An art exhibition of Cypriot students marks the Cyprus Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe

The cultural program of the Cyprus Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe was launched today, Tuesday, 22 November 2016 in Strasbourg with the inauguration of the art exhibition entitled: “Crisis – Challenge: From Cyprus to Strasbourg”, organized by the Ministry of Education and Culture in the presence of the Chairperson of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Cyprus, Mr Ioannis Kasoulides and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Mr ThorbjA�rn Jagland, Cypriot MEP’s and Ambassadors of other countries.

At the inauguration ceremony, the Minister of Education and Culture, Mr Costas Kadis, stressed that Cypriot youth have demonstrated that they are not simply spectators of events around them. To the contrary, he said, they have opinions, sensitivities and a say, uniquely expressed through this exhibition that takes place during the Cyprus Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe.

The exhibition marks the launching of the Cyprus Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, for the fifth time, starting on November 22, 2016 lasting until May 17, 2017. The students’ works of art will be exhibited at the Council of Europe (Palais de l’ Europe) in Strasbourg from November 22-30, 2016 and at the European Court of Human Rights, from December 1-23, 2016.

In his speech, the Minister of Education and Culture said that the students involved in this creative activity had the opportunity to share and discuss their concerns, develop attitudes and behaviours, acquire knowledge and skills and experience the joy of achieving a great outcome. “They succeeded, in a way, to transform Crisis into Art. They also analysed and interpreted the meaning of “Crisis” as a situation that affects them more as a challenge than as a problematic situation without solution. Events like this one emphasise the role and importance of art in developing young people’s critical thinking”, emphasised Mr Kadis.

The exhibition includes selected works of art that received awards in the framework of this year’s 5th Pancyprian Secondary Education Visual & Plastic Arts Competition, which is the biggest art initiative in Cypriot schools. This exhibition includes also works of art created by primary education pupils who were actively involved in art activities in the framework of our objective for the 2015-2016 school year, which aims to enhance awareness among students against racism and intolerance and to promote equality and respect in the context of the Council of Europe campaign against hate speech.

It is worth mentioning that the art exhibition is the first among the fourteen cultural events in total organized in the framework of the Cyprus Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers in Strasbourg. The cultural events aim to familiarize both the members of the Council of Europe and the public of Strasbourg with the different aspects of the cultural identity of Cyprus.

Source: Press and Information Office.