Pafos 2017: European Capital of Culture

Renowned as the birthplace of Aphrodite, Pafos, the host city of the Logicom Cyprus Marathon,  stands proud as a UNESCO world heritage site. But now, the city has yet another accolade to be proud of, having won the international competition to become the European Capital of Culture for 2017. With preparations already underway in Pafos 2017, the city responds to the ambitious project and it aims to become the most hospitable capital of Europe.
But what, exactly, is going to change, and what can visitors look forward to? First and foremost, it aims to make the very best of all the town’s sites- from historical ruins to beachside splendours- by turning each and every one of them an ‘Open-Air Factory of Culture’. “It can best be described as an open factory for humanity, art and culture, where everyone (from all professions and all different ages) are invited to participate and share experiences,” says Artistic Director of Paphos 2017, Georgia Doetzer. Most importantly, visitors are invited to share experiences alongside locals as boundaries are blurred.
This coincides with the mission of the Logicom Cyprus Marathon which is to combine breath-taking and historic scenery with the traditional Mediterranean hospitality through to its multi-cultural participants (from more than 35 countries).
‘Linking Continents and Bridging Cultures’, Pafos has always been at the crossroad of the Eastern Mediterranean, and through its modern multicultural reality, Pafos now aspires to become the first European Capital of Culture which will link the East and the West, bridging people and cultures, while also becoming a place of cultural collaboration and peaceful coexistence. It aims to be a place where everyone can put aside their differences and create a unified whole, where each individual contributes through their diversity, to create a collective identity. And we don’t just mean the identity of Pafos, but that of Europe as well.
What’s particularly exciting is that every corner of the town, including its parks, streets, neighbourhoods and beaches, will be converted into an outdoor cultural hall. From the castle square and the archaeological park, to the wild Akamas Peninsula and tiny villages in between, there will be much to capture the imagination as each and every community will be doing their bit to host various displays of European culture under the blue skies.
Cyprus Marathon Paphos
As for the winter months, visitors can look forward to a variety of activities in some great indoor venues including the Paphos Archaeological Museum, the old Othello cinema, the Markidio Theatre, the Old Power House Cultural Centre and the Municipal Gallery, as well as participating in the Logicom Cyprus Marathon on 5th March 2017.
Above all, however, Paphos seeks to show how it can contribute to the European cultural scene with innovation, creativity and a desire to evolve from the past, while simultaneously advancing with respect towards a truly authentic future.
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Οι δρόμοι της Πάφου αναμένεται να πλημμυρήσουν με περισσότερους από 2,000 δρομείς που θα συμμετάσχουν στην 19η διοργάνωση του Logicom Cyprus Marathon, που θα γίνει την Κυριακή, 5 Μαρτίου 2017. Το πολύχρωμο «ποτάμι» από δρομείς  πολλών εθνικοτήτων θα ξεκινήσει από την Πέτρα του Ρωμιού όπου σύμφωνα με τον Όμηρο γεννήθηκε η θεά της ομορφιάς και του έρωτα Αφροδίτη και θα τερματίσει στην Πλατεία του Μεσαιωνικού Κάστρου της Πάφου!
Παράλληλα με τον αγώνα του Μαραθωνίου δρόμου θα διοργανωθούν και Ημιμαραθώνιος (21χλμ.) αλλά και αγώνες δρόμου 10 και 5 χιλιομέτρων.
Η Πάφος, ένα σαγηνευτικό τουριστικό θέρετρο με σύγχρονη τουριστική υποδομή, είναι έτοιμη να υποδεχθεί το 19ο Logicom Μαραθώνιο Κύπρου. Ο Μαραθώνιος αποτελεί μια μοναδική ευκαιρία για όλους τους κατοίκους και επισκέπτες του νησιού να συμμετάσχουν στην εκδήλωση και να απολαύσουν τις ομορφιές της Πάφου της Πολιτιστικής Πρωτεύουσας της Ευρώπης το 2017. Ο Μαραθώνιος είναι  αφιερωμένος στο μεγάλο σύμβολο του Ελληνικού και Κυπριακού αθλητισμού Στέλιο Κυριακίδη, ο οποίος είναι γέννημα θρέμμα της Πάφου και νικητής του 50ου Μαραθωνίου της Βοστώνης το 1946.

Ο πιο ιστορικός Μαραθώνιος της Κύπρου, που διοργανώνεται από το 1999, θα έχει για τρίτη συνεχόμενη χρονιά  μέγα χορηγό την εταιρεία Logicom, με τη βοήθεια της οποίας η εκδήλωση έχει ξεπεράσει το στενό πλαίσιο μιας απλής αθλητικής εκδήλωσης και έχει εξελιχθεί σε ένα σπουδαίο παγκόσμιο αθλητικό γεγονός υψηλών προδιαγραφών που υπηρετεί τόσο τον αθλητικό όσο και τον πολιτιστικό τομέα.
Η γενέτειρα της Αφροδίτης, το Μεσαιωνικό Κάστρο και τοπία από τη Μεσογειακή παραλιακή διαδρομή που κόβουν την ανάσα, συνθέτουν ένα υπέροχο μείγμα για μια ανεπανάληπτη εμπειρία ζωής.
Θα σας δούμε στην Πάφο!
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150 DAYS TO GO – See You in Pafos

The roads of Pafos are expected to be “flooded” with more than 2,000 runners who will participate in the 19th edition of the Logicom Cyprus Marathon, to be held on Sunday 5th March 2017. The colourful river of runners from more than 35 nationalities, will start from Petra tou Romiou where according to a myth, it’s the birthplace of the goddess of love and beauty, Aphrodite. The finish line is located at the historic Pafos Medieval Castle Square!
Parallel to the Marathon race there will be a Half Marathon (21,098 meters) a 10 km Road Race and a 5 km Fun Run.
Pafos, apart from being a popular touristic destination is also a captivating blend of culture, history and stunning natural beauty. The best organised Marathon event on the island of Cyprus offers a unique opportunity for all residents and visitors to attend the event and enjoy the beauty of Pafos which is the 2017 European Capital of Culture. The Marathon is dedicated to the great symbol of Greek and Cypriot sport Stelios Kyriakides, who was born and raised in Pafos and famously won the 50th Marathon of Boston in 1946.

The most historic Marathon of Cyprus, organised since 1999, has the support of Logicom for the third consecutive year. Logicom the title sponsor of Cyprus Marathon has helped the event to outgrown from a simple sporting event into a supreme global sporting event with very high standards of organisation serving both, the sport and the culture.
The birthplace of Aphrodite, the Medieval Castle and landscapes of the Mediterranean coastal route, compose a wonderful blend for a unique life experience. 
See you in Pafos!
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