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Opening a digital Window to the History of Cyprus

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This article was first published on page 16 of The Cyprus Weekly (8 February 2013).

Allow me to start with a few questions: What is the relationship between medieval Cyprus and media? How can centuries-old historical artefacts be brought to life by modern technology? Can a creative interpretation of cultural heritage help cultivate a vision of a common future in Cyprus? At a small gathering at the Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC) on Saturday 26 January, celebrating over two year’s work on, the Cyprus Artefacts Treasure (CAT) media education project , the answers were clear in our minds.

A little bit of background to start with. In October 2011, and under the auspices of the International Children’s Film Festival of Cyprus, or ICFFCY for short, the participants in CAT 1 got together in a group comprised of 20 Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot children from Paphos and Famagusta as well as 10 adults. What we wanted was to respond to the Brussels Declaration, adopted in January 2011 under the Belgian Presidency of the European Union, which called for, amongst others, the development and promotion of “pedagogies adapted to each audience, to all ages of life, to varying social and cultural backgrounds”. And what better way to learn about the creative use of media than through the lens of history and culture!

There is often criticism of so-called ‘bicommunal’ projects for not affecting significant changes, but we beg to differ. Because we knew what we wanted to do! Our bicommunal group of eager young Cypriots and enthusiastic educators met regularly over a period of 6 months during the CAT 1 and worked on 5 animation films which illustrated each in its own unique way, a little bit of Cypriot artefacts from the Ayia Irini collection. All of a sudden through the eyes of the children emerged a blend of creativity and history that brought to life a world long forgotten, consigned for the most part to history textbooks, encyclopaedias, and dusty museum displays. In that time we also published two educational booklets about Cypriot artefacts prepared jointly by ICFFCY and the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research (AHDR).

The excitement got the better of us! In May 2012 we launched the CAT 2 with the aim of building on the success of CAT 1, and to strengthen the bonds between our two partners, the Famagusta Cultural Association and Paphos Antamosis organisation. We realised that culture and media really could be used as a vehicle for promoting a shared understanding of both past and present, for promoting trust and dialogue, and for nurturing reconciliation. This time we were focusing on medieval Cypriot artefacts.

We traversed the island visiting medieval archaeological, from St Hilarion all the way to Paphos Castle. The work was not always easy of course – there is the issue of language that we had work with, and the very obvious impact of the division of the island. But where there is a will, there is a way. And our group leaders and volunteers worked tirelessly, with a smile on their face and with tremendous energy to keep the momentum of CAT going. In the process we managed to involve not only the children but also their parents, with people experiencing the ‘other’s’ reality, which was an equally rewarding experience.

Whether there will be a CAT 3 remains to be seen. But if there are parents and teachers out there who would like to become involved with our work, or would just like to find out more information about CAT, please visit our website http://www.icffcy-cat.com.

The CAT was supported by the Bicommunal Support Programme of the US Embassy in Cyprus and organised by ICFFCY in collaboration with Mağusa Kültür Derneği in Famagusta and Antamosis in Paphos.

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Call the youth of Cyprus! Define your own Future!

image001Call the youth of Cyprus!

Do you think that quality youth work can contribute to growth, prosperity and social inclusion of all young people?

If you are young and want to express your opinion join the public consultation, organised by the Cyprus Youth Council (@CyprusYouthCoun) to be held on Wednesday January 23 at 6pm at the Home for Cooperation.

The consultation will be carried out in preparation for the European Union Youth Conference of the Irish Presidency of the Council of the EU, and will be in English.

To complete the electronic questionnaire click here.

For more info you can contact Nikolas Christofi on +357-22-878316, or by email at info@cyc.org.cy.

Cyprus Friendship Programme 2013 Application open!

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The Cyprus Friendship Programme (CFP) has announced its application process for 2013!

CFP aims to create bonds of friendship and trust among the youth of the communities of Cyprus. Each teen from one community is ‘paired’ with another of the same gender from the other community. Each pair is then hosted in July for four weeks by a family in the United States.

To find out more click here to download information.

