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28th January 2017
Pafos - European Capital of Culture in 2017
The programme of the European Capital of Culture Pafos2017 is built around three themed programme lines: Myth and Religion, World Travellers and Stages of the Future. In addition, it includes The Travelling Stage, a platform providing a unifying thread running through all three thematic lines.
for the full programme.
12th May 2017
This international production offers a different, fresh and surprising approach to Aristophanes’ comedy featuring actors from different troubled lands (12 actors from Cyprus, Brazil and Nigeria). War and peace and the conflict between the two genders are the central themes of the play, while women struggle to restore peace by using their erotic powers as weapons. The origin of the participants is meaningful, as they all contribute to the play with their personal and collective experiences and cultural particularities, making the performance a dialogue between Africa, South America and Europe. The performance is accompanied by a band of musicians from Germany and is directed by Brian Michaels.
The performance will take place in the House of Aion which is located inside the Archaeological Park of Pafos.
14th May 2017
Signs in Time and Space - Open Air Art Museum
The Art de Fact Organisation, in line with the spirit of the Open Air Factory, creates installations which connect people and places. Placed in public locations, these installations will create an open air museum and a dialogue between the sites and the artworks. This connection opens up broader notional links and enriches the visitors’ and the local people’s perception of the works and the spaces themselves. The artists Andreas Makariou, Yiota loannidou, Andreas Paraskevas, Charis Paspallis, Dimitris Makariou and Umit Inatci represent different generations and techniques, and are invited to create artistic interventions in central locations in Pafos. In addition, there will be a photography exhibition with the images of the installations. Some of the works have already been place in 2016 and all 12 will remain in the public space permanently, as an aesthetic enrichment of the landscape and a legacy that the European Capital of Culture will leave behind for the city of Pafos.
19th May 2017
Pafos: Myth, History, Landscape
This exhibition includes multiple adaptations of themes from Greek mythology, Cypriot history and nature of the Pafos region from the antiquity, the early Christian years, the period during which it served as the island’s capital and its current identity. The curator of the exhibition, Costas Serezis, has selected more than 30 artists who represent different generations, styles and approaches from Greece and Cyprus. The works include paintings, engravings, sculptures, ceramics, mosaics, tapestry and photography.
Participating artists (amongst others): Andreas Charalambides (myth), Giorgos Kotsonis (mosaic), Constantinos Yiannikouris (myth), Katerina Yenikova Yiannikouri (tapestry), Michalis Charalambides (landscape), Andreas Ladommatos (landscape), John Corbidge (ancient art in contemporary compositions), Doros Partasides (photography), Varvara Georgiou (ceramic sculpture), Athina Antoniadi (symbolic composition), Hambis Tsaggaris (engravings) from Cyprus and Chrysa Vergi (landscape), Christodoulos Galtemis (landscape, engravings), Constantinos Rammos (history of topography), Stephanos Daskalakis (mythical and contemporary forms), Maro Kerasioti (ceramic sculpture, mermaids), Vaggelis Moustaka (sculptures with molded brass), Katia Kolefa (mosaics), Dimitris Talianis (photography) and Alexandras Moustakas (surrealist reference to myth) from Greece.
21st May 2017
The mosaics of Pafos and the Roman music scenes depicted in them were the inspiration for this exhibition. Using multimedia, the exhibition presents musical instruments from the Prehistoric period until antiquity, from the origins, that is, of the European musical tradition. The scenes that the mosaics depict, stemming from musical themes of the Hellenistic and Roman years, will be rendered for the audience as interactive installations with the use of 3D technology. Additionally there will be a presentation of a documentary on music and sounds lost in the course of European history.
03 June 2017
The Festivities of Yeronisos
Also known as Holy Island, Yeronisos has been a popular destination for travellers over centuries. The excavations completed in 2016 brought to light facts about the Ptolemaic period as well as Ionic style architecture findings. As part of the European Capital of Culture events, 2017 will be the year during which students, local people, rchaeologists, seamen and fishermen will celebrate the completion of the excavations and invite us to a series of activities related to Yeronisos, such as lectures, tours and festive concerts. At the same time, an international sailing competition around Yeronisos will be organised in order to highlight the islands’ natural beauty and the region’s archaeological importance.
04th July 2017
Life of the Dead
The two European Capitals of Culture have joined forces in organising this grand exhibition dealing with death, the afterlife, and mourning. Co-organised by the Moesgaard Museum (MoMu) in Aarhus and the Society of Cypriot Studies, the exhibition explores the traditions and customs around death and beliefs around the dead in Cyprus, Denmark and elsewhere. For the exhibition, the Society of Cypriot Studies will create a special space inside the emblematic museum in Aarhus which will present exhibits from Cyprus dating from antiquity until the present, as well as modern works by Cypriot and Danish artists, under the curatorship of Ditte Lyngsoe Peders, from Denmark. From Pafos, the artists Yiannos Economou, Susan Vargas and Rinos Stefani will take part in the exhibition.
