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PRESS Announcement  - UNDP/PFF-203/12



The first Maronite cultural centre in the northern part of Cyprus will be inaugurated in the village of Kormakitis (Kormacit) / Koruçam this Saturday February 11, 2012 at 3.30pm.

The cultural centre (the old primary school of the village) has been restored by the United Nations Development Programme - Partnership for the Future (UNDP-PFF), thanks to funding from the European Union with contributions from the Maronite Welfare Foundation and the Kormakitis Community Council.

The centre will offer language courses, and host other cultural activities aiming at preserving the Maronites’ unique culture, language, and history in Cyprus.
The lower level of the building will host a folkloric museum displaying a collection of items representing the local culture and the daily life of the residents of the village in the past century.

The EU funded, and UNDP-PFF implemented restoration and rehabilitation works included extending the building to create new functional spaces and allowing the access of persons with disabilities. The community shared some of the expenses of the project, such as the installation of staircases, and the restoration of the courtyard.

“We hope that the cultural centre that we are inaugurating Saturday will help to create more opportunities for young people to visit their village and actively participate in the village’s life. But most importantly, we hope that the success of this cultural centre will be inspirational for many other villages in the northern part of Cyprus that have similar un-used old buildings, to see the potential that such spaces have for their own communities. We look forward to attending numerous cultural events in this as well as in other villages!” – says Tiziana Zennaro, UNDP-PFF.

The restoration and conversion of the old school building into a cultural centre was realised in the wider framework of the EU-funded project “Upgrading local and urban infrastructure”, implemented by the United Nations Development Programme in Cyprus to support the preservation of Cypriot cultural and architectural heritage.

The project also included the organization of a training covering different aspects of cultural events management such as event promotion, budgeting, fundraising and logistics.

For more information contact UNDP Partnership for the Future at the e-mail below or visit our Facebook and YouTube page.

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