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Cyprus and Venice October 1, 2006

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The historical links between these two islands are looked at in an exhibition taking part as part of the Italian Cultural Month

Centuries ago Cypriot families piled off boats that had crossed the Mediterranean to seek refuge in Venice shortly after the island was taken over by the Ottomans. Some of these refugees went on to become reputable doctors, lawyers, merchants and authors. Others influenced Italian fashion as Venetian dressmakers drew inspiration from traditional Cypriot clothing. Without really knowing it, Cypriots were instilling a little bit of their culture and knowledge into the life of Italy.

Perhaps even more interesting is the history that preceded these events. Cyprus and Venice were in fact related from the Byzantine times, when the Venetians were allowed to use the ports of Cyprus for trade. By the Lusignan period, the Venetians were well established on the island, with a vast amount of connections in various commercial and social sectors. When Cyprus became an overseas colony of the Venetian Republic in 1489, merchants further explored the products of our island and trade flourished. By the time Cyprus became part of the Ottoman Empire in 1571, the island had secured its gateway to modern Europe. When Cypriots soon after moved to Venice to escape Ottoman control, they became part of the history of the city.

Times have certainly changed, and as the centuries go by this interesting history is often forgotten. This month offers you the chance to rediscover the relationship between Venice and Cyprus as it is brought to life with theatre performances, music, fashion shows, seminars and exhibitions. As part of Italian Month, the Leventis Museum in Nicosia is hosting an exhibition which presents important documents from Venice which have never previously been exhibited in Cyprus including manuscripts, chronicles, books, letters and maps.

The items have been sent from Venice’s famous Marcianna Library (Library of St. Mark), The Correr Museum, Mocenigo Palace and the National Archives of Venice. As light is shed on the links between the two cultures you can also look through the famous Chronicle of Leontius Machaeras which many local historians have studied in depth, but have never previously been given the chance to examine close up. All the documents are accompanied by relevant sketches, as well as detailed descriptions and explanations. “This is all written proof of the relationship between Venice and Cyprus,” explained exhibition curator Lucia Hadjigavriel. “We were determined to bring things into the museum that had never been on display before. For the first time people can begin to understand why Cyprus was so very important for the Venetians all those years ago”.

So what exactly can you expect to see written on the documents? Some works reveal that Cyprus was once the biggest commercial centre of Europe for certain products as they outline the trade relations between the two countries, documenting local exports of yellow and white cotton, sugar and camel textiles. Other documents trace the cultural exchange between Cyprus and Venice. “We know the fabrics sent to Venice started off new fashions in Italy following the patterns and colours of the traditional costumes of Cyprus,” added Lucia. Some documents also look at the relations between Cypriot migrants and Italian citizens, examining their lives and their relationship with the governing bodies. What’s more, these documents are often hand written and signed by Kings and Popes of the time.

The documents will only remain in the museum for one month before they have to be sent back to Venice. “Some are written on parchment and fine old paper and need to preserved with very special means. They can only be displayed and exposed to the elements for a very limited amount of time,” said Lucia.

Also on show in the museum is the unique Attar Map before and after its recent restoration. Drawn up by Cypriot cartographer Leonida Attar in 1542, the map provides unique information about the territory and topography of the island such as coasts, mountains, rivers, numerous villages and ancient sights. It also shows how the island was divided into eleven separate administrative areas for the very first time.

Keep in mind that every Thursday morning from 10.30 to 12pm guided tours will be taking place in both Greek and English for those wishing to learn more about the historical importance of the documents in more detail. There is also a small catalogue available which provides descriptions of the items on show and their importance.
A historical conference about the period documented in the exhibition will also take place on October 21 at the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation in Nicosia. This one-day conference will host an impressive number of international scholars, each presenting a talk on relations between Cyprus and Venice throughout centuries.

