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Pafos 2017 - European Capital of Culture

Events Calendar

Title Link Description
International Monodrama Festival

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International Monodrama Festival

Monday 23rd October
From:
20:00 - 21:30 

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, establishing Monodrama as an autonomous theatre genre in our country, with an increasing popularity and aesthetic value.

Homo Urbanus Europeanus

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Homo Urbanus Europeanus

Sunday 15th October
From:
08:00 - 17:00

The French photographer Jean-Marc Caracci has travelled to 37 European Capitals and has recorded everyday scenes. This exhibition presents differences and similarities between these cities and their people. After Pilsen, European Capital of Culture in 2015, Caracci came to Cyprus to photograph our own Capital, the city of Nicosia.

Street Art Square

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Street Art Square

Sunday 15th October
All Day
 

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 public space of Pafos until very recently poses a very interesting challenge for artists to produce street art works adapted to the aesthetics of the surrounding buildings. Through this event – which has been held for the last three years – street art will permeate areas of the city, converting them into landmarks of the Pafian landscape and rearranging the mapping of our daily life. The participating artists come from Cyprus, Greece, Europe, Asia and elsewhere. The idea and curatorship belong to Yiannis Sakellis.

Cementography in Public Spaces

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Cementography in Public Spaces

Saturday 14th October
All Day
 

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 stroll with references to an art form which carries a Cypriot identity of international artistic appeal.

Forbidden Stories

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Forbidden Stories

Friday 13th October
From:
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 countless forbidden stories that were created from the close coexistence of both communities.

Kingdoms of Pafos

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Kingdoms of Pafos

Thursday 12th October
From:
15:00

Pafos is a city of myths and legends. Theatres, agoras, mosaics, ancient tombs, catacombs and churches are some of the elements of this cultural palimpsest, with Palaipafos and New Pafos being acknowledged by the UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. Pafos, the birthplace of Aphrodite and Capital of Cyprus during the Hellenistic and the Roman periods, carries the imprint – one that is both grand and tragic – of the entire history of the island. Archaeologist Claire Balandier and her associates have compiled a series of tours and visits based on the city’s history and local myths. The centre of these tours is Fabrica Hill where excavations have brought to light one of the best preserved quarries of the Hellenistic years, the theatre, the ruins of a temple, hidden worship sites and the remnants of an aqueduct.

New Pafos and Western Cyprus

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New Pafos and Western Cyprus

Wednesday 11th October
From:
08:00 - 17:00 

The Department of Antiquities organises an international conference about all the excavations in the Pafos district.  Archaeological teams from all over the world who have worked on these excavation sites for years will attend the conference,  presenting findings from Fabrica Hill, Palaipafos, Geroskipou, Agios Georgios in Pegeia and other places.

Ikebana

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Ikebana

Saturday 7th October
All Day
 

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 Ikebana arrangements as well as a large temporary installation. The creation process will be open to the public.

Stone and Sea

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Stone and Sea

Friday 6th October
From:
09:00 - 15:00

Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot photographers and poets come together and produce work with stone and sea as their points of reference, with both elements being of paramount importance in Cypriot identity and culture. The project combines a path through deeply rooted stones, statues and shells found at the coastline with the sea and its cultural value as a place of happiness and open to diversity.

Dr. Nandia Stylianou, is responsible for the general concept and planning of the project, while the photography exhibition is curated by Platon Ribellis.

Whose Karagiozis is this?

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Whose Karagiozis is this?

Wednesday 4th October
From:
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 from Cyprus and abroad, either in its traditional or its contemporary version. Through these activities, the visitors will be able to trace the course of the theatre of shadows in time and the local particularities of the countries in which it flourished. Amongst others, the programme will present figures and sets from popular performance of the past as well as works made by famous artists and creators from Cyprus, Greece and neighbouring countries.

The World of the Karagiozis

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The World of the Karagiozis

Wednesday 4th October
From:
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 funny incidences with the humour and wit they entail make the theatre of shadows and its heroes a timeless source of fun and entertainment for young and old.

