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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…

May 2017

Walk the Museums

18:00 — 21:00

Walk the Museums picks up the idea of an open night of museums practiced in many European cities to opening up museums for visitors, creating an unusual and surprising atmosphere and lowering the threshold to step in and explore. Exhibitions, educational programs for Primary and Secondary schools, guided tours, musical events and much more will take place in the museums around the city and district of Pafos. The project aims at attracting more visitors to museums and make them more…

June 2017

European Music Forum

00:00 — 23:59

In 2017, Pafos will host the European Music Forum. It is actually the first time that the European Music Council and the International Association of Music Information Centres hold their annual conferences together. Joining forces with all their partners in Cyprus for this grand event, more than a hundred music associations will convene in Cyprus, covering all music genres and exchanging ideas concerning possible partnerships. The European Music Forum aims at presenting how music is related to universal ideas and…

Euphoria Revised

All Day

With the participation of artists, scientists, psychologists, philosophers, neuroscientists and other intellectuals and thinkers, the programme renegotiates the question of happiness / euphoria with an interdisciplinary and intercultural approach, taking into account the current reality and the particular conditions. This common research project addresses the personal (I), the collective (We) and current concerns on nature through installations, an art exhibition, workshops, presentations, a conference and a digital presence. With the participation of Elli Papaconstantinou (Greece), Ohya Rica and Maki Macchiato…

Open scene Mouttalos

All Day

The revitalised Mouttalos area creates a natural backdrop used to host open air events in an area that until very recently had been neglected. Creative dialogue and co-existence will be promoted through a series of theatre productions and other events referring to the memories the area carries. The Goethe Institute, together with Achim Wieland and Marios Ioannou organise a series of events highlighting the myths and narrations about a common past as well as the way in which one community…

July 2017

Eternal Voyages

The Pafos2017 Summer Highlight event tells the story of travellers from the ancient years until the present day. Conquerors, visitors, pilgrims, migrants and refugees make up the web of this performance based on modern technology, music and performing arts. The Castle Square, the entrance of the city and the harbour create a canvas for Cypriot and foreign artists as well as volunteers, citizen associations, young people and children to parade under lights, projections and special effects, making them visible from…

International Countryside Animafest

This international animation festival takes place at a site which brings together myth, history and visual arts featuring cutting-edge animation artists. The Animafest comprises screenings of animation films as well as exhibitions, workshops and activities for children. Under the curatorship of Giorgos Tsaggaris, there will be an event focusing on Japanese animation, with screenings and workshops as well as an exhibition of engravings from Japan with the collaboration of the Hambis Printmaking Museum.

September 2017

Kypria international Festival 2017

00:00 — 23:59

Various locations Kypria is the largest state-organised performing arts festival in Cyprus. In 2017, in Pafos following the motto of the Open Air Factory “Linking Continents – Bridging Cultures”, it invites important performances of music, dance and theatre to take place all over Cyprus, showing that Pafos2017 is the European Capital of Culture for Cyprus as a whole.

Volunteers from Japan

Pafos2017 will become a bridge to facilitate communication between people, countries and cultures. The creation of bonds and the promotion of mutual understanding and acceptance of differences are the incentives behind the invitation addressed to five young volunteers from Japan who will be hosted in the private homes of volunteers in Pafos. They will all work together to create the first park of Myth and Sculpture in Geroskipou, with the prospect that in this way will start a long tradition…

Coming Together in Mouttalos

00:00 — 23:59

The Mouttalos area does not “belong” to anyone; neither to the Turkish Cypriot owners who left their houses after the 1974 invasion, nor to the Greek Cypriot refugees who settled there afterwards. It is precisely this situation that the project Coming Together in Mouttalos aims to present in the neighbourhood inhabited by the Turkish Cypriots during the period from Cyprus’ independence in 1964 until 1974 – through tracing the narrative of people from the two communities. Greek Cypriot and Turkish…

October 2017

The world of the Karagiozis

10:00 — 15:00

The famous Christodoulos Paphios, grandson of the legendary shadow theatre puppeteer Paphios, will offer a workshop on how the figures used for the theatre of shadows are made and present a series of performances. Primary school children and their teachers will be shown how to make figures such as Karagiozis/Karagöz (central figure of Cypriot, Greek, and Turkish theatre of shadows) and they will get to learn all the secrets of this traditional craft. The adventures of Karagiozis, his misfortunes and…

Whose Karagiozis is this?

16:00 — 19:00

Karagiozis (Karagöz) is a central figure in the theatre of shadows in Greece, Cyprus and Turkey, and recognised by the UNESCO as intangible world heritage. The performances featuring the figures of Karagiozis and Hatziavatis (Hacivat) and the rest of the classical repertoire of characters was a very popular form of entertainment, with many creators actually contributing to enriching this art form over the centuries and keeping it alive. This programme includes presentations, exhibitions and performances on the theatre of shadows…

November 2017

Τhe Animattikon Project

00:00 — 23:59

The project aims at establishing and pursuing the art of animation in Cyprus and setting up an annual event around this art form. For this event, Pafos2017 hosts a series of workshops, film screenings and interactive animation installations. The screenings involve films to be created in the workshops as well as an artists’ selection of animation masterpieces. The venue chosen is the Attikon cinema, a landmark and a point of reference in Pafos for people of all ages – and…

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