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Nicosia municipality issues call for pop-up festival 2014

By Jean Christou

Nicosia municipality has announced an open call for proposals for the allocation of vacant shops and the organisation of events on Makarios Avenue from November 15 to January 15 as part of this year’s Pop-up Festival.

The event, aimed at bringing life back to the almost-deserted  shopping street, is being organised in collaboration with the Nicosia Municipal Arts Centre, in association with the Pierides Foundation [NiMAC].

The major objective of the festival is to gather the most innovative, inventive and creative talents in the field of entrepreneurship, entertainment and culture.

Organisers aim at the revitalisation and revival of Makarios Avenue by boosting entrepreneurship, either through commercial activity or through innovation, and the emergence of new talents through creation, it said.

The festival will be accompanied by a range of parallel activities – educational, cultural and recreational – focusing on the active participation of the public.

Proposals should focus on innovation, commerce, art – exhibitions, theatre, music dance –  and education – workshops, courses, lectures

Venues for the Pop-up Festival 2014 will be the vacant shops and other premises on Makarios Avenue, as well as other parts of the city, where individual events will take place.

The festival will be open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10am to 1.30pm and 3.30pm to 8pm.

Opening hours are not binding for those shops and venues wishing to hold scheduled events beyond the hours listed above.

The cost of renting a shop will be €150 per month, for holding an event (not applicable to shops): €50 and for non-profit activities and events, it will be free.  The municipality will pay electricity and water for the duration for all categories.

For non-profit pop-ups it will also cover part of the funds required for setting up the store and for its interior design, which will not exceed 50 per cent of the total budget. The maximum subsidy amount will not exceed €500.

The municipality will also cover part of the funds required for the implementation of the activities during the festival, which will not exceed 50 per cent of the total budget. The maximum subsidy amount will not exceed €500.

During the final phase of the selection, a detailed statement of expenses will have to be submitted for both categories.

The deadline for submission of proposals is Wednesday September 24 at 3pm.

You can submit your proposal electronically by sending it to [email protected] (it should not exceed 7MB) or deliver it personally to municipality offices located on the corner of Tempon and Pentadaktylos Streets in the Old Town, Monday to Friday 8:30-3pm.

For further information and clarification or questions, call 22 797400, 8.30am-3pm.

The selection of the proposals will be made on the basis of innovation, originality, quality and on whether the proposal is feasible and practicable.

The final number of the applicants selected will depend both on the final number of available shops and the available budget.

Selection will take place in two phases: pre-selection and final selection. Applicants for short-listed proposals will be invited for an interview for further discussion and analysis of their proposal, if necessary.

The municipality and the Municipal Arts Centre are not obliged to justify to any applicant whichever decision they make regarding his/her participation in the festival, they said.

The selection committee consists of Nicosia Mayor ConstantinosYiorkadjis, among others.


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