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February 2017

Far Off Lands

10:00 — 15:00

29 January –  15 February 2017, 10:00 – 15:00  The video installation “Far Off Lands” focuses on the “far off land” of childhood and the memories of the body, as well as the “far off land” of common hopes and dreams for the future. The work is inspired by the writings of the well-known Cypriot poet Taner Baybars (Plucked in a Far Off Land) and the research of the team on childhood before and after 1974. Three generations of Cypriots (from…

Departing Mythologies

10:30 — 19:00

1-28 February 2017: 10:00 – 13:00 /16:00 – 19:00 The European Capital of Culture honours the visual artists connected to Pafos, who played a key role in the development of Art on the island, thus forming an artistic, mainly in painting, stream. Painters Stass Paraskos, Costas Economou, Andreas Charalambides, George Kotsonis, Christos Christou and Christos Foukaras, as well as sculptors Andy Hadjiadamou and Kypros Perdios, have influenced and enriched, as few have, the artistic scene of our country by assimilating…


16:00 — 19:00

Old Powerhouse/Shelley Residence 1-28 February 2017, 16:00 – 19:00 The exhibition is an international visual and research project with the participation of well-known artists from Pafos, Cyprus and the Mediterranean. Planétes are the wanderers, the Travellers of the World – from Agapinor to Apostle Paul and Saint Neophytos and, of course, Aphrodite, but also to the refugees over the years, to today’s immigrants. Participating artists: Andreas Angelidakis, Rosa Barba, Inal Bilsel, Andrea Bruno, Banu Cennetoğlu, Natalie Yiaxi, Charis Epaminonda, Ben Evans and…

Maniera Cypria: 13th Century Icons in Cyprus Maniera Cypria

09:00 — 16:00

Thursday 19th January – Monday 31st July 2017, 9:00 – 16:00 Byzantine Museum Nicosia The exhibition “Maniera Cypria” attempts to highlight the painting production of icongraphy in Cyprus during the 13th century and the influences from the East and the West. Through the icons on display in the exhibition, the parameters influencing painting production are analysed: the multicultural environment created in Cyprus during the first century of the Frankish conquest, the establishment of the Latin Church on the island, the…

March 2017

Aphrodite’s Library

10:00 — 17:00

Opening and guided tour on the 3rd of March at 19:00 Pafos, as a place of Aphrodite’s worship, attracted pilgrims from around the Mediterranean for the festivities dedicated to the goddess. Two large installations by the visual artist Mary Plant, which constitute a series in constant progress that started in 1996, are presented in the lower floor of the Palepafos Museum. The first installation is the artist’s latest work ‘Aphrodite’s Notes’ (2016) and the second installation is the work ‘The…

A tale of two cities

16:00 — 19:00

Opening and guided tour on the 4th of March, at 19:00 A collaboration between two European Capitals of Culture, Pafos2017 and Valletta2018. Cyprus and Malta are two islands in the Mediterranean that share similar sufferings, adventures and tragedies throughout history. They both also have a brilliant culture and a common natural beauty and are connected by their two historic cities – Pafos the European Capital of Culture for 2017 and Valletta, the European Capital of Culture for 2018. In this…

Depicting the Invisible

18:00 — 19:00

Opening and guided tour on the 15th of March, at 18:00 by Cyprus Archbishop An exhibition that includes paintings, engravings and sculptures from Europe and Latin America, selected based on the inspiration they draw from Christianity. The exhibition offers the opportunity to study the different approaches and the variety of methods used for the representation of the same themes. Along with significant works by F. Abbiati, G. Battista Tiepolo, C. Sorg, I. Tapia, J. Carlos Angles, J. Tengnangel, G. Forschondt,…

Celebrating Stass

10:00 — 15:00

Opening and guided tour on the 17th of March, at 19:00 An exhibition that pays tribute to Stass Paraskos, one of the most well-known and internationally acclaimed Cypriot artists who has linked his name with the establishment and operation of the School of Fine Arts in Lemba. Stass, with his exuberant personality and his international displacement, has left his own mark and a rich legacy in the artistic scene of Cyprus. The exhibition is a retrospective of his work from…

Akamas Project – Open Conference

10:00 — 14:00

Within the frame of Akamas Project, an informative workshop will take place about the Agricultural Cooperatives and the role they can play for the sustainable development of local communities. The event is open to the public and aims to inform local communities and especially local producers in the Akamas Peninsula area about the legal framework for the creation of Agricultural Cooperatives and Cooperation Clusters, as well as the possibilities and prospects available through European funding. Agricultural Development and Tourism Marketing…


A collaboration of the European Capitals of Culture Pafos2017 and Valletta2018 in a musical programme that brings out children’s talent, under the guidance of the musician and composer Ruben Zahra from Malta. On the occasion of the establishment of the Pafos Music Gymnasium in 2017, the Pafos2017 Organisation invites four artists from Valletta, the European Capital of Culture in 2018, to work in a five-day workshop with students from the Pafos Music School. The children will have the opportunity to…

Let’s Move!


