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January 2017

Opening Ceremony Programme of Events

All Day

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: 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…

April 2017

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…

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…

June 2017

International Festival of Contemporary Dance

The International Dance Festival is the biggest dance-related event in Cyprus, organised by the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture, Rialto Theatre and foreign representatives. In 2017, the festival will open in Pafos with a major production followed by other European and international productions. The selected dance works have won awards in festivals abroad and promote the bridging of cultures and traditions through the art of dance.

Compagnie Retouramont – Aerial Dancers

The work Danse des Cariatides is a dance recital which takes place up in the air, in front of the Medieval Castle of Pafos. This impressive performance uses movement, lights and sound to transform the exterior of the castle, the location for which it has been designed. Fabrice Guillot, the artistic director of the Compagnie Retouramont, has choreographed a performance that will take the audience on an exciting journey, exploring fields of expression and movement in mid-air, between buildings and…

July 2017

Spatial Counterpoint


In the spirit of the Open Air Factory, three contemporary dance performances will be held in outdoor, unusual and non-theatre spaces with internationally acclaimed choreographers and dancers from Cyprus joining forces in a creative collaboration. The outdoor spaces selected will provide the necessary inspiration for the choreographers who will design the performances working with other partners and volunteers. Two of the shows will deal with the revitalisation of the city centre through dance and the interaction between individuals and larger…

Galatea’s Myths

20:30 — 23:30

The myth of Galatea has been pivotal to the development of Pafos’ identity and it has turned into a pattern for the Open Air Factory. As the myth has it, Pygmalion asks Aphrodite to breathe life into his sculpture, Galatea, with whom he has fallen in love. The city of Pafos has been named after the fruit of their love, their son Pafos. Dance Cyprus Company presents a performance inspired by this founding myth, choreographed by Davide Bombana. The performance…

August 2017

The Red Hour

20:30 — 23:30

This common project between Pafos and Aarhus draws inspiration from the past of the two cities and their many stories which are presented through dance. The work will be shown in both cities and performed by the dance group Black Box from Holstebro (Denmark), in collaboration with choreographers and dancers from Cyprus. Marie Brolin-Tani, is the person behind the idea and creation, while Melody Putu and Fotis Nikolaou are in charge of the choreography. With the participation of six dancers…

November 2017

Terpsichore 2017 – Contemporary Dance

00:00 — 23:59

The Terpsichore programme of the Cyprus Ministry of Education and Culture supports the creation and production of choreographies in Cyprus. On the occasion of the European Capital of Culture the Terpsichore programme will be part of Pafos2017. Drawing inspiration from the Open Air Factory, artists are called to create contemporary dance performances in the urban landscape of Pafos, transforming places associated with abandonment and loss, historical as well as modern locations, into the stage for their dance shows.

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