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September 2017

On going Exhibition| On Target

09:00 — 15:00

Duration: Monday & Friday, 9:00-13:00 & 17:00-19:00 Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Saturday, 9:00-15:00 On Target is an ambitious project of Pafos2017 on war and violence. The original idea is based on the work “Human Targets” by the Cypriot visual artist Rinos Stefani. The curator of the project, prominent German art historian Inge Baecker, with the assistance of the visual artist Susan Vargas, invited the artists Tammam Azzam, Molitor & Kuzmin, Ulrike Rosenbach and Rinos Stefani to contribute to this exhibition. The exhibition also features works by Wolf Vostell,…

Ongoing Exhibitions | Terra Mediterranean: In Action

10:00 — 19:00

Fabrica’s Cave, Pafos Opening: 8 April 2017, 11:00 Duration: 8 April – 25 November 2017,  10:00- 19:00 Installation: Chiharu Shiota *Α collaboration between European Capital of Culture – Pafos2017 and the EU-Japan Fest Committee Free Entrance Pafos Medieval Castle Opening: 8 April 2017, 12:00 Duration: 8 April – 25 November 2017 Opening hours: Winter (16 September – 15 April) – Sunday: 08:30 – 17:00 &  Summer (16 April – 15 September) Monday – Sunday: 08:30 – 19:30 Participating artists and theorists:…

Ongoing Exhibition | Terra Mediterranea: in Action

20:00 — 21:30

Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, Associated with the Pierides Foundation [NIMAC] Opening: 7 April 2017, 20:00 Duration: 7 April – 29 July and 5 September – 25 November 2017 Opening hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 – 21:00 Participating artists and theorists: Ana Adamović, Marwa Arsanios, Sofia Bempeza, Banu Cennetoğlu, Marianna Christofides, Kyriaki Costa, Βassam El Βaroni, Silvia Giambrone, Hackitectura, Lia Haraki, Elizabeth Hoak-Doering, Eleni Kamma, Serap Kanay, Nurtane Karagil, Mahmoud Khaled, Zissis Kotionis, Mona Marzouk, Panayiotis Michael in collaboration with Pascalle…

Volunteers from Japan

00:00 — 23:59

Pafos2017 will become a bridge to facilitate communication between people, countries and cultures. The creation of bonds and the promotion of mutual understanding and acceptance of differences are the incentives behind the invitation addressed to five young volunteers from Japan who will be hosted in the private homes of volunteers in Pafos. They will all work together to create the first park of Myth and Sculpture in Geroskipou, with the prospect that in this way will start a long tradition…

Coming Together in Mouttalos

00:00 — 23:59

  Wednesday 20 September – Sunday 24 September 2017 Onset: Wednesday 20 September 19:00 The project aims to shed light on the history of the area, through tracing the narrative of people from the two communities. Artists will create temporary art works and installations in an effort to reconnect the past with the present, bringing the two communities closer. The events will start with the Chromotopes light installation by Victoria Coeln from Austria, which will be followed in the next…

Loukoumi Art

09:00 — 12:00

Friday 22 September 2017 Geroskipou Square 09:00 – 12:00 Gastronomy is an integral part of every region’s culture. Geroskipou has created the sweetest tradition as it produces the Loukoumi Geroskipou since 1895, which is the only one of its kind and has been internationallyregistered with the EU Protected Geographical Indication (PGI). Students from seven Elementary schools of the area will create sweet-mosaics, with a theme that will be chosen by the schools themselves, while colourful pieces of the delight will…

Alkinoos Ioannidis – Karine Polwart – Cyprus Youth Symphony Orchestra

20:30 — 22:00

Friday 22 September 2017 Pafos Castle Square 20:30 A special characteristic of the thematic line “World Travellers” is that it brings down boundaries, while works travel and artists come together. Lyricism, originality but also broader reflections on important issues of mankind, characterise the musical journeys of these two artists that share the stage for this concert. Alkinoos Ioannides and Karine Polwart, from Scotland, co-create a musical “symposium”, a “bridging” of sounds about the things that we love and unite us.…

The Khoury Ensemble – From East to West

20:30 — 22:00

Three musicians, three brothers, famous for composing and performing original works of contemporary music of the East. The ensemble explores music of the Middle East adding elements from other cultures. These three artists have surpassed the limits and possibilities of their instruments and are considered top musicians of their generation. The Khoury brothers underpin their music in the great tradition and heritage of Arabic oriental music mixing in the contemporary music scene. They combine the oud, flute, qanun and violin…

