Launched in 1980, the Cultural Service aims to enrich the capital city’s cultural life. The service manages the major cultural centres of the municipality: Famagusta Gate, Melina Merkouri Hall, and Pallouriotissa Old Market. It further organises and coordinates various cultural events and cultural institutions, as designated by the Cultural Committee of Nicosia Municipality. The Cultural Service also co-organises cultural activities with various agencies in a bid to elevate the city’s cultural life.
Events in honour of Ayios Trifilios-Poliouchos, patron saint of Nicosia
Ayios Trifilios was the first Bishop of Ledra, Nicosia, who lived in the 4th century AD. Historical sources describe him as one of the most educated people of his era and a renowned orator. He is honoured on June 13 with events such as mass and a procession of the Saint’s icon.
Procession of the Epitaphs
The procession of the epitaphs on Good Friday was a custom that was slowly fading. The custom has been revived thanks to the initiative of Nicosia Municipality. The epitaph processions of Panayia Faneromeni, Ayios Savvas and Archangel Michael-Tripiotis, decorated with beautiful flowers, converge on Eleftheria Square, where a common service is held.
Easter Event - Easter Tuesday
Nicosia Municipality organises Easter events at the Kaimakli Linear Park each year on Easter Tuesday. The events feature traditional games and competitions, sack races, tug of war, egg and spoon races, camel games, traditional songs, poem recitals, dancing, traditional dishes, as well as other activities related to the folk arts and folklore.
These events are aimed at encouraging and promoting a spirit of solidarity, cooperation, volunteerism and interaction among residents in various neighbourhoods (Ayioi Omoloyites, Ayios Andreas, Chrysaliniotissa, Pallouriotissa).
Christmas in Nicosia
During the Christmas and New Year’s holidays a host of activities are held in various parts of the city (Eleftheria Square, Ledra-Onasagoras pedestrian streets, Faneromeni Square, Stasikratous Street, Makarios Avenue, Solomos Square, etc). People are treated to festive music and Christmas carols, choirs, and performances from song and dance bands. The events get underway once the Christmas Tree is lit, signalling the start of the festive period.
Also a ‘Christmas Wonderland’ offers fun and games.