The Cultural Services process a large number of applications from Municipalities and Communities for the sponsorship of cultural events of a varying character. The Community Councils show preference for music and dance events that have to do with local folk culture, but there are also requests for festivals, theatrical performances, participation in cultural activities abroad, book presentations and lectures, events on particular issues such as Cypriot cuisine and gastronomy, etc..
The Cultural Services organize events in the periphery in cooperation with the Community Councils. These actions have a broad thematic and include scientific conferences, lectures, exhibitions etc.
Also, the Cultural Services subsidize events in the framework of the corresponding scheme. Emphasis was given to requests made by clusters of communities and to events, which have become an annual establishment, such as the Commandaria Festival or Amathousia Festival.
The proposals/activities concern mainly the promotion of Cypriot folk culture and the enhancement of events, highlighting local customs and traditions (representation of traditional Cyprus wedding, grape harvest etc.). Local tradition through dancing and songs constituted the main thematic basis of the proposals submitted for consideration. The aim was to substantially support large scale events with eminently and purely cultural character that would significantly contribute to the enrichment of the cultural scene in Cyprus.
The subsidization aims at enhancing the quality of the spectacles and other activities taking place in communities, as well as to raise the cultural level in Cyprus.
The same concept is implemented to support the cultural programming of Municipalities. Large scale events, either tested or innovative, are sponsored with generous amounts of money in order to save the Municipalities’ most valuable output of cultural activity. There is a variety of themes, from conferences to jazz music festivals. These events have a significant impact to the community and involve a large number of citizens.