Historically one of Europe’s oldest and most multiethnic cities, Thessaloniki has a population of around one million people, and, on account of its four universities and multitude of other higher education institutions, boasts a student-strong population of more than 150.000. Endowed with its thousands-year-old multicultural heritage, tied to its Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman and Sephardic Jew history, Thessaloniki is the centre of a bustling culture-creative movement that includes some of the country’s most acclaimed bands, visual artists and designers, as well as internationally acclaimed festivals like the winter International Film Festival and the spring Thessaloniki Documentary Festival.