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January 2017

Opening Ceremony Programme of Events

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28 and 29 January 2017 Pafos – A Work of Art *Title borrowed from the writer Kyriakos Margaritis Programme Saturday 28/1/2017  10:00 Walking around the City Info Point Kennedy Square A walk around the city and the main venues of the European Capital of Culture – Pafos2017 programme. In different parts of the city, information points and volunteers will provide information to the public about the Pafos2017 programme. Events, music and exhibitions will set the tone for a different year…

Opening Events: Walking around the City

10:00 — 10:45

Meeting Point: Info Point of Kennedy Square A tour around the city and the main venues of the European Capital of Culture – Pafos2017 programme. In different parts of the city, information points and volunteers will provide information to the public about the Pafos2017 programme. Events, music and exhibitions will set the tone for a different year filled with art, cultural actions, festivals, artists and visitors from all around the world.

Opening Events: Espresso Solo Espressivo: Music in Cafes

10:45 — 14:15

Five recitals from five soloists, both musicians and singers, performing works from the classical and the modern repertoire in everyday get-together places. Participants: Nikolas Eythymiou (viola) 10:45 -11:15  Vintage Art Café Savvas Christodoulou (flute) 11:30-12:00 Ananas 8Bit Coffee Timotheos Stylianidis (guitar) 12:15-12:45 Deloubak Espresso Cuisine Co. Michalis – Marios Georgiou (singing) 13:00-13:30 Beanhaus Coffee Roasters Chrysostomos Neofytou (violin) 13:45-14:15 Let them Eat Cake Under Christina Athinodorou’s artistic supervision and coordination, the programme includes selected works of the composers Andreas Giagkopoulos, Artemis Aifotiti, Vyronas Athinodorou,…

Opening Events: To A New World

12:00 — 13:30

Aarhus and Pafos, the two European Capitals of Culture for 2017, will be connected throughout the year by a series of common projects and actions, starting with their Opening Events. The work of the internationally renowned Danish composer, Lars Møller, was composed specifically for the opening event of the European Capital of Culture – Aarhus2017.  The composer who is inspired by today’s World Travellers, the migrants, comes to present his work also in Pafos with the Aarhus Jazz Orchestra, the Concert…

Opening Events: Πλάνητες [Plánetes]

17:00 — 18:00

Saturday 28/01, 17:00  – Exhibition tour time The exhibition is open until the 28th of February 2017 (10:00 – 19:00) : Old PowerHouse & Shelley Residence ______________________________________________________________________ An international visual and research effort with the participation of renowned visual artists from Pafos, Cyprus and the Mediterranean basin. The Planites refer to the wanderers, the World Travelers, from Agapenor to Apostle Paul, Saint Neophytos, and, of course, Aphrodite; but it, also, evokes the refugees of various times up to today’s immigrants. The exhibition takes place…

Opening Events: Intro

18:00 — 19:00

Locations: Kostis Palamas Square, Kennedy Square and A’ Lyceum of Pafos Choirs from all around Cyprus invite the public to the opening of the European Capital of Culture – Pafos2017. The participating choirs are: Music Society of Pafos – conducted by Sotiris Karagiorgis, Orfeas – conducted by Polis Charalambous, Cyprus Art Music and Ballet School Choir conducted by Turgay Hilmi, Orphean Singers conducted by Yiannis Hadjiloizou, Amalgamation Choir conducted by Vasiliki Anastasiou, Children’s Choir of the Municipality of Pafos and…

Opening Ceremony

19:00 — 20:30

The opening ceremony of the European Capital of Culture – Pafos2017 showcases the history, the multiculturalism and the modern culture of Pafos as an integral part of the wider European culture. The ceremony was designed and produced by a Creative Team of Cypriot artists and intellectuals, working with Walk the Plank. Inspired by the myth of Pafos, it has at its heart the founding myth of Pygmalion, the Artist and his creation,  Galatea. The celebratory performance seeks to portray the…

Opening Events: Music Bridges in Time and Space

20:30 — 23:30

The opening ceremony comes to an end and the lights turn to a different musical encounter, where a festival of songs from various places and times unfolds, celebrating the joy of life, the power of creativity and the mystery of the world. Accompanied by a group of excellent musicians, Alkistis Protopsalti and Doros Dimosthenous sing and celebrate the opening of the European Capital of Culture for 2017 in Pafos.

Opening Events: Walking around the City

11:00 — 12:00

Meeting Point: Info Point of Kennedy Square A tour around the city and the main venues of the European Capital of Culture – Pafos2017 programme. In different parts of the city, information points and volunteers will provide information to the public about the Pafos2017 programme. Events, music and exhibitions will set the tone for a different year filled with art, cultural actions, festivals, artists and visitors from all around the world.

