Cyprus Mail

By Maria Gregoriou

What has become one of the leading cultural centres in Paphos, Technopolis 20, is celebrating its first birthday on October 30. But in spite of it getting older, the centre is showing no signs of slowing down. It is getting ready to offer a little something for everyone (just like it has done for the last year).

Kids can enjoy a puppet show on Saturday, while we can all enjoy a party atmosphere on the centre’s actual establishment date.

Adults can learn all about film directors from November 13 in a series of seminars, and learn all about parenting as of November 15.

So, let’s start off with the kids. On Saturday they can let their minds travel with the team ‘Doll – stories’ in the land of Astrochora (The land of Stars), where a benevolent giant Asilampa Ntelasy Lives.

Puppets will be used to narrate the story The Star of the Giant, by Marivita Grammatikakis, while music will also help to bring the story of the giant alive by Nikos Xanthoulis.

Before taking the kids ask them if they think if the giant will be able to catch falling stars and put them back in the sky, and if they do fall will they break? If they do break, what happens to our wishes, will they be lost?

This is a story about diversity and isolation, prejudice and rejection, loneliness and fear, and dreams and hope. The story, that will surely awaken emotions, will be followed by a puppet creation workshop.

Now for those of us who have recently become parents – or even those of us who are expecting, or anyone who has children in their lives – the cultural centre will be giving a one day parenthood workshop every month as of November 15.

These workshops, which will be in English and Greek, will talk about pregnancy and birth, the importance of the primary child-parent relationship, the child as its own person, conscious parenting and the stages of development and needs.

During the workshop all participants will have the chance to socialise over coffee breaks.

For those of you who are more interested in cinema, specialist on history and theory of cinema, Doros Demetriou, will be giving four film seminars to do with four great film directors.

The seminars start on November 13 from 6.30pm until 8.30pm. The first seminar will concentrate on the New York born Martin Scorsese, who is regarded as one of the most significant and influential filmmakers in cinema history.

He has directed landmark films such as the crime film Mean Streets (1973), the vigilante-thriller Taxi Driver (1976), the biographical sports drama Raging Bull (1980), the black comedy The King of Comedy (1983), and crime films Goodfellas (1990) and Casino (1995). He has also directed Leonardo DiCaprio in five films, including Gangs of New York (2002).

The three remaining seminars will be on Pedro Almodovar, Ridley Scott and Quentin Tarantino.

Now for the real party on the list of events. As we said, next Friday the cultural centre turns one and it invites us all to celebrate with a night of wine drinking and music listening.

During this year Technopolis 20 has arranged more than 100 events, including music events, theatre performances, cinema nights, workshops for children, dance performances and much, much more. So as a thank you to everyone who has supported the establishment in one way or another, it is welcoming us to a bit of a party – now whether there will be birthday cake, remains to be seen.

The Star of the Giant
A puppetry show narrating the story by Marivita Grammatikakis. October 24. Technopolis 20, Paphos. 4pm. €6. In Greek. Tel: 70-002420

One Day Parenthood Workshops
A workshop on different aspects of parenting, once every month. As of November 15. Technopolis 20, Paphos. 2pm. €35

Four Great Directors – Cinema Seminar
A seminar about four of our current film directors. November 13 until December 11. Technopolis 20, Paphos. 6.30pm-8.30pm. €65 for all dates, €20 for each seminar. In Greek

One Year of Technopolis 20
A celebration with wine and music. October 30. Technopolis 20, Paphos. 7pm

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