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ALITHE CYPRUS 6th – 13th March 2022

2 Participants from each partner country will travel to Cyprus to take part in the following programme with Cyprus based learners:

DAY ONE: SUNDAY- Arrival to either Paphos or Larnaca Airport – collection and take to Pano Lefkara. Accommodation is in 2 houses, with a total of 12 bedrooms. Food will be provided for breakfast, to be prepared by the participants in the mornings. Lunch will usually be sandwiches/soup prepared by the hosts. If the flight arrivals allow, everyone will eat together at Chris & Pepas Taverna in Pano Lefkara, and discuss the week ahead.

DAY TWO: Briefing at Athasi Heights in the morning and a visit to the ruined Roman city of Kourion, arriving in time for a picnic lunch by the sea.  Learners will divide into 2 teams – 1 learner per country in each team. TEAM ONE, is involved in painting a panel with natural pigments, and on the tour of Kourion, they will look at the historic (Roman) landscape and think about texture and shade / colour. TEAM TWO will work on a large mosaic on an equally-sized panel and will look particularly at the famous mosaics at Kourion for inspiration. Both groups will go to Kourion museum. The visit will take all afternoon. On the journey home we call at a quarry near the village of Mari, to gather some natural pigments.

DAY THREE. Designing the 2 panels and gathering materials. The idea is that the art and craft materials will be as sustainable as possible – paint pigments are natural minerals, plant and animal products and paint making is with lime (calc/var), bulker and oil . It is a historic method. Mosaic materials can include native stone, wood, recycled metal, etc. By the end of this day all materials and panels are ready.

DAY FOUR. Both teams start work adjacent to each other in the “Old Olive Mill’; this is one of our historic environments selected for training. The theme is drawn from Kourion but it might include olives.

DAY FIVE. Work on the panels continues. We have assembled an archive of material on ‘Roman Cyprus’ and we will have breaks to discuss some noteworthy finds, stories and history.

DAY SIX : FRIDAY.  Aim to finish the art / craft panels. Feedback session. Lunch and dinner that represents Roman influence on cuisine.

DAY SEVEN: SATURDAY. We visit some early churches from 5th to 10th century and learn about the transition from pagan Roman to Christian Byzantine. Some free time and a chance to see silver being cast, using the lost wax method.

DAY EIGHT – Departures.

We look forward to seeing your participants in Cyprus!