Opening Events: Connecting Aarhus with Pafos

12:00 — 13:00

The Choir of the Music School of Pafos, having travelled to the “other” European Capital of Culture for 2017 during the Aarhus opening events on the 21st of January, connects the two European Capitals of Culture both symbolically and literally through music. Conducted by Isavella Christophidou-Georgiou

Opening Events: Far Off Lands

Exhibition Tour: 29 January 2017, 12:30 The exhibition is open until the 28th of February 2017 (10:00-19:00) The video installation “Far Off Lands” focuses on the distant land of childhood and the memories of the body, as well as on the “distant land” of the shared hopes and dreams for the future. The project is inspired by the work of the renowned Cypriot poet Taner Baybars (Plucked in a Far Off Land), as well as the research the team has conducted…

Opening Events: Percussion Ensemble of the Cyprus Youth Symphony Orchestra

15:00 — 16:00

The percussion ensemble of the Cyprus Youth Symphony Orchestra is composed of child-members of the Orchestra, as well as of members of the Orchestra’s music school.

Opening Events: Departing Mythologies

15:00 — 15:30

The exhibition will remain open until February 28th 2017 (10:00 – 19:00) Exhibition Tour Time: 15:00 The European Capital of Culture honours the great visual artists from the so-called Second Generation of Cyprus, who played a decisive role in the development of the arts on the island, shaping an entire visual arts (mainly painting) school of thought in Pafos and the rest of Cyprus. The painters Stas Paraschos, Costas Economou, Andreas Charalambides, Giorgos Kotsonis, Christos Christou and Christos Foukaras, as well as…

Opening Events: Michael Cacoyannis – Gazing at the Future

15:30 — 17:00

The exhibition is open until 15th February 2017 (10:00 – 13:00 16:00 -19:00) Official Exhibition Tour Time: 15:30 A photography exhibition dedicated to the internationally renowned Greek film artist. Material from the versatile artist’s archives, portraits, photos, scenes from the making of films and also shots from his films in new prints. Under the  curation of the Italian artist Antonio Manta, Lecturer at the University of Urbino ISIA, honoured with the International Photography Award. *With the collaboration of the Michael…

Opening Events: Incendies (Fires)

The Cyprus Theatre Organisation presents Wajdi Mouawad’s play for the first time in Cyprus, in a performance inspired by the Open Air Factory, since the plot takes place in a parking lot utilising three dimensions: live performance, radio drama and “drive in theatre”. The outdoor set will be defined by the audience, who will watch the performance from their cars, with the soundscape and the actors’ voices being transmitted through a specific radio frequency, while watching the action unfold before…

Opening Events: In the Land of Aphrodite and Pygmalion

20:30 — 22:00

As the European Capital of Culture for 2017, Pafos celebrates the opening of the institution with a concert performed by the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra, focusing on the myths and legends of the area, as well as the city’s own goddess, Aphrodite, also known as Venus. It is a music voyage passing by Aphrodite, Adonis, Arodafnousa and reaching the myth of Pygmalion and Galatea that inspired many composers and artists. Divinity, beauty and love are at the heart of the opening…

February 2017

Tours and Traces

All Day

The project Tours and Traces offers alternative tours in Pafos city and the broader Pafos district. Residents and visitors are invited to re-examine our city, following traces and memories through landmark locations, spaces hidden and unexplored and things that even locals do not notice in their everyday life. The tours with a series of different routes, want to raise awareness for urban and countryside abandonment, to present new development models, and also to highlight important aspects of the reality of…

Poetry on Pafos from Antiquity to the present

19:00 — 23:00

Ever since the ancient years, poets and artists have found inspiration in the legends and the natural beauty of Pafos. This event will present written texts, poems and paintings from and on Pafos, subsequently to be included in a bilingual publication. In this way, an anthology of the most important artistic references on our city will be produced. The selection of the material and the curatorship are by Andreas Petrides, Andreas Hatzithomas and Panagiotis Nikolaides.


