Xarkis Festival is a nomadic, international arts Festival which travels annually in a rural region of Cyprus. XARKIS NGO is a nomadic NGO based in Cyprus. The idea for its creation came from a need to realize cultural initiatives that embrace local culture and contribute towards community empowerment. Using the same principles as Xarkis Festival, Xarkis NGO was established in 2013 in order to offer a greater range of collaborative and community based projects. Driven by the values of collaborative and social design practice, we encourage the exchange of know-how and skill between creative practitioners, researchers, experts and non-experts, with inclusivity and public participation being at the heart of our actions. Xarkis envisages a society that actively explores, celebrates, experiments with, and participates in actions that re-define aspects of culture. We want to work with, collaborate and facilitate any team or individual with the same urge for positive change.
1. Undertakes initiatives and organizes residency-based international Festivals, with the participation of educators, performance artists, designers, makers, contemporary artists, and musicians. 2. Raises awareness about local culture, which it promotes to the communities of a region towards the Cypriot public and abroad, contributing to both the revitalization and the promotion of Cyprus. 3. Experiments and modernizes traditional techniques and customs, as well as other aspects of regional culture and everyday life, as it appeared in the past and as it manifests today. 4. Uses creative communication tools such as filming and photography, which through the internet, contribute to the development of a dialogue between individuals and communities. 5. Collects historical information from alternative sources such as oral stories, that are traditionally only preserved by viva voce and word-of-mouth communication within communities.
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