A cultural event at ancient Salamis, a conference with Europa Nostra and performances by Turkish Cypriot soloists with the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra are on the cards as the next bi-communal cultural projects to be organised by the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage following Tuesday’s concert in Famagusta.
Speaking to the Cyprus News Agency on Wednesday, Androulla Vassiliou, co-chair of the committee, approved by the two leaders as a confidence building measure, said Tuesday’s event, attended by the leaders, had been a great success.
“This fills us with great optimism because we believe that people share our view that through cultural cooperation and joint events we can build a new culture of peace and cooperation between the two communities,” she said.
Vassiliou said that it was very important to prepare the ground so that when a solution was found it could be embraced by both communities.
She said the event at Salamis in the north could take place as soon as next week.
She also said that a major conference with the European organisation Europa Nostra was being planned to discuss the value of cultural heritage. This event is scheduled for late October.
The third event, Vasiliou said, would be a concert by the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra with the participation of soloists from the Turkish Cypriot community.