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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…

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…

April 2017

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…


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…

May 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…

The big Mosaic

16:00 — 19:00

The mosaic is a central feature of Pafos and – with its bigger pictures composed of many small elements – a metaphor for the multicultural character of the city. For the project The Big Mosaic people from various clubs and associations record stories of their lives and their backgrounds, their families, their passed-on memories, and basically everything that constitutes tradition and biography. An exhibition of the works by 18 artists inspired by ten of these narrations will be presented, with…

Risky Τravels

16:00 — 23:00

A joint exhibition of works by the Greek Cypriot artist Andy Hadjiadamos and the Turkish Cypriot artist Baki Bogac, proving that art has no borders and that artists can go beyond disputes, borders or any other obstacle. Baki Bogac, architect and sculptor, discovered and saved sculptures, paintings, photos and other objects belonging to Andy Hadjiadamos which were left behind when his family was fled from their home in 1974. In 1993, the artworks were finally delivered back to the family…

Signs in time and space – Open Air Art Museum


The Art de Fact Organisation, in line with the spirit of the Open Air Factory, creates installations which connect people and places. Placed in public locations, these installations will create an open air museum and a dialogue between the sites and the artworks. This connection opens up broader notional links and enriches the visitors’ and the local people’s perception of the works and the spaces themselves. The artists Andreas Makariou, Yiota loannidou, Andreas Paraskevas, Charis Paspallis, Dimitris Makariou and Umit…

Pafos: Myth, History, Landscape

00:00 — 23:59

This exhibition includes multiple adaptations of themes from Greek mythology, Cypriot history and nature of the Pafos region from the antiquity, the early Christian years, the period during which it served as the island’s capital and its current identity. The curator of the exhibition, Costas Serezis, has selected more than 30 artists who represent different generations, styles and approaches from Greece and Cyprus. The works include paintings, engravings, sculptures, ceramics, mosaics, tapestry and photography. Participating artists (amongst others): Andreas Charalambides…

June 2017

Open Workshops

All Day

The Ibrahim’s Khan (Ibrahim’s Khan) used to be an inn and also acted as a space where merchants and craftsmen would come together. The sense of hospitality the Khan represents is the inspiration for this programme which aims at bringing people closer and making them more engaged in the European Capital of Culture Pafos2017. Surrounding locations such as studios, galleries and art workshops in the city centre will be open to the public, giving local people and visitors a chance…

July 2017

On target

The project “On Target” aims to examine the many forms of violence. The original idea is based on the work “Human Targets” by the Cypriot visual artist Rinos Stefani. The target is a universal and powerful image often related to violent blows and destructive actions towards people and nature. A target metaphorically means a person or a community who is the aim of an attack, a racist abuse, a victim of exploitation etc. The target has also a positive meaning.…

Life of the Dead

20:30 — 23:00

The two European Capitals of Culture have joined forces in organising this grand exhibition dealing with death, the afterlife, and mourning. Co-organised by the Moesgaard Museum (MoMu) in Aarhus and the Society of Cypriot Studies, the exhibition explores the traditions and customs around death and beliefs around the dead in Cyprus, Denmark and elsewhere. For the exhibition, the Society of Cypriot Studies will create a special space inside the emblematic museum in Aarhus which will present exhibits from Cyprus dating…

September 2017

Τhe Many Faces of venus

10:00 — 17:00

This international exhibition will bring together artistic treasures from the greatest museums of Europe to Cyprus. The works’ common theme is their representation of myths and legends related to Aphrodite of Pafos. The exhibition will showcase western perceptions about the goddess, mainly from the Renaissance until Modernity. A series of activities and events will encourage the audience to get involved and participate actively in the exhibition. Visits and guided tours will take place in Nicosia and there will also be…

Myth and sculpture park

00:00 — 23:59

The past meets the present in everyday locations of Pafos and Geroskipou. Geroskipou has a wealth of antiquities, legends, traditions and natural beauty. In 2017, Geroskipou acquires its own sculpture park inspired by local legends. With particular reference to the history, myths and traditions of Geroskipou, ten Cypriot and foreign sculptors will be invited to create works drawing on the history of the area. In this way, the artists will contribute to the European Capital of Culture and will create…


16:00 — 19:00

The exhibition features works by two visual artists, Asli Bolayir and Christine Chiorboli, the one from the Turkish Cypriot quarter of Pafos, Mouttalos, and the other from Corsica. Issues such as identity and cross-border movement or confinement are explored in their work, which in turn reflects the internal struggle of the artists trying to find their own place, or to become a part of the place in which they live. Likewise, their projects reflect the concern of being somewhere or…

October 2017


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…

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…

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…

November 2017

Referring to Aphrodite

16:00 — 17:00

A series of events around the Goddess of Beauty and the rich cultural dimension of the myth. Sotiris Karagiorgis has written music for prose and poetry on Aphrodite, edited by Professor Giorgos Georgis of Neapolis University of Pafos, which will be presented through screenings, recitals and discussions. Ass. Professor Erato Hatzisavva of the Athens School of Fine Arts attempts an innovative and contemporary approach to some of the most famous masterpieces of European art, works which deal with the Goddess…

Weaving Europe: the World as Meditation

16:00 — 19:00

Being one of the oldest art forms in the world, this project refers to the art of weaving, its history and its semiotics. What can the historical language of weaving offer to modern visual art practices, like digital technology, new media and Internet art? Art History has neglected weaving, knitting and embroidery as well as other domestic forms of art, classifying them as feminine and not equal in value compared to the Fine Arts. This exhibition explores female labour and…

Ways to Meet Αgain

16:00 — 19:00

In line with the Open Air Factory, this exhibition focuses on an examination of what constitutes boundaries, borders and territories and how these are expanded or overcome. Through opening up their own memories, the artists test how identities are formed by local and international mechanisms. The participants explore ways to document and classify information and how to record it in archival form. As a location, Cyprus functions inter-culturally, bringing to light new ideas, works of art and forms of writing.…

December 2017

Salon d’Automne in Pafos

10:00 — 19:00

1 – 15 December 2017 10:00 – 13:00 16:00 – 19:00 Gallery «En Pro» / Old Powehouse Pafos The Salon d’Automne is a historical exhibition of great significance held on an annual basis in Paris. Michèle julie Ansermet Papadopoulos brings this exhibition to Pafos linking the European Capital of Culture with Paris and its great tradition in the arts, with the sponsoring of French Institute of Nicosia. Salon d’Automne was founded in 1903 by a group of artists, amongst them Édouard Vuillard, Pierre Bonnard, George…

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