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THOC to stage Hippolytus at ancient amphitheatre in Salamis

The ancient Greek tragedy “Hippolytus” by Euripides will be staged on July 28 by the Theatre Organisation of Cyprus (THOC) at the ancient theatre of Salamis, just north of Famagusta in the breakaway Turkish Cypriot state.

The proposal, which is subject to the approval of the two leaders, was adopted during the first meeting of all members comprising the Technical Committee on Culture, appointed by the leaders of the two communities in May.

The meeting, at the UN-protected area of Nicosia airport, was also attended by the UN Secretary-General`s Special Representative Lisa Buttenheim and the negotiators of the two communities, Andreas Mavroyiannis and Ozdil Nami. Both referred to the importance given by the two leaders to the Committee`s work in bringing the two communities closer, Androulla Vassiliou, the Greek Cypriot President of the Committee told CNA.

She also said that an earlier proposal was to stage a concert by the Cyprus Symphony Orchestra at the same venue and on the same date, in the presence of both leaders, however, this could not be materialise for the time being. Vassiliou said that the concert would be held at a later stage.
Hippolytus will be performed in Greek, with English and Turkish subtitles. The Committee will submit its proposal to the two leaders on Monday for approval, along with an invitation to attend the performance.

The Turkish Cypriot side was also invited to propose a similar event to take place in the southern government controlled areas of the Republic of Cyprus, perhaps at the ancient theatre of Curium, near Limassol, Vassiliou added.

Other proposals for bicommunal events discussed included a painting exhibition, organising a conference in October on cultural heritage, poetry nights in August and tours for children in cities, museums plus cinema screenings all over Cyprus.

Vassiliou said that all the proposals would be discussed during the next Committee meeting, on July 21.
She said the inaugural meeting was held in a very positive climate.

Asked about the Commitee`s goals, Vassiliou said that they would try to organise two or three major events by the end of this year.
She also said that the Committee would provide the mechanism to encourage the hosting of various events, and the aim was to involve young people as well as members of Cyprus` other communities, namely Armenians, Maronites and Latins.

“Let`s not forget that peace is being built though culture” Vassiliou noted.
The Technical Committee on Culture was established following a decision by the two leaders, President Nicos Anastasiades and Turkish Cypriot leader Mustafa Akinci last May. (CNA)

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