Paphos, was today proclaimed the 2017 Cultural Capital of Europe, during a ceremony at the Council of the European Union, in Brussels. Present during the ceremony were South Cyprus Education Minister Kyriacos Kenevezos and Paphos Mayor Savvas Vergas.
The Minister said during his address that the day is historic, since it is the first time a city in (South) Cyprus will undertake the important task to represent Europe’s Cultural Capital.
The city’s Mayor said that Paphos can build a new cultural face for itself, based on the “Open-air Factory” concept, aiming to build bridges of understanding between Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots, as well as cultural cooperation between Europe and the Middle East.
Two cities, Paphos in south-western Cyprus and Aarhus in Denmark are designated European Capitals of Culture in 2017.