PAPHOS - The European Commission committee for the “European Capital of Culture” will Wednesday evaluate the programme currently being drafted by Paphos, as the Capital of Culture for 2017
In statements to CNA, Chairman of “Paphos 2017” Christos Patsalides said that during the evaluation, the work that has already been completed will be presented on the basis of the folder submitted by the town. The committee will also be briefed on future plans.
He noted that they will refer to the financial difficulties which Cyprus faces and which affect the whole project as it cannot secure any significant financial support from the private sector and is mainly supported by state subsidy.
“We are both optimistic and realists,” Patsalides said, adding that during the next years, as the economy will begin to recover, the private sector will be able to invest in this very important for Cyprus institution.
Patsalides said Paphos has been nominated as the European Capital of Culture for 2017 but action needs to be taken all over Cyprus, and this is why they are working for the decentralization of the programming and planning of approximately 50 different projects related to the main events based on the “Open Cultural Plant”.
He stressed that they have to work within certain timetables and invited Cypriots to embrace the institution of the Capital of Culture, by volunteering to contribute to this effort for a cultural uplift within financial crisis in Europe.