Buffer Zone in the Historic Centre of Nicosia among 7 most endangered Europa Nostra Heritage Sites

The 7 Most Endangered for 2013 were selected by Europa Nostra’s Board from the 14 sites shortlisted by an Advisory Panel composed of international experts.

Buffer Zone in the Historic Centre of Nicosia in CYPRUS
The aftermath of the Cyprus dispute saw the creation of the Nicosia buffer zone in 1974. This area cuts through the historic centre and has disrupted the city’s cohesion for almost 40 years. Decades of abandonment have undermined the high architectural value of the buildings, among which are medieval and neoclassical monuments, and had a devastating impact on the quality of the environment and living conditions of the entire city centre. Once the focal point of crafts and trade, the heart of historic Nicosia is today a lifeless 1.5 km corridor.
Since the 1980, the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities of Nicosia have worked together, with the support of the United Nations, to produce a Master Plan for the revitalisation of the buffer zone. International assistance is today needed to start its implementation by restoring, one by one, the historic buildings located in the Nicosia buffer zone.
This important Master Plan, which is a brilliant example of cultural heritage acting as a catalyst for peace and reconciliation, received a Grand Prix in category research as part of the 2011 European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage/Europa Nostra Awards programme.

The Buffer Zone of the Historic Centre of Nicosia, CYPRUS

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Glass Works – Art en Route

Glass with some second thoughts

Cyprus Art finder Maria Etheridge (a.k.a Art en Route) encourages to have a second look at glass-makers’ workshops and experiencing the process of creation on a post at Art en Route to spark our interest in history and contemporary works.

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Reposted from Cyprus.com at Art en Route post page 03/11/2014.

More info: Cyprus Art en Route directory and Art en Route community

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Great news for the collection

Originally posted on Ancient Cypriot art in Leeds:

The University of Leeds ancient Cypriot collection is currently in storage, and hasn’t received conservation attention for some time – probably not since the repairs made by Mr A.M. Woodward, Lecturer in Classics and Ancient History, almost exactly a century ago. Thanks to the generosity of the Leeds Philosophical and Literary Society, the Cultural and Creative Industries Exchange and the Department of Classics, this is about to change.

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Over the coming months, Emma Bowron, Conservator at Leeds City Museums, will be carrying out conservation work on the collection, including some much-needed cleaning! This will pave the way for the collection to go on temporary display at the Leeds City Museum and the University, before finding a new home in the Department of Classics. I’m planning a range of outreach activities to go with these displays, and am looking forward to sharing the collection…

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Message to the Cyprus Tourism Trade

Originally posted on Travel Freely:

Cyprus Re-find yourself!

Shine as the hub that you have always been.

Jean-Claude Baumgarten, Chairman and CEO of CREWE Associates, and former President of the World Travel & Tourism Council, is adamant in his resolve that Cyprus is not wanting for anything to build a successful tourism model:  it merely needs the right people, in the right positions who must take the right action.

“The field is open for Cyprus; the possibility of new markets is tangible.

Cyprus must take advantage of what it already has. Cyprus needs to reinvent itself from being a singular destination, to really promoting itself as regional hub, where travellers will pass through Cyprus on their way to other destinations and they can be encouraged to stay and discover the experience on offer.


Cyprus’ industry stakeholders now need to work to convince airlines that Cyprus is the perfect gateway.   How? ‘Collaborate’ > Path…

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Commandaria wine – l’incontournable of Cyprus Wines

Originally posted on Travel Freely:

Cyprus Inspired taste of Wine

cyprus wine discoveries anama‘Anama – a naturally sweet wine made from sundried grapes. A contemporary concept based on the foundations of the oldest historically recorded wine in the world, “Kyprion Nama”, and its successor, known today as “Commandaria

The limited scale production is made using modern oenological methods and followed by a 2-year aging period in new oak barrels. Finally, the wine’s ‘outfit’ is custom-designed & made on an annual basis. Each & every bottle is labeled using precious materials and bares a unique hand-punched number, thus completing the product’s collectable profile.

The Anama Concept is the result of an inspiring partnership between Oenologist Lefteris Mohianakis & Jewellery Designer Kristina Apostolou. Together, both artists aspire to produce a refined & contemporary Authentic Cypriot beverage.
An idea motivated by their common passion in reviving Cyprus’s most treasured heritage, wine & jewellery and which came to life…

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Cyprus Tourism digital content on request, collaborative and crowdsourced


Call for Digital Content for Tourism Engagement without engagement from the Tourism Marketing. Looks like sourcing Marketing materials on the cheap. Where is the digital agenda?

Originally posted on Travel Freely:

Cyprus Tourism awakens to the need for collaborative and crowdsourced content: To your cameras People!!

A photography competition for the purchase of photographs from residents to be used to promote the island as a tourist destination abroad.