The lectures will cover the most important aspects of the Venetian presence in Cyprus and the Cypriot presence in Venice, discussing the changes between the two peoples.
Subjects talked about will include the precious Attar map, a detailed analysis of Cypriots who migrated to Venice at the time of Ottoman rule and their social relations there, as well as the trade between the two countries. We all know that the even the distant past continually shapes the present that we live in. So why not go along to the exhibit and give yourself a little historical food for thought?

Venice and Cyprus
Exhibition with important documents including manuscripts and chronicles on the links between Venice and Cyprus. Opens October 2, 7pm, until November 5. The Leventis Municipal Museum, Laiki Yitonia, 17 Hippocrates Street, Nicosia. 10am-4.30pm daily. Closed Mondays. Tel: 22-661475

Italian Cultural Month
Fashion Show

GAS clothing, footwear and accessories. October 9. Laiki Sporting Centre, Latsia, Nicosia District. 8pm. Invite needed. Tel: 22 357718

Venice and Cyprus
Historical and literary conference about the period documented in the exhibition ‘Venice and Cyprus’ at the Leventis Museum. October 21. Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, Phaneromeni Street, Nicosia. 9am. Free. Tel: 22 357718

Musica Ricercata Ensemble
Ancient Baroque music concert with melodies composed by major European musicians with links to Venice and Cyprus. October 28. Castelliotissa Hall, Nicosia. 8.30pm. Free.

Brazil on your doorstep October 1, 2006

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The third Brazilian Cultural Month gets underway this week with a range of cultural activities from the colourful South American nation in Nicosia, Cyprus

The vibrant culture of faraway Brazil will be arriving at our doorstep this month as the Pharos Trust presents a Brazilian Cultural Month in Nicosia. With exciting events taking place throughout October at venues around town, the entire month will be dedicated to showcasing the very best of Brazilian art, music, dance, films and books.

What’s going on >

October 5
Challenges and Opportunities in National and International Affairs, A Brazilian case Study
Lecture by Sergio Moreira Lima, Ambassador of Brazil in Cyprus, organised in cooperation with the Department of Social and Political Sciences of the University of Cyprus. Main Auditorium, University of Cyprus, 75 Kallipoleos Street, Nicosia. 7.30pm. Tel: 22-894000

October 6
Brazilian Night
Featuring Capoeira Show, live Brazilian music and dance with the Brazilian Batucada Amazonas composed of musicians, dancers, singers and a DJ, as well as dinner with Brazilian food and drinks. A prize draw will also take place with two return tickets to Rio de Janeiro courtesy of British Airways as the first prize. University of Cyprus Cultural Centre, 8 Axiotheas Street, Old Nicosia. 8.30pm Tel: 22-434801

October 13
After Utopia
Art exhibition by contemporary Brazilian artists Angela Detenico and Rafael Lain. Opens October 13, 8pm, until November 15. Pharos Centre for Contemporary Art 24, Demosthenis Severis Avenue, Nicosia. Tel: 22-663871

October 18 and 19
Liquidificador
Brazilian band playing live. Club RED, 15 Dionysou Street, Plateia Palaiou Dimarheiou, Old Nicosia. 10.30pm. Tel: 22-767711

October 27
Jean Abreu
Contemporary Dance Performance by Brazilian dancer/choreographer and his company. Strovolos Municipal Theatre, Nicosia. 8.30pm. Tel: 22-313010

Women in Contemporary Brazilian Cinema
Third Brazilian Film Festival featuring six films of the current Brazilian cinema dealing with women’s issues. October 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18. ARTos Cultural and Research Foundation 64, Ay. Omoloyiton Avenue, Nicosia. 8pm. Tel: 22-445455

Brazilian Book Month
Presenting a selection of books (in English) showcasing the richness and diversity of Brazilian culture. Moufflon Bookshop 1, Sofouli Street, Nicosia. Tel: 22-665155, www.moufflon.com.cy 

What’s On > October in Ammochostos and Agia Napa, Cyprus October 1, 2006

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WALKS IN AND AROUND AGIA NAPA > GET TO KNOW A DIFFERENT DIMENSION OF AGIA NAPA > AGIA NAPA AND THE SEA (by bus)
Every Monday (in English and German)
Every Friday (in English and Swedish)
Starting point: CTO office in Agia Napa at 10:00 hrs.
Bookings and further tourist information from CTO office in Agia Napa, Tel. 23 72 17 96.
Organisers: The Municipality of Agia Napa in collaboration with the CTO and the Cyprus Tourist Guides Association.

