An event showcasing the history of Nicosia, marking thirty years since the fall of the Berlin Wall and Germany’s reunification, was presented recently by the Cypriot Embassy in the German capital city.
The Berlin event also coincides with the 45th anniversary of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus, and is presented as a part of a series of events entitled “Cypriot Miniatures.”
According to a statement issued by Andreas Hadjichrysanthou from the Press and Information Office of the Cyprus embassy, ”The fall of the Berlin Wall was a very important event which, together with other political, economic and social developments of that era, contributed to a historic change in Germany, Europe and beyond.”
”We are convinced,” he declared, ”that the same miracle could occur again in other similar cases such as Cyprus.”
The multimedia event showcased the history of Nicosia by way of the spoken word, images and music.
Art historian and archaeologist Anna Marangou, photographer Giorgos Pandazis and pianist and composer Savvas Savva, each in their own unique way ”led everyone who attended the event through the long history of Nicosia, which reflects both the West and the East,” according to Hadjichrysanthou.
During her narration, archaeologist Marangou told the audience that the city of Nicosia reflects her people. ”Our city, just like all Cypriots, has deep, ancient and complex roots,” she noted. She added that its small size belies its cultural and historic importance.
Today, in the twenty-first century, Marangou added, “it is unfortunately a divided, halved, incomplete capital of the European Union.”