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Lots to do and see

By Maria Gregoriou

There are a few quite unique cultural – and other not so cultural – events popping up during the next few days that invite us to experience things a little differently.

First, the AG Leventis Gallery, where the new temporary exhibition entitled ‘Creative Visions: Anastasios G Leventis and West Africa’ will open today.

This exhibition traces Leventis’ path to success, a nation’s struggle for freedom and a group of artists’ transition to modernism. The art, photographs and other items on display help us move from Ghana to Nigeria, from colonialism to independence, as we follow Leventis’ life journey.

The gallery will host a number of artefacts, photos and other objects from Leventis’ personal archive and the AG Leventis Foundation archives in London and Athens.

Traditional fabrics have been borrowed for the exhibition from Anthony Griffiths, the former Curator of the Department of Prints and Drawings of the British Museum in London and the Curator of the Textiles Department of the British Museum, Jude Rudoe.

The exhibition will also show works of Nigerian modern artists from the Leventis and David family collections.

A catalogue of the exhibition will be available, and special tours and educational programmes will be offered during the duration of the exhibition, until October 5.

Next in Paphos on Saturday you can enjoy a human library.

From 11am at the Municipal Baths in Paphos, you can go along and hear about people who convey their own experiences, and share their adventures with readers.

This library is like no other, its characters and heroes are simple and everyday people, as they are individuals not out of the book, but out of real life and right in front of you.

The idea behind this kind of library is to get people engaged in discussions, to get them to interact with each together and to get them to find out about different cultures, backgrounds and people, to see how similar and human we all really are.

As the human library is a part of the Pafos 2017 European Capital of Culture events and as it is being run during European Youth Week, it aims at enabling groups to break stereotypes by challenging the most common prejudices in a positive and humorous manner.

Lastly, an event with donkeys, or more specifically, the Spring Donkey Festival.

The festival will be held at the Golden Donkeys Farm in Skarinou in the Larnaca district this weekend, from 11am all the way up to 7pm – a few full days of donkeying about.

More specifcaly, the days will be filled with donkey rides (of course), exhibitions of traditional arts, tasting of traditional treats and sweets, arts and crafts for kids with recyclable items, face painting – what festival doesn’t have this nowadays – music, traditional dancers and lots more.

Take your pick, or mix it up with something on the cultural spectrum of life and something from the festive side of living.

Creative Visions: Anastasios G. Leventis and West Africa
Temporary exhibition. May 6 until October 5. A.G. Leventis Gallery, Nicosia. Every day except Tuesday: 10am-5pm, Wednesday: 10am-10pm. Tel: 22-668838

Human Library
Come along to talk and learn about others. May 9. Municpal Baths, Paphos. 11am.
Tel: 26-935500

Spring Donkey Festival
Fun with donkey rides, traditional sweet, face painting, songs and dancing. May 9-10. Gold Donkeys Farm, Skarinou. Free. Tel: 99-620736

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