The European Capital of Culture – Pafos2017 sends out an invitation to the first event of the programme ‘Let’s Move’, with dance performances in town squares. The participation and joint creativity are essential factors for overcoming the differences between people, and also for the harmonious combination of various elements that constitute the fluid cultural identity of Pafos. This project combines community involvement with artistic creation, while dance schools join with professionals creating, thus, a performance for the residents and visitors…

Room in a Wall

16:00 — 19:00

Opening and discussion with the artist on the 22nd of March, at 19:00. An interactive installation which explores and activates our relationship with limits/borders. The installation as a space, as a hybrid room-archive that contains photos, videos and texts, recalls the manner in which personal experiences are carried and how public memory meets the private one. The photographic material of Aron Rossman-Kiss, who lives in Geneva, was gathered through journeys along border areas and explores the personal and complex issue…

Tours and Traces / Amargeti

10:00 — 16:00

DEPARTURE POINT BY BUS: PAFOS2017 HEADQUARTERS 10:00 The Community Involvement Programme of the Pafos2017 Organisation visits Amargeti village, which is located about 30 minutes east of Pafos, for a different kind of tour. Until 1958, Amargeti used to be a village were Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots lived together in harmony. The route follows the traces of history and memory, choosing and highlighting hidden spaces and explores elements that cannot be seen at first glance. The Frankish and the Venetian…

April 2017

The Akathistos Hymn

20:00 — 23:00

The choir of the Pafos Music Group, conducted by Sotiris Karagiorgis and the choir of Aris Limassol, conducted by Solon Kladas, present this masterpiece of Byzantine hymns with music by Christos Leontis. Leontis is a significant Greek composer and has based this work on Byzantine and folk music, whilst incorporating eastern elements and contemporary music. The event is part of the series of event titled: Music at the Threshold, which includes two other concerts linked by the particularities of the…

Terue Yamauchi: When Solid begins Turning Fluid

15:00 — 19:00

Due to her in-depth research, the artist Terue Yamauchi focuses on man’s relationship with the sea. The co-existence of the two protagonists is presented in this exhibition through video, photographs and installations created in Japan, South Korea and the Philippines. During the presentation of her work, Terue Yamauchi will offer discussions with the audience. Curator: Chiaki Kamikawa.

Terra Mediterranea: in Action

All Day

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…

Mind your step

14:00 — 18:30

Partners from Europe and Cyprus in collaboration with the Limassol Dance Centre will connect contemporary dance and (urban) space with a series of events focusing on dance and its effect on society. A symposium for artists and scientists specialising on urban landscape as well as a series of shows in the city centre will round off the project. The events aim to present the choreography of the city itself. Giulia Galvan presents a work which will offer new insight on…

Per-sonat: Meramere

All Day

Codex Cyprus is a collection of secular and religious works by an unknown artist dating around the year 1413 AD. It is one of the few medieval manuscripts of this kind of music admired across Europe for nearly 300 years. Per-Sonat will show us both the religious and the secular part, thus highlighting the similarities between text and music. The event is part of the series of event titled: Music at the Threshold, which includes two other concerts linked by…

J.S. Bach: Looking towards the East and the West

20:00 — 23:00

The concert highlights the importance of the Byzantine (East) and the Catholic (West) tradition in the evolution of European music. It revolves around the Goldberg Variations by J.S. Bach (Trio String) combined with hymns and improvisations. The event is part of the series of event titled: Music at the Threshold, which includes two other concerts linked by the particularities of the countries where they will be held, promoting the general co-existence between historical periods, cultures and traditions which (at first)…

Philharmonic Encounters

20:00 — 23:00

The Philharmonic Orchestra of the Pafos Municipality together with the Philharmonic Band of the Cyprus Police, the Cypriot National Guard, the Municipality of Lakatamia and the Matzaros Philharmonic Society of Corfu celebrate band music. The public will also be invited to participate in the CinePhilharmonic programme which combines cinema with music played by marching bands. Clips from films will be screened while the bands will be playing, giving the audience a unique experience it.