Sculpture Park: Myths – Sculptures International Sculpture Symposium

Geroskipou, with a wealth of antiquities, folk traditions and natural beauty, in 2017 acquires a sculpture park inspired by local legends. With particular reference to the history, the legends and local traditions, ten Cypriot and foreign sculptors will create on-site works drawing on the history of the area and, in this way, leaving behind them the traces of the European Capital of Culture. The project aims to create the necessary conditions for the development and growth of the sculpture park…

Lines of Production / Producing Lines

16:00 — 19:00

Tuesday 26 September – Tuesday 3 October 2017 Opening: Friday 28 September 19:00 Attikon 16:00-19:00 Within the frame of the “Architecture as a Tool for Reshaping” project, the Neapolis University Programme in Architecture and the Postgraduate Programμε in Landscape Architecture, present student projects that focus on Pafos and its wider area. With respect for the environment and history, future architects select spaces in the city and the district of Pafos and transform them into venues of encounter and play, venues…

Omar Faruk tekbilek – From East to West

20:30 — 21:30

The European Capital of Culture – Pafos2017 welcomes one of the greatest personalities of oriental music, one of the most important instrument players in the world (ney, baglama, zourna and percussion) and one of the most charismatic musicians of the Mediterranean and the world. Omar Faruk Tekbilek has been active in the international music scene for over thirty years, during which the legendary musician has created work deeply rooted in tradition and is full of fertile influences from contemporary music…

Remote Pafos – Rimini Protokoll (Kaegi / Karrenbauer)

17:00 — 18:40

Performances: 27/9 –  4/10  Departure: Fabrica’s Cave: 17:00 Arrival at the finishing point: 18:40 The Rimini Protokoll group is considered one of the most important, pioneering and influential theatre groups in Europe during the last few years. It consists of Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi and Daniel Wetzel, who have been working together since 2002 and have been constantly developing new theatrical forms. In 2017 the great artists will include Pafos in their programme, with an en-route-performance in the city centre for 50…

Lines of Production / Producing Lines

19:00 — 20:00

Opening: Friday 28 September 19:00 Duration: Tuesday 26 September – Tuesday 3 October 2017 ( 16:00-19:00 ) Attikon  Within the frame of the “Architecture as a Tool for Reshaping” project, the Neapolis University Programme in Architecture and the Postgraduate Programμε in Landscape Architecture, present student projects that focus on Pafos and its wider area. With respect for the environment and history, future architects select spaces in the city and the district of Pafos and transform them into venues of encounter and…

The Venus Paradox

10:00 — 17:00

Friday 29 September 2017 – Monday 15 January 2018 A.G. Leventis Gallery (Everyday except Tuesday 10:00-17:00, Wednesday 10:00-22:00) The Venus Paradox A contribution of the A. G. Leventis Gallery to the European Capital of Culture – Pafos2017: An ode to Cyprus’ absolute – and enigmatic – goddess through a series of events in various fields, including literature, dance, theatre and contemporary Cypriot artistic creation. The Cypriot Venus, goddess of mortals and immortals, comes to life through the art of the…

Oreka TX – From East to West

20:30 — 21:30

  Friday 29 September 2017 Medieval Manor House, Kouklia 20:30 This extremely dynamic ensemble of Basque musicians, whom we met at the ‘Roots’ dance performance last June, returns to showcase the Txalaparta not only as a music instrument but also as a linking factor uniting the musicians with the audience. Oreka TX use improvisation and explore the potential of this instrument in music, rhythms and forms that go beyond the strictly local Basque tradition. The group was created in 2001…

Tours and Traces – Kedares

08:30 — 14:30

Saturday 30 September 2017 Starting Point: Pafos2017 Headquarters 8:30 (Return: 14:30) The Tours and Traces programme visits, Kedaresa small village with special natural beauty and history. According to myths, during ancient times, King Nicocles (Kinyras) had his summer home in Kedares. During Frankish and Venetian rule, Kedareswas owned by important feudal lords of Cyprus and members of the Lusignan House. Participants in this European Capital of Culture Pafos2017 programme will visit the renovated Cultural Centre, they will get information on…

José María Jiménez

20:30 — 21:30

Saturday 30 September 2017 28th October Square 20:30 José María Jiménez’s ensemble is composed of musicians, singers and dancers who present a tribute to the top guitarist Paco de Lucia, as well as a composition of flamenco and gypsy jazz. The great musician of gypsy origin, a virtuoso of the flamenco guitar, was born in San Sebastian. Ever since he was 16 years old, he participated in the most prestigious flamenco school with Emilio Maya. He accompanies famous flamenco dancers…

