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June 2017

The 7th European Forum on Music

Duration: Friday 9 – Sunday 11 June Music and Cultural Diplomacy: Linking Continents – Bridging Cultures This year’s edition of the European Forum of Music will join the Annual Conference of IAMIC, the International Association of Music Information Centres, and will look at how civil society initiatives engage in the field of “music and cultural diplomacy”. The event will be organised jointly by the European Music Council (EMC) and (IAMIC) and is hosted by the European Capital of Culture – Pafos2017.…

Euphoria Revised

16:00 — 19:00

Duration: Tuesday 13 – Sunday 25 June Opening: Tuesday 13 June 19:00 Old Powerhouse / Chloraka Park With the participation of artists, scientists, psychologists, philosophers and other intellectuals and thinkers, this programme renegotiates the issue of happiness / euphoria with an interdisciplinary and intercultural approach, keeping in mind the modern reality and its particular conditions. This is a common research project, dealing with the issues of ‘I’, ‘We’ and ‘Nature’, through events such as an installation in the Chloraka Park…

16th Countryside Animafest Cyprus, “Views of the World”

19:00 — 21:00

The Festival presents a rich programme with the most important films of independent animation cinema from all over the world, films from the Cypriot and the International Competition Programme, exhibitions, workshops (masterclasses) by international animation celebrities and also tributes, concerts and screenings of children’s animation films. This year’s Festival focuses on Japan, and in cooperation with the European Capital of Culture – Pafos2017 Organisation and EU JAPAN FEST, present a great exhibition of contemporary Japanese Engraving at the Famagusta Gate…

July 2017

Eternal Voyages


The Pafos2017 Summer Highlight event tells the story of travellers from the ancient years until the present day. Conquerors, visitors, pilgrims, migrants and refugees make up the web of this performance based on modern technology, music and performing arts. The Castle Square, the entrance of the city and the harbour create a canvas for Cypriot and foreign artists as well as volunteers, citizen associations, young people and children to parade under lights, projections and special effects, making them visible from…

International Countryside Animafest

08:00 — 17:00

This international animation festival takes place at a site which brings together myth, history and visual arts featuring cutting-edge animation artists. The Animafest comprises screenings of animation films as well as exhibitions, workshops and activities for children. Under the curatorship of Giorgos Tsaggaris, there will be an event focusing on Japanese animation, with screenings and workshops as well as an exhibition of engravings from Japan with the collaboration of the Hambis Printmaking Museum.

September 2017

Kypria international Festival 2017

00:00 — 23:59

Various locations Kypria is the largest state-organised performing arts festival in Cyprus. In 2017, in Pafos following the motto of the Open Air Factory “Linking Continents – Bridging Cultures”, it invites important performances of music, dance and theatre to take place all over Cyprus, showing that Pafos2017 is the European Capital of Culture for Cyprus as a whole.

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

19:00 — 20:35

The Mouttalos area does not “belong” to anyone; neither to the Turkish Cypriot owners who left their houses after the 1974 invasion, nor to the Greek Cypriot refugees who settled there afterwards. It is precisely this situation that the project Coming Together in Mouttalos aims to present in the neighbourhood inhabited by the Turkish Cypriots during the period from Cyprus’ independence in 1964 until 1974 – through tracing the narrative of people from the two communities. Greek Cypriot and Turkish…

October 2017

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…

November 2017

Τhe Animattikon Project

00:00 — 23:59

The project aims at establishing and pursuing the art of animation in Cyprus and setting up an annual event around this art form. For this event, Pafos2017 hosts a series of workshops, film screenings and interactive animation installations. The screenings involve films to be created in the workshops as well as an artists’ selection of animation masterpieces. The venue chosen is the Attikon cinema, a landmark and a point of reference in Pafos for people of all ages – and…

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