Duration of  Residency: 9-23 of April 2017 Inauguration: 22 of April, at 15:00 at Ierokipion Park, Geroskipou 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…

Out of the skin

20:00 — 23:00

This project aims at education and social integration for migrant children. The children are invited to explore their diversity and their foreign identity as an integral part of our multicultural environment. A group of artists, educators, dancers, and other specialists from various countries have selected 16 teenagers of different origins (Turkey, Greece, Africa, Russia, etc.) and of different social backgrounds. The teens will be called to interact and to produce collective creations, turning their experiences into artworks. These works will…

Common Ground

20:00 — 23:00

Common Ground aims to create an artistic dialogue between children from the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities through workshops on the distinctively Cypriot art technique of cementography. Introduced for the first time by the innovative Cypriot artist Christoforos Savva in the 1960’s, this relatively new art form is the basis of this bi-communal project. The project invites the group of children from Pafos to use clay and stones collected on the “other side” to create cementography works imagining ‘A…

Bridging Tastes – Exchanging Recipes

19:00 — 23:00

Students from various countries who attend the department of Hotel and Culinary Arts of Pafos’ Technical School will exchange recipes and experiences from their country of origin, narrating their personal stories and journeys. The event will be photographed to record the proximity of our cuisines as well as our cultural particularities. The event will naturally refer to current developments of culinary diversity through migration and refugees. Starting in November 2016, material will be assembled and the students will get to…


20:30 — 22:00

The Centre of Performing Arts MITOS participates in the program of the European Capital of Culture Pafos2017 with a three year project with the title Hero-isms. The focus of this project is the strengthening of intercultural awareness through a better understanding of the other, which of course entails an appreciation of personal responsibility. This programme draws material from the European programme entitled The Songs of My Neighbours (2013-15) and develops parallel actions in the area of Mouttalos aimed at preparing…

Jazz Encounters in Pafos

12:00 — 23:00

On the occasion of the International Jazz Day, the Organisation Pafos2017 invites musicians and bands from Cyprus and abroad to come together in a joint venture, aiming to establish an annual encounter of virtuoso musicians with different influences that together create a big mosaic of melody, rhythm and harmony. 29 April 2017 at 12:00                  Jazzologia Big Band        13 musicians coming from different orientations, studies and movements, come together in a big jazz band under the artistic direction of…

May 2017

Music together!

All Day

Pafos Neighbourhoods The neighbourhood is perceived as the core of social cohesion, a notion which appears weakened in our times. The European Capital of Culture makes squares, parks and even backyards the venues for its events precisely to make people reconnect with each other and with their surroundings and to restore the importance of neighbourhood associations. Professional musicians and amateurs come together and set up a celebration in these locations where people will not only come together in music, they…

Dragons of Europe – travelling playground

All Day

Two containers are turned into playgrounds and are transported to communities and open spaces of Pafos district. Myths and tales about dragons and their manifestations in Cyprus, France, Turkey, Denmark and Germany give inspiration for interactive games (for all ages) designed to combine entertainment and education. Apart from highlighting social diversities, the programme aims at exploring the possibilities for cultural exchange and interaction in order for differences to be respected. The dragons travel to Kathikas (May 2017), Chloraka (June 2017)…

Eco Art

All Day

Eco Art is an ambitious project with a cultural and ecological vision for Cyprus and Europe which consists of two major activities: A symposium and an Art exhibition. It is a project that fosters and empowers the philosophy of the Open Air Factory of Pafos 2017. The ecology debate, already at the heart of radical trends which from the second half of the 1960s saw a series of artists in different regional contexts, developing a multiplicity of ephemeral practices (performative…

Berlin Philharmonic

The Berlin Philharmonic is one of Europe’s greatest orchestras, with hundreds of concerts, performances and recordings all over the world. The Artistic Director of the Berlin Philharmonic was for many years the legendary conductor Herbert von Karajan. Since 1991, every year on the 1st of May the Berlin Philharmonic organises its annual European Concert which broadcasts live on German TV (ARD) to many European and Asian countries, while it is also streamed globally. In 2017, the great conductor Mariss Jansons,…

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