Zentralkapelle in Lemona

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Zentralkapelle in Lemona

Monday 2nd October
From:
18:00  20:00

The music ensemble Zentralkapell (Berlin), is coming in Cyprus for a musical celebration. A day after Zentralkapell & Windcraft’s performance in Pafos the German band will be playing in Lemona Village. Zentralkapelle aims to excite their audience with a rich music programme including sounds from Blasmusik, funk and pop songs, Latin & traditional dances, in an attempt to bring people closer through music.

* The German band Zentralkapelle will appear also on Sunday 1st October at Pafos Castle Square at 8pm with the Cypriot band Windcraft.

Travellers from Australia

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Travellers from Australia

Monday 2nd October
All Day

Groups of archaeologists from the University of Sydney have been carrying out excavations in Cyprus for the past decades, bringing to light the Hellenistic-Roman theatre of Nea Pafos. This is the most ancient theatre in Cyprus which was in use from 300 BC until earthquakes led to its ruin in 365 AD. With this landmark location of antiquity as their starting point, architects and artists have worked together in compiling a collection of accurate copies, art books and photographs of great Australian artists who have been inspired by the cultural heritage of Pafos. Curated by Diana Wood Conroy and Craig Barker.

Zentralkapelle & Windkraft Band

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Zentralkapelle & Windkraft Band

Sunday 1st October
From:
20:00 - 22:00 

The music ensembles Zentralkapelle (Berlin) and Windkraft Band (Cyprus) come together in a musical celebration. The two bands played together for the first time in Cyprus in October 2015. After working together in Berlin, they made another appearance in Cyprus in July 2016. Now for the third time, the bands will excite their audience with a rich music programme including sounds from
Blasmusik, funk and pop songs, Latin and traditional dances, in an effort to bring people closer through music.

* The German band Zentralkapelle will perform on Monday 2nd of October at Lemona village at 6pm.

José María Jiménez

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José María Jiménez

Saturday 30th September
From:
20:30 - 21:30 

José María Jiménez’s ensemble is composed of musicians, singers and dancers who present a tribute to the top guitarist Paco de Lucia, as well as a composition of flamenco and gypsy jazz. The great musician of gypsy origin, a virtuoso of the flamenco guitar, was born in San Sebastian. Ever since he was 16 years old, he participated in the most prestigious flamenco school with Emilio Maya. He accompanies famous flamenco dancers and singers like Chonchi Heredia, Titi Flores, El Lebrijano, José Mercé, Potito, Mario Maya and Antonio Canales. He has also composed music for the performances of the dancer Nuria Cazorla with flautist Omar Acosta, and the Flamenco ballet of Angela Cruz, based on the poetry of Federico Garcia Lorca.

Tours and Traces - Kedares

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Tours and Traces - Kedares

Saturday 30th September
Starting Point: Pafos2017 Headquarters 08:30 & Return: 14:30

The Tours and Traces programme visits, Kedaresa small village with special natural beauty and history.  According to myths, during ancient times, King Nicocles (Kinyras) had his summer home in Kedares.  During Frankish and Venetian rule, Kedareswas owned by important feudal lords of Cyprus and members of the Lusignan House.  Participants in this European Capital of Culture Pafos2017 programme will visit the renovated Cultural Centre, they will get information on the old church of the village, the ancient caves and they will pay a visit to the famous “Trypimeni”(pierced) stone, which in the pastwas thought to have healing properties.  There will also be a visit-tour at the glass factory of artist George Papadopoulos and the famous women’s coffee-shop.

Oreka TX - From East to West

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Oreka TX - From East to West

Friday 29th September
From:
20:30 - 21:30 

This extremely dynamic ensemble of Basque musicians, whom we met at the ‘Roots’ dance performance last June, returns to showcase the Txalaparta not only as a music instrument but also as a linking factor uniting the musicians with the audience. Oreka TX use improvisation and explore the potential of this instrument in music, rhythms and forms that go beyond the strictly local Basque tradition. The group was created in 2001 and its main members are Harkaitz Martinez de San Vicente and Mikel Ugarte. In their 15 years of work, Oreka TXhave worked with important musicians and bands from all over the world and have won various awards, such as the Latin Grammy Award.

