CVAR among the winners of the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards 2017

The Museum of the Costas & Rita Severis Foundation, Centre of Visual Arts & Research (CVAR), is among the winners of the EU Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards 2017 in the Education, Training and Awareness-Raising category.

According to a press release issued by CVAR, it is the first time that a Cypriot entry wins in this particular category. Independent juries of experts examined a total of 202 applications submitted by organisations and individuals from 39 countries across Europe, and selected the 29 laureates. The 29 laureates from 18 countries are being recognised for their notable achievements in conservation, research, dedicated service, and education, training and awareness-raising.

Citizens from around the world can now vote online for the Public Choice Award and rally support for the winning project(s) from their own or another European country. Voters have the chance to win a trip for two to Finland and be a special guest at the Awards Ceremony that will be held in the historic city of Turku on 15 May. During the ceremony, the seven Grand Prix laureates, each of whom will receive Euros 10,000, and the Public Choice Award winner, chosen from among this year’s winning projects, will be announced.

“I congratulate all the winners. Their achievements demonstrate once again how engaged many Europeans are in protecting and safeguarding their cultural heritage. Their projects highlight the significant role of cultural heritage in our lives and our society. Especially today, with Europe facing many big societal challenges, culture is vital in helping us to raise awareness of our common history and values and to foster tolerance, mutual understanding and social inclusion,” said Tibor Navracsics, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport.

He noted that the European Year of Cultural Heritage in 2018 will be an ideal opportunity to focus on what binds us together as Europeans – our common history, culture and heritage and that the European Commission will continue to support this prize and other heritage projects through our Creative Europe programme.

The European Union Prize for Cultural Heritage / Europa Nostra Awards are Europe’s top honour in the field of cultural heritage. The European Heritage Awards Ceremony will assemble some 1,200 people, including heritage professionals, volunteers and supporters from all over Europe as well as top-level representatives from EU institutions, the host country and other member states.

The winners will also present their exemplary heritage accomplishments during the Excellence Fair on 14 May at the Sigyn Hall of the Turku Music Conservatory, and participate in various events at the European Heritage Congress in Turku (11-15 May). Organised by Europa Nostra, the Congress will provide an inspiring platform for networking and debating the latest European developments related to heritage with a special focus on the European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.

CVAR started its operations in September 2014 in Ermou Street, in the old town of Nicosia, next to the Green Line. It houses a unique collection of over 1.500 visual representations of Cyprus by foreign artists from the 18th to the 20th centuries, more than 500 costumes, and numerous memorabilia as well as a Research Centre which is home to thousands of books concerning history, art and travel in Cyprus and the Near East, and an archive of 25.000 photographs.

Source: Cyprus News Agency