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Pafos 2017 - European Capital of Culture

Events Calendar

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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.

Re:Mains

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Re:Mains

Saturday 11th November
From:
20:30 - 23:30

An audiovisual performance combining contemporary music with animation. A concert with music by the composer Christina Athinodorou, including the first performances of the composition Re:Mains for Multi-Pianist (2013-15) to be performed by the pianist Annini Tsiouti and accompanied by the animation of Charalambos Margaritis. A small chamber ensemble with the soprano Margarita Elia will present Athinodorou’s song collection Ángel Inmenso, also in a world first performance.

Τhe Animattikon Project

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Τhe Animattikon Project

Saturday 4th November
All Day 

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 the name of the project is in fact a connection of the word “animation” and the name “Attikon”.

Charalambos Margaritis is the curator of the programme and Vincent Rioux and Juliette Marchaud, professors at the National Superior School of Fine Arts in Paris will also take part in the project with the organising of workshops. Benjamin Efrati and Diego Verastegui from the Miracle Collective in Paris as well as other famous animators from Cyprus and abroad will contribute to the events.

Referring to Aphrodite

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Referring to Aphrodite

Friday 3rd November
From:
16:00 - 17:00 

A series of events around the Goddess of Beauty and the rich cultural dimension of the myth. Sotiris Karagiorgis has written music for prose and poetry on Aphrodite, edited by Professor Giorgos Georgis of Neapolis University of Pafos, which will be presented through screenings, recitals and discussions. Ass. Professor Erato Hatzisavva of the Athens School of Fine Arts attempts an innovative and contemporary approach to some of the most famous masterpieces of European art, works which deal with the Goddess of beauty, love, fertility and sacred harlotry. Through an interactive representation of the Goddess, Erato Hatzisavva creates 3D on-wall works and videos, and 15 graduates of the Athens School of Fine Arts offer their own renderings of Aphrodite of the Homeric works, curated by Leda Kazantzaki

Remote Pafos - Rimini Protokoll

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Remote Pafos - Rimini Protokoll

Friday 3rd November
From:
15:30 - 17:10 

Performances:  3/11 – 8/11 

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.

Open Living Library

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Open Living Library

Thursday 2nd November
From:
17:00 - 23:00 

Stories, recollections and memorabilia from the Ibrahim’s Khan, the surrounding area and the lives of its people is what this project aims at gathering and making accessible for the present and future. The entire process and an exhibition-documentary will be presented to the public after the restoration of the historic site.

Several parallel activities will take place including a Living Library of oral history, with the presentation of live or recorded storytelling and narratives, connecting the area again with the life and the people who used to live here. An outdoor memorabilia collection site will be set up near the Table of Unification, creating a library of objects that visitors can leave behind in the form of photos and messages.

Writer Ulus Irkad as well as other Turkish Cypriots, who lived in Pafos before 1974 will share their stories with the audience.

Between Regularity and Irregularity – Audiovisual Art and Culture

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Between Regularity and Irregularity – Audiovisual Art and Culture

Tuesday 31st October
From:
20:30 

The International Short Film Festival of Cyprus is an important event which includes multiple activities and takes place in Limassol annually. As part of the exchanges for the European Capital of Culture, Pafos will host a two-day screening event of awarded short films, animation films inspired by the poetry of one of the most important poets of Greek language in the 20th century, Constantine P. Cavafy, video art and documentaries. The aim is to present to the Cypriot audience the locally less known audiovisual art and culture of Japan and its rich tradition. Curated by film directors Ioakeim Mylonas and Alexia Roider (under the general direction) in collaboration with the Tokyo Video Art Center and the Musashiro Arts University Japan and Short Shorts Film Festival Tokyo.

The Table of Unification

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The Table of Unification

Monday 30th October
From:
16:00 - 19:00 

An installation that will become a reference point in the restored Ibrahim’s Khan. Inspired by the importance the Khan used to have for socialising and trading, British artists and academics Anthony Heywood and Uwe Derksen along with volunteers and emerging artists set up the Table of Unification at the Ibrahim’s Khan. The table-installation is part of the international intervention by the two artists under the general title Tabula Fortis in Pace and it was made with wood collected from buildings abandoned after 1974 and from neighbouring countries.

The installation will remain at the Khan beyond the end of the European Capital of Culture Pafos2017. The installation will contribute to reviving the Khan, turning it again into a meeting point for dialogue and events for the years to come. The design of the installation began in 2015 and was completed in 2016.

Meeting of Two Cultures

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Meeting of Two Cultures

Friday 24th November
From:
20:30 - 23:30 

Two pianists, two different artists from Cyprus and Turkey join in a musical journey and coexist through works of Greek, Turkish and Russian composers, demonstrating that the power of music is stronger than our differences. Manolis Neophytou and Canan Kocaay Camurtas give a joint concert that unites cultures.

Carte Blanche

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Carte Blanche

Tuesday 24th October
All Day 

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 and stand on the edge of what can be understood and explained.

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.

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