Final program for Cyprus Peace Day events

Here is the final program for the Cyprus Peace Day events taking place this Sunday in the UN Buffer Zone in Nicosia. Please note that you need to formally register for the Symposium, the Workshops and the Peace Walk across the divide. Kindly do so at


Street Festival

16:00 – 18:00

Walk for Peace across the Divide
Marios Epaminondas guides us in Old Nicosia across the divide. You will have the opportunity to explore the history and multiculturalism of our city. Please do not forget to bring your IDs or passports.
Meeting point: Home for Cooperation, Ledra Palace.
Registration: Loizos Loukaidis at or 00357 99578067.

16:00 -17:00

Storytelling for children, by Angeliki Yiasemides (in English)
Sammi’s Adventure in the Land of the Sockies
Sammi wakes up one afternoon to find one of her socks missing, again! She decides to unravel this mystery once and for all: Where do socks go? With the help of Bow the bird she discovers those responsible for the disappearing socks: The Sockies, these tiny, fun-loving creatures that need socks to live and enjoy life. Join Sammi in her adventure in the land of the Sockies, to explore their world of used socks and magic!

17:00 – 18:00

A World Painted with Peace (Painting Activity for Children), by POST Research Institute
“A World Painted with Peace” (Un Mundo Teñido de Paz)

Project . Bring your young ones to engage in painting activities for a Culture of Peace!

17:00 – 20:00

Help us fold 1000 paper cranes for peace

Sadako Sasaki was a Japanese girl, only 2 years old when the atomic bomb was dropped in Hiroshima in 1945. She survived. Ten years later she was diagnosed with leukaemia, also known in Japan as the ‘atom bomb disease’. While in hospital she heard of an ancient Japanese legend that if you fold 1000 paper cranes using origami, the art of paper folding, your wish will become true. She used any paper she could find and made more than 1000 cranes. Some say she managed only 644 and her classmates did the rest. Her wish was to be healed. She also wished for world peace and that children would never be victims of war again.

Sadako died in October 25, 1955, at the age of 12.

Paper cranes became an international symbol of peace and thousands of children have been folding peace cranes since. Here is a short video of Sadako’s story:

Sadako wrote about her cranes:

“I will write peace on your wings and you will fly all over the world”.

Sadako’s cranes have flown all over the world. And they are coming to Cyprus too. And they will land in the buffer zone in Nicosia on the 20th of September.

Teenagers of the Cyprus Friendship Programme will be outside the Home of Cooperation folding peace cranes. Starting at 5:00 pm they will also be teaching Cypriots of all ages how to fold such cranes. The aim is to fold 1000 by the end of the day.

So come along and help us fold 1000 cranes for peace!

17:00 – 22:00

Global Feast for Peace
The Global Feast for Peace™ is part of the U.N. sponsored International Day of Peace an this is celebrated around the world. This is in the form of a potluck; however, food is going to be sold and all proceedings will go to Strengthening Asylum, an initiative assisting Syrian refugees in Cyprus. Friends who want to cook something for this event, please get in touch with Loizos Loukaidis at or 00357 99578067. We are looking forward to your contribution!

18:00 – 18:30

Cypriot Dances by Cyprus Friendship Program Teens

19:00 – 19:30

Hip-Hop by T.E.A.M – True Enforcers of Advance Movement and Studio 21

T.E.A.M. is a collective based in Cyprus that promotes HIP HOP culture along with its elements. They are TRUE TO HIP HOP & they ENFORCE foundations of street dance in Hip Hop, Locking, Popping, Bboying & Waacking. They believe in the true essence of dance which is FREESTYLE (Expression of one-self) through battle and social dance. T.E.A.M members are not just dancers, but anyone that acts on the basic elements of hip-hop. Their members include DANCERS – DJS – GRAFFITI ARTISTS – MCs.

Studio 21 is a “Youth Organization” and it is for those who feel young.
They are combining the power of dance, sports and fun with the synergy of unity, cooperation and togetherness to create a place for people to socialize.

19:30 – 20:00 

Bicommunal Choir for Peace
The Bi-Communal Choir was established in May 1997 after an initiative of the Bi-Communal Citizens’ Group of Peace in Cyprus. The members are citizens of the two communities; Turkish Cypriots and Greek Cypriots who have as common vision the unity of the two communities through music.

20:00 – 21:00

Eril Cambaz


Alexia Vassiliou

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