Last Saturday, POST RI together with other Cypriot NGOs celebrated the multicultural and diverse character of Cyprus at a festival in the heart of Nicosia. It was organised as part of the project ‘Celebrating Diversity and Volunteerism across Cyprus’ that is implemented by the Cyprus Turkish Association of Managers and the NGO Support Centre, and funded by the European Commission.
The festival took place at Peace Hall that is located on the Ledra Street and attracted people from both Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities as well as foreigners. Cypriot NGOs from diverse backgrounds had the opportunity to disseminate their informative materials on the stand provided and excange views with those who were interesed in the diversity issues. DJ Tony’s music boosted the festival atmosphere all day long at the bustling end of the Ledra Street.
Two volunteers from Finland and England helped organising the interactive part of the festival by creating the diversity and volunteerism ‘trees’ that displayed ‘leaves’ indicating what diversity and volunteerism mean to Cypriots. In addition, posters about Diversity was exhibited at the Peace Hall in cooperation with the Agioi Omologites Cultural Centre and the Department of Multimedia and Design of University of Nicosia. The exibition attracted many people, including the Greek Cypriot mayor Eleni Mavrou.
A photo story tour, implemented in collaboration with POST RI and the Association for Historical Dialogue & Research (AHDR), started at 15:00 from the Peace Hall. Exploring and taking pictures of their views of Nicosia across the divide, more than 20 participants took part in the walk across the historical centre of Nicosia under the guidance of Dr. Peter Rutkoff, Chair of American Studies, Kenyon College and Marios Epaminondas of the AHDR. Through the lens of their cameras, they captured views of the city and develop their stories.
The selected photos and their respective stories discussed at a second meeting on Tuesday in an effort to formulate an educational publication consisting of a compilation of the photos and matching stories and captions. It is also planned to exhibit these at 6-9 May during inauguration festivities of the Home for Cooperation (H4C).