October 2017

Ongoing Exhibitions | Terra Mediterranean: In Action

10:00 — 19:00

Fabrica’s Cave, Pafos Opening: 8 April 2017, 11:00 Duration: 8 April – 25 November 2017,  10:00- 19:00 Installation: Chiharu Shiota *Α collaboration between European Capital of Culture – Pafos2017 and the EU-Japan Fest Committee Free Entrance Pafos Medieval Castle Opening: 8 April 2017, 12:00 Duration: 8 April – 25 November 2017 Opening hours: Winter (16 September – 15 April) – Sunday: 08:30 – 17:00 &  Summer (16 April – 15 September) Monday – Sunday: 08:30 – 19:30 Participating artists and theorists:…

Zentralkapelle & Windkraft band

20:00 — 22:00

The music ensembles Zentralkapelle (Berlin) and Windkraft Band (Cyprus) come together in a musical celebration. The two bands played together for the first time in Cyprus in October 2015. After working together in Berlin, they made another appearance in Cyprus in July 2016. Now for the third time, the bands will excite their audience with a rich music programme including sounds from Blasmusik, funk and pop songs, Latin and traditional dances, in an effort to bring people closer through music.…

Travellers from Australia

All Day

Groups of archaeologists from the University of Sydney have been carrying out excavations in Cyprus for the past decades, bringing to light the Hellenistic-Roman theatre of Nea Pafos. This is the most ancient theatre in Cyprus which was in use from 300 BC until earthquakes led to its ruin in 365 AD. With this landmark location of antiquity as their starting point, architects and artists have worked together in compiling a collection of accurate copies, art books and photographs of…

Zentralkapelle in Lemona

18:00 — 20:00

The music ensemble Zentralkapell (Berlin), is coming in Cyprus for a musical celebration. A day after Zentralkapell & Windcraft’s performance in Pafos the German band will be playing in Lemona Village. Zentralkapelle aims to excite their audience with a rich music programme including sounds from Blasmusik, funk and pop songs, Latin & traditional dances, in an attempt to bring people closer through music. * The German band Zentralkapelle will appear also on Sunday  1st of October at Pafos Castle Square at 8pm with the Cypriot band Windcraft.

The world of the Karagiozis

10:00 — 15:00

The famous Christodoulos Paphios, grandson of the legendary shadow theatre puppeteer Paphios, will offer a workshop on how the figures used for the theatre of shadows are made and present a series of performances. Primary school children and their teachers will be shown how to make figures such as Karagiozis/Karagöz (central figure of Cypriot, Greek, and Turkish theatre of shadows) and they will get to learn all the secrets of this traditional craft. The adventures of Karagiozis, his misfortunes and…

Whose Karagiozis is this?

16:00 — 19:00

Karagiozis (Karagöz) is a central figure in the theatre of shadows in Greece, Cyprus and Turkey, and recognised by the UNESCO as intangible world heritage. The performances featuring the figures of Karagiozis and Hatziavatis (Hacivat) and the rest of the classical repertoire of characters was a very popular form of entertainment, with many creators actually contributing to enriching this art form over the centuries and keeping it alive. This programme includes presentations, exhibitions and performances on the theatre of shadows…

Stone and Sea

09:00 — 15:00

Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot photographers and poets come together and produce work with stone and sea as their points of reference, with both elements being of paramount importance in Cypriot identity and culture. The project combines a path through deeply rooted stones, statues and shells found at the coastline with the sea and its cultural value as a place of happiness and open to diversity. Dr. Nandia Stylianou, is responsible for the general concept and planning of the project,…


00:00 — 23:59

Ikebana is a Japanese art based on principles and laws of balance and symmetry, combining colours and materials from nature such as flowers, roots, braches, shells, etc. These artefacts are placed in both exterior and interior spaces and even though at times they are ephemeral, they are of exquisite beauty and craftsmanship. There will be presentations open to the public with Ikebana instructors from Japan who, along with members of the Ikebana association of Cyprus, will create a series of…

New Pafos and Western cyprus

08:00 — 17:00

The Department of Antiquities organises an international conference about all the excavations in the Pafos district. Archaeological teams from all over the world who have worked on these excavation sites for years will attend the conference, presenting findings from Fabrica Hill, Palaipafos, Geroskipou, Agios Georgios in Pegeia and other places.