The Venus Paradox

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The Venus Paradox

Friday 29 September 2017 – Monday 15 January 2018
(Every day except Tuesday 10:00-17:00, Wednesday 10:00-22:00)

A contribution of the A. G. Leventis Gallery to the European Capital of Culture – Pafos2017: An ode to Cyprus’ absolute – and enigmatic – goddess through a series of events in various fields, including literature, dance, theatre and contemporary Cypriot artistic creation. The Cypriot Venus, goddess of mortals and immortals, comes to life through the art of the great masters from the Renaissance to the Baroque and from Realism to Impressionism and beyond. Entitled “The Venus Paradox”, this exhibition focuses on Venus as mother, woman, mistress and seductress, amidst love, life and death – through enticing stories of passion, envy, strife and deception.

This is an unprecedented collaboration with 17 leading museums and private collections in Europe and America.

Remote Pafos - Rimini Protokoll

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Remote Pafos - Rimini Protokoll

Wednesday 27th Septmeber
From:
17:00 - 18:40

The Rimini Protokoll group is considered one of the most important, pioneering and influential theatre groups in Europe during the last few years. It consists of Helgard Haug, Stefan Kaegi and Daniel Wetzel, who have been working together since 2002 and have been constantly developing new theatrical forms. In 2017 the great artists will include Pafos in their programme, with an en-route-performance in the city centre for 50 viewers at a time. A special soundtrack will accompany the performance in streets, parking spaces, churches and courtyards, thus, changing the way we view and experience our city.

In Greek and English
Free transportation from the Pafos Youth Organisation Building to the Fabrica’s Cave and back. Performances will be given in two periods, from 27/9 - 4/10 (17:00) and 3/11 - 8/11 (15:30)
 

Omar Faruk tekbilek - From East to West

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Omar Faruk tekbilek - From East to West

Tuesday 26th September
From:
20:30 - 23:30

Pafos will welcome one of the greatest personalities of oriental music and one of the most charismatic musicians of the Mediterranean. Omar Faruk Tekbilek has been active in the music world for over thirty years and has been influenced by the Middle East and the Mediterranean region. His music is deeply rooted in tradition, but combines elements from contemporary musical idioms.

Tekbilek is inspired by religious mysticism, tradition, romance and imagination. Considering himself a messenger of peace, he collaborates with musicians from different countries and cultures. Greek and Cypriot musicians will also participate.

Lines of Production / Producing Lines

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Lines of Production / Producing Lines

Opening: Thursday 28th September
From:
19:00 - 20:00
Duration: Tuesday 26 September – Tuesday 3 October 2017 (16:00-19:00)

 Within the frame of the “Architecture as a Tool for Reshaping” project, the Neapolis University Programme in Architecture and the Postgraduate Programμε in Landscape Architecture, present student projects that focus on Pafos and its wider area. With respect for the environment and history, future architects select spaces in the city and the district of Pafos and transform them into venues of encounter and play, venues for the development and exchange of ideas, venue where democracy is applied and culture is produced. The exhibition also includes the projects of the “Second Nature” artistic project, which was also organised by Pafos2017 Organisation.

The Khoury Ensemble - From East to West

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The Khoury Ensemble - From East to West

Saturday 23rd September
From:
20:30 - 23:30

Three musicians, three brothers, famous for composing and performing original works of contemporary music of the East. The ensemble explores music of the Middle East adding elements from other cultures. These three artists have surpassed the limits and possibilities of their instruments and are considered top musicians of their generation. The Khoury brothers underpin their music in the great tradition and heritage of Arabic oriental music mixing in the contemporary music scene. They combine the oud, flute, qanun and violin with flamenco, Celtic, Indian and jazz, gaining admirers amongst performers and composers all over Europe and the Middle East, such as the great flamenco teacher, Enrique Morente, opera tenor Roberto Alagna and many more. They have appeared in Europe, the Arab world, Africa and in many other countries giving live performances that have been described as “nothing less than musical events par excellence.

