Commemorative Stamp Series


Commemorative stamp series on the occasion of the European  Capital of Culture – Pafos2017

The Organisation European Capital of Culture – Pafos2017 and the Cyprus Post announce the launching of a competition for the creation of a series of commemorative stamps for the European Capital of Culture – Pafos2017.

The aim of the competition is to have artists prepare sketches out of which three will be chosen to be issued as a commemorative stamp series in May 2017, as part of the celebrations for the European Capital of Culture – Pafos2017.

The issuing of the stamps aims at promoting the largest cultural institution of Europe through the promotion, on an international level, not only of Pafos but Cyprus as a whole, by highlighting the three thematic sections of the cultural programme of the European Capital of Culture – Pafos2017.

  • Myth and Religion
  • World Travellers
  • Stages of the Future

The Thematic Sections – Description

Myth and Religion

This thematic section refers to the cultural heritage and historical background of Pafos, while reflecting and emphasising the characteristics that gave birth to culture and determined the town’s development throughout history. Within the context of this thematic section, the proposed works will develop themes about beauty, divinity and mysticism, the weaving of stories and legends that surpass the boundaries of Pafos and can be traced in European culture.

World Travellers

This thematic section refers to the diachronic relations of people and expresses the interactions and mutual influences, not only through conflicts and differences but also through cooperation, exchange, fraternity and coexistence.

Stages of the Future

This thematic section refers to the present and the future. It presents the modern world with its technological innovations, its huge problems, dreams and hopes, its initiatives and its ideas for change. The common future of the two communities in Cyprus and the development of a intercultural dialogue are the key issues in this section.

Terms and Conditions of the competition

1.The sketches must be presented in A5 size.

2.The sketches can be either colour or black&white.

3.Text stamps are prohibited.

4.Each artist must present a complete proposal, which will include all three themes of the series.

5.Each artist has the right to present up to three complete, different proposals for every series.

6.All proposals (deposition of a series of three in total, based on the three thematic sections mentioned above) must be sent electronically by 15 July 2016, to the Marketing and Communication Department of the Organisation European Capital of Culture – Pafos2017 (Email: Subject: Pafos2017 Commemorative Stamp Series, Email: Name & contact information (telephone, address).

7.Participation is open to all artists living in Cyprus.

8.At first, the Pafos2017 Organisation will select four proposals whose sketches meet the thematic sections.

9.In the second stage, the four most prevalent proposals will be presented before the Director or a representative of the Postal Services Department and the plenary of the Philatelic Advisory Committee for the final selection.

10.The Committee has the right to choose sketches either from one artist or from different artists that meet the three thematic sections mentioned above.

11.The artist/s selected will receive a 150 Euro prize for every thematic section.

12.The artistic direction will be undertaken by an experienced artist in designing stamps, who will be chosen by the Postal Services Department.

13.If there is no sufficient number of suitable sketches to be issued, there will be a direct assignment to an artist for the designing of the stamps.

For more information you may contact Ms Anastazia Anastasiou, Marketing & Communication Officer, at 26 955167 or via email

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