FRI, 6, 13, 20 AND 27 OCT > JOURNEY AROUND THE WORLD
With the “Rythmos” dance group.
Venue: Agia Napa Town Hall.
Time: 21:00.
For further information please contact 23816307, 99420603.

What’s On > October in Troodos, Cyprus October 1, 2006

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TUE, 3 – WED, 4 OCT > TRADITIONAL FAIR
A colourful fair at Agios Ioannis Lampadistis Monastery.
Venue: Kalopanagiotis village 

SUN , 8 OCT > AFAMIA
The programme includes amongst others traditional music and dances, agricultural exhibition and delicacies made of grapes.
Venue: Koilani village
For further information please contact 22952297.

What’s On > October in Paphos, Cyprus October 1, 2006

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SAT, 7 OCT > BIRDWATCHING
Organised by the Bird Life Cyprus.
Venue: “Asprokremmos” Dam.
For further information please contact 22455072, 22455073.

SAT, 7 OCT > CYPRUS A TREAT FOR THE SOUL
The programme includes a night visit to the archaeological site of the Pafos Castle, banquet at the stone-built hall of the Pafos castle, wine songs, narrations, poetry on wine, presentation, tasting acquaintance with Cyprus wine, an exhibition with ethnological, traditional, religious elements of the edition on Cyprus wine and information about Cyprus via printed material. Organised by the Cyprus Tourism Organisation.
Venue: Pafos Medieval Castle.
Time: 18:00-21:00
Entrance free.
For further information please contact 22691213.

What’s On > October in Limassol, Cyprus October 1, 2006

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SUN, 1- SAT, 7 OCT > POST CARD EXHIBITION
A post card exhibition ubder the title “Romantic Cyprus” by Christos Zachariades.
Venue: “Oleastro”, Anogyra village.
For further information please contact 99565768, 99525093.

WED, 4 – FRI, 20 OCT > ART EXHIBITION
An art exhibition under the title “Invisible Dialogues” by the artist Demetris Menoikou.
Venue: « Kypriaki Gonia » Gallery.
Visiting hours : 10 :00-13 :00, 16 :30-20 :00 (Monday to Saturday) and 11 :00-14 :00 (On Sundays).
For further information please contact 24621109.

SAT, 7 – SUN, 8 OCT > 3rd CYPRUS INTERNATIONAL 3rd ROUND SLALOM-WATER SKI
Organised by the Cyprus Water Ski Federation.
Venue: Polemideia Dam.
For further information please contact 25391920, 25877777.

TUE, 17 – WED, 18 OCT > TRADITIONAL FAIR
A colourful fair at Agios Loukas Church.
Venue: Kolossi village

THU, 21 OCT > MUSIC AND DANCES FROM CRETE
With the Cretan Traditional Troupe of Giannis and Giorgos Megalakakis.
Venue: Rialto Theatre.
Time: 20:30
Entrance: £7,00 £5,00.
For further information please contact 77777745, 25343900.

THU, 26 OCT > CLASSICAL MUSIC CONCERT
With the Cyprus State Orchestra. The programme includes works by W.A Mozart and L.V Beethoven.
Venue: Rialto Theatre.
Time: 20:30
Entrance: £5,00 £3,00.
For further information please contact 77777745, 25343900.