Pianists Ricardo Vieira from Portugal and Tomohiro Hatta from Japan work together once more after their previous collaboration in 2010, presenting piano four hands from both classical and contemporary music, as well as music from their own countries. Thus bridging cultures and – literally – linking continents. Βuy your tickets HERE

Second Nature

All Day

A project that promotes the embellishment of the city and aims to redefinethe relationship between people and nature and specifically between the Municipal Garden and the urban landscape in general. Pafos2017 invitesarchitects and artists to overcome the limitations of personal creation and to create joint installations. The works in Second Nature, a project by Valentinos Stephanou, explore, study and design structures that will enhance this whole web of relationships. The project is a blend of natural vegetation and architectural structures…

March 2017

Aphrodite’s library

09:00 — 17:00

Aphrodite’s worship and relevant festivities made Pafos an attraction for pilgrims from all over the Mediterranean. The Museum in Palaepafos houses two large installations by artist Mary Plant which are part of a series of works on Aphrodite which the artist started in 1996. Aphrodite’s Notes (2016) is her most recent work, and Reconstruction of the Excavation and Discovery of Aphrodite’s Library will be completed at the exhibition site. A collection of books as well as flower books dedicated to…

A tale of two cities

16:00 — 19:00

Cyprus and Malta are two islands in the Mediterranean which share historical passions, adventures and tragedies. They also have a significant culture and natural beauty, and in this event, Pafos and Valletta – two historical cities – are brought even closer. Maltese photographer David Pisani who specialises in urban and built landscape photography, has toured Cyprus, recording aspects of the life on the island. His exhibition tries to relate them to images from his homeland. Pisani is an internationally acclaimed…

Depicting the Invisible

10:00 — 19:00

This exhibition includes paintings, engravings and sculptures from Europe and Latin America selected based on the inspiration they draw from Christianity, allowing the visitor to see different approaches to the same issues. Along with significant works by Filippo Abbiati, Gian Battista Tiepolo, C. Sorg, I. Tapia, J. Carlos Angles, J. Tengnangel, G. Forschondt, works by Greek and Cypriot artists such as Gyzis, Parthenis, Kontoglou, Ghikas, Manousakis, Michaelides, Kontopoulos, Golfinos and others will be exhibited. The works belong to the collection…


The project Kirana aims to foster talented children from various European cities under the guidance of the Maltese musician and composer Ruben Zahra. In 2017, the Pafos Music Gymnasium will be founded, and Pafos2017 invites four artists from Valletta, the European Capital of Culture for 2018 in Malta, for a five-day workshop with its students. This will give the students the opportunity to work with professional artists and to learn about contemporary music, cartoon animation, dance, light engineering and puppet…

Celebrating Stass

10:00 — 15:00

The exhibition is a tribute to Stass Paraskos (1933-2014), one of the most famous and internationally acclaimed Cypriot artists and founder of the School of Fine Arts in Lemba. With his exuberant personality and his international recognition, Stass left his mark on the arts in Cyprus. The retrospective will offer an overview of his work from 1960 until his death in 2014 and will include exhibits permanently on display in both national and international collections, including Tate Modern in London.…

Let’s Move!

08:00 — 17:00

18 March, 22 April, 10 May Social inclusion and the willingness for collective and joint creation are essential to overcoming the supposed differences between people, but also for the harmonious combination of various traits constituting the fluid cultural identity of Pafos. This project combines social participation with artistic creation as dance schools and dance groups join in large dance formations consisting of our city’s residents and visitors. What emerges is a picture of a vibrant city transformed into a vast…

Room in a Wall

16:00 — 19:00

Geneva based photographer Aron Rossman-Kiss, has travelled to many areas of the world and has photographed different borders, with Cyprus being one of his destinations. His photographic material will be presented in an exhibition in collaboration with the Cyprus Society of Photography (Pafos). Having in mind the concept of the commercialisation of photography, Rossman-Kiss will discuss with the audience on moral issues in regards to photographing socially sensitive issues, such as the refugee problem and migrants.

April 2017


All Day

This is an extensive project aiming to create the necessary conditions for the communities living in Akamas Peninsula to contribute to the preservation of the natural beauty of their surrounding environment. Akamas is a thinly populated peninsula to the Northwest of Pafos and home to a diverse number of species, including important sea turtles that build their nests and lay their eggs on the sandy beaches of the area. Wild flowers are abundant and some of them are endemic, rare…


All Day

Young artists exchange ideas to create common innovative works of public art to be placed in Pafos. In collaboration with other European Capitals of Culture ten young artists living in European, Asian and Middle Eastern cities will get the chance to explore new means of communication and issues of personal and collective interest. The artists will work in pairs (initially long-distance) on paintings, sculptures, new media, installations and architecture united by the common feature of public art. The artists will…

Terra Mediterranea: in Action

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This partnership of high artistic value between the Nicosia Municipality Arts Centre (NiMAC), the Pierides Foundation and Pafos2017 uses contemporary art as the link between Cyprus (Nicosia and Pafos) and Germany (Leipzig) where another version of the same exhibition will take place at Halle 14, the independent art centre. This exhibition focuses on the Mediterranean as a unifying agent in European history and presents how contemporary artists approach issues related to socio-politics, culture and economy, the relationship between East and…

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