The Cyprus Friendship Programme (CFP) is modeled on the all-volunteer Children’s Friendship Project for Northern Ireland (CFPNI), a peace and friendship building programme that successfully brought more than 2,000 Protestant and Catholic teens (as well as their families and their friends) in Northern Ireland together throughout its 21 year existence. CFPNI came to its successful completion in 2007.

The bi-communal Cyprus Friendship Programme started in 2009 as an initiative of HasNa, a small US non-profit organisation in cooperation with a Cypriot team of coordinators. Currently, the US leg of the programme is managed by the Cyprus Friendship Programme Incorporated (CFP Inc.), a new non-governmental, non-profit organization based in the US. The Cyprus leg of the programme is managed by a bi-communal team of Cypriot coordinators. The two groups cooperate harmoniously and driven by the same passion to promote a culture of peaceful coexistence.

CFP aims to create bonds of friendship and trust among the youth of the communities of Cyprus. Each teen from one community is ‘paired’ with another of the same gender from the other community. Each pair is then hosted in July for four weeks by a family in the US.

All the coordinators of the programme in Cyprus and the US as well as the board members of CFP Inc. offer their services on a purely voluntary basis. No one gets paid. This also applies for the host families in the US who cover all the expenses of hosting the two teenagers.

Check out their activities on Youtube, or read about them on the Huffington Post!

Calling all Creatives! CCMC launches MakeMedia 2012

It’s not that we’re no longer gonna be making our own productions… It’s just that we thought that it was time we opened up a little and work with your creativity to get the stories and voices that really matter out in the open.

Today CCMC lauched Make Media 2012, an opportunity for a wide range of media producers, filmmakers and creative freelancers to connect with CCMC and its mandate of amplifying the voice of all communities of Cyprus. CCMC is welcoming productions realised in a variety of ways including but not limited to Documentary, Animation, Audio Slideshow, Multimedia, Motion Graphics, Narrative/Fiction, Podcasts and Radio.

The best productions will be showcased at a CCMC Film Festival sometime next Spring.

We are open to proposals for individual pieces of 3-5 minutes in length or a series of up to five episodes and focused around the following six thematic areas:

1.    Gender
2.    Youth
3.    Environment
4.    Active Ageing and Solidarity Between Generations
5.    Benefit of Community Media in Cyprus
6.    Media Literacy

Given the  nature of our work we hope that each entry contributes to greater understanding of the communities of Cyprus, and include the cross-cutting theme of peaceful coexistence and/or reconciliation.

Make Media 2012 is open to filmmakers, production persons or skilled and experienced amateurs. Applicants are welcome to work in partnership with others but the total budget allocated for the production will have to cover those additional costs. CCMC will support the production and offer use of its equipment, as well as supporting translating the production into English, Greek and Turkish.

For all of you that are interested you can read the full details and download an application form available on the CCMC website. Applications may be submitted in English, Greek or Turkish and the deadline for submission of the application forms is 21 September 2012.

We are going to have a second round of applications announced later in the year as well.

So start applying, and if you need any more information, you know where to find us!

DOCYouth Camp 2-7 July – Apply by 25 June!

The U.S. Department of State and the USC School of Cinematic Arts (SCA) in association with the International Children’s Film Festival of Cyprus (ICFFCY), the Cyprus Community Media Centre (CCMC), Sugarfoot Films, Nicosia 2017 and the U.S. Embassy of Nicosia are pleased to offer young and emerging filmmakers based in Cyprus the opportunity to participate in DOCYouth Camp from July 2 – 7, 2012 in Nicosia.

In this week-long youth-oriented film program participants will have the opportunity to work with the renowned film theorist, Michael Renov and the award-winning director Alex Rotaru along with Cypriot filmmakers to develop documentary techniques and create their own short films. During the camp, participants will view, discuss and analyse youth-oriented documentary films from the prestigious American Film Showcase including Spellbound, Undefeated, Mad Hot Ballroom, To Be Heard, Elevate and Wo Ai Ni Mommy. The program will culminate on Saturday, July 7th with an evening screening of the work produced along with the Cyprus premiere of the award-winning Shakespeare High. The screening will be open to the public and will take place in the Buffer Zone.

