Project Promoter: Pierides Foundation
Partners: Klinik 10A / Pikadilli 10B
Relative Outcome: Increased citizen participation in civic activities
Duration: 20 months
Project Budget: €76,230.92
Grant Amount: €73,494.92
Initiated in 2016, the Famagusta New Museum (FNM) is an active platform, which through its various programmes and activities seeks to propose an alternative restart of the ghost city of Varosha, a re-enactment and an activation in the social, cultural and political fields. Under the motto “I Understand and Forgive the Past, I Love and Generate the Future'', FNM readdresses the traditional role of museums in contemporary societies and aims at a potential awakening of citizens by enabling public discourse and generating artistic, environmental and social participatory actions and interactions amongst the communities of Cyprus.
FNM’s central priority is the active involvement of the two main communities of the island –the Greek Cypriots and the Turkish Cypriots– in four main activities that involve both the public space and the personal stories of people. FNM proposes a rediscovery of Cypriots’ common past through: –a digital repository of personal histories, places and objects –a series of GPS assisted guided tours in Famagusta connecting the past to the present –a festive journey to the common heritage of Cypriots through food, music and words –and a re-envisioning of the recent history of the island for youngsters at a summer camp in Kormakitis or Rizokarpaso.