Alkinoos Ioannidis

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Alkinoos Ioannidis 

Friday 22nd September
From:
20:30 - 22:00

The Open Air Factory hosts two artists whose musical journeys are full of lyricism and originality, full of broader social and philosophical connotations. Alkinoos Ioannides shares the stage with Karine Polwart from Scotland bridging Cypriot, Greek and Celtic sounds. The Cyprus Youth Symphony Orchestra will also take part in the event which resounds the motto “Linking Continents– Bridging Cultures”.

Songs Without Borders

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Songs Without Borders

Wednesday 20th September
From:
20:30 - 23:30

Cypriot songwriter and singer Vakia Stavrou is based in Paris and has a significant career in the international music world. Her own compositions as well as the other songs she performs carry the distinct mark of her voice and her musicality. As she sings in many languages, Vakia Stavrou is greatly loved amongst musicians and audiences around the world. She has worked with great musicians such as Carlos Bernardo in Paris who works with the Theatre du Soleil and Toda Via, the great percussionist Inor Sotolongo and the Cypriot cellist Stelios Pittas. For this performance, she has prepared songs combined with colours, feelings, vivid imagination and light.

Coming Together in Mouttalos

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Coming Together in Mouttalos

Wednesday 20th September
From:
19:00 - 20:35

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 Cypriot artists will set up installations trying to reconnect past and present, bringing the two communities closer. Austrian artist Victoria Coeln approaches this sensitive issue very carefully by lighting spaces in Mouttalos such as deserted phone booths and a courtyard with flowers which will be used as small stages for small-scale events, so that the area can reconnect with the rest of the city. As part of the general rebirth of Mouttalos, henna and terebinth trees will be planted along the streets and photographer Ercenc Mehmet Korkmanzel will be the curator of the events organised during the planting of the trees. 

Janus

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Janus

Sunday 17th September
From:
20:30 - 23:30 

The inspiration behind this project has been drawn from the Ibrahim’s Khan and its history. It includes musical adaptations, compositions for violin and cello, sound programming, animation screenings, and installations. For this project, the Khan acts as an allegory for the political and social reality and the coexistence between the Turkish Cypriot and Greek Cypriot communities it used to represent, and the desire for this state of affairs to return. This audio visual presentation focuses on the Khan and its transition from a meeting point to a deserted site and the possibility of it returning to its original state. Different techniques are employed in the project as a metaphor for the possibility of the co-existence between people of a different background.

Cassandre

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Cassandre

Saturday 16th September
From:
20:30 - 21:30

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 some of the most distinguished European directors, takes on the role of Cassandra and her exquisite performance confirms her reputation as one the best French actresses.
In French with Greek and English subtitles.

Terra Mediterranea: in Action

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Fabrica’s Cave, Pafos 
Opening: 8 April 2017, 11:00
Duration: 8 April – 25 November 2017,  10:00- 19:00
Installation: Chiharu Shiota
*Α collaboration between European Capital of Culture – Pafos2017 and the EU-Japan Fest Committee


Pafos Medieval Castle
Opening: 8 April 2017, 12:00
Duration: 8 April – 25 November 2017
Opening hours: Winter (16 September – 15 April) – Sunday: 08:30 – 17:00 & 
Summer (16 April – 15 September) Monday – Sunday: 08:30 – 19:30
Participating artists and theorists: Ana Adamović, Tom Dale, Elina Ioannou, Panayiotis Michael in collaboration with Pascalle Burton, Isabel Carvalho, Peter Eramian, Erden Kosova, Flavia Malusardi, Iordanis Papadopoulos, Christopher Rey Pérez, Maria Petrides and Liv Strand, Erkan Özgen, Alexandros Pissourios