Who: Cyprus-based filmmakers/cineastes (16-30 years old)
Where: Cyprus Community Media Centre

Dates: July 2 – July 7, 2012*

Application Deadline: June 25, 2012

*Each participant should submit an idea for a film, which they will present and pitch on the first day of the seminar. Four (4) films in total will be selected, developed and produced in small groups over the course of the week. The DOCYouth Camp program is intended to fully immerse participants into the world of film and build a strong network, thus we highly encourage attendees to clear their schedules and make themselves available and open to collaboration.

DOWNLOAD YOUR APPLICATION FORM HERE.

Youth Power party – what a night!

Last night the newly branded Youth Power – a network of twelve organisations – launched their new visual identity and Small Grants Initiative at a fantastic party at the Home for Cooperation in Nicosia’s buffer zone. The venue was packed with people enjoying the live music (violin and guitar), and watching a series of great videos made by CCMC for Youth Power, featuring their street festivals, cultural initiatives and other recent peacebuilding activities. There was also a treasure hunt, and it was great to see so many young people involved in identifying hidden symbols in the Youth Power photo exhibits on display on the night. Youth Power are a CCMC member and also a fellow partner in the wider Peace it Together (PiT) network. To read more about the PiT partners, you can follow this excellent blog, featuring a plethora of snapshots, guest posts and articles on the network.

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Youth Power Party! – celebrating a new chapter for youth activism

youthpowerlogoWhere will you be on Monday evening, 30 January? Well CCMC will be at the Youth Power Party from 6pm, at the Home for Cooperation, in Nicosia’s buffer zone. There will be snacks and drinks, string music (guitar and violin) as well as a treasure hunt for a great prize. The party is open to everyone and entrance is free.  Continue reading

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Join us virtually on Radio Mayis today at 4pm

Join us virtually on Radio Mayis today (96.0 FM) at 16:00. Our guest on today’s show is Sezis Thompson of Youth Power, talking about youth activism and the network’s upcoming exciting initiatives. You can also listen online through http://www.radyomayis.com.

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Prix Jeunesse’s best in children’s TV coming to Cyprus! 12-13 December 2011

The best of children’s television, honoured by the internationally-recognised Prix Jeunesse International competition, will feature in two days of screenings and seminars organised by the Goethe-Institut Cyprus, in partnership with the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research and the Cyprus Community Media Centre. The two-day event will take place on December 12th and 13th at the Home for Cooperation in Nicosia’s buffer zone starting from 9am. This is the first time a Prix Jeunesse International screening is being held in Cyprus, aimed at encouraging dialogue, a deeper understanding of quality in children’s media, and professional cooperation in the field of children’s media between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities. “Children in Europe spend an average of 150 minutes a day in front of the television, but are they watching programmes that are educational, stimulating, and age-appropriate?” said Björn Luley, director of the Goethe-Institut in Nicosia. “We want to showcase how children’s television can develop intercultural understanding in Cyprus and across the world.” Entries have been received from all over the world but there hasn’t been an entry from Cyprus yet. This event will hopefully encourage Cypriot media practitioners to enter the competition. The organisers are calling on children’s television producers, educators, journalists, researchers and media students from across the divide to attend the seminars and screenings. The films screened in Nicosia will be the winners of the most recent biennial Prix Jeunesse International film festival held last year in Munich under the theme ‘Different and Same – Celebrating Diversity.’ The programme for the seminar for adult experts on Monday, 12 December 2011 will be subdivided into different age categories: 12-15 year olds, 7-11 year olds and up to six years old. On Tuesday 13 December 2011 there will be screenings for schoolchildren aged 8-10 years old from 9-11am and screenings for parents and their children aged 6-12 years old from 5-7pm. For more information about Prix Jeunesse International, please visit: http://www.prixjeunesse.de.

Download invitation in EnglishGreek and Turkish.

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Youth Power’s One Streets festival in Morphou 26/11/11

Youth Power’s One Streets festival will be electrifying Morphou bus terminal tomorrow Saturday 26th Nov from 11-2pm. Check it out! http://ow.ly/7EK1U

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