Pafos 2017


Pafos is the European capital of culture this year.

Pafos is a charming little port town located on the Western coast of the island. During several centuries of the Antic period it has been the capital of Cyprus. Today, Pafos is on the official list of cultural and natural treasures of the UNESCO WOLD HERITAGE and the city is this year the European Capital of Culture.

What the “European Capital of culture” title means?

The European Capital of Culture initiative is designed to:

  • Highlight the richness and diversity of cultures in Europe
  • Celebrate the cultural features Europeans share
  • Increase European citizens’ sense of belonging to a common cultural area
  • Foster the contribution of culture to the development of cities

This year the motto behind the program is “Linking Continents, Bridging Cultures”

Pafos has always been at the crossroad of the Eastern Mediterranean, and through its modern multicultural reality, Pafos now aspires to become the first European Capital of Culture which will link the East and the West, bridging people and cultures, while also becoming a place of cultural collaboration and peaceful coexistence.

Its geographical proximity with the Middle East as well as with the European mainland, positions Pafos to act as a link for cultural exchange.

What is particularly exciting is that every corner of the town, including its parks, streets, neighbourhoods and beaches, will be converted into an outdoor cultural hall. From the castle square and the archaeological park to the wild Akamas Peninsula and tiny villages in between, there will be much to capture the imagination as each and every community will be doing their bit to host various displays of European culture under the blue skies.

During this year, Pafos wants to explore the sharing of culture in the open-air, a tradition that has existed for thousands of years all around the world. With this concept, the city aims to make the best of all of its sites and transforming them as “Open- Air Factories of Culture”.