PAFOS 2017

PAFOS 2017

The whole harbour city of Pafos is UNESCO heritage listed. Of course the archaeological places are must-seen-sights, but in spite of the touristic attractiveness Pafos stays a part of a divided island: located in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, geographically belonging to Asia, politically to Europe, split into a Turkish northern and a Greek southern part. Under the motto „LINKING CONTINENTS – BRIDGING CULTURES“ Pafos wants to overcome borders through culture and brings continents closer again to each other. One of the main projects is the „Open Air Factory“ - with its more than 300 local and international art and culture events in public space where inhabitants and visitors should participate in common. In times like ours this seems more important than ever!
To use the historical sights of Pafos in a new and modern way the European Capital of Culture will transfer many projects to extraordinary venues: concerts to the ancient royal grave, breakdance to the ruin of the ancient city or theatre and performances to the beach …
It seems to become a critical discussion about the current situation of the city and the island; the Cypriots themselves are part of the ECOC-programme - in a creative and ambitious way but also with subtle irony.
Have a look at a reportage about the challenges and the current situation of Pafos 
(in German and French language):
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