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4 years ago a path was set forward to bridge a digital gap

Years after a collaborative strategy was put into an action plan for capacity building, the day has finally arrived that the CTO awakens to the imperative needs of addressing content, and remunerated collaborative work.

What was denied to us then, today is finally being offered out in the open.

2 years of free digital marketing work at the service of Cyprus Tourism, an outreach effort that was bootstrapped then, sees itself validated in the announcement by the Cyprus Tourism Organisation for digital content, crowdsourced and remunerated.

All we can advise,  is to take the proper steps and realise what we…

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Zambartas, Vins de Chypre C’est quoi ça? Réponse á tout!


Une viticulture ininterrompu depuis 6 500 ans. On a aussi des cépages autochtones. Donc pas de phylloxéra, cépage autochtone planté sur leurs propres racines, c’est ce qui donne l’intérêt à Chypre.

Originally posted on Evoinos Cyprus Wine:

Dans un Français fluide l’ oenologue et propriètaire Akis Zambartas fait une mise au point avec Benoit Gaboriaud sur les points forts de Chypre.

“Le vignoble chypriote est le seul en Europe qui n’a pas de phylloxéra. Il y en a trois dans le monde, ils commencent tous par ch : Chine, Chili et Chypre. On a une viticulture ininterrompu depuis 6 500 ans. On a aussi des cépages autochtones. Donc pas de phylloxéra, cépage autochtone planté sur leurs propres racines, c’est ce qui donne l’intérêt à Chypre.”

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Cyprus in Cambridge


A look into ‘secret’ places such as the storerooms of the Fitzwilliam and Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, even the sherd collection at the Museum of Classical Archaeology

Artifacts excavated at the important Early Bronze Age cemetery at Vounous by an Australian archaeologist, James R. Stewart, in 1937-8. Early Cypriot II (2200 B.C. — 2101 B.C.) red- polished model of a brush, from Vounous, Cyprus

Originally posted on University of Cambridge Museums:

At the beginning of the summer, Anastasia Christophilopoulou at the Fitzwilliam Museum embarked on a project of locating, identifying and reviewing material from Ancient and Medieval Cyprus throughout the University of Cambridge Museums. The project has now concluded and this is her update and summary of results:

‘In my initial blog post I stressed the importance of the A.G. Leventis Gallery of Cypriot Antiquities and how it connects and complements the Greek and Roman collection at the Fitzwilliam Museum. I also discussed how important it is for colleagues both at the Fitzwilliam and in the other relevant University of Cambridge Museums (principally the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and the Museum of Classical Archaeology) to understand what factors affected the acquisition, dissemination and eventually decisions to display (or not to display) material from Cyprus.

I spent a lot of time researching databases and old museum acquisition records, as…

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Campaign review


Encouraged to continue to extend the opportunities for real investments not just donations. This will ultimately be one of the things that makes FutureBridge different and fundamental to its sustainability and actual success

Originally posted on FutureBridge Cyprus:

From September 4 to October 3 2013 we ran a fundraising campaign on StartSomeGood.com, one of more than 40 crowd funding sites that have emerged in the last five years.  This blog is a review of how well we achieved our three objectives for this campaign, which were,

  • A financial objective to raise at least £10,000 to fund the engagement work we need to do;
  • A social objective of building our online social media profile; and
  • A business objective of having a focused conversation with key stakeholders.

This chart summarises our campaign for the first two of these objectives.  Image

We collected data everyday and matched this against our outreach and communications strategy which was designed to cover each day of the campaign. We were advised to have pledges for the project as early as possible.  We needed three for the campaign to remain live on the site for example…

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POETRY AND WINE – The God of the Grape

It is poetry today that is best placed to delve into the sacred soil and divine providence of the vine, describe the uses of wine as a release from the everyday and as an aphrodisiac, and explore our complex and on-going relationship with the god of the grape.

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Mail travel advice to Cyprus that sucks


The quest for travel advice to Cyprus that best to contributes to equitable exchanges in Tourism and heightened respect for a local heritage preservation for future generations to enjoy.

Originally posted on Travel Freely:

Go on! Follow the Mail travel advice and be a sucker, just to be on the cheap side of things.

One reason is that you can’t fly there direct from the UK, but have to go via the Turkish mainland.
However, over the past decade, border crossings have opened up over the Green Line that snakes across the island, so many Britons heading to the north now fly into the south, to which there are more numerous and often cheaper non-stop flights.

On the eve of World Tourism Day – a time for reflection on tourism´s responsibility and commitment in ensuring a sustainable future, we are confronted with a customer and media environment that cultivates unsustainable postures fixed in the short term gains and complete disregard for responsible and culturally sustainable tourism exchanges.

The pursuit of cheap and free in tourism – some would like us to believe that it’s…

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