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Pafos 2017 - European Capital of Culture

Events Calendar

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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.

Territories

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Territories

Friday 15th September
From:
16:00 - 19:00 

The exhibition features works by two visual artists, Asli Bolayir and Christine Chiorboli, the one from the Turkish Cypriot quarter of Pafos, Mouttalos, and the other from Corsica. Issues such as identity and cross-border movement or confinement are explored in their work, which in turn reflects the internal struggle of the artists trying to find their own place, or to become a part of the place in which they live. Likewise, their projects reflect the concern of being somewhere or nowhere between national policies and natural identity policies and the conflict of being “somebody” or “nobody”.

Myth and Sculpture Park

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Myth and Sculpture Park

Saturday 9th September
From:
00:00 - 23:59

The past meets the present in everyday locations of Pafos and Geroskipou. Geroskipou has a wealth of antiquities, legends, traditions and natural beauty. In 2017, Geroskipou acquires its own sculpture park inspired by local legends. With particular reference to the history, myths and traditions of Geroskipou, ten Cypriot and foreign sculptors will be invited to create works drawing on the history of the area. In this way, the artists will contribute to the European Capital of Culture and will create the necessary conditions for growth in a large sculpture park of international interest that will claim its space on the map of public art exhibitions. The creators will be selected through an open call for projects and the artworks will be placed in a specially designed space in Geroskipou in 2017. The project is curated by Katerina Foukara and the opening is scheduled for 24 September 2017 at 19:00.

Volunteers from Japan

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Saturday 9th September
From:
00:00 - 23:59

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 of urban intervention and cultural growth in Cyprus.

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The Alien Trail

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The Alien Trail

Friday 8th September
From:
16:00 - 19:00

Pafos has always welcomed foreigners from all over the world, many of whom have been assimilated into its society. There are also those who remain invisible and anonymous, still in the status of the immigrant. Following their traces, this project aims at bringing them to light and fostering their social assimilation. Some well known European photographers will wander in the neighbourhoods of Pafos and other cities and will record the adventures of a world unseen. Sociologists, anthropologists and art educators will also contribute to the work in which children of minorities will get involved in order to surpass their linguistic or social limitations. When the project is concluded, a photographic exhibition, a documentary and a publication, producing material against racism and social exclusion, will record all these activities

The Abduction from the Seraglio

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The Abduction from the Seraglio

Friday 1st September to Sunday 3rd September
From:
20:00

The 19th Pafos Aphrodite Festival presents W.A. Mozart’s popular and romantic opera Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The abduction from the Seraglio)

The 19th edition of Pafos Aphrodite Festival is included in the Programme of Events of Pafos 2017 European Capital of Culture and opens its curtain with W.A. Mozart’s masterpiece Die Entführung aus dem Serail (The Abduction from the Seraglio) on September 1, 2 and 3 at the square of the Pafos Medieval Castle in co-production with the Italian lyric organization Parma Opera Organization C.E.F.A.C. and the Theatre of Pisa with the participation of the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra.
The Abduction from the Seraglio is in the genre of «singspiel», a comic opera in the German language combining music with spoken dialogue. This genre influenced the subsequent development of German opera which until that time was overshadowed in the German-speaking part of Europe by the Italian opera.

There will be a simultaneous translation into Greek and English via subtitles.

 

The Many Faces of Venus

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The Many Faces of Venus

Friday 1st September
From:
10:00 - 17:00

This international exhibition will bring together artistic treasures from the greatest museums of Europe to Cyprus. The works’ common theme is their representation of myths and legends related to Aphrodite of Pafos. The exhibition will showcase western perceptions about the goddess, mainly from the Renaissance until Modernity. A series of activities and events will encourage the audience to get involved and participate actively in the exhibition. Visits and guided tours will take place in Nicosia and there will also be a lecture presenting the exhibition at the Pafos Municipal Gallery on the 6th of June 2017.

Kypria International Festival 2017

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Friday 1st September
From:
00:00 - 23:59 

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.

 

Five Pianos, Five Days, Five Places

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Five Pianos, Five Days, Five Places

Wednesday 30th August – Sunday 3rd September
All Day

Five pianos will be exhibited for five days at a different location every day. A travelling interactive installation that will amount to a total of 2,017 minutes of music! Pianists, students and the general public will be able to test them and play on them. On the first day the pianos will be exhibited at Pafos Town Hall Square, on the second day they will be in Pegeia, on the third at Geroskipou Square, the fourth at Makarios Avenue and the fifth at the Castle Square.

Moving Screens /The Intouchables

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Moving Screens /The Intouchables

Monday 28th August
From:
20:30 - 22:30

In Paris, the quadriplegic eccentric aristocrat Philippe is interviewing candidates for a caregiver position when the rude African Driss literally invades his home asking him to confirm his presence there in order to receive his unemployment benefit from Social Insurance. Philippe challenges Driss, offering him a trial period of one month to gain experience, which changes the lives of Phillipe and those around him.

