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March 2017

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

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…

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)…

Pygmalion Effect

All Day

This bi-communal project between Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots involves art therapy workshops led by Turkish Cypriot artist and art therapist Asli Bolayir. People of all ages will be given the chance to understand and overcome a traumatic experience or a loss caused by the war of 1974, and to express it aesthetically. Personal stories and collective memory are explored through photography recording love and trauma, but also hope and optimism for a better future. Through group activities, participants will…

Something in the Air

20:00 — 21:30

Paphos Zingers choir is a multicultural group mainly comprising ex-pats living in Pafos. These World Travellers, then, celebrate diversity and reflect the journeys of those who enjoy Pafos. An event that highlights the dimension of multiculturalism and the welcoming nature of Pafos through various songs and rhythms that involve the audience in a live music event.

June 2017

Τhe Festivities of Yeronisos

08:00 — 17:00

Also known as Holy Island, Yeronisos has been a popular destination for travellers over centuries. The excavations completed in 2016 brought to light facts about the Ptolemaic period as well as Ionic style architecture findings. As part of the European Capital of Culture events, 2017 will be the year during which students, local people, archaeologists, seamen and fishermen will celebrate the completion of the excavations and invite us to a series of activities related to Yeronisos, such as lectures, tours…

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…

August 2017

Τraditional Routes

19:30 — 22:30

Two days filled with traditional sounds, images and flavours, dedicated to the folklore culture of Cyprus and other countries. In 2017, the European Capital of Culture welcomes music and dance from Cyprus, Pontus, the Mediterranean Sea and other European Capitals of Culture. Focussing on folklore creation, the festival stages a shadow theatre will be set up, traditional games, fairy tales and presentations of tools, musicalinstruments as well as food and wine. The “Ktima” Folklore Association organises this event with the…

September 2017


00:00 — 23:59

Peace2Peace is a bi-communal project to set up installations made with a traditional Cypriot form of crocheting, called smili. The event will last for 14months. Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot women will come together and create jointly, going beyond prejudices, misconceptions and stereotypes they might have towards each other. The traditional craft of smili has been selected because it is one of the most famous Cypriot folk crafts, and acts as a metaphor for the “knitting together” people and social…

November 2017

Open living library

17:00 — 23:00

Stories, recollections and memorabilia from the Ibrahim’s Khan, the surrounding area and the lives of its people is what this project aims at gathering and making accessible for the present and future. The entire process and an exhibition-documentary will be presented to the public after the restoration of the historic site. Several parallel activities will take place including a Living Library of oral history, with the presentation of live or recorded storytelling and narratives, connecting the area again with the…

December 2017

Peri Poleos

19:00 — 23:00

The project aims at awakening and recording the memory of people from Pafos with various activities such as the collection of photographs and narratives through an open call addressed to all of the community. The data collected will be archived and presented in exhibitions, publications and a documentary. The main purpose is to restore and document the historical memory of the past, but also to see how the past is reflected in the city today, making its people proud of…

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