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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: 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…

April 2017


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…

May 2017


08:00 — 17:00

This international production offers a different, fresh and surprising approach to Aristophanes’ comedy featuring actors from different troubled lands (12 actors from Cyprus, Brazil and Nigeria). War and peace and the conflict between the two genders are the central themes of the play, while women struggle to restore peace by using their erotic powers as weapons. The origin of the participants is meaningful, as they all contribute to the play with their personal and collective experiences and cultural particularities, making…

June 2017

Aphrodite’s gardens

20:30 — 23:30

Dance, images and poetry accompanied musically by the Duo Akamas, take the audience on a tour around Aphrodite’s Gardens, re-enacting stories, images and scents of her birthplace. Traditional songs intertwine with melodies by Astor Piazzolla and Jules Massenet. The dramaturgy, performance and direction are in the hand of Pavlina Flevotoma, while music, orchestration and performance are the work of Nikolas Kyriakou and Iasonas Keramides who make up the Duo Akamas, known for their high-quality work. With the participation of a…

July 2017

Trojan Women

20:30 — 23:30

The Trojan Women by Europides is an international production with actresses and actors from divided cities in Cyprus, Bosnia and Palestine. The tragedy of the women of Troy after its defeat and destruction is reminiscent of similar situations in Nicosia, Mostar and Jerusalem. The world-renowned Greek theatre director Theodoros Terzopoulos collaborates with artists from the international theatrical sphere around the world. For this event he joins forces with one of the most important contemporary visual artist and main representative of…

International Festival of Ancient greek Drama

21:00 — 23:00

This is one of the most important festivals organised in Cyprus and it offers to the audience of Pafos performances of high aesthetic value, in addition to a re-introduction to Ancient Greek Drama. Pafos2017 placed this institution in its programme in 2014 with theatre groups from all over the world, building bridges between countries and cultures, between innovation and the historical element, the modern and the classical. The different approaches that the groups use prove the timelessness of ancient drama.

The truth about Venus

20:30 — 00:00

The musical The Truth about Venus is an original composition based on interviews with people of Pafos – locals, migrants and visitors. It is an investigation into the beauty which lies in the World (centering around Pafos) which aims at tracing the secret substance of beauty, located in faces, landscapes, animals and everyday activities. Drawing on the work of the theatre company Rimini Protokoll, Shakespeare’s Venus and Adonis and the musical London Road by the National Theatre (UK), the performance…

August 2017

Marguerite Yourcenar – C. P. Cavafy


British actress Charlotte Rampling, Greek-French actor Polydoros Vogiatzis and guitarist Varvara Gyra present on stage the literary encounter of the Greek poet Cavafy (1863-1933) and French novelist Marguerite Yourcenar (1903-1987), edited by Jean-Claude Feugnet. Belgian-born Yourcenar was the first to translate Cavafy into French and was a knowledgeable Cavafy critic and scholar. Cavafy’s poetry permeates the performance, while Yourcenar’s texts with the female genius and sensitivity they exhume reveal secret aspects of Cavafy’s poetry, emphasising on love and death, loneliness,…

Uniting the Mediterranean sea

The sea caves of Pegeia and the shipwreck found there is the location where a theatre stage will be set up to host a production with actors from different Mediterranean countries. The partners involved have already come together in creating a work on everything that unites them and the things that (appear to) separate them. The material for the project stems from the artists’ personal experiences, and the destination is a common future they envision through artistic creation, travelling, migration…

September 2017


20:30 — 23:30

Based on the work by Christa Wolf, the opera presents the moment just before Cassandra, defeated by gods and people alike, falls in the hands of the Achaeans. In the little time she has left, Cassandra from Troy tells her story and her sufferings as a child, a lover, a prisoner and a woman. Director Hervé Loichemoi showcases the strength of his heroine, while composer Michael Jarrell dresses the performance with different music genres. Fanny Ardant, who has worked with…

Remote pafos – Rimini protokoll

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Germany based theatre company Rimini Protokoll is considered one of the most influential and innovative theatre companies in Europe. It consists of Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi and Daniel Wetzel who have been working together since 2002. They have been constantly developing new and innovative theatrical forms and methods in an attempt to shed a different light on how we perceive our reality. Their 2017 programme under the title Remote X will include Pafos with an en-route-performance in the city centre…

October 2017

Forbidden stories

20:30 — 23:30

A project based on the conflict of 1963-64 between Greek and Turkish Cypriots and the Turkish invasion of 1974. A performance will be created using true stories of solidarity, friendship and love during this period. Forbidden Stories also incorporate folk stories and songs from both communities in order to highlight the rich cultural heritage of Pafos. The project showcases the framework of prosperity and solidarity between the two communities who shared spaces, thus creating overlapping and connections. Pafos’ history includes…

International Monodrama Festival

00:00 — 23:59

Pafos2017 aims to establish an annual International Festival of Monodrama in 2017. The experience acquired through the Platform of Monodrama and its international participants (2015) and the corresponding Competition Platform for Cypriot Productions (2016) were carried out to support this endeavour. As a place at the crossroad of cultures, Pafos is in a privileged position to create an initiative which will prove to be beneficial at an artistic, touristic and financial level. Critically acclaimed international performances are invited to Pafos,…

Carte Blanche

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Carte Blanche theatre company – based in Viborg, Denmark – presents productions of international interest, characterised by innovation, experiential theatre and viewer interaction. Their performances are brilliantly linked to the locations in which they are shown as well as with other forms of expression, connecting with theatres, libraries and educational institutions. For the company it is crucial to integrate the audience into the performance as active participants. Carte Blanche leads the audience into poetic encounters that allow them to explore…

December 2017

pagkosmion Asma (Universal song)

The European Capital of Culture Pafos2017 will close its curtains with a significant theatrical production on a work by the former Mayor of Pafos, Christodoulos Galatopoulos. Pagkosmion Asma is produced by the Cyprus University Theatrical Workshop (THEPAK). By honouring Galatopoulos and his social, political as well as poetic achievements, Pafos2017 wishes to bring forth the spiritual activity of the city in the first half of the 20th century. This particular work has been selected as Galatopoulos’ most ambitious venture, one…

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