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Pafos 2017 - European Capital of Culture

Events Calendar

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Pagkosmion Asma (Universal song)

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Pagkosmion Asma (Universal song)

Friday 15th December & Saturday 16th December
From:
20:30 

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.  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 that successfully indicates the island’s contribution to modern Greek literature.

Japanese Eyes on Cyprus

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Japanese Eyes on Cyprus

Thursday 14th December
From:
08:00 - 17:00 

Japanese photographer Masahiro Usami is invited to photograph the people of Cyprus. The programme is a collaboration between Pafos2017, the Home for Cooperation and the EU-Japan Fest Japan Committee. It has existed for several years now, with photographers from Japan capturing different countries in Europe, creating a bridge between Japan and the European continent. The photographs will be exhibited in Pafos (Ibrahim’s Khan) and in Nicosia (Home for Cooperation), spaces which serve exactly the purpose of uniting people through various cultural events. Curated by Kaori Otake.

Peri Poleos

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Peri Poleos

Saturday 9th December
From:
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 their city and its achievements.

Musical events or events with references to the past social, political and economic life of Pafos and its residents, regardless of ethnic origin or religion, will round off the programme. Coordinator: Eliza Christoforou.

Salon d’Automne in Pafos

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Salon d’Automne in Pafos

Friday 1st December to Friday 15th December
From:
10:00 - 13:00 & 16:00 - 19:00

The Salon d’Automne is a historical exhibition of great significance held on an annual basis in Paris. Michèle julie Ansermet Papadopoulos brings this exhibition to Pafos linking the European Capital of Culture with Paris and its great tradition in the arts, with the sponsoring of French Institute of Nicosia.

Salon d’Automne was founded in 1903 by a group of artists, amongst them Édouard Vuillard, Pierre Bonnard, George Rouault, Albert Marquet and Henri Matisse as a counter-movement to conservatism in art. The exhibition takes place in Paris every Autumn, with a part of it travelling abroad.

Europa Transit

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Europa Transit

Tuesday 28th November
From:
20:00 - 23:00 

The project Europa Transit by the European Capital of Culture in DSS2016,in Spain, has travelled to ten European cities that are or have been witness to wars or conflict. On behalf of the Lighthouse of Peace and the mission to spread the values of empathy and mutual understanding, Europa Transit has visited Ceuta, Belfast, Dresden, Wroclaw, Sarajevo, Moscow, Pristina, Plovdiv, Thessaloniki and Pafos. The journey started in January 2016 and stopped for some days each site. During that time, a documentary has been made which combines a journalistic account of the conflict with an overview of the cultural references behind it. The goal was to obtain a digital mosaic on European identity that highlights the multiple identity constructs of a pluralistic Europe, and which can continue to be added to in the years to come. Ten views on ten conflicts in the search for empathy and mutual understanding. Ten stories defending culture for the transition to coexistence.

Ways to Meet Αgain

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Ways to Meet Αgain

Sunday 26th November
From:
16:00 - 19:00 

In line with the Open Air Factory, this exhibition focuses on an examination of what constitutes boundaries, borders and territories and how these are expanded or overcome. Through opening up their own memories, the artists test how identities are formed by local and international mechanisms. The participants explore ways to document and classify information and how to record it in archival form. As a location, Cyprus functions inter-culturally, bringing to light new ideas, works of art and forms of writing. The artists are alumni and graduate students of the Fine Arts postgraduate programme of Frederic University.

Invitation to Cypriot Composers

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Invitation to Cypriot Composers

Saturday 25th November
From:
20:30 - 21:30 

The European Capital of Culture Pafos2017 and the Centre of Cypriot Composers invite composers from Cyprus to produce musical works drawing on the Open Air Factory and its motto “Linking Continents – Bridging Cultures” and its programme lines (Myth and Religion, World Travellers, Stages of the Future). Six of these works will be performed during a concert given as part of the closing ceremony of the European Capital of Culture.

Letters to the Others

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Letters to the Others

Wednesday 22nd November
From:
19:00 

Writers from Pafos exchange correspondence with other writers living in Aarhus (Denmark) and Plovdiv (Bulgaria), European Capitals of Culture in 2017 and 2019 respectively. These letters are not just a way of introducing or presenting one’s city of residence, but they are also ways to exchange ideas about literary expression and getting acquainted with the other. Letters were preferred in this case, with e-mails however not excluded, in order to revive epistolary literature and integrate it in today’s condition where the need to communicate is more urgent than ever. These writers will then visit Pafos and, along with the local writer with whom they had exchanged correspondence, they will present their work on stories of social particularities as well as similarities.

 

Weaving Europe: The World as Meditation

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Weaving Europe: The World as Meditation

Saturday 18th November
From:
16:00 - 19:00

Being one of the oldest art forms in the world, this project refers to the art of weaving, its history and its semiotics. What can the historical language of weaving offer to modern visual art practices, like digital technology, new media and Internet art? Art History has neglected weaving, knitting and embroidery as well as other domestic forms of art, classifying them as feminine and not equal in value compared to the Fine Arts. This exhibition explores female labour and the role of women in the history of art. Comparing weaving to Plato’s political philosophy, the metaphor of “Weaving Europe” poses the issue of European identity and its construction and the need to examine the threads that “weave” Europe. The project includes an exhibition of contemporary art by Cypriot and international artists whose work involves the use of new media and digital technologies. It also includes lectures and discussions, workshops about knitting as a form of therapy, film and documentary screenings and a journal publication.

The Clarinet-Piano Music of the East Meets the West

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The Clarinet-Piano Music of the East Meets the West

Friday 17th November
From:
20:30 - 23:30 

This event takes us on a journey of traditional Cypriot and Greek music where the East will meet the West. The music has been written for piano and clarinet and will be performed by Czech clarinetist Karel Dohnal and the Cypriot pianist Kyriacos Kyriacou.

Tales of Two Cinemas

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Tales of Two Cinemas

Thursday 16th November
From:
19:00 - 23:00 

The cinema theatres Attikon in Pafos and Kino Kosmos in Plovdiv (Bulgaria) share common memories and stories from the past as well as future challenges. For years, the two cinemas were landmark locations with cutting-edge technology at the time of their construction, only to fall into disrepair in later years. The European Capital of Culture initiative brings them back to life and re-integrates them into the urban and social landscape of their respective city. Two members from the citizens initiative Kosmos Collective who are trying to breathe new cultural life into the building have been invited to Cyprus to present the restoration processes accompanied by the director of the Night of Museum and Galleries held in Plovdiv annually. In addition, an exhibition entitled The Color of Kosmos will show images and visions for the future.

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.

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