“Explore Cyprus: Beyond the City” is a photography exhibition at the Lefkara Conference Centre featuring 354 photographs of different villages, showcasing the diverse heritage of Cyprus’s rural communities. Visitors can immerse themselves in the beauty of the Cypriot countryside and its culture, with plans for the exhibition to tour across Cyprus and even venture overseas.
What is the “Explore Cyprus: Beyond the City” photography exhibition about?
“Explore Cyprus: Beyond the City” is a photography exhibition showcasing the diverse heritage of Cyprus’s rural communities. Presented by UCLan Cyprus, it features 354 photographs, each depicting a unique village. The exhibition, located at Lefkara Conference Centre, aims to promote Cypriot countryside culture to local and international audiences.
The Exhibition at Lefkara
This month, the quaint village of Lefkara became the focal point of cultural appreciation with the unveiling of a significant photography exhibition. “Explore Cyprus: Beyond the City” is a project proudly presented by UCLan Cyprus, showcasing the diverse and rich tapestry of Cyprus’ rural communities.
The exhibition is a culmination of extensive travels by the Explore Cyprus team from the British University around both known and lesser-known villages. They have successfully captured images that narrate the unique identity of this Mediterranean gem. The project’s aim goes beyond mere documentation; it strives to put a spotlight on the Cypriot countryside and its heritage, promoting it to both domestic and international audiences through the lens of photography.
A Picture for Every Village
An astounding collection of 354 photographs is at the heart of this exhibition, each representing a different village or community from the 354 unique locations visited by the team. The Lefkara Conference Centre will host these snapshots of life until March 31, 2024. However, the exhibition is not confined to one place. Plans are underway for the collection to tour across Cyprus and even venture overseas, offering a window into Cypriot life beyond its bustling cities.
The Grand Opening
Though the doors of the exhibition are already open to the public, the grand inauguration is set for this Sunday at 3pm. This celebration of culture and artistry will take place under the significant patronage of Deputy Minister of Tourism, Kostas Koumis, marking a prestigious moment for the community and the creators alike.
The Creative Minds
The academic community and students of UCLan Cyprus, driven by their passion for photography and cultural preservation, have been the backbone of this endeavor. The project is led by Dr. Christos Karpasitis, an Assistant Professor in Digital Media and the Academic Leader of the BSc Web Design & Development program at UCLan Cyprus. Dr. Lambros Ioannou, a lecturer within the program, has lent his design expertise to enhance the project’s reach and impact.
The Journey and the Photographers
The exploration and documentation were not just a mission but a transformative journey for a dedicated team of creatives. Aimilios Sotiriou, Sotiria Kirlappou, Rafaella Spyrou, and Loizos Chrysanthou—all students at UCLan Cyprus—embarked on this adventure, visiting over 350 villages. They not only sought to freeze moments in time through their cameras but also to refine their skills in photography and editing, contributing to the project’s success.
“Explore Cyprus: Beyond the City” stands as a testament to the vibrancy and diversity of Cyprus’s rural landscapes and communities. It is an open invitation to locals and tourists alike to witness the beauty that flourishes outside city walls. The exhibition is readily accessible at the Lefkara Conference Centre, located in the district of Larnaca, from Monday to Friday between 8 am and 3 pm, and it promises to be an enriching experience for all who attend.
- “Explore Cyprus: Beyond the City” is a photography exhibition at the Lefkara Conference Centre showcasing the diverse heritage of Cyprus’s rural communities.
- The exhibition features 354 photographs of different villages, aiming to promote Cypriot countryside culture to local and international audiences.
- The exhibition will tour across Cyprus and potentially venture overseas.
- The grand inauguration of the exhibition will take place under the patronage of Deputy Minister of Tourism, Kostas Koumis.
- The project is led by Dr. Christos Karpasitis and a team of UCLan Cyprus students, who visited over 350 villages during their exploration and documentation.