The White Tower
G. Megas archive, 1900-1920
Despite fundamental gaps in its infrastructure (the city's School of Fine Arts was not founded until 1989), painting -- first taken up in the 1930s -- was truly flourishing by the post-war era. The cinema is now a powerful presence in the city (in the form of the annual Thessaloniki Film Festival), while the founding, in 1961, of the first permanent theater in the region put a stamp on its theatrical life. Another decisive factor in the cultural development of Thessaloniki, as well as of northern Greece as a whole, was the multifaceted dynamic activity of "Techni" (Art), a cultural society.