Opening: Friday, March 4, 7:30pm,
Duration: 4 – 11 March 2016,
Opening hours: Monday – Friday 10am – 7pm, Saturday 10am – 2pm, Sunday 3 – 7pm.
The “Female Heroes of Cyprus” exhibition is a collection of portraits and stories about women, from the ancient world to modern day, who are examples of love, courage and dedication in our community.
In the exhibition will find mythical, historical, modern and unknown portraits of women who should be known. You will discover stories of women of our community who are pioneering and strong, who have influenced and support society, who are often not recognised but live amongst us, who are essential for our community to work, who love and lead behind the “stage’s lights”.
The artworks are a collection of mosaics and paintings mainly by the artist Mary Chojnowski. Many of the artworks in the exhibition have also been created with the contribution of local artists and by schoolchildren and other community groups from Pafos with the guidance of Mary. Therefore, the exhibition represents a joint effort by artists and community on highlightign the theme of Female Heroes of Cyprus.
The exhibition is also intended to be an educational opportunity: to explore the role of women in our community, to inspire with positive female role models and to showcase the artworks as a result of teamwork in schools and other community groups.
It will be a useful opportunity for teachers and carers to get inspiration for their own art projects and get to know helpful community artists. The artist Mary Chojnowski will also be available for the week of the exhibition to meet school groups for an explanation/tour of the Female Heroes Event (by appointment, contact details available through Technopolis). All ages welcome.
The 30% of the net proceeds of the artworks’ sales will be donated to the charity organisation Caritas Cyprus.
The exhibition will be opened by the Community Involvement & Development Officer of the European Capital of Culture Organisation- Pafos2017, Erica Charalambous.
Live jazz music and cocktail will follow.
“As a woman artist and mother, I appreciate the sacrifices we women make for our families, our friends, our society and how we choose peace and love above success and power. We do this in so many different ways. These are the stories I want to share and bring to light. I am inspired by my work with children, and I want to celebrate ordinary people who are in my opinion beautiful human beings doing beautiful work! I don't want to make art which is over-intellectual or conceptual or difficult to understand. I want to make art which make us change positively our lives and I want to change the way we teach children about Heroes. I believe we need to redefine heroism to show that it is not just found in male role models or in recognized faces. I hope families, teachers and children will find this exhibition helpful, inspiring and educational” Mary Chojnowsk
19th of February 2016,
A traditional music night with “korashies” will take place at Technopolis 20 on Friday, February 19, at 9pm.
Natasa Kafalia, lute and voice
Katerina Theodorou, violin
Marianna Moumtzi, qanun
Maria Savva, percussions
“Korashies” from early age showed their interest and love for traditional music. They started with traditional dance at the Agioi Omologites Cultural Center in Nicosia and then joined the traditional band, playing in different presentations and music evenings under the guidance of Andreas Christodoulou.
In November 2015 they made their first appearance as “korashies” (meaning girls). In every event they appear they create a friendly atmosphere where they try to pass their love for this genre of music and dance. Their music programme includes songs from Cyprus but also from different Greek areas such as Asia Minor, Thrace, Crete and Aegean – songs known or not, but always with the promise of nights full of entertainment and dance.
Entrance: 7 euro
Please reserve your tickets at 70002420.
Classical music is seen as a problem by many of the everyday contemporary listeners. Many think that, without a deep knowledge of its history or its theory, they cannot really appreciate it. Others simply consider the classical music boring and feel that it does not express them, that it has nothing essential to offer them and that is something that does not concern them. Either one feels insufficient when listening to classical music, or indifferent, the question is whether the classical music still is (or can be) accessible today. What would inspire someone to attend a classical music concert? What kind of presentation would it take to prove (or show) to the listener that the classical music can concern (and offer many things to) anyone?
A discussion not only for the classical music lovers but especially for those who have never attended a concert of classical music and who believe that this kind of music does not express them and has nothing to offer them.
The above considerations and questions will be discussed at the 5th Open Discussion of the “Autour d’un café” series, on Wednesday, February 24 at 7:30pm, at Technopolis 20. Coordinator will be the musician Chrysostomos Neofytou.
The discussion will be in Greek.
A collaboration with Kimonos Arts Centre.
On Saturday, February 20, at 8pm, a piano concert for four hands will take place at Technopolis 20 with Clio Papadia and Stefanie Sotiriou who will lead us to a musical journey with selected repertoire for piano duets.
The journey starts in Austrian, with the bright colours of Mozart’s Piano Sonata for 4 hands in D major. Schubert welcomes us with his romantic Phantasie in F minor and Saint-Saëns, changes our musical background dramatically, with his deathly dance “Dance Macabre” (arrangement for piano 4 hands). We then move to France, with the eccentric and energetic "La Belle Excentrique" of Satie. And finally, we arrive in Argentina with one of Piazzola’s most known compositions, “Adios Nonino”, a work written as a requiem after his father’s death.
The concert will also take place in Nicosia, at Kanthos Art Center, on Thursday, February 25 at 8pm. (Agiou Nicolaou 49, Pallouriotissa, 1040, Nicosia).
The concerts are supported by the Socrates Savvides – Kawai Pianos Company and the Diapason Music Lab.
Entrance: 10 euro (students 5 euro)
Please reserve your seats upfront at 70002420.
Technopolis 20 will be open half an hour before for pre-concert drinks.
Clio Papadia holds a BMus degree in Piano Performance from the Department of Music Science and Art, University of Macedonia, Greece (class of Uwe Matschke and Petros Vouvaris). She also holds an MA in Music Education from the Institute of Education, University of London. She has received her Diplomas in Piano Performance and Harmony from the European Conservatory of Cyprus, as well as the Grade 6 of the Royal Schools of Music in Viola. As a pianist, she has performed in various concerts in Cyprus, Greece, London and Austria and as representative of Greece, in the Closing Ceremony of the 29th World Conference of the International Society for Music Education in Beijing (ISME, 2010). She has participated in courses and seminars on Piano Performance and Chamber Music and has made presentations on Piano Pedagogy and Music Education topics in conferences and seminars of the International and Greek Society for Music Education (I.S.M.E., G.S.M.E). She has been awarded a scholarship by the States Scholarship Foundation of Greece and the Leventis Foundation. She teaches piano in the public Music Schools of Cyprus.
Stefani Soteriou was born in Larnaca, in 1989. At the age of 8 she started with her first piano lessons with Christos Pechlivanis and afterwards she studied with Dr. Nicolas Constantinou. In 2007, she started her Bachelor Degree in Piano Performance at the Music Department of the Ionian University of Greece, as a student of the famous teacher and pianist, Elena Mouzala. During her undergraduate years, she studied chamber music and music education as well. She has performed with the Ionian University Orchestra as a soloist, as well as with various ensembles of the University. She has performed as a soloist and chamber musician in concerts in Cyprus and Greece (Ionian Academy, Reading Society and Old Philharmonic of Corfu, Society of Epirus Research, Festival of Xanthi, Larnaca Municipal Theatre). She has participated in seminars, music conferences and masterclasses of piano and chamber music. Since June 2012, she is the accompanist of the Athienou Music Club. In 2013 she works as a piano teacher at the Music School of Nicosia and since 2014 she is a piano teacher at the Music School of Larnaca. Moreover, she is a founded member and accompanist of the “Professional Music Artists” vocal ensemble, since 2014. Finally, she has founded her own music school “Diapason” in Athienou, in 2015, in collaboration with the National Conservatory of Larnaca.