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The European Capital of Culture is a city chosen by the European Union for a period of one year during which it is given the opportunity to highlight the importance of culture in the life of a city, to involve citizens and creators in this process and to promote European culture.

The institution aims to strengthen the long-term cultural and economic development of a city. Much like the Olympics, it is the most important annual cultural event of Europe and a great tribute for any city and country.

The Pafos2017 artistic programme has been developed based on traditions spanning thousands of years when culture was enacted out in the open air and on the acknowledgement that there is a necessity for a new openness in our way of thinking, living and acting so that we may re-connect spaces and people in our region.
Pafos’ rich cultural heritage and the energy of the city and its citizens, are the main resources of the Open Air Factory.
The active involvement of local and national cultural carriers, the engagement and participation of artists from all over the world and a legacy of sustainable cultural collaboration is the ultimate goal of the Pafos2017 ECoC.
The Thematic Lines:

Within this category more than 20 projects will develop themes on beauty, divinity and mysticism, weaving stories and legends that evolved in Pafos then transcended into
the European cultural forum.

Within this category almost 70 projects will host world famous artists, personalities and events that promote cultural exchange, interaction and collaboration that strengthens our European and international dimension .

The more than 60 projects and actions in this category will not only highlight the contemporary world with its technological breakthroughs, but also with its significant
problems, with its dreams and hopes, with its initiatives and ideas.

In 2017 Pafos2017 will host more that 350 cultural events and projects in many places
and spaces throughout Pafos. These activities will include, music, theatre, dance, poetry,visual arts (cinema, animation & new media), photography, exhibitions, gastronomy and environmental projects, as well as many other actions and public events. These are just a few indicative events of the Pafos2017 Official Cultural Programme:

28-29/1/2017: A two-day multi media, light event including
music, theatre, and shows placed in the centre of Pafos with tens of events throughout the city.
An international event of major interest including world stars placed in the Pafos Medieval Castle area.
POETS & STARS with world famous actors like Jeremy Irons, Charlotte Rampling, Fanny Ardant Yiorgos Kimoulis and others at Petra tu Romiou and other historical locations.
TRAVELLING STAGE 2017 with world class singers and sounds from all over the world
(such as: Misia, Luz Cassal, Julia Migenes, Tereza Salgueiro and others)
ANCIENT DRAMA PERFORMANCES from Japan and Europe with important ensembles and directors – among them THE TROJAN WOMEN directed by the acclaimed director Theodoros Terzopoulos, with stage design by the famous artist Yianis Kounelis.
MEDITERRANEAN TRADITIONS expressed in Symposiums, Exhibitions & Concerts.
Famous singers and musicians from neighbouring countries like the Trio Khoury and the famous
Lebanon singer Ghada Sbeir will be part of this project.
ONE TOUCH OF VENUS A performance with the famous cabaret singer Ute Lemper & the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra.
VARIOUS WORLD CONCERTS with Vladimir Askenazy, soloists from Russian, Japan, Israel and many more.
ARCHEOMUSICA PROJECT Ancient Musical Instruments exhibition with a direct reference to the famous Roman period mosaics of Pafos

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