Pafos2017 takes December by storm


The European Capital of Culture Pafos2017 will start its last month of events with a bit of everything that warms the heart and reminds us that we are not that different after all.

The month begins with the opening of the exhibition Salon d’Automne at the En Plo Gallery on Friday at 7pm, together with a dance performance by Herve Sika while Nima Saekechik plays the piano. This is a famous artistic exhibition of historical significance that has been held every year in Paris in mid-October since 1903. After its run this year, a large number of its exhibited pieces will be heading to Paphos where the European Capital of Culture will be linked to Paris.

Art pieces by 30 local artists from both communities and 72 artists from abroad who took part in this year’s exhibition in Paris will be displayed during the exhibition until December 5.

Dalaras has performed some of the most memorable songs in modern Greek music history, that have been composed by some of Greece’s greats. Napoli has written music for the theatre and cinema as well as for his own solo albums. Together the two have been travelling around the Mediterranean, sharing songs from the region with audiences.Then it is off to the Markideio Theatre at 8.30pm where singer George Dalaras will perform with Italian singer and songwriter Eddy Napoli and a number of virtuosi musicians under the name The Sea that Unites Us.

The concert will be repeated on Saturday, when there is even more on the agenda. In the morning the Peace2Peace project will take its bow at Ibrahim’s Khan when the women involved in this project will come together to celebrate friendship and peace. They will do this with the opening of the installation Dream Catchers for Peace, which the group members created using crochet. Along with the installation there will be a bazaar selling handmade creations and traditional specialties made by women all over the country.

The morning activities do not end there. At 11.30am students from pre-primary and primary schools will perform the interactive show The Clown with the Journal by Mohammed Awwad, and at 2pm the children will be able to see a performance of The Tree That Was by Sel Silvestein by theatrical educator Neophyta Polydorou.

The evening takes us to Attikon Cinema at 7pm, where the exhibition Weaving Europe: the World as Meditation will run. The exhibition will explore 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 together.

Contemporary art by Cypriot and international artists whose work involves the use of new media and digital technologies will be on display. There will also be a lecture on the theme of weaving and a discussion, a workshop about knitting as a form of therapy, a documentary screening and a journal publication.

Salon d’Automne in Paphos
Group exhibition by 30 local artists and 72 artists from abroad. December 1-15. En Plo Gallery, Paphos. 4pm-7pm. Tel: 26-955166

The Sea that Unites Us
Performance with George Dalaras and Eddy Napoli. December 1-2. Markideio Theatre, Paphos. 8.30pm. € 15. Tel: 26-955166

Women who took part in the project get together to celebrate friendship and peace with the inauguration of the installation Dream Catchers for Peace. December 2. Ibrahim’s Khan, Paphos. 11am-3pm. Tel: 26-955166

Weaving Europe: the World as Meditation
Group exhibition. December 2. Attikon Cinema, Paphos. 7pm. Tel: 26-955166