At least eight conservation projects in 2018 by Bi-communal Technical Committee

At least another eight heritage conservation projects are expected to be completed in 2018 by the Bi-communal Technical Committee for the protection of Cultural Heritage, which in a press release welcomes the declaration of 2018 as European Year of Cultural Heritage and announces an open to the public walk and guided tour of its ongoing projects in Famagusta next Saturday.

Since 2012, thanks mainly to European Union and UNDP support, the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage has conserved, structurally supported, physically protected or restored 23 heritage sites island wide, according to a press release of the Technical Committee, published by the Press and Information Office (PIO).

Six are currently undergoing conservation works, another 15 are currently under study and will benefit from similar interventions soon, 26 sites benefited from Small Project Activities (SPA). In total, 70 initiatives are being undertaken by the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage, it says.

The Committee invites the public and members of the media to attend the public walk and guided tour of its ongoing Famagusta projects this Saturday April 21st, 2018.

Participants will be guided through the Martinengo Bastion, St. Marys of Carmel Church, Tanners Mosque, St. Anne Church, St. Mary Church and Ravelin (Land Gate) by the designers and conservation experts working daily on these projects, the press release says.

The event is upon registration only. Participation is free. Transportation from Nicosia will be provided, upon availability of seats, leaving at 9:00am local time, from the Ledra Palace Crossing. All those interested are invited to register at: registry.cy@undp.org or via phone at 22874733.

The European Year of Cultural Heritage is a unique occasion to promote our work internationally and to spread it in every corner of our island, Ali Tuncay, the Turkish Cypriot Co-Chair of the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage, said.

We have brought people back to their villages and facilitated new encounters. Cultural Heritage is already playing an important role in the Cypriot peace process. The European Year of Cultural Heritage is a call to do more and achieve even bigger results, Takis Hadjidemetriou, the Greek Cypriot Co-Chair of the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage, says on his part.

The work of the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage is a great example of collaboration and reconciliation between Cypriots. I hope that 2018, as European Year of Cultural Heritage, will bring bigger contributions to reconciliation in Cyprus,” Kjartan Bjornsson, Head of Unit, Structural Reform Support Service, European Commission says.

We fully support the efforts of the Technical Committee on Cultural Heritage. At least eight heritage conservation projects will be completed in 2018. Other initiatives such as open days to our ongoing and future projects are underway and part of a larger effort to promote the work of the Technical Committee throughout the island, Tiziana Zennaro, UNDP Senior Programme Manager says on her part.

Source: Cyprus News Agency