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A shift in the cultural sector

The British Council is holding a collaborative event for Greek and Turkish Cypriot creatives from March 18 to 20. The aim of ‘Culture Shift’ is to develop a range of ideas and digital prototypes that solve or build on challenges regarding the cultural sector in Cyprus

The three-day event, which takes place in Nicosia, is aimed at people from the whole island who have skills in digital development, designers, entrepreneurs/innovators and individuals from the arts and cultural sector to work together over the weekend. The teams will be supported by experts and mentors from both communities in Cyprus.

Digital prototypes and ideas will be presented to a panel of judges on the final day of the event. Winners will be awarded prizes to allow them to continue further development of their concept.

Applicants for the workshop were chosen to ensure the best mix of skills.

There are some sessions which are open to the public. One of them is a free speaker event from 6pm to 8.30pm on Friday. The keynote speaker is multidisciplinary artist, innovation trainer and engineer Achilleas Kentonis.

The other one is the closing session on Sunday starting at 5pm with a speech by creative technologist Devon Walshe. Afterwards, at 6pm, the winners will be announced and prizes awarded. Attendance is also free of charge.

Tickets for these two sessions should be obtained in advance.

Alternatively, people can follow the whole event on social media using the hashtag #CultureShiftCyprus.

The event is hosted by the British Council and the British High Commission in Nicosia, in collaboration with Snook, a Glasgow-based digital innovation agency, and in partnership with Google.

Culture Shift Hackathon Programme
An event to bring together creative people to tackle challenges with technology and social media platforms. March 18-20. Capital Impact, 121 Prodromou Ave, 2064 Strovolos, Nicosia. Starts at 5.30pm on Friday and finishes at 3pm on Sunday. Sign-up until March 13 at www.cultureshiftcyprus.eventbrite.co.uk. Tel: 22-861383



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