The exhibitions that will take place both in Pafos and in Aarhus will examine burial sites, burial customs and doctrines, objects linking us to the dead and contemporary perceptions of the afterlife. Exhibits will be transported to the sites from other museums and archaeological locations in Cyprus and Copenhagen. The general curators of the exhibition in Pafos will be Dr. Charalambos Hotzakoglou and Dr. loannis lliades of the Society of Cyprus Studies, and of the exhibition in Aarhus Professor Ton Otto, Head of the Ethnography Department of Moesgaard Museum. Organization supervisor: Daniella Pistenti Mouyiannou.
09th July 2017
International Festival of Ancient Greek Drama
This is one of the most important festivals organised in Cyprus and it offers to the audience of Pafos performances of high aesthetic value, in addition to a re-introduction to Ancient Greek Drama. Pafos2017 placed this institution in its programme in 2014 with theatre groups from all over the world, building bridges between countries and cultures, between innovation and the historical element, the modern and the classical. The different approaches that the groups use prove the timelessness of ancient drama.
14th July 2017
The myth of Galatea has been pivotal to the development of Pafos identity and it has turned into a pattern for the Open Air Factory. As the myth has it, Pygmalion asks Aphrodite to breathe life into his sculpture, Galatea, with whom he has fallen in love. The city of Pafos has been named after the fruit of their love, their son Pafos. Dance Cyprus Company presents a performance inspired by this founding myth, choreographed by Davide Bombana. The performance includes dancers from Cyprus and Italy. The Cyprus Youth Orchestra will accompany the performance, conducted by Yiorgos Kountouris. Parallel to this event, a series of educational programmes under the same title, as well as exhibitions and workshops take place promoting dance culture in Cyprus.
23 July 2017
Bridging Life and Death
Under the light of the full moon and inspired by the exhibition Life of the Dead organised by Moesgaard Museum and the Society of Cyprus Studies, the project Bridging Life and Death is an unusual tour through the archaeological site of the Tombs of the Kings. Here, the silence of the dead is perceived as the music accompanying life. The tour will be concluded in the third emblematic tomb where Timotheos Stylianides will perform a guitar recital and Maria Andreou will offer her storytelling-performance. The mysticism of the performance will bridge ancient themes with universal realities related to life and death. Through music and performance in the necropolis, human creativity intervenes with works which perceive death not just as a fait accompli or a tragedy, but as an affirmation of life.
08th August 2017
From Mycenae to Pafos
One of the main aims of the Open Air Factory programme is to highlight spaces inextricably linked to the history of Pafos. One such space is the Museum of Nothing, the Museum of the Mycenaean Colonisation of Cyprus in the archeological site of Maa - Palaiokastro. A music concert by the Cypriot composer Savvas Savva on the Mycenaean settlers from Pafos will take place in the Museum and it will also underline the historical value of this site. With a piano and a selection of percussion instruments (bells, xylophone, drums etc.), the composer will use the particularities of the built space itself to bring music and space into a reciprocal resonance.
16th September 2017
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. With the participation of Commandaria Orchestra under the direction of Francis Guy. Set and Light design: Seth Tillett. Costume design: Nicole Rauscher. Conductor: Jean Deroyer.
The work is produced by the Comédie de Genève and it was first presented at the Grand Opera d’Avignon.
11th October 2017
New Pafos and Western Cyprus
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.
12th October 2017
Kingdoms of Pafos
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.
15th October 2017
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. Pagkosmion Asma is produced by the Cyprus University Theatrical Workshop (THEPAK). 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. Dramaturgy: Michalis Pieris, Stamatia Laoumtzi. Music: Christos Pittas. Set and costume design: Stavros Antonopoulos.
18th November 2017
Weaving Europe: The World as Meditation
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. Curated by Efi Kyprianidou.
Participating Artists: Cat Mazza (Usa), Sabrina Gschwandtner (Usa), Inci Eviner (Turkey), Johan Grimonprez (Belgium), Fernando Sánchez Castillo (Spain), Francesca Fini (Italy), Eva Borner (Switzerland), Stefanos Tsivopoulos (Greece), Loukia Alavanou (Gr/Ger), Anne Wilson (Uk/Usa), Janis Jefferis (Pol/Uk), Angelo Plessas (Greece), Diane Wood Conroy (Australia), Yannis Sakellis (Cyprus), Kyriacos Kousoulides (Cyprus), Nikos Gyftakis & Christos Avraam (Gr/Cy), Anastasia Mina (Cyprus), Cemal Gürsel Soyel (Cyprus), Erato Hadjisavva (Cyprus).
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