Kingdoms of Pafos

Pafos is a city of myths and legends. Theatres, agoras, mosaics, ancient tombs, catacombs and churches are some of the elements of this cultural palimpsest, with Palaipafos and New Pafos being acknowledged by the UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. Pafos, the birthplace of Aphrodite and Capital of Cyprus during the Hellenistic and the Roman periods, carries the imprint – one that is both grand and tragic – of the entire history of the island. Archaeologist Claire Balandier and her associates…

Forbidden stories

20:30 — 23:30

A project based on the conflict of 1963-64 between Greek and Turkish Cypriots and the Turkish invasion of 1974. A performance will be created using true stories of solidarity, friendship and love during this period. Forbidden Stories also incorporate folk stories and songs from both communities in order to highlight the rich cultural heritage of Pafos. The project showcases the framework of prosperity and solidarity between the two communities who shared spaces, thus creating overlapping and connections. Pafos’ history includes…

Cementography in Public Spaces

00:00 — 23:59

Cypriot artist Christoforos Savva was the first to work on cementography as an autonomous art form during the 1960’s. His close friend and associate Costas Economou tried to extend cementography as an artistic expression and has been encouraging young artists from various backgrounds and genres to continue working with this art form. Cementographies have been created by established and upcoming artists in Pafos and will be permanently exhibited in public spaces in the centre of Pafos, creating an interesting visual…

Street Art Square

00:00 — 23:59

Street art is a form of art which has developed rapidly worldwide. Its dynamism, immediacy, its critical dimension and acute humour are all elements that have given it life and have turned it into an elemental part of the urban environment. Especially in the western world, street art and the modern city now seem intertwined, making this art form an integral part of the aesthetic, social, historical, and existential associations of contemporary urban culture. The absence of street art from…

Homo Urbanus Europeanus

08:00 — 17:00

The French photographer Jean-Marc Caracci has travelled to 37 European Capitals and has recorded everyday scenes. This exhibition presents differences and similarities between these cities and their people. After Pilsen, European Capital of Culture in 2015, Caracci came to Cyprus to photograph our own Capital, the city of Nicosia.

International Monodrama Festival

20:00 — 21:30

Palia Ilektriki and Attikon Pafos2017 aims to establish an annual International Festival of Monodrama in 2017. The experience acquired through the Platform of Monodrama and its international participants (2015) and the corresponding Competition Platform for Cypriot Productions (2016) were carried out to support this endeavour. As a place at the crossroad of cultures, Pafos is in a privileged position to create an initiative which will prove to be beneficial at an artistic, touristic and financial level. Critically acclaimed international performances…

Carte Blanche

All Day

Carte Blanche theatre company – based in Viborg, Denmark – presents productions of international interest, characterised by innovation, experiential theatre and viewer interaction. Their performances are brilliantly linked to the locations in which they are shown as well as with other forms of expression, connecting with theatres, libraries and educational institutions. For the company it is crucial to integrate the audience into the performance as active participants. Carte Blanche leads the audience into poetic encounters that allow them to explore…

Apus Apus

All Day

26 October – 6 November 2017 Ιbrahim’s Khan Set in Moutallos, a historic neighbourhood of rich and diverse cultural heritage, the exhibition Apus Apus presents paintings, sculpture and performance art that celebrate the interconnections of different cultures. The group, which comprises of artists based in Finland, UK and Cyprus, explores the hybridity and commonalities of cultural identities, for example through myth, archaeology and personal histories. Apus apus is the Latin name for the common swift, a bird whose annual migration…

The table of Unification

16:00 — 19:00

An installation that will become a reference point in the restored Ibrahim’s Khan. Inspired by the importance the Khan used to have for socialising and trading, British artists and academics Anthony Heywood and Uwe Derksen along with volunteers and emerging artists set up the Table of Unification at the Ibrahim’s Khan. The table-installation is part of the international intervention by the two artists under the general title Tabula Fortis in Pace and it was made with wood collected from buildings…

Between Regularity and Irregularity – Audiovisual Art and culture


The International Short Film Festival of Cyprus is an important event which includes multiple activities and takes place in Limassol annually. As part of the exchanges for the European Capital of Culture, Pafos will host a two-day screening event of awarded short films, animation films inspired by the poetry of one of the most important poets of Greek language in the 20th century, Constantine P. Cavafy, video art and documentaries. The aim is to present to the Cypriot audience the…

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