interreg V-A Greece-Italy Program 2014-2020 and which aims to improve of the ability of local businesses to organize and manage complex and integrated tourism products.
This project managed to unite people, products, actions and entrepreneurship in a short period of time and now has been handed over to the citizens of Aigialeia who they are welcomed to promote their products, their dreams and ideas.
The building of the Old Slaughterhouses as a Spinal Cord, both literally and metaphorically, unites the Upper town with the Lower Town of Aigio. Residents now have a meeting point for cultural and business collaborations. The FAME ROAD model is the only option. Cooperation and synergies is the point.
After the consecration the Mayor Mr Dimitrios Kalogeropoulos refered to the high and special importance of this specific project for Aigialeia.
He said that for the first time a complete recording and mapping of the points of interest, the cultural heritage, the human resources involved in the area with the four pillars of the project, namely Food, Art, Movement and Energy, was done due to the hard work of the responsible persons involved.
The specific space will now be open for the organization of events and exhibitions as well as for those local businesses that follow the four pillars of the project (Food, Art, Movement and Energy).
During the inauguration the participants had the opportunity to enjoy the music of Mr Σάκης Παπαδημητρίου that combines the Greek and Italian melodies with the melodic voice of Mrs Dora Petridi.
The excitement continued in the beautiful mesmerizing Inauguration Final Event for Fame Road Interreg Greece – Italy Program. Just before the Inauguration Final Event began, guests had the opportunity to network and mingle with one another, making new connections and catching up with old and new friends.
Into the FAME ROAD HUB in Aigio the visitors will have the oportunity to take information about the local products and local producers and see their products on the shelves.
The Steering Committee has discussed the Project’s outcomes, Sustainability and Synergies with other Regional and Local Initiatives and the next steps.
The Founder of ERFC Institute for European Intergration for the Benefit of People has presended the two short documentery films about Art & Food.
Here is the short Film about Art:
Here is the short Fiml about Food:
Represenatatives of the whole partnership presented the outputs and the impact of the project into their territories and put the basis for the next steps of making this project sustainable. Furthermore the projects of the Prefecture of Western Greece presented by Mr Dimitri Karagiannis and connected with the Interreg FAME Road project.
The Project Officer Mrs Tina Ranieri referred to the next steps needed to be done for the right closure of the project and set our goals for the upcoming events of Comune di Gravina in Puglia and Comune di Grottaglie.
It was a night to remember at the Big Inauguration Event held at new Aigialeias Fame Road Hub! The moment guests stepped through the door, they were greeted with a glass of local wine and Greek and Italian delicacies.The event was made possible with the support of its local sponsors, including also an italian suprise. Finally, the Italian pastry chef Colitta Pasticceria created the italian pasticciotto by combining the rose petals jam with the italian cream and the result was great! He has suprized every body with this delicious traaditional italian delicacie!
It was a delightful addition to an already fantastic evening. The Big Inauguration Event at new Aigialeias Fame Road Hub ,was a huge success and will be talked about for weeks to come. The unforgettable music of Mr. Sakis Papadimitriou and the beautiful singer who joint him , the impromptu networking session, and the unlimited wine tastings, and the authentic greek cuisine dishes all combined to create a joyful and unforgettable evening.The event took place in Aigio, Greece on 29th of April 2023 and it has attracted participants worldwide.
At the inauguration event was an essential milestone of the real collaboration and synergy between two countries, Greece and Italy. The event aimed to bring together despite the partners, also experts and professionals from various fields to understand the importance of culture and business diplomacy especially about the future of technology and innovation in Tourism sector. Mr Nikolaos Petropoulos, the Founder of ERFC, one of the two Greek partners, mentioned twice the importance of the global vision of FAME road Modeling, highlighting the importance of synergies and innovation in driving the growth of the sustainable models of Green growth and development in Food Art Move and Energy sectors. All this could not be possible with out the contribution of our technical assistant team provided by AVMAP SA, President Andreas Vassilopoulos, candidate Mayor of Rafina.
The Founder of ERFC Institute for European Intergration for the Benefit of People, Mr. Nikolas Petropoulos said :”As civil society we took the initiative to prepare and have approved from the European Commission the Interreg Greece Italy project- FAME ROAD. As a result we deliver today here to activated citizens and to the economic operators of Aigialeia this building to serve us the Hub for creativity and welcoming synergies and all the local perespectives visitors. The new FAME Hub of Aigialia as an incubator of ideas of citizens coming from host of other FAME CITIES in dialogue how to create our area a unique destination. the 4 pillars of the program Food, Art, Move and Energy will empower the social inovation for the benefit of the society.”