European Capitals of CultureΠοιειν Και Πραττειν - create and do

Introduction: in the Valley of Vinetrees





Valley of Light

As I approached the end of the summer range,
I came to a valley I had no choice but to cross.
The path descended sharply toward the valley floor.
The slopes were densely wooded with tall trees
And in certain places, vines clung tightly to their trunks
While beyond that lay a fragrant pine forest.
In the middle of the valley, where the growth was especially thick,
The slanting rays of the sun fell, forming a belt of brightness.
I was in a valley of white light. I readjusted my heavy backpack
And made my way, step by step, down the radiant flow.





Biblical connotations of valley

Song of Solomon 6:11  The Bride

11 "I went down to the orchard of nut trees To see the blossoms of the valley, To see whether the vine had budded Or the pomegranates had bloomed.
12 "Before I was aware, my soul set me Over the chariots of my noble people."


Valley of Eshcol : The Spies Explore Canaan

“When they came to the valley of Eshcol, they cut down a branch with a single cluster of grapes so large that it took two of them to carry it on a pole between them! They also brought back samples of the pomegranates and figs.”


Constantine in Algiers
Arabic Capital of Culture 2015 - a possible external connection for Wroclaw 2016




The city conveys a concept of culture as being a bridge between yesterday and today. It llows for a different looking into the future. Given its rich history, it is appropriate that this city should be in 2015 the Capital of Culture in the Arabian world. Still, very few have ever taken notice of this city, never mind attempted to link the European Capitals of Culture with the Arabic ones.


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