In French with Greek and English subtitles

Lingua Franca Ensemble

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Lingua Franca Ensemble

Saturday 26th August
From:
20:30 - 23:30 

Musicians from Cyprus, Greece and Germany form the ensemble Lingua Franca that will appear on the Travelling Stage in the summer of 2017 in Pafos. Members of the ensemble carry with them their geographical and musical experiences on a musical quest, during which the traditions of the Eastern Mediterranean meet and create a visual landscape through music. The fresh sound of the tarhu – a fiddle developed only ten years ago – mixes with the intense and brilliant sound of the violin creating a unique blend. The oud with its emotional and yet dynamic character connects perfectly to the strong character of the percussion instruments lead and supported by amazing vocals. The Lingua Franca Ensemble composes and performs music with respect to the character of local tradition and music. With expressive intensity and joyful drive they lead the audience on an emotional and euphoric journey.

Traditional Lullabies from Cyprus, Greece and Asia Minor

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Traditional Lullabies from Cyprus, Greece and Asia Minor

Friday 25th August
From:
20:30 - 23:30

Trio NeRo is a music group that focuses on the re-definition of lullabies from

Cyprus, Greece and Asia Minor through a blend of traditional elements and those of contemporary classical music, funk, rock, jazz, as well as samples of recorded lullabies. Trio NeRo will also present an original song written by composer George Rodosthenous and poet Aphroditi Zacharia-Rodosthenous.

Traditional Routes

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Traditional Routes

Friday 25th August to 26th August
From: 19:30-23:00

Two days filled with traditional sounds, images and flavours, dedicated to the folklore culture of Cyprus and other countries. In 2017, the European Capital of Culture welcomes music and dance from Cyprus, Pontus, the Mediterranean Sea and other European Capitals of Culture.

Focussing on folklore creation, the festival stages a shadow theatre will be set up, traditional games, fairy tales and presentations of tools, musical instruments as well as food and wine. The “Ktima” Folklore Association organises this event with the participation of music and dance ensembles of foreign residents as well as a folklore group from the Basque Country.

Moving Screens /The Intouchables

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Moving Screens /The Intouchables

Monday 21st August
From:
20:30 - 22:30

In Paris, the quadriplegic eccentric aristocrat Philippe is interviewing candidates for a caregiver position when the rude African Driss literally invades his home asking him to confirm his presence there in order to receive his unemployment benefit from Social Insurance. Philippe challenges Driss, offering him a trial period of one month to gain experience, which changes the lives of Phillipe and those around him.

In French with Greek and English subtitles

Mίsia – The Soul of Fado

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sia – The Soul of Fado

Saturday 19th August
From:
20:30 - 23:30

Mísia is one of the best performers of fado music, a distinct music genre of Portugal. She was born in Οporto in Portugal and belongs to a musical family that goes three generations back. She borrowed her name from Misia Cert, Stéphane Mallarmé’s muse, a friend of Proust and Picasso and model of Toulouse Lautrec and Pierre Bonnard. Taking traditional poems as a starting point and basis of her musical creation, Mísia combines these with new material always in the style and form of fado, but removed from the folklore element and fused with the fado of today. Her last album refers to Amalia Rodrigues, the eternal soul of fado.

Danish Un Veterans

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Danish Un Veterans

Friday 10th November
From:
17:00 - 23:00 

After spending many years as members of the United Nations, veterans from Aarhus (Denmark) visit Cyprus for the European Capital of Culture and they bring with them their memories from their days in Cyprus. A photography exhibition about the presence and actions of the UN in times of conflict, will be telling the story of the violent separation of the two communities. During the opening, Danish Peacekeepers, who served on the island right after its Independence in 1960, will share their experience of those times with the audience.

European Eyes on Japan - Japan Today

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European Eyes on Japan - Japan Today

Friday 18th August
From:
16:00 - 19:00

Starting from 1999, Japan Today has been inviting photographers from two

European Capitals of Culture to Japan each year to document peoples’ lives in different areas. The aim is to re-familiarise the Japanese with aspects of their lives which tend to be lost. By looking through the “filter” of a foreigners eye, or rather camera lens, the Japanese audience is invited to rediscover the hidden gems of their own culture as well as gaining a more global perspective. At the same time the project acquaints Europeans with Japanese Culture through photographs which go beyond stereotypical representation.

Uniting the Mediterranean Sea

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Uniting the Mediterranean Sea

Tuesday 15th August to Friday 18th August

From: 20:00

At the sea caves of Pegeia, by the sunken EDRO III, the famous actor Marios Ioannou, together with a large international creative team, creates a breathtaking theatrical world that bridges the Mediterranean and its people. Actors from Alexandria, Barcelona, Izmir, Marseilles, Pafos, and Tangier, will find themselves tied to each other on a stage at the bay of Pegeia, and, together, will explore the meanings of the common sea and of the common homeland.

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