European Capital of Culture
In 2017, Cyprus and Denmark will host the institution of the European Capital of Culture. Pafos was designated European Capital of Culture for 2017. Aarhus is the city in Denmark sharing the title with Pafos. The managing authority of the ECoC competition in Cyprus is the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Cyprus. The European Capital of Culture is one of the most important initiatives of the European Union in the sphere of culture, which enhances cultural dialogue and promotes cultural cooperation.
Creative Europe Programme
Cyprus participates in the new programme “Creative Europe” for the period 2014-2020. The “Creative Europe” Programme replaces the “Culture 2007-2013” Programme and the “MEDIA” and “MEDIA Mundus” Programmes. The new programme supports artists, culture professionals and cultural organizations in fields such as fine arts, publishing, cinema/audiovisual, television, music, cultural heritage and electronic games, in order to work in other countries and to develop the necessary skills in the digital era. By increasing the dissemination of European cultural projects in other countries, the programme will also promote cultural and linguistic diversity.
In Cyprus, there will be Creative Europe Desks (Culture Desk and MEDIA Desk) with the general aim of facilitating cultural and creative organizations in relation to the Creative Europe programme. The general task of running the Desks will be assigned to a Co-ordinating Body of the Creative Europe programme.
Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe
As of 1 January 2011, the Ministry of Education and Culture participates in the Cultural Routes programme and in the Administrative Council of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes (EPA) of the Council of Europe, which was launched in April 2011.
According to the Cultural Routes programme, the concept of cultural routes is a very important tool for the development of intercultural dialogue, rapprochement of cultures, sustainable development, promotion of cultural tourism, but also facilitation of European integration. The project leaders for cultural routes, which have been awarded with the title of European Cultural Routes, receive the Council of Europe certification in this respect. The program aims to promote ethical and responsible tourism, with respect to local communities and their cultural identity and individuality.