FRI, 28 OCT > PERESVET MEN’S CHOIR
A world famous choir established by the musicologist Dmitru Yudenkov. Conductor: Vladislav Kosarev.
Venue: Rialto Theatre.
Time: 20:30
Entrance: £10,00, £5,00.
For further information please contact 77777745, 25343900

What’s On > October in Nicosia, Cyprus October 1, 2006

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MON, 2, 9, TUE, 3, THU, 5, 12 AND WED, 11 OCT > BRAZILIAN FILM FESTIVAL
Part of the Brazilian Cultural Month. Organised by the Pharos Trust.
Venue: « Artos » Foundation.
For further information please contact 22445455.
 
MON, 2 – MON, 9 OCT > PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION
Venue: Strovolos Municipality Cultural Hall.
For further information please contact 22470341.

MON, 2 – SAT, 14 OCT > JEWELLERY EXHIBITION
By Monica Gabriel.
Venue: « Opus 39 » Art Gallery.
For further information please contact 22424983.

SUN, 8 OCT > INTERNATIONAL BAZAAR
Organised by the Christos Steliou Ioannou Foundation.
Venue: Christos Steliou Ioannou Foundation.
For further information please contact 22481666, 22488270.

WED, 11 – WED, 18 OCT > PAINTING EXHIBITION
By Dora Oronti.
Venue: « Technis Dromena » Art Gallery.
For further information please contact 22496398.

THU, 12 – SUN, 15 OCT > BADMINTON TOURNAMENT
Organised by the Cyprus Badminton Federation.
Venue: “Parnassos” Sports Centre.
For further information please contact 22666327.

FRI, 13 OCT – WED, 15 NOV > ART EXHIBITION
By Angela Detenico and Rafael Lain. Part of the Brazilian Cultural Month. Organised by the Pharos Trust.
Venue: « Technis Dromena » Art Gallery.
For further information please contact 22496398.

MON, 16 – MON, 23 OCT > PAINTING EXHIBITION
Venue: Strovolos Municipality Cultural Hall.
For further information please contact 22470341.

MON, 16 – SAT, 28 OCT > PAINTING EXHIBITION
By Marina Zervou.
Venue: « Opus 39 » Art Gallery.
For further information please contact 22424983. 

WED, 18 OCT > BOOK LAUNCH
Book launch of the exhibition catalogue following the Antonio Manuel Installation “Occupations/Discoverings” in October 2005.
Part of the Brazilian Cultural Month. Organised by the Pharos Trust.
Venue: « Lions » Centre.
For further information please contact 22667977.

FRI, 20 – MON, 30 OCT > PAINTING EXHIBITION
By Monica Demetriadou.
Venue: « Technis Dromena » Art Gallery.
For further information please contact 22496398.

SAT, 21- SAT, 28 OCT > PAINTING EXHIBITION
A painting exhibition by Anna and Christina Kelogrigori.
Venue: “Orpheus”, Art Gellery.
Visiting hours: 10:00-13:00, 15:00-19:00 (Monday to Saturday), 15:00-19:00 (Sunday).
For further information please contact web-site: www.orpheusartgallery.com

MON, 23 OCT > BAROQUE MUSIC CONCERT
Organised by the Pharos Trust.
Venue: PA.SY.DY » Auditorium.
Time: 20:30
For further information please contact 22663871.

MON, 30 OCT – SAT, 11 NOV > PHOTOGRAPHIC EXHIBITION
By Christos Avraamides.
Venue: « Opus 39 » Art Gallery.
For further information please contact 22424983.

SUN 30 OCT- SAT 4 NOV > THE E-VOLUTION OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IN CULTURAL HERITAGE
A joint event for the exchange and sharing of know-how in the areas of Cultural Heritage (CH) and Information Technology (IT) focusing on e-Documentation and Computer Graphics. (Under the Auspices of the Minister of Education and Culture)
website: http://www.cipa2006.org/
Venue: Hilton Cyprus, Nicosia
Contact: Marinos Ioannides
Tel: 22 40 64 13
Fax: 22 48 86 76