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Festival 1 neighbourhood 101 villages @ Strovolos III estate
May 18, 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 12:30 am EESTFree
2018 is the European year of cultural heritage and the 18th of May is celebrated internationally as ‘Museum Day’. We invite you to think of our city, it’s built environment and its people as an integral part of our everyday community living heritage and these urban cultures in relation to the neighbourhoods of the displaced housing estates as living monuments.
These neighbourhoods were constructed hurriedly between the years of 1976 to 2000 and they form the primary example of communitarian architectural environments (of common living) on the island. In the period of 1975-86 12,500 families found what was meant to be ‘temporary’ housing in such neighbourhoods and to date the state has constructed more than 14,000 housing units, which accommodate approximately 60,000 people across the island. There are around 70 state housing estates on the island, which include low rise blocks of flats and homes and these were comprehensively planned to include basic services such as shopping centres, community centres, open spaces, schools, play-grounds and medical facilities. A 45% of the land used was dedicated by the urban planners to courtyards, communal gardens and green spaces, to accommodate the re-housing of a rural population that rapidly shifted to urbanised. Indicative that in Strovolos III neighbourhood- estate there are people registered from 101 villages.
Today in these specific built environments the majority of the inhabitants are elderly, the newer influx of residents are migrants, the edible gardens are often overgrown [or turned into parking spaces] and the open areas are largely empty and deteriorating. Even though largely ignored or forgotten, these constructed neighbourhoods house people’s families, pets and plants together with their memories, their stories and their knowledge, which are still very much alive and shape an invaluable aspect of how we understand our recent past. Residents, students, young people, artists and examples from other social housing art projects from London and the US come into conversation at the festival. Through this encounter we aim for a process of intergenerational and intercultural exchange and to consider how late twentieth century socio-political narratives are reflected in the constructed communities of social housing programmes and become part of our intangible cultural heritage.
The festival will activate the central common area of Strovolos III, Palligenesias Square together with the residents of the neighbourhood.
Exhibits and public art interventions by University of Nicosia Fine Art students; Pancyprian Gymnasium students (Antigoni Sofokleous); 3rd Primary School of Pallouriotissa (Despo Pasia); Stelios Tzivas- Allospos Project; Xarkis: Voicing stories. Screenings will include- Taking over the King’s Land, Producer director Gillian McIver, Film (London) and Civic Art: Four Stories from South Los Angeles, Mark Escribano and Sara Daleiden, s(o)ul, 2017 (Los Angeles). Performance by Katerina Paisi, Mika Panayotova and Sol Burt. There will be music, storytelling by the residents, performances, workshops and many other surprises.
1 neighbourhood: 101 villages, Strovolos III estate
18 May. An afternoon Festival
Workshops, Exhibits, Screenings, Performances, Discussions and Music
From 2pm until late. Paligenesias Square.
Artecitya, Artos Foundation &
Fine Art programme, Department of Design and Multimedia, University of Nicosia