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NGO Fair in Nicosia 15 September 2012

Don't forget this Saturday 15 September (10:30 a.m. to1:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.), at the end of Ledra Street,next to the “Peace” room is the annual NGO Fair. Please check out the flyer here and the programme here. The event is conceived under the “ENGAGE-Do your Part for Peace” project, as a form of recognition towards the NGOs of Cyprus for the good work they are conducting. More than 25 NGOs will be present and available for you to meet and discuss with! For your entertainment there will be:

· DJ and live music,street theatre and mini basketball!

· live link with radio ΑΝΤ1FM!

· face painting, balloon sculpture,stilt walkers and clowns!

· free coffee and drinks for all!

There will also be a photography walk in old Nicosia at 5.30 in the afternoon, so you will need:
1. ID (or passport) and 2. Camera. (Registration at the “Peace” Room, end of Ledra Street).

The Fair will extend to Lokmaci square, while an exchange of artists and NGOs will take place between the activities Ledra-Locmaci. Come one come all and join us - CCMC will be there! “ENGAGE” is implemented by the NGOSupport Centre and the Management Centre, and is supported by UNDP-ACT.

 
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Launch of 'Old Nicosia Revealed' Exhibition 10-19 September

Don't miss the new photography exhibition based on the web-based 'Old Nicosia Revealed' project which has had a strong following on Facebook. Packed full of photographs and revelations about old Nicosia unveiling hidden corners and fascinating details, the exhibition is not to be missed. The exhibition launches 10 September 2012 and runs until the 19 September, at the Ermou 300 gallery in Nicosia's Chrysaliniotissa. It is being supported by the Nicosia bid for European Capital of Culture 2017, and entry is free. Open from 11am-1pm and 4pm-10pm.

 

Conference on Cypriot Identity Across Millennia 7-9 September 2012

The Organising Committee (including CCMC member AHDR) and the University of Nicosia are delighted to announce a three-day international Conference entitled “‘And This Island, Who Knows it?’ Cypriot Identities across Millennia”, that will take place from the 7th to the 9thSeptember 2012 to join in the celebration of the upcoming European Presidency of the Republic of Cyprus. The Conference will bring together scholars of international calibre to address synchronic aspects of Cypriot culture at the intersection with other coeval civilizations, to highlight aspects related to archaeology, anthropology, history, art, language and society from the second millennium BC to the present. Further information regarding the list of participants, the programme and related events, and the Organising Committee can be found at www.cypriot-identities.org or by emailing at info@cypriot-identities.org. Thanks to the generosity of several international institutions, the Conference has no participation fee and all are welcome.

   
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PeacePlayers-Cyprus Basketball Camp

PeacePlayers-Cyprus is organising the “PeacePlayers Basketball Camp” for youth ages 12 to 16. The camp is taking place at the Rodon Hotel in the village of Agros from Friday July 27 to Wednesday August 1, 2012. The mission of the camp is to bring Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot youth together to play basketball, develop new friendships, and learn about peace. This year the camp will also host Brooklyn Nets Assistant Coach, Doug Overton and former WNBA player Shaunzinski Gortman. “The PeacePlayers Basketball Camp is a great way to promote peace, and develop long lasting friendships between Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot youth. Our camp will bring together over 60 children to play and learn with each other, developing basketball skills and learning about peace,” said Marina Vasilara, PeacePlayers – Cyprus Managing Director. Over the course of the camp the children build relationships and forge friendships with one another while learning life skills and the game of basketball. Each day the participants will be led by basketball coaches, including coach Doug Overton and former WNBA player, Shaunzinski Gortman. Participants will play competitive matches and participate in other special avtivities such as movie making, trivia games, and peace building exercises. By playing and working together on the same team, Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot children will use sport as a tool to change negative perceptions children may have about members of the other community. This camp is organised by PeacePlayers-Cyprus, a bicommunal nonprofit that uses the game of basketball to allow 11-16 year-old Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot boys and girls to play together, learn together, and build positive relationships that help them overcome generations of mistrust and formidable physical barriers to interaction. Since its creation in 2006, PeacePlayers-Cyprus has worked with over 1200 Cypriot youth and held over 100 bicommunal events. The “PeacePlayers Basketball Camp” is supported by the US Embassy’s Bicommunal Support Program, the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation and AVG Technologies.

 
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Basketball Player Development and Motivation Seminar

On July 28th, 2012 PeacePlayers-Cyprus will host a seminar led by Brooklyn Nets assistant coach and player development coach, Doug Overton. The seminar will be held from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM at the Home for Cooperation, 28 Marcou Dracou Street Nicosia, 1102 (across from the Ledra Palace Hotel). In March 2012 the Brooklyn Nets created a partnership with PeacePlayers International, an innovative peace-building organization and leader in the use of sport for social change worldwide, to fulfill the team’s goals of aligning with global organizations. Doug Overton played 11 years in the NBA before he began coaching for the Nets and brings a breadth of knowledge about both the technical aspects of basketball and the importance of player development and motivation. The topic of the seminar will be player development and player motivation at all levels of the game, and will focus largely on the growth of basketball players in all aspects of their development as athletes. The seminar will include a question and answer section at the end and will be followed by a reception where food and drinks will be served.

The seminar is part of a series of activities around Doug Overton’s visit to Cyprus, most of which center around the PeacePlayers-Cyprus annual Summer Camp. This year 64 participants will attend the camp for 6 days in Agros starting on July 27th. The camp will be led by PeacePlayers staff, coaches, and special guests, including Doug Overton and former WNBA professional basketball player Shaunzinksi Gortman.   The mission of the camp is to bring Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot youth together to play basketball, develop new friendships, and learn about peace.

PeacePlayers-Cyprus is a bicommunal nonprofit that uses the game of basketball to allow 11-16 year-old Greek-Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot boys and girls to play together, learn together and build positive relationships that overcome generations of mistrust and formidable physical barriers to interaction. Since its creation in 2006, PeacePlayers-Cyprus has worked with over 1200 Cypriot youth and held over 100 bicommunal events. The seminar and Doug Overton’s participation is fully funded by the US Embassy’s Bicommunal Support Program and AMIDEAST.

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