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Cyprus News Agency: News in English, 09-08-04

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    The Municipality of Famagusta, under Turkish occupation since 1974, is embarking on yet another enlightenment campaign to inform world public opinion and decision-making centres about the plight of the town. The Municipality calls on its citizens to mark on a map the location of their house - with ``the flag of return`` - thus claiming their right to return to their occupied city, fenced off since the 1974 Turkish invasion.

    According to a press release, the map will be posted at specific locations in the southern government-controlled part of Cyprus (Limassol, Larnaca, Nicosia, and the Famagusta Cultural Centre in Dherynia) from early August to mid September. The Municipality of Famagusta appeals to its citizens to support this global campaign to highlight the need for respect of UN resolutions that call for the return of Famagusta to its lawful inhabitants.

    UN Security Council resolution 550 (1984) considers any attempts to settle any part of Varosha (the fenced off area of Famagusta) by people other than its inhabitants as inadmissible and calls for the transfer of this area to the administration of the UN. The Municipality had, in the past, collected thousands of signatures from its citizens, who demanded the right to return to their hometown. The list was communicated to various decision-making bodies in Europe and elsewhere. Famagusta was captured by the advancing Turkish troops during the second phase of the Turkish invasion, in mid August, 1974. Ever since it has remained sealed off, under the control of the Turkish military.


    The Cyprus Theatre Organisation (CTO) is cooperating with the National Theatre of Greece and the British Theatre company Imitating the Dog, in a co-production entitled Tales from the Bar of Lost Souls, to be presented in all three countries between September 2009 and March 2010. The Creative Collaboration Project Fund, launched in August 2008, has now come to a successful close, supporting 25 distinct projects taking place all across the UK and South East Europe in 2009-10, a press release issued by the CTO has said.

    A new, inspiring, multilingual theatre work, The Bar of Lost Souls, weaves together experiences and expressions from different nationalities and cultural backgrounds. It focuses on ports and places of mobility, migration and creativity, imagination and shared histories. It is an international co-production combining new technologies with narrative and physical theatre techniques.

    The inspiration for the piece arises from the notion of Mediterranean ports as cultural melting pots, space of ``heterotopias``, where national borders and identities are challenged by the ever-changing mix of ethnicities and nationalities. Set in an imaginary bar in an imaginary European seaport in the early 20th century, this new theatre work is a magical realist exploration of the importance of the Mediterranean to the psyche of the New Europe.

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