Monthly Archives: April 2011

Bloggers event will generate buzz in the Buffer Zone: 29-30 April 2011.



A two-day bloggers weekend is taking place at the Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC) in the heart of Nicosia’s Buffer Zone on Friday and Saturday 29-30 April. Organised by CCMC and the NGO Support Centre, the event will bring together international and local bloggers to share experiences, and attend joint workshops and discussion panels. Supported by the European Commission, Buffer Zone Bloggers is designed to create a shared space for bloggers from across the island and to facilitate discussion on a range of social issues. There will be workshops on blogging, social media, and video activism, as well as discussion panels and film screenings. Visit for more info.  “We want to stimulate debate and encourage people to think about the role of social media in raising awareness of key issues,” said Stelios Karagiannopoulos of NGO Support Centre. “We want to reclaim the buffer zone as a space to bring people together.” Two international bloggers will be in Cyprus to run workshops and participate in discussions during the event, and there will also be a live web panel with Egyptian journalists and activists, talking about the role of social media in recent events across the Middle East / North Africa region. There will be activities suitable for both seasoned bloggers and beginners from 09:30-17:00 on both days. Admission is free, but registration is required. To find out more about the full programme and to register, please visit Buffer Zone Bloggers is part of the ‘DigiMe’ project run by NGO Support Centre and CCMC throughout 2011 with the support of the European Commission. DigiMe also includes an upcoming photo and film competition.

ENGAGE: Economy and Federalism event



The ENGAGE project is holding an “Economy and Federalism’ event on Monday 2 May 2011 from 19:00 to 20:30, at the offices of KEBE, the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry (7th floor). Mustafa Besim and Michalis Sarris will be speaking on the issue of the economy and federalism, and the event will take place in English. All are welcome to attend. Click here for the invitation. ENGAGE is managed by two CCMC members, the Management Centre and the NGO Support Centre.

Screening of ‘The Vagina Monologues’ by POST RI

CCMC member, POST Research Institute (POST RI) in cooperation with Enorasis Socio-Cultural Club is hosting a public film screening in Cyprus of ‘The Vagina Monologues’ on Tuesday 3 May 2011 at 20:30.  Based on author Eve Ensler’s interviews conducted with over 200 women from all around the world, this hilariously witty and moving collection of tales gives voice to a collection of poignant, brave and thoroughly human stories. The film will be screened in English, with Greek subtitles. Entrance is €2 (including drinks and cookies). You can find Enorasis Socio-Cultural Club, on 52 Makarios Avenue, Nicosia. For those travelling from the northern part of Nicosia, please gather at Lokmacı/Ledra St checkpoint no later than 20:15. For booking and transportation please contact +357 22767679, or 99568223 Gaston, or +90 5428739155 Mehveş.

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Free media workshops at University of Nicosia 6 May 2011

The University of Nicosia is offering free (registration required) workshops on a number of interesting media-related subjects on Friday the 6 May 2011.

Workshop 1: 10:00-17:00 ‘Critical Analysis of Still/Moving Images’

Workshop 2: 10:00-16:30 ‘Formation of Self/Local Representation through Multimedia Production.

Workshop 3: 10:00-16:30: ‘Multicultural Environments, Identities and belongings, Citizenship and Territories’

Workshop 4: 10:00-17:00 Digital Tools for Social Inquiry and Urban Mapping’

Read the full schedule here, and download the application form here.   Completed applications to be returned to Holger Briel: holger.briel[@]

Buffer Zone Bloggers weekend 29-30 April 2011

Youthful, passionate, free voices and free spirits: these are the players in the social media revolution. If the description applies to you, then join us for the Buffer Zone Bloggers weekend.

The two day event includes:
■International and local bloggers and journalists sharing their experiences
■Discussions with Egyptian activists about the role of social media
■Workshops on blogging, social media, and video animation
■Documentary film screenings
Whether you’re a seasoned blogger or a beginner, there will be plenty to interest you!

Friday and Saturday 29-30 April 2011 at the Cyprus Community Media Centre, in Nicosia’s buffer zone, next to Ledra Palace. Free wi-fi will be available for all, so bring your laptop!

Admission is free, but registration is essential. Register online with this simple form.
And visit our blog:

This event is organised by NGO Support Centre and CCMC, with support from the European Commission.

REPORT: Health for undocumented migrants

CCMC member KISA are launching an important report on the access to health and living conditions of undocument​ed migrants and asylum seekers. There will be a launch event in cooperation with the Office of the European Parliament in Cyprus on Friday the 15th of April, at the House of Europe, 30 Vyronos Ave, Nicosia,  at 17:30 pm. Please see attached invitations in English and Greek. Download the report in English here and in Greek here.

CSO Fair in Famagusta 16 April 2011

ENGAGE are holding a full-day street fair for CSOs in Famagusta on Saturday 16 April from 10am to 9pm. The event will showcase the work of civil society organisations including exhibitions, street entertainment and music from local bands. Everybody is invited to have a beautiful day in Famagusta, have fun and meet with the NGOs in the region. For more information on the schedule, download the flyer here.

Volunteers for the Home for Cooperation needed!

The Association for Historical Dialogue & Research (AHDR) is looking for volunteers to assist both in the lead up to and during the inauguration of the Home for Cooperation from 6-9 May 2011. Located in the Nicosia, Cyprus, buffer zone, the Home for Cooperation (H4C) provides a shared space for inter-communal cooperation and dialogue. Continue reading

Peace Players: Spring Basketball Tournament 7 May 2011

Peace Players-Cyprus is organising a “Spring Basketball Tournament” for youth aged 11 to 16 on Saturday, the 7th of May in Nicosia. The aim of this event is to bring children from different communities from across Cyprus together to play basketball in an inclusive and fun-filled environment. “This tournament is a great way to promote peace, and encourage Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot youth interact with each other and participate in sports. Our tournament will bring together over 150 children to play and learn with each other over an afternoon of basketball, food and music. We are very excited to have our tournament be part of the Home for Cooperation’s opening ceremonies,” said Marina Vasilara of PeacePlayers – Cyprus.  Continue reading

Launch of Participatory Development Project 13 April

You are cordially invited to the Launch Event of the Participatory Development Project on 13 April 2011 at 12:30-13:30 at the Chateau Status restaurant in Nicosia.  
The Participatory Development Project aims to promote reconciliation on the island with a focus on enhancing cultural and natural heritage projects through participatory approaches. The project will achieve this by helping existing partners and other interested parties to extract lessons from already established participatory development models, followed by a dialogue on similar models inside and outside of Cyprus, leading to the development and delivery of a Best Practices Guide for practitioners on the island and in the region. The project will be launched by the Presidents of ETEK and KTMMOB.

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